Namibia celebrates 24 years

19 March 2014 Author   George Moncho

front 24 20 marTOMORROW will mark Namibia’s 24th year of freedom from oppression from colonial rule and the president of Namibia’s long-time bilateral partner, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will arrive in the country to celebrate the event. Namibia has been a free country ever since 21 March 1990 after its colonial occupier South Africa relinquished its grip on the country after a long struggle for Independence.

Before South Africa, the German Imperial protectorate from 1884 meant that Namibia was a German colony until the end of the First World War.

The League of Nations in 1920 mandated the country to South Africa, which imposed its laws and, from 1948 its apartheid policy.

The coastal harbour town of Walvis Bay only became part of Namibia four years after the rest of the country received its Independence.

The Independence Stadium in Windhoek will host this year’s event under the theme “A Visionary Nation on the Move Towards Vision 2030”, a media release from the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology announced.

Dr. Jonathan is expected to land in Namibia today at 06h30 at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba will welcome him.

The Namibian Minister of Trade and Industry Calle Schlettwein said that the two nation’s trade representatives would engage each other on facilitating trade and finalising the pending issue of an oil refinery.

“We will also take advantage of the engagements to discuss progress made in the erection of an oil refinery in Namibia by the Nigerians. We need to find ways of engaging in separate ways that will not infringe on the current customs unions that we belong to,” Schlettwein said.

Gates at the stadium are expected to be open at 06h00 for the public and the dignitaries are expected to join the celebration three hours later, as from 09h00.

The Khomas region Governor Laura McLeod Katjirua will welcome the guests, followed by cultural performances.

Dr. Jonathan will also make some remarks followed by President Pohamba, who will be the keynote speaker at the Independence Day celebrations.

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