Inhabitants of Kavango regions remain one: Pohamba

15 Dec 2013 15:30pm
MPUNGU VILLAGE, 15 DEC (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Saturday said despite the Kavango Region being split into two earlier this year, inhabitants of the two new regions “remain one”.The President said this while speaking at a Swapo-Party information-sharing rally held at Himarwa Senior Secondary School in the Kavango West Region’s Mpungu Constituency, some 170 kilometres (km) west of Rundu.
Pohamba announced a number of changes to Namibia’s political borders in August after accepting recommendations made by the Delimitation Commission.
One of the changes he announced was the splitting of the Kavango Region into Kavango East and Kavango West.
“I want you to understand very well that the division of the country into regions is for administration purposes only, not for dividing our people,” Pohamba told his audience on Saturday.
He said the division of the region does not mean the division of the people of Kavango.
“The people of Kavango remain one, the people of Namibia remain one,” he stated.
Pohamba then called on inhabitants of the Kavango West Region to refrain from hampering development in the region.
His statement comes after he also warned people in the region that they “will be left behind in terms of infrastructural development” if they do not want to avail land for development purposes. He said this while speaking at the inauguration of the Tsumeb-Katwitwi tarred road at Mpungu Vlei on Friday.
People in the region, particularly in western Rundu, have apparently threatened not to vote in next year’s national and presidential elections if the road between Rundu and Nkurenkuru is not tarred.
“People of western Rundu, change your minds. This country is yours, this country is mine, this country is his and this country is ours. I advise you not to repeat this threat, it is senseless,” the Swapo-Party president said.
The Head of State also used the platform to inform Namibian women that although 50/50 gender representation has been introduced, it does not mean women will be “wheel-chaired” into decision-making positions.
He said obtaining such positions demands hard work and commitment from women.
On a lighter note, the Head of State thanked the people of Mpungu as they assisted Pohamba and two acquaintances in 1961 while they were on their way to Katwitwi. Pohamba, Vilho Haitembu and Frans ‘Mushingi wOdhila’ Daniel were planning on hitchhiking from Katwitwi to South Africa in search of employment.
They spent a week resting in Mpungu as they had walked some 300km from Okanghudi in the Ohangwena Region.