15 May 2016 13:40pm
FARM ETUNDA, 15 MAY (NAMPA) - Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma has dedicated his 87th birthday to the completion of the Etunda Primary School and clinic under construction on his farm in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Etunda Trust Farm is situated some 30 kilometres south of Otavi.
Nujoma was born on 12 May 1929 at Etunda village in the Omusati Region, and he turned 87 on Thursday.
The former president played an important role as a leader in Namibias struggle for liberation from South African colonial rule.
His birthday celebrations on the farm started Friday night with hundreds of people gathered around a fire to hear Nujomas life story.
The festivities continued with, amongst others, cultural performances on Saturday.
Nujoma said all Namibians must view education as a key to knowledge and power.
It is in this vein that I made a decision to donate a portion of land on my farm for the construction of a primary school and clinic, he said.
The school is expected to accommodate learners from Grades One to Seven, and will largely educate children of farm labourers in the area around Farm Etunda.
The clinic at the farm will provide primary health care services to the general public and especially to victims of accidents on the B1 road between Otavi and Otjiwarongo.
Several business people pledged donations to be used to complete the construction of the facilities.
On Friday alone nearly N.dollars 1,4 million was raised.
Several business people, politicians, diplomats and individuals who attended the celebrations on Saturday also handed a variety of gifts over to Nujoma for his 87th birthday.
Hundreds of people from all corners of Namibia travelled to Etunda to attend the birthday celebrations.
Those in attendance were entertained by various cultural groups and by the Ndilimani Cultural Troupe.