Namibians in Finland mourn Castro

29 Nov 2016 07:50am
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV (NAMPA) – Fidel Castro was a dependable friend and partner of the Namibian people in their time of need, Namibia’s Ambassador to Finland, Bonny Haufiku has said.
Castro died on Friday at the age of 90.
Haufiku said in a statement issued Monday that Castro stood firm and strengthened Cuba.
“He also never wavered in support of the liberation struggle of oppressed people the world over and in southern African in particular,” he said in a message of condolences for the family of the former Cuban president and the government and people of Cuba.
Haufiku said without Castro’s involvement, Namibia’s independence from South Africa could have been delayed.
“We are mourning a close friend, we will always remember him, we will ever forget. Long live Fidel Castro,” he said.
Castro took power in a 1959 revolution against former dictator Fulgencio Batista and ruled Cuba for 49 years.
The former leader retired from public life in 2006 due to ill health. He formally transferred the presidency to his brother, Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz, in 2008.
The Cuban government has declared nine days of mourning from Saturday. Castro will be laid to rest on 04 December.