Constitution Day on Sunday

07 Feb 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – Prime Minister Hage Geingob has urged Namibians to remember and celebrate National Constitution Day on Sunday.
He said this during the Office of the Prime Minister’s New Year’s Staff Address in the capital on Friday morning.
Geingob said Namibia has one of the best constitutions in the world, and in Africa particularly.
“Namibia was the first country in Africa to sit and draft a constitution after the Philadelphia Convention,” he said.
The Philadelphia Convention took place in 1787, when delegates gathered in Washington (USA) to correct the various problems that had arisen while the newly-independent nation was operating under the Articles of Confederation following independence from Great Britain.
The historic result of that convention was the crafting of the United States of America Constitution.
Geingob added that the first reconciliation after Namibia’s independence started after members of the Constituent Assembly was elected.
The 72 elected members of the Constituent Assembly put together the Namibian Constitution in the late 1989 and early 1990s, which set the legal basis for an independent self-government.
The adoption of the Namibian Constitution on 09 February 1990 formally ended the legality of colonial power, and marked the conclusion of the decades-long political and armed struggle against South African occupation.
“Therefore, we should remember on Sunday that we drafted our own law of the country, which we must all honour,” Geingob said.