U.S. Sends Hearty Wishes to Namibia on 34th Independence Day

Namibia got her Independence on the 21st March 1990 from the rule of the South African.

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U.S. Sends Hearty Wishes to Namibia on 34th Independence Day
Namibian President Nangolo Mbumba (Photo: Namibian Presidency account on X, @NamPresidency)

Namibia celebrates its 34th Independence Day on March 21st, marking its liberation from South Africa in 1990. Named after the ancient Namib Desert, Namibia marked another year of progress and growth, garnering heartfelt greetings from across the globe, including a notable message from the United States.

In a statement signed by Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, the U.S. government congratulations to the Namibian people;

On behalf of the Government and the people of the United States of America, I offer my sincere congratulations to the Namibian people as you celebrate 34 years of independence on March 21.” 

“The United States values the enduring partnership and friendship between our people, rooted in our mutual commitment to democratic principles, human rights, and good governance. Together, we are working to build a stronger, healthier, and more prosperous future for the Nambian people.”

Blinken reaffirmed the commitment to work together towards a stronger and more prosperous future for Namibia. Joining in the chorus of well-wishes was Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, extending greetings to Namibian President Nangolo Mbumba. Lukashenko praised Namibia’s openness to partnership initiatives and its steady economic growth trajectory. 

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko also extended his wishes to President Nangolo Mbumba and the people of Namibia, emphasizing Belarus’ willingness to support Namibia in various areas such as agriculture and healthcare.

Namibia’s journey to independence wasn’t easy. Originally known as South-West Africa, the region was declared a German colony in 1884. It came under South African control after World War I. However, Namibia sought freedom from South Africa’s control by establishing the South-West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) in 1960. A guerrilla war led by SWAPO’s military wing ultimately compelled South Africa to relinquish its hold on Namibia in 1988.

On March 21st, 1990, Namibia officially became an independent and sovereign state, with Dr. Sam Nujoma assuming the presidency. Since then, Namibia has undergone significant political transitions, including the smooth transfer of power from President Nujoma to Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2005 and subsequently to Dr. Hage G. Geingob in 2015 who tragically passed away in February 2024 was succeded by Mbumba.

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