Namibia celebrates silver jubilee of the Constitutional

09 Feb 2015 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia celebrated 25 years of constitutional democracy here on Monday.
The day was celebrated under the theme “Our Constitution – 25 years on: How can the youth ensure that the Constitution remains a living document”.
A celebratory event took place at the A. Shipena Senior Secondary School in Katutura to mark the adoption of the Namibian Constitution on 09 February 1990 - 41 days before Namibia attained independence.
The celebrations also saw the Office of the Ombudsman launch a simplified version of the constitution as well as an audio version for visually-impaired people.
Current Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab, who was the main speaker at the event, applauded the key players in the drafting of the constitution.
He said among others, President-elect Dr. Hage Geingob had so much hope in the constitution for all people to be treated with dignity and fairness.
“I am filled with joy and pride when I see how far we have come as a nation and the realisation that the Namibian Constitution was not written in vain but remain a strong foundation of our democracy as it was,” he said.
Gurirab noted that Namibia is regarded as a small nation, but it has made great strides in providing access to areas which many people were excluded from during pre-independence such as primary, secondary and tertiary education, health and justice.
Director of the Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired, Daniel Trum thanked the Office of the Ombudsman for the audio version of the Constitution, and expressed hope that other formats will follow soon.
On his part, Ombudsman John Walters urged the youth to read and understand the Constitution.