Madam Pohamba retires from duties- Ignore 2

14 Mar 2015 09:20am

WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA)- First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba said she has arrived at the starting point of a life of retirement from national duties. 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 confidently accept responsibilities even at international level and to have been able to live up to those responsibilities,? she said. She said she and her husband, the outgoing Head of StateHifikepunye 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. 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 with the same passion, devotion and selflessness,? she advised. Pohamba said when she assumed the office in 2005 as the first lady; the office was virtually non-functional because there were no activities or any budgeted programmes at the beginning. She said she then requested the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) to do voluntary work at the Robert Mugabe Clinic in line with her nursing profession, which was granted. She said the same year she launched the Organisation for the Empowerment of Widows/ Widowers and Orphans of HIV and Aids in Namibia (OEWONA). Lady Pohamba indicated that the main reason to establish the organization was to empower the beneficiaries and to provide knowledge and skills to various trainings on projects of their choices and interest for income generating, which enabled them to help themselves. (NAMPA) KN/LI