Kenyatta lauds Namibia, Kenya relationship during Independence Day celebrations

21 Mar 2019 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – Independence Day affords Namibians the opportunity to reflect on the many milestones achieved nationally but also collectively as an African people, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

Kenyatta was speaking as the guest of honour during the 29th Independence Day celebrations here on Thursday.

He said Namibians should strive to build and entrench peaceful, democratic and prosperous societies, where people can realise their full potential without discrimination or prejudice.

He called on all African leaders to pay particular attention to the dreams and aspirations of young people, by creating a conducive environment for them to flourish.

“Our young people are the reason our forefathers fought long and hard for self-determination and they are the reason our free nations exist today,” he said.

Kenyatta further noted that in achieving socio-economic growth and development, Africa has put in place a map with a view to accelerating progress towards the Africa aspired.

“Not long ago we stood unmoved from the face of adversity and confronted the scourge of colonialism and racial discrimination with singular determination and fearlessness as we yearn to reclaim our lands, our freedoms and our rights to be the architects of our future,” he said.

Kenyatta also reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment to continuing to work closely with Namibia and other countries on the continent to realise Africa’s goal of a peaceful and prosperous future.

“Borders must never be used as an excuse for us to retract back and forget the African spirit of Ubuntu that brought us our independence,” he said.

Kenya and Namibia enjoy strong and brotherly ties, with their history going back to the liberation struggle days when Kenya supported the South West Africa People’s Organisation, he said.

“I am happy to note that the future of Kenya and Namibia are inextricably linked and intricately bound. Our two countries will continue to cherish our history of fraternity and togetherness in pursuit of greater unity on the African continent,” he stated.

He further expressed appreciation for Namibia’s hospitality and accommodation towards Kenyans living in Namibia.

“Namibia, you have come of age, and as your elder sibling, Kenya wishes you become a beacon of hope for the rest of Africa to admire,” Kenyatta said.

The Kenyan president is in Namibia on a State visit until 24 March 2019.