Government has appealed for fish donations from the fishing industry to feed the tens of thousands of people that are expected to throng the Independence Stadium in Windhoek as Namibia celebrates 29 years of self-rule.
This year’s Independence Day celebrations will be held in Windhoek on Thursday with Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, as the guest of honour.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources this week wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations, Matti Amukwa, requesting that industry players contribute fish to be used during this important national day.
“As you may be aware, the 29th Independence Anniversary will be celebrated in Windhoek…on 21 March to coincide with the State visit of H.E Uhuru Kenyata...
“It is against this background that your office is requested to facilitate fish donations from the industries for this heroic day. Furthermore, Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust will be requested to avail a freezer truck to store all the donated stock,” the letter from fisheries Executive Director Dr Moses Maurihungirire said.
Amukwa told the Windhoek Observer that the request by the ministry was not unusual.
“It is not for the first time that the government is requesting for assistance from the fishing industry since we have always done so whenever there is an important national event like Independence Day or Heroes Day,” Amukwa said.
He said the industry has always responded positively to such requests in the past and he doesn’t see that changing.
Amukwa could, however, not say how much fish will be donated or has been pledged by industry players.
“When fish companies donate their fish they do so through the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust, who then transport the fish to the venue of the national event, so it is very difficult to say how much fish will be donated,” he said.
According to the information ministry, guests at this year’s event will be treated to various cultural and music performances.
It said busses will be made available as usual to transport members of the public to and from the venue.
Last year’s Independence Day celebrations were held at Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region despite calls to suspend the festivities due the harsh economic environment.