PREPARATIONS for this weekend’s Heroes’ Day commemoration are underway at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa region where at least 10 000 people are expected to attend.
Spokesperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, Cornelia Shikongo said President Hage Geingob will be the key note speaker at the event that will be hosted at the Paresis sport stadium in Otjiwarongo. She added that 10 000 people are expected to attend this year’s event.
“We are going to air a documentary on the liberation struggle to informing the youth on how Namibians have fought for this country,” she said.
Busses have been arranged to pick up community members who want to attend the event in all the seven constituencies of the Otjozondjupa Region.
Heroes Day is the annual commemoration of the first liberation struggle battle that took place at Omugulugwombashe in the Omusati Region on 26 August 1966, when South African soldiers attacked the Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia fighters, marking the start of Namibia’s Struggle for Liberation.
Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Heinrich Tjiveze said security will be tight at the event. He said police officers will conduct body searches on all members of the public at the gates of the venue where all the prohibited objects will also be confiscated. He indicated that walking sticks, knob kieries, firearms, knives or any other type of sharp objects will not be allowed inside the stadium.
Commissioner Tjiveze further said that members of the public should expect maximum security and called on them to be sober and not to disturb the national event.
“All road users travelling to and from the vent are also urged to adhere to the road traffic rules and exercise patience on the public roads at all times,” Tjiveze said.
Heroes’ Day is a time for all Namibians to reflect on how far the country has come since attaining its Independence from South Africa in 1990. Rather than focussing on the lives lost needlessly during the Struggle commemoration of the day focus on the positive aspects of its post-independence reality.
Last year Heroes’ Day was commemorated at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region.