Swapo was not against individuals: Kashuupulwa

20 Feb 2014 13:50pm
OSHAKATI, 20 FEB (NAMPA) – The governor of the Oshana Region, Clemens Kashuupulwa says Swapo was never against individuals, groups or certain races.
Speaking at the commemoration of the 1988 Barclays Bank explosion at Oshakati on Wednesday, Kashuupulwa said Swapo was fighting against the colonial system that was in Namibia during the liberation struggle.
He said those who perpetrated violence against Namibian people are allegedly living peacefully in the country because of a national reconciliation policy introduced by Swapo when the country became independent.
The governor said he feels that the greatest homage the Namibian people can give to the fallen heroes and heroines is national unity and working together in peace.
Kashuupulwa used the same platform to call on the government, church and young people in Namibia to work together to end violence against women.
Some 30 people, who were mostly employees of then Administration for Owambo under the leadership of the late Peter Kalangula and Barclays Bank, now First National Bank (FNB), officials, were killed in the blast and several others were injured on 19 February 1988.
It was pay-day for the employees of the said administration and as such, there were amongst others nurses and teachers in the bank to deposit their monthly cheques when the blast occurred.
It remains unclear who was responsible for the explosion.
Chairperson of the Law Reform Commission in Namibia, Sacky Shanghala, who lost his mother in the blast, was one of the speakers and he urged Namibians to maintain peace.
He also commended the FNB management for organising the remembrance of the victims of the Barclays Bank bomb blast every year.
Some of the survivors of the blast also attended the commemoration on Wednesday.