Windhoek - Namibian President Hage Geingob has pledged his determination in moving Namibians towards prosperity, bringing about unbiased distribution of wealth and enhancing economic progress in the country.
Addressing the nation early this week, Geingob who was re-elected as President last week, said he will re-double efforts previously made to reduce poverty in Namibia with a collective approach.
“Fellow Namibians, I am aware that achieving success in the second phase of the struggle requires utmost dedication and commitment. I assure you that I am as determined as ever to steer the nation towards inclusive growth and shared prosperity.
“I am confident that when we stand firm as a united and collective front, we will achieve our national development goals. Therefore, let us pull together in the same direction to unlock opportunities for all Namibians and deliver on the promise of shared prosperity,” said Geingob.
“I am aware of the despair of the impoverished, the homeless and the unemployed, especially the young people who have voted in such large numbers. You have shown genuine concern for the future of the only country we call home – Namibia.
“Over the past five years, we have taken drastic steps to reduce poverty and we will re-double efforts to reduce inequalities during my second term. The challenges that face Namibia will not be solved by one man or woman, not by one party or group - but by the collective.”
He said in an effort to place Namibia on a positive growth trajectory, his party, Swapo, understands the essence of harnessing the potential of the youths dividend. As such the Swapo-led government will continue to spearhead efforts to economically empower and socially uplift the country’s young people.
Geingob said youth empowerment would be one of the cornerstones of national programme for governance over the next five years.
He urged all political parties who contested during Namibian elections to now work in harmony with the focus of bringing about economic growth in Namibia.
“In a democratic contest, there can only be one winner. However, in this contest, there are no losers, and the only true winner is democracy. Let us now hold hands so that we can turn our focus towards bringing about economic growth in Namibia.
“In building our Namibian House, I believe in inclusivity because inclusivity spells harmony, while exclusivity spells conflict. Let us therefore hold hands and pull in the same direction. Ours is a common cause and that cause is a better life for all Namibians.”
He assured the nation that his government would continue to promote effective governance and execute its mandate on the basis of accountability, transparency, honest and commitment. He added that the government under his leadership would intensify the fight against corruption.
The Namibian President expressed gratitude to the First Family, the Namibian people, Swapo Party, churches and faith-based organisations for their support during the elections.
“I am truly humbled by the fact that you have re-elected me as your president, giving me another five years to bring the nation closer to the ultimate goal of shared prosperity. I thank God for having given me the health, strength and wisdom over the past five years and pray that through His grace, I will be able to maintain the same vigour and enthusiasm during my second term in office.
“I would like to thank the churches and faith based organisations for their prayers and spiritual support. I would like to thank my wife, Monica, and my children, who have stood by me, particularly during the campaign. It has not been easy, but where there is love and trust, victory is certain,” said Geingob.
“To all the people of Namibia, thank you for your support, thank you for your prayers, and thank you for your trust in our leadership. Your votes have sent a message and I have heard you. I am ready to act. Cabinet will work to address the issues you have raised. We are ready to accelerate public service delivery.”
He also acknowledged the roles played by the Swapo Party, the country’s regional, continental and international allies for the support during the same period.
“As President of the Swapo Party, I wish to extend a special word of gratitude to all Swapo Party members, supporters and sympathisers, who came out to vote in large numbers, in order to give the party a fresh mandate to govern and bring about tangible results in pursuit of improving Namibia’s socio-economic architecture. In particular, I would like to thank the Swapo Party Secretary-General, regional coordinators and all foot-soldiers, for having delivered an effective campaign for the Swapo Party,” he said.
“As a child of international and Pan-African solidarity, we cannot celebrate another successful election without thanking our regional, continental and international friends, for their support. I therefore extend our sincere gratitude to the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM), headed by Honourable Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, as well as the African Union Electoral Observation Mission (AUEOM), headed by my dear brother and former President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma. Furthermore, I also wish to thank the Commonwealth Electoral Observation Mission, headed by Mr Musa Mwenye, and finally, the Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC (ECF-SADC) headed by Mr. Emmanuel Magade,” said President Geingob.
He also thanked all the contestants in the Presidential Elections for having affirmed through their conduct, during the campaign and on election day, that the country’s democracy was stronger than ever.