WINDHOEK, 11 APR – The National clean-up campaign will take place on 25 May 2018, President Hage Geingob has announced.
Geingob made this announcement during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) presented here on Wednesday.
“It is unacceptable that due to littering, we have allowed the City of Windhoek to lose its position as the ‘Cleanest City in Africa’ to Kigali,” Geingob said.
The nationwide clean-up campaign was initially scheduled for 01 May, which is perennially celebrated as Workers’ Day (May Day).
This, however, caused an outcry from trade unions, with some saying they were not consulted about their day being earmarked for a national clean-up campaign.
One such union was the Trade Union Congress of Namibia, with its Secretary General, Mahongora Kavihuha stressing that May Day is a very important day fought for by the workers over a long period of time and indeed granted with the aim of reflecting on the many trials, tribulations and exploitative practices the workers have endured.
Kavihuha in an interview with Nampa after the SONA, thanked the President for having agreed to change the date for the clean-up campaign.
“This is a milestone in the fight for workers’ recognition and emancipation,” Kavihuha said.