WINDHOEK, 25 MAY – President Hage Geingob on Friday joined residents of Windhoek’s Goreangab residential area for the national clean-up campaign.
The close to 500 community members started gathering from 07h00 at the assembly point, where the City of Windhoek’s Chief of Solid Waste Management, Fred Koujo, briefed them on safety measures and recycling.
First Lady Monica Geingos and other senior government officials such as Ministers of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta and Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta and Deputy Ministers under the Office of the Prime Minister, Royal /Ui/o/oo and Hilma Nikanor, also participated in the cleaning campaign.
Community members were eager to help, with even women with babies on their backs and children seen picking up rubbish.
It was also a chance for them to interact with the president.
After an hour of cleaning at Goreangab, the president and his entourage proceeded to the Moses ǁGaroëb Constituency, where similar activities took place.
President Geingob called on Namibians to embrace the culture of cleaning and keeping the environment tidy.
“Let us make Namibia a clean country. By keeping it clean, we also minimise the risk of diseases,” he said.
The 14-year-old Moses Nangolo, who took pride in cleaning his surroundings, emphasised the importance of people keeping their surroundings clean in order to avoid outbreaks of diseases such as Hepatitis E.
“Children also should not play in dirty areas and everyone should take precautions when handling dirty water,” he said.