Geingob, Nujoma to attend Castro memorial

27 Nov 2016 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob will travel to Cuba to attend a memorial service in honour of Fidel Castro in Havana on Tuesday.
The former Cuban president died on Friday at the age of 90.
The Cuban government has declared nine days of mourning starting Saturday.
Castro's remains were to be cremated and the mourning period will include a tour of his ashes throughout Cuba. A State funeral will then be held on 04 December 2016.
Foreign dignitaries will have arrived in Cuba by Tuesday for a memorial service to be held in Revolution Square, Havana that night.
Geingob on Sunday left for to France and the United Kingdom (UK) for official visits from 28 November to 02 December 2016.
He is scheduled to meet with France’s President François Hollande on Monday before flying to Cuba. He will then travel to the UK where he is amongst others expected to have an audience with Queen Elizabeth II.
Before his departure, he told the media that he will be accompanied by former Presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba, Swapo Secretary General Nangolo Mbumba, people who formerly studied in Cuba and former People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) fighters to Cuba.
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 contributions to Namibia’s liberation struggle.
After the Cassinga attacks in 1978 the group of survivors went to Cuba in 1979.
Most of them grew up in Cuba where they continued with their studies. Today, many of them are doctors, nurses and teachers.
Under Castro’s leadership, Cuba not only contributed to the lives of Namibians, but also Africa at large.
Between 1987 and 1988, Cuban troops aided Angolan troops as they countered South African forces along Namibian borders, which eventually led to Namibia’s independence.