‘We need peace in Namibia and across the world’

REMEMBER … Vice president Nangolo Mbumba on Monday called on Namibians to remember their brothers and sisters in other parts of the world who are currently subjected to war and political upheaval as they celebrate Christmas. Photo: Contributed

Vice president Nangolo Mbumba on Monday said it is ironic and saddening that the country in which Jesus was born is in the middle of a terrible war, and fewer Christians would be able to visit Bethlehem this festive season.

He said this in a Christmas message released today on behalf of president Hage Geingob.

Mbumba said Namibians should remember people in others parts of the world who are currently subjected to war, social responsibility and political upheaval.

“Our brothers in Palestine, particularly in Gaza, face the extreme brutality of a terrible war,” he said.

Mbumba called for the cessation of hostilities so that Palestinians could enjoy peace in their own homes and country.

“We call upon those involved in wars to uphold the fundamental values of human rights, love for mankind and justice,” he said.

Mbumba also celebrated fellow citizens who are upholding national responsibilities, such as nurses, doctors and others providing medical services to those in need.

“Our security cluster members such as the police, defence force, correctional service and the Central Intelligence Services are on alert to ensure all Namibians enjoy the festive season in an atmosphere of peace and harmony,” he said.

Mbumba concluded with a plea to all Namibians to avoid the abuse of alcohol and its consequences, such as gender-based violence.

“Let us also abide by the road regulations so we can avoid unnecessary accidents and deaths,” he said.

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