29 Jul 2013 05:20
BUKALO, 29 JUL (NAMPA) - Chief Kisco Liswani III of the Masubia Traditional Authority in the Caprivi Region has applauded Government for the introduction of free primary education, and proposed that it be also introduced at secondary level in the near future.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Michael Mudabiti, a villager from the Bukalo settlement, where the Masubia annual cultural festival was held on Saturday.
Bukalo is situated some 40km east of Katima Mulilo.
Chief Liswani III said free primary education is a step in the right direction, especially for the young generation. With these developments, Vision 2030 is possible to attain, he added.
The Masubia leader also hailed infrastructural developments being made in his area of jurisdiction as testimony of the governments commitment towards Vision 2030, the countrys vision of becoming an industrialised nation.
These include the construction of schools and hostels, as well as health facilities.
Another development hailed by the Masubia leader is the electrification of the Masubia area.
Liswani used the cultural festivity to urge his subjects to work hard, and emancipate themselves from poverty.
I, therefore, call for unity amongst the people, and to work with others for a common goal, he noted.
With regards to the drought situation in his area, the Masubia chief congratulated the government for having taken a giant step towards addressing the situation by distributing comprehensive drought relief aid to all the affected people.
Meanwhile, Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister, Major-General Charles Namoloh said during the same occasion that cultural festivals are important platforms for the transmission of cultural values, norms and customs.
The minister said their ancestors have practiced and preserved culture, and it is therefore the duty of the current generation to appreciate and transmit these elements of culture to the present and future generations as well.
He furthermore urged people to use the cultural festival to reflect on the state of social and moral values, while calling on them to continue walking the path of unity, peace and inclusiveness.
The Masubia annual cultural festival, which attracted thousands of people from the Caprivi Region and beyond, was also attended by several Cabinet Ministers and Regional and Local Authority Councillors.
It served as a platform to attract tourism as it offered several traditional dances, songs and the narration of the history of the Masubiya Traditional Authority.