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Excerpts from remarks at The Third 12 May Movement, Windhoek, Khomas Region

Today, Saturday, 24 May 2014, young Namibians thronged the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, Khomas Region. They travelled from Erongo, Hardap, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Zambezi, Kavango West, Kavango East, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Oshana, Omusati, Kunene and //Kharas Regions respectively. The purpose is unmistakable and unambiguous: namely to commemorate the belated birthday of Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma, under the Third 12 May Movement. SWAPO Party Youth League, SPYL, members and leaders from all 14 Regions are here on this historic day.

We are humbled to be joined here today by Your Excellency H.E. Dr Sam Nujoma and Meme Kovambo Nujoma, Former First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, senior SWAPO Party leaders, including Veteran Cde Kanana Hishoono, Cde, Laura McLeod Katjirua, Deputy Secretary General who is representing H.E. Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia and of SWAPO Party, Members of the Politburo, Central Committee as well as Cde Petrina Haingura, Secretary for SWAPO Party Women Council, Cde Mary Masule, Deputy Secretary of SWAPO Party Elders Council, Regional Coordinators of SWAPO Party, Special Advisors, Chairpersons of the Regional Councils, Councilors for both local and regional councils, as well as Members of the Central Committee and National Executive Committee of the SWAPO Party Youth League as well as the SWAPO Party Pioneer Movement.

We are also humbled to be joined by Ministers and Deputy Ministers such as Cde Joel Kaapanda, Cde. Tom Alweendo and Cde Elia Kaiyamo, and by Ambassadors from Progressive countries such as Angola, Zimbabwe, Russian Federation, Peoples Republic of China and Algeria. We welcome the Deputy Chairman of the Traditional Authorities His Majesty Chief Immanuel !Gaseb and other traditional leaders. We recognize the presence of the Minister Hon. General Candido Pereir Dos Santos Van-Dunem from Angola and the visiting Ugandan MPs also in attendance.

Today, we are also pleased to be joined by the President of the Namibian Chamber of Commerce Cde Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, captains of industry and other business personalities such as Cde Ben Hauwanga, Cde Shihaleni Ndjaba, Cde. Saara Naanda, Cde Kalumbi Shangula, Cde Conrad Lutombi, Cde Sisa Namandje, Cde. Dr Christo Burger, Cde Sydney Martin, Cde Roger Gertze, Cde. Miriam Onesmus, Cde Dr. Audrin Mathe, Cde Martin Shipanga, University of Namibia, Dörgeloh Company, the support from NYC and NYS together with other business people here present especially those who have given us ample support and contribution to the 12 May Movement. These are amongst the good patriotic Samaritans and those from regions who supported us together with others whom we shall acknowledge at a later stage.

Your Excellency, SPYL took a conscious decision in early 2004 that our Founding President H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma must be defended and honoured by this and succeeding generations of Namibians. It is a decision borne out of the realization that you are a symbol of national unity, sovereignty and national independence. The 12 May Movement is therefore a practical indication to the Founding President that your tireless sacrifices, that your humility, that your heroism and bravery, that your 15 years as the first President of a free and independent Namibia, that your Vision 2030, that your life, remain the pinnacle of hope and the light for Namibians present and those yet to be born. The 12 May Movement will outlive all of us. It is a dynamic journey to posterity.

The 12 May Movement also takes cognizance and honour of the sacrifices made by other leaders such as H.E. Dr. President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Cde. AndimbaToivo ya Toivo, Cde. Simon Mzee Kaukungwa, Cde Kanana Hishoono, Cde Ben Amadhila, Cde Vinea Ndadi, the Late Cde. Moses //Garoeb, the Late Cde. Brendan Simbwaye, the Late Cde John Pandeni, the Late Cde John Nankudhu, the Late Cde Peter Sheehama Tshirumbu, Cde Nahas Angula, Cde Dr. Hage Geingob, Cde Marco Hausiku, Cde Jerry Ekandjo, the Late Cde. Jakko Kangayi, Cde Pendukeni Iivula- Ithana, the Late Cde Axel Johannes, the Late Cde Ambrosius Haingura and many others.

On this day, we remember and honour your patriotic work, your humility to leave Office and live like an ordinary leader, yet you are an extra-ordinary leader. Comrade Founding President you said and I quote: "When the history of an independent Namibia is written one day, SWAPO will go down as having stood firm where others wavered; that it sacrificed for the sacred cause of independence, where others compromised."

This history of an independent Namibia started on 21st March 1990 and it is 24 years old. Therefore, we are assembled here in the capital city of a free Namibia today to acknowledge your role in it; to appreciate your vision and celebrate your legacy which has brought freedom and independence to Namibia and its people. You have led the liberation struggle to its logical conclusion with a majestic sense of purpose.

That is why the SWAPO Party Youth League curved out of its existence a Day that gives meaning to our salutation and appreciation of you; a day devoted to celebrating your heroism, dedication and patriotic commitment; a day which devotes an opportunity to learn from you, our fountain of wisdom and knowledge; in the words of the young people born after independence commonly referred to as "born-frees."

They will say it is a Day that resonates with the Nujoma Spirit, the Nujoma Smile which is unique and special, the Nujoma Walk, the Nujoma Swag, the Nujoma Wisdom and above all the Nujoma Legacy. This is the 12 May Movement, wherein we can say in the broad day light, without having to be prescribed to by anybody, who our Founding Father should be or must be, history has placed you and ordained you as Namibia's Founding Father.


Thank you for freedom; Thank you for independence; Thank you for uniting Namibia and its people; Thank you for paving the way and laying the foundation of our future. We salute and pay tribute to H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba for having built on this legacy so that future Namibian Presidents, including Cde Dr Hage G Geingob, can find it easier to solidify. Happy Birthday Comrade Founding President. Thank you very much for the opportunity afforded to the SWAPO Party Youth League to commemorate this day for posterity.

Finally, in our view, the legacy of Dr Sam Nujoma transcends race, tribe or economic status. Today, some say they are millionaires or billionaires, individually or as businesses, but they forget that without Dr Sam Nujoma it could not be possible. Some praise Dr Sam Nujoma during the day, but when night falls, they join the anti-Nujoma chorus. They forget that without Dr Sam Nujoma, they could not be what they are today. Some say they have respect for Dr Sam Nujoma, but they have chosen not to learn from any of his attributes.

Comrade Founding President, we speak freely here today while you are alive. We honour and revere you. It is the right thing to do. Everything we are in a free and independent Namibia, we owe it to the good foundation you have laid in the first formative years of our independence. Honouring Your Excellency, Comrade Founding President Nujoma, is our birthright and celebrating your revolutionary legacy is our generational duty in order to pass it on to future generations.

Dr. Elijah Ngurare
Secretary of SWAPO Party Youth League


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