Namibians celebrate their independence in Ethiopia

29 Mar 2015 12:00pm
ADDIS ABABA, 29 MAR (NAMPA) - Namibia's Embassy in Ethiopia held a belated 25th Independence Silver Jubilee Celebration on Friday, a week after the main event kicked off on 21 March in Windhoek.
Whilst the main event in Windhoek was very colourful with a parade, fireworks and attendance by over 21 Heads of State from Africa and all over the world, the celebration in Ethiopia took place in style at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, with over 200 embassies and Namibians residing there in attendance.
Guests joined Namibia in celebrating the milestone she has reached in the past twenty-five years and the peaceful transition of power to and inauguration of third President Dr Hage Geingob.
In her key address, Namibia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ethiopia and the African Union, Anna Mutelo, informed Excellencies that President Geingob has committed himself to continue the legacy of his predecessors, which is that of maintaining peace and stability while declaring an all out war on poverty and inequality.
“He vowed that his administration would focus on transactional and transformational governance in pursuance of prosperity for all, so that not one of our citizens should feel left behind,” said Mutelo. Mutelo also paid homage and tribute to Namibia's heroes and heroines who laid down their lives and shed their precious blood for the freedom and independence that the nation is enjoying today.
Guests were entertained by Spinny and the Green Kids Cultural Group from Namibia’s Zambezi Region in celebrating this historic event in Ethiopia.
On the bilateral level, Mutelo said Namibia and Ethiopia have started implementing the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the two Ministries of Health in 2013, which had 22 pharmacists deployed to Namibia to assist in rendering the much needed pharmaceutical services.
Mutelo further commended the peaceful and stable Namibia for engaging in dialogue and various missions with fellow African states.
“On the multilateral level, Namibia successfully co-lead the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) and the European Union Peace and Security Council Joint Field Mission to Mali in February 2015. Namibia also co-chaired the 9th AUPSC and the United Nations Security Council Annual Joint Consultative Meeting that was held in Addis Ababa on 12th March 201,” she said.
After the official event, Namibians and other attendees danced the night away to the music of Namibian artists such as PDK, who composed this year’s independence song and Gazza.