Namibian President Hage Geingob has described the country’s founding President and Father-Dr Sam Nujoma as a visionary and fearless leader of Africa.
Expressing his deep appreciation for Nujoma on his 91st birthday last week, Geingob said the founding Father is a great leader who has shown his uncompromising leadership during and after the liberation struggle for Namibia’s independence.
“Upon attainment of independence, President Nujoma, as the first President of our republic, had the insurmountable responsibility of uniting the nation, a nation that had been divided by a civil war that was necessitated by the apartheid era and the demeaning laws that came with it; as well as uniting Namibia on tribal lines as well. The policy of National Reconciliation adopted during the Presidency of President Nujoma contributed greatly in uniting the people of Namibia and paved the way for the peace and stability that Namibia is enjoying today. He is, indeed, a distinguished son of the Namibian soil, an extraordinary first wave leader of our revolution, a visionary and fearless leader of our continent,” said Geingob.
He said Nujoma’s birthday which is celebrated on May 12th is a significant day for all Namibians, as it marks the birth of a leader of the Namibian revolution.
Geingob described Nujoma's leadership as a skill that is characterised with wisdom.
“Many Namibians, especially those who were in the leadership of SWAPO, including myself, benefited greatly from President Nujoma’s leadership, wisdom and mentorship during the liberation struggle and after independence,” he said.
“President Nujoma led the armed struggle during difficult times but despite this difficulty, the leadership of SWAPO mobilized resources for military activities, political and diplomatic wings as well as for the education of Namibians in exile. This prepared Namibians to take over the running of the affairs of their country upon independence.”
He said Nujoma’s leadership and the collective sacrifices made by many Namibians in pursuit of freedom and the independence of the country should be a reminder of the long journey that the country has travelled.
Nujoma’s birthday comes at a time where Namibia and the rest of the world is striving to curb the spread of COVID-19, as such, the country could not gather for celebrations as is the norm.
Geingob said, “The best gift we can give President Nujoma on this day is to emulate his leadership and perseverance by being leaders in our own rights, leading the way in the fight to stop the spread of this deadly virus in our country.”
He wished Nujoma many returns with continued good health, adding that he will continue with Nujoma’s self-less leadership.
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of Cuba and; the Cuban people and government also wished Nujoma well on his birthday through the Cuba Embassy in Namibia.
In a statement, the Cuban Embassy said Namibia and Cuba
Have built a strong relationship for 60 years.
“Those bonds began under Nujoma and Fidel Castro´s leadership and were consolidated in the difficult years of the Namibian liberation struggle, when Namibian and Cuban blood was shed together,” highlighted part of the statement.
The Embassy describes Nujoma as an unconditional friend of Cuba and one of the strongest pillars of solidarity with the Cuban Nation. It acknowledges Nujoma’s effort in demanding the total lifting of the United States Blockade against Cuba.
“For those reasons, alongside your birthday, Cuba celebrates your fruitful life, dedicated to fight for the independence and freedom of the countries of the Third World.
With the commitment of continuing deepening the relations between Cuba and Namibia, the Embassy wishes you, Comrade Nujoma: Happy Birthday!” It reads.