RUNDU, 05 AUG – A youth group called Kavango Youth Empowerment on Saturday held a candle-lighting ceremony to honour fallen heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle.
The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service centre in Rundu.
Retired Kavango East Education Director and regional secretary of the Swapo’s elders council, Alfons Dikuwa applauded the group for coming up with the initiative and said ceremonies of such nature should be held annually.
He told brief stories about the liberation struggle and spoke of a few heroes of the liberation struggle such as the late Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo, who was instrumental in the forming of Swapo.
Dikuwa also encouraged the youth and others in attendance to emulate the determination of freedom fighters like Ya Toivo and Theo-Ben Gurirab, who stood firm in ensuring that Namibia’s case is heard at the United Nations (UN).
A moment of silence was then observed to pay respect to those who fought in the liberation struggle.
Kavango Youth Empowerment secretary, Annakleta Haikera in her closing remarks encouraged the youth to involve themselves in issues that contribute to the development of their future.
“In a world of so much confusion it is not easy for the youth to stand out and be involved in matters that will help shape their future,” said Haikera.
She said although the turnout was not expected, they felt it was important to do and plan to continue.
“The youth and every Namibian should honour the people who fought for the country,” she said.
Haikera earlier said the event would help educate people born after Independence as some are not familiar with the history of the liberation struggle heroes and heroines.
They were also hoping to help young people consider working hard so they can leave behind a legacy that people will remember them for.