Constitution Day to be celebrated in Zambezi Region

07 Feb 2016 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) - Namibians will on Tuesday celebrate Constitution Day, with the main activities taking place in the Zambezi Region.
The main event is scheduled to take place at the Mafwila Senior Secondary School at Ngoma, close to the Botswana border.
The Ombudsman, Advocate John Walters, in an interview with Nampa on Friday said the idea was to take the day to the various regions, as Windhoek was always the focal point for Constitution Day.
'We expect between 400 to 500 children from the region. We plan to engage them with the theme 'Your Constitution, Your Responsibility',' he said.
Apart from learners and teachers, the office of the Ombudsman has also invited the Regional Governor, Lawrence Sampofu and the children's Ombudsman from his office, Advocate Ingrid Cupido.
Cupido will engage with the children and invite them to address her office with issues they face and any complaints they may have during the day.
The children will also receive their own simplified copies of the Namibian Constitution.
The reason for the simplified edition of the Constitution, Walters said, is for the children to understand the constitution and create a culture of reading.
'The children must embrace the Constitution as a living document in their own lives,' Walters said.
Constitution Day marks the coming into force of Namibia's constitution.
Following national elections in1989, a total of 72 candidates from different political parties qualified to gain seats and formed the Constituent Assembly. Those elected were tasked to draw up the Namibian Constitution and 21 of these members drafted the Constitution.