Tsumeb goes all out for Independence

21 Mar 2018 19:10pm
TSUMEB, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – Wednesday marked the celebration of Namibia’s independence and saw Namibians from all walks of life, irrespective of race, creed, economic status or political affiliation converge on Tsumeb’s Oscar Norich Stadium as a people.
Due to its diversity, the town of Tsumeb is known as a melting pot of culture where many resident speak a minimum of five Namibian languages.
The town prides itself on playing a role in the lives of two of Namibia’s Heads of State.
President Hage Geingob’s teaching career commenced here, while former President Hifikepunye Pohamba worked at the Tsumeb Corporation Limited (TCL) mine for four years from 1956.
As a consequence, Geingob saw it fit to hold this year’s Independence Day celebration in the town, and the event lived up to its billing.
Initially, the heavy rains experienced on Monday and Tuesday looked like it could hamper the hosting of the event as blocked drainage systems at the stadium led to the soccer pitch being waterlogged.
However, at around 14h00 on Tuesday, the Tsumeb Municipality, volunteers and the organisers stepped in and averted a possible crisis.
Prior to Geingob delivering his keynote address, the crowd was treated to a scintillating performance by a band made up of all Namibian ethnic groups, a first of its kind.
This, according to the president, was a reflection of the Namibian House.
In his keynote address, Geingob reminded the about 5 000 attendees of the meaning of Namibia’s independence.
This year’s theme was “United we stand, for the love of Namibia.”
“We witnessed that, just moments ago all parts of Namibian citizens… all tribes and all races were here in front of you. United because they love their country,” said Geingob in reference to the multi-cultural band.
To capture the true meaning of Namibia’s independence, the Head of State quoted from founding President Sam Nujoma’s inaugural speech on 21 March 1990, during which he proclaimed: “As from today, we are the masters of this vast land of our ancestors. The destiny of this country is now fully in our own hands. We should therefore look forward to the future with confidence and hope.”