WINDHOEK, 12 MAY – President Hage Geingob has praised Founding Father Sam Nujoma as a revolutionary, torch and comfort during the liberation struggle.
Speaking during a live broadcast of Nujoma’s 89th birthday celebration at Etunda, Okahao in the Omusati Region on Saturday, Geingob said Nujoma is an extraordinary Namibian and leader, someone who motivated people towards achieving a common goal.
“No one could have predicted that you, an infant from this part of our land, would one day grow to become a revolutionary and liberator of our people against an unjust and ruthless enemy,” Geingob said.
He further described Nujoma as a revolutionary activist who advocated for radical change, and walked the journey to independence with many people.
Geingob said Nujoma had difficult and dark days when the morale was low, however his persistent character was a “torch” and provided comfort during the struggle for an independent Namibia.
Under him, Swapo was a collection of unrecognised freedom fighters who believed in their country and their right to be free.
“Our founding father’s tenacity transformed Swapo into the most recognisable branch in the history of liberation movements in Africa and the world.”
The president added that Namibia’s independence was irreversible and as the first president of a free and sovereign country, Nujoma pulled everyone together by promoting reconciliation, a part which is not told in southern Africa.
He said although former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was the first reconciliator, Nujoma followed and became the second to oversee reconciliation in a deeply divided society.
“This is how it started that we maintain peace and co-exist with our former oppressors of whom some still think reconciliation was started because of weakness. But we are saying that we have reconciled at political level but at economic level, the land problem; we still have to go a long way,” Geingob said.
He further noted that although some people feel that colonialism is better than an independent Namibia, the country is far better today, despite problems faced.