Heroes Day should not advance political propaganda: Ngaringombe

18 Aug 2016 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 AUG (NAMPA) – Heroes Day should be commemorated as a Namibian national day and should not be used to advance political propaganda, DTA of Namibia Secretary-General, Immanuel Ngaringombe says.
Heroes Day commemorates the battle of Omugulugwombashe on 26 August 1966, when South African soldiers attacked People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) fighters, marking the start of the liberation struggle.
This year’s commemoration event takes place in Walvis Bay.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Ngaringombe said the DTA sees the day, which commemorates the battle of Omugulugwombashe as a national day.
“It is said to be a national day, but honestly it is a Swapo remembrance, reorganisation and propaganda day of what happened in the past,” the party's SG stated.
He added that attending the event without any recognition is unfortunate for opposition parties, especially the DTA of Namibia as the official opposition.
He also said the party had not yet received a formal invitation for the event slated for next Friday, but would attend if invited.
“We would like people to respect all our fallen heroes and honour the day. Government or the ministry responsible for organising the event should relook the programmes of Heroes Day and really make it a national event,” he said.