- Lourenço justified his visit to Windhoek to “reiterate the eternity of bonds of friendship and brotherhood” between the two peoples.
- Lourenço affirmed Saturday that Angolans and Namibians sealed a blood pact during the liberation struggle for the Independence of Namibia.
- Namibia registered three cases, as of Thursday, all of which affecting tourists who have recently arrived in the country.
Angolan President João Lourenço flew to Namibia on Saturday to witness the inauguration of President Hage Geingob’s second five-year term. The Angolan Head of State noted that the ceremony is taking place at a time when the world faces a major threat, that of Covid-19, which advises everyone to avoid unnecessary travel.
Lourenço justified his visit to Windhoek to “reiterate the eternity of bonds of friendship and brotherhood” between the two peoples. He also justified his presence at the ceremony to congratulate President Hage Geingob on his re-election for another term.
“We are sure that in this second term, Angola and Namibia will continue to work hand in hand”, for the well-being of both peoples and the Southern African region. “As this is not an unnecessary or postponable trip, I decided to travel to Windhoek to attend this important ceremony,” he explained.
Lourenço affirmed Saturday, in Windhoek, that Angolans and Namibians sealed a blood pact during the liberation struggle for the Independence of Namibia, carried out on March 21, 1990. Lourenço recalled that the Independence of Namibia was achieved as a result of the armed struggle for national liberation that sacrificed many children of Namibia. “During this period, Angolans and Namibians sealed a blood pact, which is eternal, cannot be broken,” he stressed.
Hage Geingob was re-elected in last November’s elections, with 56 percent of the total vote. Upon arrival at the State House, João Lourenço, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Augusto, was received with a song in Portuguese “Viva Angola, Viva Angola, Our Country,” sung by the official band.
Thanks from Geingob
Geingob thanked Angola and Cuba for their support during the national liberation struggle and paid tribute to former UN Secretary-General Javier Cuellar, who passed away this month, for the role he played for the independence of Namibia. The Namibian Head of State also thanked the presence of his counterpart, João Lourenço, Mokgweetsi Masisi from Botswana, and Emmerson Mnangagwa, from Zimbabwe, as well as the foreign ministers of Zambia and South Africa.
He said that they had risked their lives, to witness the investiture, at a time when countries are suspending international travel to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Geingob called on them to continue to be valuable partners in fighting the pandemic facing the world. Geingob, 79, called for strengthening unity among Namibians. He promised to stimulate the recovery of the economy and the creation of jobs.
The ceremony was witnessed by former President Efikepunye Ponhamba, and took place in the Presidential Palace, with 400 guests, due to the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic. Namibia registered three cases, as of Thursday, all of which affecting tourists who have recently arrived in the country.
The previous investiture ceremonies, which coincide with the Independence date, were held at the National Stadium in Windhoek. The act began with a prayer led by a local bishop, Sageus Keib. The President of the Supreme Court, Peter Shivute, directed the oath ceremony.
Geingob vowed “to do his best to defend Namibia’s Constitution, to enforce and administer the country’s laws, to protect Namibia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and resources. Ensure justice for all Namibians.”