Constitution a sacrosanct document – Mbumba

Nangolo Mbumba

President Nangolo Mbumba says Namibia has demonstrated that the country’s Constitution is a sacrosanct document.

Mbumba said this in a statement on the 34th anniversary of the adoption of the Namibian Constitution on Friday.

“As a young democracy which has traversed different trials, including the untimely death of president Hage Geingob, a sitting head of state, we have demonstrated that our Constitution is a sacrosanct document,” Mbumba said.

He added that Geingob, as chairperson of the Constituent Assembly, is the chief architect of Namibia’s Constitution, which he said is a living document and has been a guidepost for the smooth transition Namibia witnessed on the day of Geingob’s death.

“In mourning, we should draw solace from the fact that president Geingob always encouraged Namibians from all walks of life to internalise the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, as a living document,” Mbumba said.

He continued that in celebration of Constitution Day on 9 February, all Namibians should be proud of the peaceful and stable country they live in, which is the envy of many nations across the globe.

“Namibia is a vibrant democracy, with a government with a strong resolve to guarantee the fundamental rights and freedoms which are the prerequisite for a peaceful, united and prosperous country,” Mbumba said.

He added: “When I took the oath of office, I committed myself to uphold the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia. I am committed to serve each and every Namibian in the advancement of our shared prosperity. I wish to remind Namibians that our work in pursuit of development and prosperity continues.”

The president said as Namibia celebrates Constitution Day, the country should re-commit itself to the ideals of unity, peace and justice for all.

“Let us rededicate ourselves to work hard to broaden the scope of inclusive economic development where no one is left out,” Mbumba said.

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