Country gears for silver jubilee

20 March 2015 Author  

front Pohamba 20 marchWith preparations for Namibia’s 25th Independence celebrations in their final stages, Namibians in the capital will have much to look forward to. Gates at the Independence Stadium will open at 06:00 with buses departing at 05:00 from various constituency pick-up points.

Former deputy prime minister Dr Libertina Amathila and former Namibian ambassador to the United Nations Dr Kaire Mbuende will act as directors of ceremonies.

The ministry of information said it expects thousands of people at the stadium where incoming president Dr Hage Geingob will take the oath of office.

He will take the oath in the presence of outgoing president Hifikepunye Pohamba, founding president Dr Sam Nujoma as well as more than 20 current and former heads of state from various countries.

Though South African president, Jacob Zuma, will be a notable miss most of the other SADC leaders are expected to attend.

After the start of proceedings, president Pohamba will inspect a parade by the Namibian Defence Force, followed by scripture and prayer.

President Pohamba will also confer the highest national order, the Order of Welwitschia Mirabilis, on Geingob before he finally takes the oath of office.

After an exchange of seats between the outgoing and incoming president, the swearing-in of the vice-president, prime minister and deputy prime minister will take place.

Geingob will thereafter, give his first address to the nation as president of Namibia and Commander-in-Chief of the Namibia Defence Force.

A 21-gun salute and flyover by the Namibian Air Force will follow Geingob’s speech.

Various cultural performing groups entertain the audience, including a choreographic performance by the College of Arts, consisting of 700 learners from various schools in Windhoek.

Popular performing artists such as Lize Ehlers, Jacques Mushaandja, PDK and Big Ben will also perform.

Other artists that will feature during the day include Big Mama, Bullet ya Kaoko, Hishishi Papa Shikongeni and Ndilimani.

In the evening Bertholdt, Shemyetu, Otjinate, Heroes Band, Savannah Afros, Saara, Oteya and Jaliza will entertain those present.

Sport activities for the afternoon include athletics in which athletes from Namibia, South Africa and Botswana will participate in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races. Paralympic athletes will also compete at the event.

A women’s football match between the Brave Gladiators and Swaziland will follow the athletics.

A fireworks display will conclude the day’s activities.

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