Mbumba defends Nujoma statue

08 Sep 2013 08:20
GOBABIS, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – Swapo-Party Secretary-General (SG) Nangolo Mbumba has lashed out at critics who slammed the unveiling of a statue of former President Sam Nujoma at Omugulugwombashe, noting that Nujoma deserved the accolade.
Some opposition parties, most notably the official opposition – the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) - critisised Government for ‘unnecessary spending’ when it erected and unveiled a statue in honour of the founding father at Omugulugwombashe.
Mbumba said Nujoma was a great contributor to the freedom the country enjoys today, and deserved to be recognised as such.
The Swapo SG, who was in Gobabis as part of his familiarisation visit to the Omaheke Region since taking over as the party’s chief administrator, said the statue was erected purposely at Omugulugwombashe to serve a purpose – that of recognising the contribution of all freedom fighters that brought independence to Namibia.
“We did not erect that statue there for nothing. It was to serve a purpose. The statue is facing south from its position at Omugulugwombashe, symbolising the Namibian people’s gratitude to all Namibian heroes such as Samuel Maharero, Hendrik Witbooi, Jacob Marenga and others who waged the war for national resistance from their respective bases across the country,” Mbumba said.
The Swapo top administrator also used the opportunity to brush off allegations that the ruling party allegedly hijacked a national event to promote party politics when it launched its amended constitution during Heroes Day at Omugulugwombashe over a week ago.
He said Swapo was entitled to Omugulugwombashe, as the party first established the base as a platform from which it launched the first shots of the war of liberation against colonial occupation.
According to Mbumba, Swapo members sacrificed a lot during the struggle for independence and hence ought to be recognised in being provided a platform to also perform party activities at a place such as Omugulugwombashe.
“Who were the people that established that place (Omugulugwombashe)? Who dared stand up to South African forces? Who fought and died while others were arrested after firing those first shots?
“The answer to all of these questions is that it was Swapo members. Although we are entitled to that place, we opened up the platform for everybody to use – including those who were against independence,” he stressed.
Mbumba was expected to visit a few projects run by the youth in the region, before returning to Windhoek on Sunday.