25 Feb 2016 20:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 25 FEB (NAMPA) - The first-ever congress of the Namibia National Liberation Veterans Association (NNLVA) was officially opened here by the Vice-President, Dr Nickey Iyambo on behalf of President Hage Geingob on Thursday morning.
The five-day congress is being attended by 98 delegates from all 14 regions.
The NNLVA is registered with the Ministry of Veterans' Affairs and has representatives on the ministry's Veterans' Board.
The congress is aimed at electing a new leadership of the association, expected to lead the association for the next five years.
In a speech delivered on his behalf, Geingob called on the delegates to work hard during their deliberations and to review the constitution of the association which was drafted in a rush during its formation in 2010.
He said those who will fail to make it to positions should accept the outcome of the elections.
Among the positions to be contested are president, two vice presidents, secretary-general, treasurer, co-ordinator, and deputy as well as office administrators.
Geingob asked the members of the association present to vote for the right candidates in the interest of the nation, adding that the delegates must include those leaders who understand the history and purpose of the association.
He stated that the Ministry of Veterans Affairs has registered over 30 000 veterans since the formation of the association.
On his part, NNLVA President, Retired Lieutenant-General Raonga Andima said the names of the newly elected leaders will be announced on Thursday shortly after the election process.
He announced that he will not be available for any position in the association.
The congress ends Friday.