The annual birthday celebrations of struggle icon and Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma, will this year take place at his birth place at Etunda in the Okahao Constituency, his office said this week.
Nujoma’s birthday has been celebrated annually under the auspices of the 12 May Movement since 2012.
The 12 May Movement was initiated by the SWAPO Party Youth League (SPYL) under the then leadership of Dr Elijah Ngurare and was sanctioned by the party to be an annual event to celebrate Nujoma’s legacy.
The birthday celebrations will be held this year under the theme: “Building the future through unity and solidarity”
“The Sam Nujoma Foundation hereby wishes to announce that the 89th birthday of His Excellency Dr Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma, Founding President, Father of the Namibian Nation and leader of the Namibian revolution, will take place on Saturday, 12 May 2018, at his birth place-Etunda homestead in Ongandjera, at Okahao Constituency in Omusati Region,” his office announced this week.
The celebrations are being organised by the Sam Nujoma Foundation Trust in conjunction with the business fraternity.
Nujoma was born on 12 May 1929 at Etunda village to Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo and Daniel Nujoma.
The eldest of his parents’ 11 children, Nujoma spent his early childhood looking after his siblings and tending to the family’s cattle and traditional farming activities.
His father died in 1968 while his mother died in 2008.
Nujoma led Namibia’s liberation struggle from apartheid South Africa, represented the freedom struggle worldwide and became the founding president and living icon of a free Namibia.
During the nation’s formative first 15 years of independence when he served as president, he laid a solid foundation to the country’s development.
Nujoma’s Personal Assistant, John Nauta, said the office is organizing the birthday celebrations with the help of the business community.
Nauta did not say how much money has been raised so far towards the birthday celebrations, only saying that “some people have already started pledging.”
Former Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Sam Nujoma Foundation, Nahas Angula, told the Windhoek Observer that the program for this year’s celebration was still being finalised.
Asked whether SWAPO will be involved in organising the event, party Secretary General, Sophia Shaningwa, said “I will answer you later”, but did not do so at the time of going to print.