03 Aug 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 AUG (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob on Saturday celebrated his 78th birthday with a luncheon with the children of Hope Village in the capital.
Accompanied by First Lady Monica Geingos, the Head of State said children are the future leaders and told them it takes hard work, discipline and commitment to become a leader.
Leadership is not a necklace which you can put around your neck, leadership comes with responsibility and trust. It is not a decoration to carry that responsibility, he said.
Geingob advised the children to be disciplined and to avoid criminal activities like harming people and drug abuse, while also calling for one Namibian House irrespective of colour, ethnicity and tribe.
Be committed to what you are doing. In difficult times, keep going with hope. We had hope that one day we will get our independence. As we suffered in the bush, our leaders kept telling us our next meeting will be on the outskirts of Windhoek. We never gave up! Today hope has brought us to Windhoek, not the outskirts of Windhoek, but inside Windhoek. That is the power of hope, the president said.
Hope Village opened its doors in 2008 with one baby and currently accommodates 88 children. Twenty children have already left the home to pursue their studies or seek employment.
Geingob also celebrated his birthday with senior citizens with a dinner at State House on Friday, where he called for elderly people to be treated with respect.
It is a blessing to celebrate my birthday surrounded by such a big number of senior citizens, he said.
Retired bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia, Cleopas Dumeni, who spoke on behalf of the pensioners, said Namibians should put their determination in hope.
Let us have hope, and hope that with hope we will reach our objectives after setting ourselves a goal when we attained our hard-won independence, he added.
Geingob was born on 03 August 1941 in Otjiwarongo.