Swapo sympathises with Cuba after Castro death

27 Nov 2016 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – Fidel Castro gave Namibians hope, inspiration and impeccable leadership during its difficult struggle for independence, the Swapo party has said.
The former Cuban president died Friday at the age of 90.
In a statement issued by the party’s Secretary for Information and Mobilisation, Helmut Angula on Saturday, Swapo conveyed its condolences to the government and people of Cuba, and to the Castro family.
“To millions of people, he was more than just a man. He was a symbol of the struggle for freedom, justice, equality, and human dignity not only for Cubans, but for humankind,” the statement said.
Angula said the former Cuban president’s selfless sacrifice inspired revolutionaries all over the world to fight relentlessly for justice, freedom and human dignity.
He added that Castro leaves Namibians with a legacy and great vision to strive for self-reliance and well-being.
Angula further said Castro’s rescue operation during the attack on the Namibian refugee camp in Cassinga, Angola by South African troops in 1978, and the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale are some of his memorable sacrifices in Namibian history.
“His track record in uplifting the education, health care system and social wellbeing of the Cuban people is unmatched in recent human history,” he added.
The Cuban government has declared nine days of mourning starting Saturday.