"Let us celebrate our unity without uniformity": Geingob

21 Mar 2016 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – “Let us celebrate our unity without uniformity. Let us celebrate our diversity without division. Let us disagree without being disagreeable.”
These were the words of President Hage Geingob when he addressed the nation on Namibia’s Independence Day on Monday.
Namibia was liberated from the yoke of colonialism on 21 March 1990, after a 24-year liberation struggle.
Thousands of Namibians converged at Windhoek's Independence Stadium to celebrate the country's 26th year of independence.
Geingob said after 26 years, Namibia's democracy has reached a level of maturity, which allows it to reflect on past achievements, identify challenges and together, plan for the future.
“Due to our unity as a people, we stand on the solid foundation that will support our shared aspirations.”
The Namibian Head of State then urged all Namibians to cherish the 'Namibian House' they have built over the past 26 years, stating that this “house is earmarked for all Namibian men and women, girls and boys”.
“We are united and although we might bend, we will never be broken,” said Geingob to a thunderous applause.
The celebration was attended by various prominent figures and foreign dignitaries, including Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who was the guest of honour.