WINDHOEK, Jan. 25 – Finland’s Speaker of Parliament, Mrs Maria Lohela, earlier today, heaped praised on late former Namibian Minister of Immigration and Home Affairs, and National Assembly member, Rosalia Nghidinwa, lauding her role as exceptional with regards to thrusting women empowerment.
Lohela and her Namibian counterpart, Professor Peter Katjavivi, paid a courtesy call to President Hage Geingob this morning, to brief him on various cooperations the two nations are embarking on.
And the Finnish Speaker saw it fit to recognise the immense contribution Nghidinwa played. Not only for Country, but also Women Empowerment.
“I remain impressed with what I have learned about the contribution and role that the former Member of Parliament Rosalia Nghidinwa played toward her country. Her contribution against fighting oppression during the liberation struggle; and her role in fighting for women empowerment in Namibia are indications that indeed Namibia has lost an Icon,” she said.
President Hage Geingob then informed the Finland Speaker of Parliament that the friendship between the two countries had been enshrined during the time of the liberation struggle and as such, Namibia would embrace the friendship as it faces the second wave of the struggle, notably, the struggle for economic emancipation.
“The first phase of the struggle, which is peace, has been achieved. We are now in our second phase of the Struggle; the struggle for economic emancipation, development… people cannot eat peace, they want food and shelter,’’ added Geingob.
Finland and Namibia have enjoyed a great relationship dating during the time of the liberation struggle, and the two countries must continue to reinforce the foundations, said Geingob, adding,”We would like to form great cooperation in business, investment, tourism, education and the fight against gender based violence among our respective countries.”
Geingob is scheduled to leave the country tomorrow to attend the African Union summit. – Robert Maseka.