NAMIBIANS from all walks of life made their way to Otjiwarongo to commemorate and remember the fallen and living heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Namibia against colonial forces.
The day is celebrated on 26 August to not only remember Namibia’s fight for freedom but also celebrate the country’s achievements in the post-independence era.
President Hage Geingob, Founding President and Father of the Namibian Nation Sam Nujoma and Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba also attended the commemoration at the Paresispark Stadium in the central town of Otjiwarongo.
In his welcoming remarks, Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Iipinge said that the final battle against the German occupation of Namibia took place in the region. The battle known as the Battle of Waterberg which took place on 11 August 1904 was led by Chief Samuel Maharero. The old chief was later laid to rest at Okahandja on 26 August 1923.
“Notably it is also on this day that the first day of armed struggle was waged by the Peoples Liberation Army at Omgulugwombashe at Otsandi in the Omusati Region. As we instil these memories in our new generation and the ones to come, we must do so with a culture of inclusive growth and shared prosperity for the benefit of all inhabitants,” Iipinge remarked.