26th Independence celebrations underway
21 Mar 2016 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) - The Independence Stadium was packed to capacity by 08h00 on Monday for the celebration of the 26th Namibian Independence Anniversary.
The public started arriving as early as 06h00 to secure seats and good view of the field where all action is set to take place on this memorable day.
Streets in the neighbourhood surrounding the stadium were buzzing with police cars and sirens as early at 06h00.
Cabinet ministers, deputies and prominent figures such as liberation struggle icon Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Chief Justice Peter Shivute, Former Prime Minister Libertine Amadhila, Swapo-Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba and numerous foreign diplomats were at the stadium by the time it was packed to capacity.
Keeping the crowd entertained while more guests arrive before the main event was the Ndilimani Cultural Troupe with its revolutionary songs and energetic dance routines.
Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who is the guest of honour, is expected to grace the occasion.
Among the foreign dignitaries, the public is expecting the arrival of Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos State in Nigeria, and Former Secretary-General of the Organisation of the African Union (OAU) Salim Ahmed Salim.
The Namibian and African Union flags are flying proudly in the wind and the morale is high at the Independence Stadium, despite the already scorching Namibian sun.
President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos were expected to arrive around 10h00 for the official event to commence.