26 Aug 2013 12:30
OMUGULUGWOMBASHE, 26 AUG (NAMPA) - Founding President Sam Nujoma on Monday said embarking on an armed struggle 47 years ago in efforts to liberate Namibia from South African rule was not easy.
Nujoma was at the helm of the liberation struggle, which started at Omugulugwombashe in the Omusati Region on 26 August 1966.
Thousands of Namibian sons and daughters shed their precious blood and sacrificed their lives for our freedom, he said while speaking here.
A statue of Nujoma was unveiled by President Hifikepunye Pohamba at Omugulugwombashe, immediately before the start of the commemoration of Heroes Day here.
The statue was erected in honour of the role he played during the liberation struggle
Thousands of people suffered at the hands of the colonial forces. Some died in prisons, while others disappeared without a trace. Thousands of others had their properties destroyed, including homesteads and mahangu fields, but our people never wavered until final victory was achieved on 21 March 1990, Nujoma stated.
In accepting this honour, he said, he is mindful of the long and difficult journey the Namibian people travelled when they collectively chartered a course soaked by the blood of generations of Namibians whose blood waters our freedom.
We therefore owe our freedom to the victims of the genocide perpetrated against our people by the successive German colonial and the South African white minority apartheid regime in our country, he indicated.
Nujoma further stated that self-definition is a self-empowerment mechanism which goes a long way in forging identity in any nation.
Therefore, in naming historic places and monuments after our heroes and heroines, we assert who we are because a nation that honours its citizens, honours itself, he stated.
The former President indicated that he considers the honour bestowed upon him as a collective accomplishment, resolve and affirmative of the aspiration of Namibias citizens.
I accept with humility and gratitude the honour bestowed upon him on behalf of my comrades-in-arms in the Swapo-Party with whom I shared the trenches and crossed many rivers of blood and thick jungles across the length and breadth of the African continent in search of our freedom and independence, he stated to thunderous applause.
He further thanked the Namibian people for allowing him to lead them, not only during the difficult moments of the protracted armed liberation struggle, but also as the first President of Namibia.