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Opinion - Namibia’s peaceful political transition: The world can learn from us

2024-04-10  Correspondent

Opinion - Namibia’s peaceful political transition: The world can learn from us

Hendrina Kudhingililwa

In the wake of the passing of our esteemed late president, His Excellency Hage Gottfried Geingob, Namibia stands as a beacon of tranquillity during the transition of leadership.

As our nation gracefully navigates this pivotal moment, it is a testament to the peace and stability that our liberators fought ardently for.

Dear Liberators, your sacrifice and bravery have paved the way for a peaceful transfer of power, showcasing the resilience of a nation that cherishes the ideals of unity and freedom.

The lyrics of our national anthem, “Namibia, Land of the Brave,” echo the sentiment of a people who have emerged victorious in the fight for liberty.

As a Namibian youth, I urge my fellow citizens to wake up and recognise the profound significance of this moment. Our liberators did not just fight for independence; they fought for a nation where transitions are marked by peace, not turmoil. This is the legacy they bequeathed to us, and it is our responsibility to safeguard it.

Let us extend our deepest gratitude to the liberators who have departed, acknowledging their role in shaping the peaceful Namibia we cherish today. To those still among us, we commend you for your unwavering commitment to our country’s well-being. Your sacrifices have not been in vain, and we stand on the shoulders of giants who paved the way for our present and future.

As Namibians, let us embrace this moment with gratitude and reflection. Our peaceful transition is a living tribute to the anthem that echoes in our hearts. Namibia, our beloved land, continues to stand tall as a testament to the bravery and vision of those who fought for our freedom. May we, as a united nation, continue to honour their legacy and build a future that upholds the ideals they valiantly fought for. Dear liberators, your dreams endure, in our hearts secured.

As a youth, I declare with pride that in your legacy, Namibia will abide.

Namibia’s legacy of peaceful transitions in 2005, 2015 and 2024 stands in stark contrast to the struggles witnessed in various nations. In Africa, many founding presidents cling to power, stifling democracy, whereas Namibia shines as an exemplary model.

The unfortunate trend in some African countries, where leaders resist handing over power, poses a threat to democratic principles. Namibia’s commitment to peaceful transitions serves as a beacon, showcasing the resilience of a nation prioritising democratic values.

Globally, even Western democracies face challenges. A notable case study is the UK, experiencing three presidents in a single term, highlighting difficulties in upholding true democracy. Namibia’s contrast to such struggles emphasises the importance of our nation’s commitment to a smooth transfer of power.

In essence, Namibia’s history of peaceful transitions not only sets us apart but also serves as a valuable lesson for the world, illustrating the benefits of prioritising democracy and embracing change without turmoil.


* Hendrina Kudhingililwa is the president of Tukwatha Youth Organisation

2024-04-10  Correspondent

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