AU to honour Nujoma for fight against colonialism

21 Oct 2015 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia’s founding President, Sam Nujoma, and the former Angolan First Lady, Maria Ruth Neto will be honoured by the African Union (AU) with awards during a gala dinner on Wednesday evening.
Nujoma and the spouse of the first President of Angola, Agostinho Neto will be recognised for their outstanding contribution to both the liberation of Africa and their fight against racial discrimination.
They will also be honoured for their efforts in the promotion of peace, security and stability on the continent.
The event is taking place amidst a high level retreat of the AU Peace and Security Council, which kicked off in Windhoek today.
Over 200 delegates including representatives from international entities such as the United Nations (UN) and European Union; regional economic communities in Africa and the League of Arab States (LAS), are attending the retreat.
The retreat will devote time to reflect on historical issues and the root causes of terrorism.
The participants will also look in some detail at African experiences of countering violent extremism.
“Our deliberations will be interrupted tonight for the ‘Sons and Daughters of Africa’ gala dinner, where will pay tribute to President Nujoma and Neto,” Ambassador Smail Chergui, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security said during the official opening of the retreat.