Namibia Independence ‘came with hard work’
Oshakati – Namibia’s independence celebration should be seen as an acknowledgement of the greatest achievement in the history of the country and, therefore, should be a motivation for hard work, Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa has said.
“Independence goes with hard work. That is what we recommend first and foremost, not just to sit down and relax because we see that we are now independent but we must commit ourselves to social, economic and political activities in our country,” said Kashuupulwa.
On March 21, thousands of Namibians descended on the northern town of Oshakati in Oshana region, to celebrate the country’s 23rd anniversary of independence from apartheid South Africa’s colonial rule.
Kashuupulwa, whose region hosted the event, said in spite of its young age, Namibia has made great strides since independence to become one of the most prosperous and safest countries in Africa today.
Emphasising the significance of 23 years of Namibia’s independence, Kashuupulwa said, “When it comes to political situations we have a wealth of multi-parties and good governance although a number of challenges can still be highlighted.
“What is important is that [we] maintain our heart-warming peace and freedom in the country,” he said.
He said Namibians must exercise their democratic freedom brought by independence.
The governor said now that people have the right to participate in any decision that affects their lives, it is unlikely that the government, which was elected by the people, would dictate on citizens without their participation.
“For instance, we have identified many people in the rural areas that have directed councillors on where they want agricultural offices, schools and water points to be established and that is what we are celebrating,” he said.
Kashuupulwa noted that this year’s independence anniversary celebrated efforts that have seen dramatic improvements in the social, political and economic set up of the country.
Oshana region is one of Namibia’s four northern regions collectively known as the “Four Os”, and is the most populous region in the country. Namibia has 13 regions.
Though it is the economic hub of northern Namibia, Kashuupulwa pointed out persistent droughts and flooding as main challenges facing the region.
Most of the inhabitants in this part of the country depend on subsistence agriculture with mahangu (millet) cultivation and livestock farming as the main sources of livelihood. However, unemployment and poverty remain a very big challenge.
“Mahangu and livestock farmers are doing as well as they were supposed to and that is why we’re depending on the central government for additional food to supplement our income,” he said.
In terms of service delivery, Kashuupulwa said 98 percent of water and 75 percent electricity have been extended to remote areas, with roads infrastructure linking schools in rural areas.