Today's enemies are invisible: Geingob

26 Aug 2016 14:50pm
WALVIS BAY, 26 AUG (NAMPA) – The enemies of yesterday were identifiable and easy to engage as they were militarised, but the enemies Namibia faces today are few, invisible and have no form or shape, President Hage Geingob has said.
Geingob, who spoke at the Heroes Day Commemoration event at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay on Friday, said the present day enemies involve poverty, corruption and tribalism, coupled with independent intervening variables such as drought.
The Head of State said these adversaries cannot be defeated by armies, but through the collective effort of every Namibian displaying the same level of fearlessness the heroes of the liberation struggle did.
The ability for all to pull together in one direction must become an attitude of mind and a way of life, the President said.
“Once we adopt this mindset, we will be able to bring about concrete change even in the most challenging circumstances,” he said.
He added that Namibian heroes should adopt heroic traits such as bravery, self-sacrifice, pride and nobility instead of being divisive, corrupt and greedy.
“Heroism is a practice which we should all employ, whether in our homes, schools, churches, workplaces or communities,” Geingob said.
Heroes’ Day commemorates the battle of Omugulugwombashe on 26 August 1966, when South African soldiers attacked People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) fighters, marking the start of Namibia’s liberation struggle.