Mbumba salutes Nujoma on his 95th birthday

MANY HAPPY RETURNS … Namibia’s first president, Sam Nujoma, celebrated his 95th birthday surrounded by family and friends yesterday.

President Nangolo Mbumba has described founding president Sam Nujoma as an expert nurturer and a groomer with an eye for talent and developing leaders.

Mbumba made these remarks yesterday on Nujoma’s 95th birthday.

“He was an expert nurturer and groomer with an eye for talent, developing leaders such as the late comrades Hage Geingob, Moses //Garoëb, Theo-Ben Gurirab and Hidipo Hamutenya, among others,” Mbumba said.

He added that Nujoma has also promoted women through the Swapo ranks, such as Libertina Amathila, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

“It is no surprise that due to his impeccable leadership credentials, comrade Nujoma was president of Namibia for 15 years and president of Swapo from its inception until he handed over both leadership roles to comrade Hifikepunye Pohamba,” the president said.
Mbumba said Nujoma remains as loved and revered as ever, and probably even more so given his endearing nature and status as a father of the nation.

“To reach the age of 95 years is no mean feat. It is an honour reserved for those who are truly blessed with the gift of long life and health,” he said.

“…As Namibians, we gather as one, to serenade comrade Nujoma, an indomitable lion and pan-African luminary, who has established a legacy of leadership which will stand the test of time,” Mbumba said.

“As we celebrate the 95th year in the life of our beloved founding president, we express our utmost appreciation to the man who led us to independence. He was the one who believed when others doubted, he saw victory where others saw defeat, he encouraged those around him when spirits were down and he remained resolute when others wavered.”

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