Former President Sam Nujoma is set to spend today farming, as he celebrates his 86th birthday.
His personal assistant John Nauta said Nujoma is still energetic and has a busy schedule.
After breakfast at 06:00, he will oversee different activities on his Etunda farm, which include the construction of a clinic and a school.
He said the primary school has been completed, while the clinic is now at roof level.
“He is also overseeing farmworkers, as well as places that need to be de-bushed and gardened. There are a lot of oranges here and he waters them and attends to all that needs to be looked after. He is still energetic,” said Nauta, who spoke from Nujoma’s farm in Otjiwarongo.
Nauta said Nujoma returns for lunch and goes back to his farming activities at 16:00, before knocking off for the day.
He said the founding father has also been advising farmers to sell their cattle because of the drought - advice which he himself is following.
Nujoma’s son Utoni said the family would like to wish him renewed strength and good health.
“He has worked his entire life for people and continues to do that. We cherish that,” said Utoni.
He said his father is selfless and he appreciates his commitment to the liberation of the country.
Utoni said his father had sent him and his two brothers to join PLAN, setting an example for others to follow.
He said through this they learnt how to be self-reliant, among other things.
“His life is a total commitment to Namibia and its people. Wherever he goes he gives a donation,” Utoni said.
The 12 May Movement, organised by the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL), will celebrate Nujoma’s birthday in Otjiwarongo at the Mokati Stadium on Saturday.
SPYL Secretary Elijah Ngurare said President Hage Geingob will deliver the keynote speech, while Nujoma is expected to deliver a statement.
He said solidarity messages are expected from around the country.
“When we commemorate his birthday, all young people should connect with elders, listen to them and record their illustrious lives,” Ngurare said.
He extended an invitation to everyone to attend, including Nudo Deputy Secretary-General and Okakarara Constituency Councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu.
He said young people should emulate Nujoma’s values, including simplicity, hard work, humility, bravery, self-reliance, patriotism and Pan-Africanism.
WINDHOEK SELMA IKELA