Appreciate countries which assisted Nam: Pohamba

26 Aug 2013 06:40
OUTAPI, 26 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on Namibians to appreciate the contributions made by other countries towards Namibia’s liberation struggle.
“You have to learn how to appreciate rather than condemn all the time,” he said while speaking on Sunday at a workshop titled 'Ohungi'.
The workshop, held here on the eve of the Heroes Day commemoration event, saw Pohamba, founding President Sam Nujoma, Professor Mburumba Kerina and veteran Isak Thsoome share their experiences in the founding of the Swapo-Party, and the struggle for national liberation.
He singled out countries such as China, Angola, Nigeria, Zambia, Libya, Egypt, and Algeria, which he said contributed “enormously” towards the liberation struggle.
“Countries like China provided training to our People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) soldiers,” he indicated, adding that the people of countries such as Angola and Zambia sacrificed their lives during the Namibian liberation struggle.
“I am always wondering when you condemn and criticise countries such as China or Angola. If these countries were not there, we would not have gained our independence earlier,” Pohamba noted.
The Head of State told those present how he was moved to tears when he saw how inhumanely former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi was treated when he was captured by National Transition Council (NTC) forces and killed in October 2011.
The NTC initially claimed he died from injuries sustained in a fight when loyalist forces attempted to free him, but footage of his last moments showed rebel fighters beating him before he was shot dead
Pohamba indicated that the government of Libya under the leadership of Gaddafi “contributed enormously morally and materially” to the liberation struggle of Namibia.
“We must always remember those countries which contributed towards the liberation struggle,” he stated.