18 Aug 2013 08:50
OKANGHUDI, 18 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba and the First Lady, Penehupifo Pohamba celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary at their home village of Okanghudi in the Ohangwena Region on Saturday.
Founding President Sam Nujoma and principal witness at the Pohamba wedding, Hidipo Hamutenya, several Cabinet ministers and Members of Parliament were amongst those in attendance at the celebration.
The Pohambas got married in Luanda, Angola on 17 August 1983.
In his welcoming remarks, President Pohamba pointed out that his family entrusted the Secretary to Cabinet, Frans Kapofi, Ben Hauwanga of the BH group of companies and David Nghipunduka of Peace Garden Investment with organising their 30th anniversary celebration.
Traditional leaders from the northern authorities of Oukwanyama (the host), Ondonga, Uukwambi, Ongandjera, Ombalantu, Uukolonkadhi and Ombadja also attended the event.
A family friend, Claudia Nekwaya-Mwandingi revealed that she played a role in the couples engagement before their wedding in 1983. At the time, hundreds of Namibians were in exile, fighting for Namibias independence. Nekwaya-Mwandingi said she and the First Lady were studying in Jamaica when she helped facilitate the engagement of the Pohambas in 1979 through a letter.
President Pohamba was in Angola when Nekwaya-Mwandingi wrote the letter from Jamaica.
She appealed to the President and First Lady to continue being a peaceful couple and also to keep inspiring members of the Namibian society now and when they retire from being the leaders of the country.
Also speaking during the anniversary celebration, Hamutenya joined Nekwaya-Mwandingi in wishing the Pohamba couple all the best in their marriage and encouraged them to remain an exemplary pair.
The more stable the marriages are, the more stable the nation is, Hamutenya said.