House of Democracy turns one

27 Jun 2015 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN, (NAMPA) - The House of Democracy in Windhoek celebrated its one year anniversary on Thursday.
For the past year, the House, operated by the Hanns Seidel Foundation Namibia and located along Dr Frans Indongo Street, has served as the home of several non-governmental organisations, all committed to enhancing democratic values.
Delivering the keynote address, Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi reminded guests that Namibians can feel pride in the state of democracy in the country.
“Namibia has been a model of democracy during its 25 years of independence,” he said, referring to the basis of rule of law, political tolerance and stability of the nation.
In spite of the strong foundation of democracy, Katjavivi emphasised that no nation can be free, unless its citizens play a meaningful part in the decision-making process and are in charge of their own resources, including land and natural resources.
“The country is being called upon to push for industrialisation,” the professor stated, referring to the need for further education in the fields of engineering for Namibia to make use of its natural wealth.
Even though Namibia has been a model of democracy, especially in the African context, Head of the Hanns Seidel Foundation in Namibia, Nicole Bogott, urged for the strengthening of dialogue among citizens, political parties and stakeholders.
“The purpose of the House of Democracy is not to duplicate and rival what the government is doing, but to provide a platform for synergy of organisations and ideas,” Bogott said.
The House of Democracy currently serves as the headquarters of the Economic Association of Namibia; Insight Magazine; Institute for Public Policy Research; and the Namibia Institute for Democracy.