Today, 13 June 2017, President Hage G. Geingob formally conferred the honour of national hero status upon the Late Andimba Toivo ya Toivo (born August 22, 1924 and died on June 09, 2017). With that proclamation, the President further directed that a State Funeral be held in honour of the Late Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo.

As is customary with this announcement the remains of Ya Toivo will be interred at the Heroes Acre and it is directed that all flags in Namibia be flown at half-mast with effect from Wednesday, June 21, 2017 until Saturday, June 24th 2017, the date of the official State Funeral. Those dates also constitute the official period of mourning.    -End-


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 Founding President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Sam Nujoma (left), Toivo ya Toivo (right)

Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo is no more

New Era, 9 June 2017

Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Namibia’s iconic son, liberation struggle hero and former Robben Island prisoner, is no more. He passed away this afternoon at the age of 92 years. Born on 22 August 1924, ya Toivo was the co-founder of the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO), as well as the founder of the Ovambo People’s Organisation (OPO) in 1959. He spent 16 years on Robben Island.

Namibian hero Toivo is no more

The Namibian, 2017-06-09, by Staff Reporter

STRUGGLE icon and former Robben Island prisoner, Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, has died today.

NM20141104026He was 92.

Ya Toivo played a crucial role as a founder member of Swapo in the 1950s, in fact the main force behind the creation of OPO, the fore-runner of Swapo.

For his strong beliefs and convictions, he endured arrest, imprisonment, detention and harassment at the hands of the colonial authorities.

Along with the late South African freedom figther Nelson Mandela, Ya Toivo was incarcerated on the notorious Robben Island Prison, where he was imprisoned for a period of 16 years, enduring long periods of solitary confinement and other forms of harsh treatment.

That was after he and 36 other Namibians were arrested on 9 September 1966 by members of the South African security forces in the north. They were charged under the Terrorism Act and on 9 February 1968 he was found guilty of contravening the act and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

After his conviction he made a statement to the court and said: “I know that the struggle will be long and bitter. I also know that my people will wage that struggle, whatever the cost. Only when we are granted our independence will the struggle stop”.

Throughout his years at Robben Island Ya Toivo refused to recognise South Africa's jurisdiction over Namibia and was the real troublemaker for the prison authorities. For instance, on 18 April 1970 Ya Toivo demanded that all Namibians be transferred back to their country and called for a drastic improvement of the medical services on Robben Island.

He personified courage and steadfast commitment to the struggle. “Quite militant”. This is how Nelson Mandela once described Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, with whom he spent around ten years in the same section on Robben Island. Two years after he was released, Madiba recalled Toivo in a conversation with Richard Stengel, who collaborated with him on his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. “He was quite militant,” Madiba said. “He wanted very little to do with whites, with the warders.”

After Independence, he served in various ministerial positions until his retirement in 2006 and was also involved with, among others the Red Cross and the fight for the release of the Cuban Five. His last public appearance was this week at the Cuba-African conference.

Inside the ambitious NDP5 blueprint

New Era, June 1, 2017

NDP5The newly launched Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) seeks to increase the population’s longevity, while making investments in areas that would fortify the country against expected demographic changes.

The plan, launched by President Hage Geingob at State House yesterday, is, for the next five years, to pump investments into sectors that would allow the younger generations to have better knowledge and skill, while living in a country whose economy has a high income from the export of locally manufactured goods, and value addition services.

Most importantly, though, the NDP5 is, in itself, different from the previous four development plans, especially that the plan takes into consideration lessons learnt from the implementation of previous plans.

It requires each government ministry, office and agency to do quarterly report-backs on the implementation of the targets set out for the next five years. Indeed, gone are the days of low implementation rates and plans not accompanied by proper monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

To read President Dr Hage Geingob's keynote address, please click here...


President Geingob to attend The AU Committee of Ten (C10) in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 16-17 May 2017

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Press Release, 14 May 2017

His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia will attend the Fourth Consultative Summit of the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State on the Reform of the UN Security Council (C-10), which will take place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 16-17 May 2017. Namibia is a full member of the Committee.


The reform of the UN Security Council is predicated on five key elements namely:

  1. Expansion of the Council;
  2. Extension of/or retaining veto power;
  3. Regional representation;
  4. Size and working methods, as well as the relationship between the Council; and
  5. The General Assembly.

Joint Preparatory Meetings of C-10 Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Representatives in New York and Addis Ababa will precede the Summit.

The Outcomes of the Summit of the 10 Heads of State is expected to inform the 19th Report of the Committee of Ten (C10), which is envisaged to be submitted to the 29th Ordinary Summit of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, which is slated for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 08 – 09 July 2017.

Dr. Peya Mushelanga, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and other Senior Government Officials will accompany H.E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob. The President is expected back home on the evening of the 17th of May 2017.


State of the Nation Address 2017

SONA17On Wednesday, 12 April 2017, H.E. Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, delivered the 2017 State of the National Address. To read the full speech, please click here....

Speech by President Dr Hage Geingob on the occasion of the 27th Independence Day Celebration

Rundu, Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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What is independence and why do we celebrate it? Why are we gathered here today in such large numbers?

Independence stems from an innate desire for people to exercise their free will in order to pursue their aspirations and determine their own destiny. In other words, people become independent when they are able to form a sovereign nation that is legally able to make its own decisions on domestic and foreign policy. Independence means the ability for people, the sovereigns, to elect into office, representatives that will form a sovereign government able to exercise the full range of powers a state possesses under international law.

27 years ago, on the 21st March 1990, Namibia was born; born into freedom and sovereignty; born with the legal right to determine its own destiny and that of its people. That is what our forefathers bled and died for. So we have a right to recognize this day, we have a right to celebrate this day, because never again shall the sovereign people of Namibia be restricted by the wicked chains of colonialism; never again shall the sovereign people of Namibia be engulfed by the hateful flames of Apartheid.

For 27 years, we have been a free nation and have a right to celebrate our independence. We have a right to acknowledge this momentous day and will continue to do so for years to come, through good times and bad times.

Please, click here to continue reading the President's address....

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