Windhoek - Namibian President and Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Hage Geingob, has called on African countries to work together to achieve economic emancipation, as the continent celebrates Africa Day.
In his statement issued on Saturday, Geingob said economic emancipation is the second struggle for the continent.
“As we deepen our democratic institutions, strengthen our resolve to win the second struggle for the economic emancipation of the African continent; the unity of the African people and a commitment to Pan-Africanism is even more urgent. In our common endeavor to build a united, peaceful and prosperous Africa, we shall not relent in our determination to harness opportunities for the young people of Africa,” said Geingob.
“Let us pull together as Africans, as custodians of this continent of beauty and splendour. Let us pull together with zeal and dedication, spurred on by the spirit of those who waged the struggle for our independence. Let us pull together to emulate their triumph over adversity by delivering on the promise of economic emancipation and shared prosperity.”
He also acknowledged the significant roles played by African icons in the liberation of African countries.
“Today, as we celebrate Africa Day, the Organization for African Unity (OAU), founded on 25 May 1963 completed its historic Pan-African mission of liberating Africa. In that difficult, but noble task, we owe a deep sense of gratitude to the first wave of extraordinary personalities such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Modibo Keita of Mali, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Julius Kambarage Nyerere of Tanzania, Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Eduardo Mondlane of Mozambique, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Sam Nujoma of Namibia, and Nelson Mandela of South Africa. After traversing a dark chapter of proxy wars, externally driven instability and coups d’état under the Second Wave of leadership during the Cold War era, the African Union (AU) succeeded the OAU, ushering in the rise of a New Africa,” he said.
Geingob said although Africa has gone through tumultuous periods in her long history, the resilient African people emerged more resolute and determined in their desire to craft a collective Pan-African destiny.
He added, “The bitter struggle for the independence of African countries from the yoke of imperialism and colonialism under the First Wave of extraordinary personalities led to an insatiable momentum for Africa and her people to unite in order to meet their shared developmental aspirations.”
The SADC Chairperson said the region is confident of taking bolder steps towards the frontier of Agenda 2063 and meeting the aspirations of ‘The Africa We Want’.