Geingob made durable footprints in Namibia, the continent and globally – Mbumba

Erasmus Shalihaxwe

President Nangolo Mbumba paid tribute to the late President Hage Geingob and lauded his significant contributions not only to the development of Namibia but also left behind an enduring legacy on the African continent and the global stage.

Mbumba delivered these reflections during the official opening of the ninth session of the seventh Parliament held in the capital yesterday.

He stressed that the late Geingob was not only instrumental in laying the foundation of modern Namibia but also played a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s constitution as the chair of the Constituent Assembly.

Geingob’s legacy includes serving as Namibia’s first Prime Minister after independence and later as its third President. His passing represents the loss of a national icon, a hero, and a deeply committed leader.

“As Namibians, it is incumbent upon us to carry forward his vision of unity and inclusivity for all citizens of our nation,” Mbumba stated.

The President said that in his New Year’s message, Geingob declared 2024 as the “Year of Expectations,” which coincides with the upcoming elections in November.

Mbumba pointed out the importance of electing leaders who will continue the nation-building efforts, uphold peace, stability, and democracy, and work towards shared prosperity.

The President stressed that Namibians, as the sovereigns of Namibia, have clear expectations of their elected leaders, urging both the executive and members of parliament to be prepared to be held accountable for their actions over the past five years.

While acknowledging the progress made in socio-economic development, Mbumba stressed that there are still significant challenges ahead.

He called on parliamentarians to focus on enacting laws that promote economic growth, particularly in sectors such as mining, agriculture, services, and value addition to natural resources.

The government’s efforts towards developing green energy resources and the oil and gas industries were also highlighted, with Mbumba urging all branches of the state to redouble their efforts towards inclusive economic growth and shared prosperity.

Mbumba stressed the crucial role of parliamentarians in positively impacting the livelihoods of underserved Namibians, particularly in remote areas.

He called for introspection among members of parliament to assess whether they have effectively executed their mandate in enacting legislation that positively transforms lives.

“I appeal to all parliamentarians to prioritize outstanding business, including the passing of critical bills, before the year’s end,” he urged.

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