CITY of Windhoek Deputy Mayor, Clemencia Hanases, on Monday switched on the city’s Christmas lights in Katutura.
The ceremony where the Christmas lights were switched along Independence Avenue in Katutura marks the official start of the Festive Season in the city.
The Christmas light displays were put up in Katutura after the capital’s new Mayor, Job Amupanda, reportedly refused to switch on the lights in the central business district unless similar lights were displayed in Katutura.
According to Hanases, they have come through a very challenging year amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is worrying that the Covid-19 cases, in Windhoek especially, are on the rise. So, with due care to Windhoek residents’ safety, it is my aim to keep this message brief yet meaningful, as we prepare for a time of rest, reflection and goodwill,” she said.
Hanases urged the residents of Windhoek to join hands once again as human beings and, show gratitude for surviving this tough year.
“Some of us have lost loved ones or have loved ones, who are going through tribulations this very moment; let us keep them in our memories and prayers,” she asked.
Hanases noted that they have come this far and the opportunity for new beginnings is upon them, adding that it is up to them, to pave the way into the new year and to do so with kindness, care, and a collective purpose, of serving one another.