Nujoma, Pohamba leave for Cuba
28 Nov 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - Former Namibian heads of state Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba left for Cuba on Monday to attend the memorial service of former Cuban President Fidel Castro.
They departed from the Hosea Kutako International Airport at around 11h00.
Castro died on Friday at the age of 90 and a memorial service will be held in his honour in Havana on Tuesday.
The two former presidents will join President Hage Geingob for the memorial service.
Geingob is currently in France for an official visit.
In an earlier interview with Nampa, Namibias founding president, Nujoma, described Castro as a legendary, revolutionary leader who has earned his place in modern history through his strong stance against imperialism and exceptional resilience against colonialism.
Nujoma last saw Castro when he paid him a visit on 29 September 2016 during an official visit to Cuba.
The Cuban government has declared nine days of mourning starting Saturday. Castro's remains were cremated on Saturday and the mourning period will include a tour of his ashes throughout Cuba. A State funeral will then be held on 04 December 2016.