President Hage Geingob during the Heroes Day commemoration on Monday. Photo: State House

During Monday’s Heroes Day commemoration President Hage Geingob strongly urged Namibians to reject all forms of hate speech, ethnicity, tribalism, racism and divisive language that incites violence.

Geingob made the remarks during the commemoration at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region marking 53 years since the battle of Omugulu-gwoMbashe.

“This is not only a day to commemorate the selfless acts of sacrifice, it is also a day for us to reaffirm our patriotism to foster a true sense of pride and duty towards our nation,” charged Geingob. 

“This is our country, the only country we can call home. Protecting Namibia for our future generations is a shared responsibility.

“We must ensure that under no circumstances will we throw away the beautiful gift that was given to our people by God, the beautiful gift for which thousands of Namibians fought and died for.”

The Head of State stressed that the bravery of Namibia’s heroes ensured political independence, but, he added, heroism does not end with the hoisting of a flag and a national anthem.

According to him, it is up to the citizens to pick up the baton and continue the race in order to deliver on the urgent promise of economic emancipation. 

“We are aware that at independence, government inherited a country that was fractured along ethnic and racial lines,’ he said

“It is for this reason we adopted a policy of National Reconciliation, to heal the wounds caused by a past defined by a bitter struggle and to take the country down a new path of nation building.” 

He indicated that his administration will continue to encourage Namibians to embrace each other and hold hands, to face the future together and to work for the achievement of a prosperous and peaceful future for all Namibians. 

“As I often state, countries go to war, when diplomacy fails. Through continuous dialogue, I believe we will always find common ground.”

He added that following his recent series of Town Hall meetings across all 14 regions, the spirit of unity and patriotism is well entrenched within the society.

“I commend the many Namibians from all walks of life, who participated with maturity, tolerance and empathy for one another. Despite divergent views, we are holding hands to acknowledge our successes, face our challenges and pull in one direction towards a better future.” 

He also said Namibians should honour living, fallen veterans, heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle.

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