24 May 2014 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) Hundreds of people thronged the Sam Nujoma stadium in the capital on Saturday to celebrate the life and legacy of Namibia's Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma.
The celebrations were held under the banner of the Swapo-Party Youth League's 12 May Movement, which was established a few years ago to celebrate the legacy and life of the veteran statesman. The day, 12 May, is Nujoma's birth date.
Scores of spirited attendants of the events, mainly members and supporters of the ruling Swapo-Party, sang party and liberation struggle songs at the stadium as Nujoma arrived.
Among those present at the stadium were all the Swapo-Party Regional Councillors for the Khomas Region, Swapo-Party veteran Kanana Hishoono, Swapo-Party Youth League leader Dr Elijah Ngurare, Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua, Minister of Information, Communication and Technology Joel Kaapanda, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Petrina Haingura.
Speaking at the event, Ngurare showered praises on Nujoma for leading the Namibian people during the dark years of the struggle for national independence.
Ngurare told the audience that the 12 May Movement was deliberately created in order for the young people to learn from the journey of Nujomas life, adding that the movement will carry the Pan-African ideals of Dr Sam Nujoma forward.
Taking to the podium, Nujoma himself said it was time for Namibians to reflect on the journey which was travelled by fellow compatriots towards the attainment of political freedom.
Nujoma stated that the Swapo-led government has made great strides and achieved numerous successes since independence 24 years ago.
We have put our country on an irreversible path of socio-economic development. We have promoted the policy of national reconciliation and adopted the motto of One Namibia, One Nation. We have also laid the foundation for democratic governance, said the founding president.
He told the attendance that he is convinced that the Namibian youth is well aware of the importance of preserving the countrys cultural heritage, and urged them to continue being serious with their studies in order to take over the leadership of the country in the near future.
The 12 May Movement is a brainchild of the SPYL, initiated to celebrate the lifetime achievements of Dr Nujoma every year in several towns across the country.
The celebrations started with a march from the Swapo-Party headquarters to the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Well-known local artists such as Gazza, the Dogg, D-Naff and the Ndilimani Cultural Troupe provided entertainment at the occasion on Saturday.
A variety of sports activities, including football and netball, have been planned for Sunday, also in celebration of Nujomas legacy.
A public lecture about Nujomas achievements was held at the Nathaniel Maxuilili Hall in Katuturas Tobias Hainyeko Constituency on Friday.