In a letter from the Office of the Founding President dated 31 July 2014 to the chairperson of the organising committee, Helmut Angula, Nujoma acknowledged receipt of the invitation but sent his apologies as he was not able to attend due to other commitments.
“Regrettably I will not be able to attend such a prestigious gathering due to the fact that I will be out of town attending an equally important official engagement, that was organised prior to your invitation,” the letter reads.
Nujoma not only communicated that he would not be available for the event, but also attached a brief message for someone to read on his behalf at the gala dinner held on 21 August 2014.
Nujoma also sent a N$5,000-00 donation towards the hosting of the main celebrations that will be held at the Hage Geingob Stadium this Saturday.
The former president extended a warm congratulatory message to one of the icons of Namibia’s liberation struggle on his 90th birthday.
“As we reflect on comrade Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo’s 90 years of service for Namibia and its people, it gives me great pleasure to join the rest of Namibia in congratulating him on his 90th birthday and express my most sincere wishes of good health, strength and a long life,” Nujoma said.
He also praised Ya Toivo for the important role and contribution he played in the liberation struggle.
“Indeed it is with fond memories that I remember when comrade Ya Toivo was released from Robben Island and came to join us in exile at the height of the struggle.
“On that particular day we had a long intimate discussion about the years we had been building up what became our mighty Swapo, recalling how our trains had passed each other near Tsumeb in December of 1958.
“Similarly, I recall that Swapo appointed comrade Ya Toivo Secretary General from 1984 to 1991 after his release from prison, and he continued to play a pivotal role in our national liberation struggle and also after the attainment of Namibia’s freedom and genuine independence,” he said.