21 Mar 2015 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) Thousands of people from all walks of life gathered since 05h00 to witness the 25th silver independence jubilee at the Independence Stadium on Saturday.
Guests enjoyed the drizzling of the rain falling on the rooftop of tents, which were made available for the first time for the visitors under the open pavilion.
The seats on the pavilion were painted in white, yellow, blue, green and red while the national and the African Union (AU) flags fly high behind in the cloudy morning sky.
Former Prime Minster Libertine Amathila, who was also the director of ceremony boasting that there were reasons to celebrate the occasion.
She also paid tribute to the outgoing President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who has won the world's most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for governance in Africa.
Many incumbent and former African heads of states, members of the diplomatic corps as well as high ranking government officials from all over the world arrived since 08h30 at the event.
These delegates included amongst others, former Nigerian President Oluṣẹgun Ọbasanjọ, Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa; President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta; President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe; Botswanas incumbent President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama; President of the Congo-Brazzaville Denis Sassou Nguesso, King Mswati III of Swaziland, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, and the President of Angola José Eduardo dos Santos.
Father of the Nation Sam Nujoma, dressed in a black hat and suit also arrived to the sounds of Ndilimani Cultural Group's 'Sema Oulipeni'.
Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba did his last inspection with the guard of honour before he delivered his last speech to the nation.
Twenty-five years ago, a new and hopeful nation was born. As a free and sovereign people, we began the journey of shaping our own political, economic, and social destiny. That journey will continue under the leadership of Dr Hage Geingob, he stated.
He then changed seats with Geingob, after Chief Justice Peter Shivute handed over the symbols of power, which included the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, National Flag, Presidential Standard and National Seal to him.
In Geingob's acceptance speech, he paid tribute to Nujoma, who he described as a mentor, who is an icon of Namibias struggle for independence.
He made a pledged to the Namibian nation to fight the war on poverty, inequality and hunger.
No Namibian must feel left out, he added.
White doves and balloons were released in the air after Geingob ended his speech with vigour, and appreciation from the crowd.
Guests were entertained by parade marches of the police, defence, air and navy forces - with a fly pass of jets and helicopters. Namibian Defence Force (NDF) parachute team also tickled the interest of the spectators.
The newly sworn-in president Geingob then hosted a luncheon for invited guests. The public was treated with entertainment that included athletics, soccer, and music.
A fireworks display was also slated for 20h00.