Freedom fighters are equal: Pohamba

25 Sep 2016 17:10pm
OSHIKUKU, 25 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibians who claim to be ‘better’ freedom fighters for going into exile during the country’s liberation struggle, are mistaken.
Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba said this at Oshikuku in the Omusati Region on the occasion of belated Heroes’ Day Commemorations on Saturday.
“It is wrong to say those who were in exile fought for the independence more than others who were in the country during the liberation struggle,” he said, adding they contributed equally.
Many Namibians risked their lives and resources for the freedom struggle without going in exile.
Pohamba noted that some former exiled Namibians never even participated in the war, but now demand special treatment from Government.
He singled out the so-called ‘children of the liberation struggle’, otherwise known as ‘struggle kids’, as some members of the Namibian society who want to be treated differently because their parents were part of the liberation struggle in exile.
“I have been saying before: Namibian children should be treated equal, because some children went through harassment at the hands of colonial military forces at their schools during the struggle for our independence,” the retired Namibian leader explained.
He said learners of the Ponhofi Senior Secondary School (SSS) in the Ohangwena Region are some of those who experienced atrocities as a result of colonial oppression.
“We must mobilise all people of Namibia to work hard, as a team, in the spirit of Harambee. Equally, we need to support our government in its programmes,” Pohamba urged.
The former president also travelled to the Elim village in the same region, where he laid a wreath on the grave of late King Iipumbu yaShilongo.