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Aug 26, 2011

Africa Must Join Forces to Attain Economic Independence - President Mills


President John Evans Atta Mills has commended the government and people of Namibia for instituting the Heroes Day to honour her sons and daughters who laid down their lives for the country’s independence struggle. This is because a nation that does not honour its heroes is not worth dying for. 

President Mills who was the special guest said Ghana will continue to partner Namibia as the two countries continue to seek ways of improving the living conditions of their people. He said, though Namibia has gained her political freedom, economic freedom requires commitment, dedication and gallantry.

President John Evans Atta Mills joined the government and people of Namibia as the special guest of honour to celebrate the country’s struggle and 25th independence celebration. It was on the theme “Commemorating those whose blood, waters our freedom in cultural diversity”. 

The national parade in Gobabis, the capital of the Omaheke Region was where the struggle against injustices and self rule begun. The celebration is to honour those who are living and those who died in the liberation struggle. 

President Mills is the first sitting African leader to be invited to the celebration. The large crowd gave him a rousing welcome as recognition of Ghana’s tremendous role in Namibia’s independence struggle. President Mills said Ghana is proud to be associated with Namibia. He said political colonialism ended on the African continent when former President Dr Sam Nujoma in March 1990 hoisted the national flag of Namibia. This he said was a victory for the people of Africa.

President Mills said though Africa has won her political independence it is yet to do so economically. There is therefore the need to join forces by increasing trade and investment among countries in order to achieve the much needed development.

President Mills praised the democratic strides made by Namibia locally and contributions to international issues since gaining independence. This he said signals that Namibia has come of age and ready to take her rightful place among the comity of nations.

The President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba expressed an unflinching gratitude on behalf of the government and people of Namibia to their Ghanaian counterparts for standing by them before, during and after the struggle for self rule.

A minute silent was observed in memory of the departed heroes and heroines of Namibia.

Source: Castle, Osu