Independence Day celebrations must portray national character: Sinimbo

02 Mar 2017 19:20pm
RUNDU, 02 MAR (NAMPA) - Namibia’s 27th Independence Day celebration in the Kavango East Region must be an event that portrays a national character, the Head of the Independence Preparatory Committee, Gabriel Sinimbo has said.
He said the celebration should not be exclusive, but rather inclusive, for each Namibian to feel that the celebrations are for all citizens.
Sinimbo was speaking during the first meeting held with stakeholders at Rundu on Thursday.
“The President directed that the celebration be hosted in this region, so it should be seen as an honour for this region, which is one of the few regions to have hosted it.”
Sinimbo said he is directed by Government to convey to the regional leadership that hosting the event will take total commitment and teamwork.
The local organising committee, he said, should consist of people from all political parties from different backgrounds.
“All citizens and visitors should feel the national pride to go and attend the independence celebration.”
He said the annual commemoration of Namibia’s independence on 21 March 1990 is a significant event that will be attended by local and international dignitaries.
“It has a direct bearing on the image of the country,” he stressed, adding some attendees may not have been to Namibia before and could form an opinion of the country based on that day.
“Our reception and provision of services extended to visitors like at service stations, in shops and at accommodation outlets, and the tidiness of the town contributes directly to the image of the country.”
On his part, Governor of the Kavango East Region Samuel Mbambo invited all Namibians to come and celebrate Independence Day in the region.
He said Namibians will this day reflect on the country’s success in terms of national reconciliation, unity, stability and will engage to think of current prosperity endeavours.
“I would like to invite all 14 regions and even the neighbouring countries to come and celebrate the day with us,” Mbambo said.