"This book will put me in a lot of trouble": Tjiriange

08 Sep 2016 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) - Former Swapo Secretary-General (SG) Ngarikutuke Tjiriange launched his autobiography titled ‘To Hell and Back - My Experience Under Difficult Colonial Rule’ here on Wednesday.
Tjiriange played an instrumental role during Namibia’s liberation struggle for independence from South Africa, which subsequently earned him various portfolios within Swapo and Government structures.
These positions include Minister of Justice; Attorney-General; Member of the National Assembly; as well as Minister of Veterans’ Affairs.
Speaking during the launch, Tjiriange, who is chairperson of Swapo’s disciplinary committee, described his book as a recollection of events during the liberation struggle coupled with his personal challenges and triumphs.
“This book will put me in a lot of trouble because it speaks the truth. There are people today who are heroes but they were on the sidelines during the (liberation) struggle,” he said.
Tjiriange added that a lack of public literature recounting the rich history of the liberation struggle prompted him to write his version of what unfolded.
“I am afraid that many fighters are dying without telling their stories,” he said.
Through his book, Tjiriange recounts the resistance of leaders within the diverse ethnic groups of the country during colonial oppression, the importance of the national anthem and the decisive battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Angola in 1988 against South African rule in the then South West Africa now Namibia.
Tjiriange reiterated that Namibia's history is left in the hands of those who fought against the country’s freedom, and it is “unacceptable”.
“The people who fought against us, or were somehow associated with the colonialists, are the ones writing our history, and our children get confused by their lies. Many of us are almost about to go (die), so we have to write so that our children will know the truth,” he told those in attendance.
Furthermore, Tjiriange pleaded with tertiary institutions within the country to collaborate with local authors in order to enhance local literature.
Several senior Government officials were in attendance, including Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma; Governor of Khomas Region Laura McLeod-Katjirua; as well as former Speaker of Parliament Theo-Ben Gurirab; and former Prime Minister Nahas Angula.