11 Apr 2015 17:20pm
ARANDIS, 11 APR (NAMPA) - Thousands of Erongo Region residents on Saturday flocked to Arandis for a belated celebration of Namibias 25th independence.
This was a regional independence celebration which amongst others saw children as young as two years old running around the stadium with miniature Namibian flags.
This years national celebration, also called the silver jubilee, coincided with the inauguration of Namibias third President, Hage Geingob, in Windhoek on 21 March.
Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua, who was re-appointed by Geingob on Friday, read the Presidents speech previously read at the national event on his behalf.
Amongst other points, the speech highlights Governments commitment to reducing poverty and landlessness, and promoting inclusiveness as well as peace and unity.
The President also indicated that the fact that more people voted for the Swapo Party and for him to be President proved that the nation has trust in the party.
As such, Geingob said, Government recommits itself to better service delivery to ensure that no Namibian is left out.
Our first priority will be to declare all-out war on poverty and concomitant inequality. Our focal point will be to address inequality, poverty and hunger, and that will involve looking at a range of policies and interventionist strategies to tackle this issue, said the Head of State.
He further noted that with some of the expectations met, such as free secondary education and the increasing of elders monthly pension grant, the nation will continue to ask for more.
There will not be just one approach. We need a myriad of options and not a one size fits all strategy, Geingob stated.
In his welcoming remarks, Arandis mayor Daniel Utapi Muhuura applauded Government for making sure that all Namibians feel safe and secure.
The smooth transition of power from one leader to another is one fact that we Namibians are proud of and must continue to promote, said the mayor.
In addition to educational speeches aimed at educating children about the history of Namibias liberation struggle, traditional dances and drills also featured during Saturdays event.