Split of Kavango regions doesn’t imply tribalism: Pohamba

15 Dec 2013 19:00pm
MPUNGU VLEI, 15 DEC (NAMPA) - The splitting of the Kavango Region into two regions does not imply that people should be divided along tribal lines, President Hifikepunye Pohamba says.
He said this while speaking during the inauguration of the Tsumeb-Katwitwi road at Mpungu Vlei, situated some 170 kilometres (km) west of Rundu in the Kavango West Region, on Friday.
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.
The President advised residents of the two regions to treat each other as if they were from one region, saying he wants unity to be intensified in the two Kavango regions.
He further called on all Namibians to condemn tribalism in all its forms, stressing that tribalism cannot work in an independent Namibia.
The Head of State, who made it clear to those in attendance that he is “a Kwanyama of Ukwangali origin”, said tribalism should not dominate the lives of Namibian citizens.
“You should regard yourself as Namibians first. Let us be unified and assist each other in building this country,” the President said.
The Tsumeb-Katwitwi road links Kavango West and the Oshikoto Region.
It is expected to improve transport between Namibia and south-east Angola, and also forms part of the regional link between Tsumeb and Minonge, the capital of Angola’s Cuando Cubango province.