Governor calls for heroes’ tribute

10 August 2017 | Columns

Adolf Kaure

The governor of the Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua has called for heroes who fought the countries liberation to be remembered.

Mutjavikua made the remarks as he spoke at the opening ceremony of the Swakopmund’s 125 birthday celebrations at the Thomas Hamunyela Amphitheatre last Friday.

“Our first black mayor, the late Daniel Kamho, defied the odds and is buried at the former ‘whites only’ cemetery. This is what we are celebrating as a milestone.”

“Allow me to share with you that one cannot talk about the history of Swakopmund without mentioning the concentration camps where our people endured inhuman torturing and killings.”

“Today, the Swakopmund Memorial Park is dotted with unmarked graves, which signifies the fight against the imperialist. It is fitting for Swakopmund as a town to identify a day to commemorate our fallen heroes and heroines buried at the Memorial Park, because their blood waters our freedom,” Mutjavikua said as he delivered his keynote address.

However, the governor gave a tribute to how the town has transformed over the years to be inclusive to all.

“We are celebrating transformation from narrow salt roads to paved roads, from small mini markets to world class shopping malls, from segregated township to unified suburbs, from white only restaurants and schools - to schools and restaurants for all. Even in death our people were separated, but today we cater for all our people,” he said.

He commended all the residents and the business sectors for their hard work and dedication towards local economic development of the town, saying that their efforts have contributed to make the town the premier tourist destination that it is known by presently.

“History has it that Swakopmund was a small village on the western coast of Southern Africa, but through transformation and economic development, it became what it is today. Swakopmund is universally known as a tourism hub of Southern Africa,” said Mutjavikua.

The Swakopmund 125 birthday celebrations were held from 4 August to 6 August. The town was founded by Hauptmann Curt von Francois on 4 August in 1892.