Namibians in diaspora urged to hold hands in building the countr

20 Sep 2015 16:50pm
By Maggy Thomas
WASHINGTON, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has called on the Namibian community in the diaspora to hold hands in building their country.
He made the call on Saturday at a dinner held in his honour by the Namibian Embassy in Washington D.C., where he dined with some Namibians living in the United States of America (USA).
Geingob noted that Namibians must not remain poor while living in a rich country with abundant resources.
“That is why we need everybody’s support, whether in the diaspora or home, to contribute to build Namibia,” he said.
The president indicated that Namibia is faced with land problems, unemployment, lack of housing and food, among others.
“We are expected to deliver to satisfy the needs of the people. But, Namibia is on the move with intent to turn around the situation, with your help.
“Be proud of your country. The country has a working democracy, but people do not eat democracy. So, we must hold hands to provide good services to our people,” he told the gathering.
The Head of State commended the nation and heroes for all working towards becoming a democratic and prosperous State but noted Namibia now faces the second phase of the struggle, which is economic emancipation.
He indicated that he has declared war against corruption and poverty since he was inaugurated early this year.
Geingob said he started his term in March this year by declaring his assets for the sake of transparency.
“We must be transparent and be held accountable. I believe in partnership in governance with our people,” he said.
He then called on Namibians in the diaspora to hold hands and build the Namibian House in the spirit of Harambee (pulling together in the same direction).
Geingob explained that Namibia is one of the truly democratic countries – first President Sam Nujoma brought peace and former President Hifikepunye Pohamba brought stability, while he, President Geingob is tasked to bring prosperity.
“People enjoy democracy and a good constitution, but we don’t eat those things. People want to eat food, people want decent shelters and employment,” he said.
He, therefore, noted that in the new Africa, it has been realised that people can live anywhere, provided that they know what they are doing; a mindset very important in building a prosperous nation.
“We are now talking about brain-gaining, are u gaining brain? If you are gaining skills, you are welcome; you can be used while you are here to plough back to build the Namibian House,” said the Namibian leader.
“Gain your brain and contribute. Let us hold hands and move to build Namibia,” he stated.
However, Geingob warned the Namibians in the diaspora not to wait for the government to ask them what they can contribute to build their country.
“Rather, ask the government to meet you halfway. I don’t think Namibians must be assigned to develop their country. You cannot be begged by the government to say please come back home to contribute. It is your commitment.
“It is your duty to contribute to your country. Facilities are there for you and those who are in the country. If you want to come back - come back and sacrifice - but don’t come empty-handed again. We would like you to have skills or money to contribute in building the Namibian House,” he stated.
At the same event, Geingob’s Constitutional Advisor, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi called on the Namibians in the diaspora to raise funds among themselves to help in alleviating poverty in the country through the establishment of food banks.
“Any dollar that you can raise, in a Namibian context would be more than what you think a dollar can do for you here,” she said.
Geingob has been in the USA to visit and talk cooperation with officials from the San Antonio City in Texas and will address the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York at the upcoming 70th UN General Assembly. He is accompanied by, amongst others, some Cabinet ministers, a business delegation, and other high-ranking Government officials.