First Lady Pohamba Retires with Gratitude and Joy

13 Mar 2015 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA)- First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba said she has arrived at the starting point of a life of retirement from national duties.

First Lady Pohamba made the remarks here on Thursday during a Gala dinner held at State House with the Prevent Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Task Force Members.

The First Lady expressed gratitude to her staff and PMTCT task force members for supporting her in activities by her office.

The First Lady, who is also the patron of the Maternal and Child Health National Agenda said after 10 years of working as a first lady, she recalls with joy the roles and responsibilities of being a first lady.

“You have assisted me in realizing my goals and responsibilities, even at international level, and being able to live up to those responsibilities,” she said. The first lady noted that the mark left by Namibia in the international arena has been a collective effort of the nation as a whole.

She said she and her husband, the outgoing Head of State Hifikepunye Pohamba, will embrace the next part of their lives to devote much time to their family and to guide, nurture and see their grandchildren growing.

She however stated that they will always be available for any activity that requires their input and advice.

First Lady Pohamba said she is confident that Namibians will avail themselves to assist the incoming first lady in the various national duties or programmes that she is to initiate.

“I therefore encourage you all to do the same with the passion, devotion and selflessness,” she advised.

First Lady Pohamba said when she assumed the office in 2005 as the first lady, the office was virtually non-functional because there were no planned activities or any budgeted programmes.

She said she then requested the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) to do voluntary work at the Robert Mugabe Clinic in Windhoek, which is in line with her nursing profession.

She said the same year she launched the Organisation for the Empowerment of Widows/ Widowers and Orphans of HIV and Aids in Namibia (OEWONA).

First Lady Pohamba indicated that the main reason to establish the organisation was to empower the beneficiaries and to provide knowledge and skills through various trainings on projects of their choices and interest for income generating.

Namibia’s second first lady will, together with outgoing Head of State Hifikepunye Pohamba, on 21 March 2015 officially hand over the responsibility of the Namibian nation and country to President-elect Hage Geingob and incoming-First Lady Monica Geingos at their inauguration and the jubilee of Namibia’s Independence.