Pohamba welcomes nationals from other African countries
20 Apr 2015 07:30am
OSHAKATI, 20 APR (NAMPA) Former Namibian and Swapo-Party president, Hifikepunye Pohamba has criticised Namibian citizens who tend to be unfriendly with fellow African nationals and refer to them as aadjaidjai (aliens).
Speaking during the 55th Swapo-Party anniversary celebrations held at Oshakati on Sunday, Pohamba also condemned a certain group of Namibian nationals who planned last week to attack nationals from other African countries at Oshakati.
The group, believed to be Namibian artists, mostly targeted Zimbabwean nationals who are allegedly selling pirated music CDs at Oshakatis Open Market and elsewhere in town.
The group complained that aadjaidjai are selling pirate CDs at a low price, for instance N.dollars 30 per CD, compared to Namibian artists price of N.dollars 100 per CD.
Pohamba said he was also disappointed to learn that visiting Angolan nationals are referred to by some Namibians as aadjaidjai, and reminded those that Angolans have also suffered at the hands of colonial forces for offering Namibians shelter and food in their country during the liberation war.
I say stop it because it is neither proper nor good for us to refer to people who stood by us and supported us when we were fighting for freedom and the independence of our country, the retired Namibian president said.
He singled out Zambians as some of the African nationals who also stood by the Namibians during the war of the liberation struggle, before Namibia attained her independence on 21 March in 1990.
Pohamba at the same time announced his resignation as president of the Swapo-Party and told those who attended the partys 55th anniversary celebrations at Oshakati on Sunday that President Hage Geingob is now the acting president of the ruling Swapo-Party until further notice.