Castro was an intellectual: Venaani

06 Dec 2016 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 06 DEC (NAMPA) - Passing on the legacy of the late Fidel Castro requires creating a breeding ground for Namibians who are not passive but vocal about issues, both locally and beyond borders, president of the DTA of Namibia, McHenry Venaani has said.
This, he said, is a meaningful way for humans to commit themselves to better socio-economic circumstances.
Venaani was speaking during the State Memorial Service of the former Cuban president at Parliament Gardens on Tuesday.
“We should take lessons from his work to better the socio-economic lives of people,” Venaani said.
Castro died on 25 November 2016 at the age of 90. His remains were cremated the following day and interred on 04 December 2016.
The DTA leader described the late Castro as an intellectual by excellence and a citizen of the world.
He said the late Castro played an immense role to expedite the United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 435 that proposed a ceasefire and supervised elections in South West Africa (Namibia) under the apartheid regime of South Africa and as a result, Namibia is able to enjoy the fruits of independence.
“His principle stood far longer than any sanctions,” Venaani said.
He added that the DTA, including the peoples of Namibia, was saddened after hearing that some Cuban expatriates living in Miami, United States of America (USA) took to the streets in celebration of the late Castro’s death.
“As Africans, we do not take pride in the death and suffering of others. It is un-African and beneath us to celebrate the death and suffering of another.”
Also paying tribute at the Memorial Service, Swapo Party Secretary-General (SG) Nangolo Mbumba said Cuba’s contribution to Namibia came without any strings attached; a culture that continues to be practiced by Cuba, the Cuban Revolution Party and the Cuban government.
“His legacy shall continue to inspire multitudes of generations,” said Mbumba