Nujoma celebrates 95th birthday

Ester Mbathera

On Sunday, Founding President Sam Nujoma celebrated his 95th birthday.

This year’s gathering was attended by close friends, including former parliamentarian, Pendukeni Ithana, businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, and former Swapo Party Youth League leader, Elijah Ngurare.

Despite spending a few days in the hospital, Nujoma seemed to be in a cheerful mood.

The Sam Nujoma Foundation emphasised that this birthday is a significant milestone worth celebrating.

“As we honour his legacy, let us not only rejoice in his achievements but also heed his timeless call for unity and action for the sake of Namibia. Let our deeds be candles that illuminate the path towards a brighter tomorrow, where unity reigns supreme and the echoes of his wisdom resound for eternity,” said the foundation.

Birthday wishes for Nujoma poured in from all over the world.

The Zimbabwean liberation movement, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu PF), expressed their celebration of Nujoma’s legacy and commitment to the liberation of SADC nations.

“Happy 95th birthday to the esteemed Sam Nujoma, a beacon of liberation and unity in Africa! Your leadership as the founding president of Namibia and the SWAPO Party has left an indelible mark on history. From your comrades in ZANU PF, we celebrate your enduring legacy and commitment to the liberation of our SADC nations. May your wisdom continue to inspire generations to come,” read the statement from ZANU-PF.

President of the National Assembly of People’s Power and the Council of State of Cuba, Esteban Lazo Hernandez, said, “To the Founding Father of the sister Republic of Namibia and great friend of Cuba, Sam Nujoma, a special congratulations on the occasion of his 95th birthday. Receive the hug and best wishes on this day from the people of Cuba.”

“Venezuela congratulates the Founding Father of the sister Republic of Namibia, Sam Nujoma, on the anniversary of his birth. His dedication and conviction unified the sister republic into a single nation, the nation of the brave,” said the people of Venezuela.

President Nangolo Mbumba described Nujoma as a visionary leader, expressing appreciation for the man who led the liberation struggle for the country’s 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,” said Mbumba.

Nujoma is the only leader to have served as the country’s president for 15 years.

Mbumba attributes this to his leadership credentials.

“Today, he is as loved and revered as ever, probably even more, given his endearing nature and status as Father of the Nation. To reach the age of 95 is no mean feat. It is an honour reserved for those who are truly blessed with the gift of long life and health,” said Mbumba.

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