19th Independence Day anniversary colorfully celebrated in Dekemhare

The 19th anniversary of Independence Day was today celebrated in Dekemhare town at the regional level in a colorful manner.
Dekemhare, 22 May 2010 - The 19th anniversary of Independence Day was today celebrated in Dekemhare town at the regional level in a colorful manner.

The celebrations that began in the morning hours featured a 2-hour long carnival show in which 12 sub-zones participated.  The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, the Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr. Ahmed Haj Ali, and the Administrator of the Southern region, Mr. Mustafa Nurhussein, opened the show portraying social services, agricultural and industrial products, sports activities and others. The carnival show attracted  broad acclaim on the part of the spectators.

Also in the afternoon hours, an official ceremony was conducted at the Dekemhare Stadium in which ministers, Army commanders and other government officials, as well as thousands of nationals participated. The celebrations were transmitted live through ERI-TV. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Administrator of the Southern region, Mr. Mustafa Nurhusein, stated that this year’s Independence Day celebration is quite special as it is being observed at a time when the Eritrean people foiled enemy acts of conspiracy through their strong unity and when the national development drive is gaining momentum.

Various programs, including songs in the Saho, Tigre and Tigrinya languages, as well as dramas and calisthenics involving over 600 students were staged on the occasion, thus adding color to the celebrations.