01 Aug 2019 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 01 AUG (NAMPA) The Namibian Army on Wednesday witnessed the change of command in Major General (Maj Gen) Nestor Shalauda retiring and Maj Gen Matheus Alueendo taking over the reins as Commander of the Namibian Army.
The change of command took place at Lieutenant General Dimo Hamaambo Garrison in Grootfontein.
In his address, Shalauda bid farewell to the rank and file of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), particularly the Namibian Army, adding that he is thankful to God granting him the opportunity to serve his country at that level.
Shalauda recognised the Ministry of Defence (MoD) leadership for entrusting him to lead the Namibian Army until retirement.
He congratulated Major General Alueendo for his appointment as Army Commander, noting he is confident the new chief will be able to propel the army in achieving its vision.
In his acceptance speech, Alueendo stated that he felt honoured and privileged to be appointed as the seventh Namibian Army Commander.
In fact, this is a fundamental symbol of confidence and trust bestowed upon me by the political and military leadership of the MoD and indeed, President of the Republic of Namibia and the Commander-in Chief of the NDF, His Excellency, Dr Hage Geingob, stated Alueendo.
He pledged to discharge his duties to the best of his ability with zeal, commitment and uphold the core values of integrity, loyalty, professionalism and render selfless service to fulfil the constitutional obligations of the NDF.
Alueendo pointed out prioritised areas during his tenure, including undertaking command and control in order to maintain the level of preparedness of the army to protect and defend Namibia and safeguard its territorial integrity.
He wished Maj Gen Shalauda well on behalf of all the army members as he embarks on a new life of retirement.
The event was attended by high ranking officials from the Ministry of Defence including Minister of Defence, Penda ya Ndakolo and Acting Chief of the Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Martin Pinehas.