Namibia's independence a collective effort: Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

21 May 2017 14:20pm
OUTAPI, 21 MAY (NAMPA) – Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has said Namibia’s independence came about because of patriotic Namibians at home and abroad.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, who is also a Swapo central committee member and member of the politburo, made the remarks at Outapi while speaking at the belated celebration of the party’s establishment on 19 April 1960.
She said Swapo had leaders who mobilised people in and outside Namibia to stand up and fight against colonial oppression for the country to obtain its freedom, singling out the late Immanuel Shifidi as one of those who sacrificed their lives in the country.
“It is not right to say only those who were in exile fought for independence,” she said.
She then call on the Namibian youth, as the country’s future leaders, to refrain from being divisive and insulting their elders.
“Let us protect our peace and unity at all costs, because it is a prerequisite for the development of our country,” she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila further said she wants to see Swapo members and supporters participating in the party’s activities and to think of how they can help lift Namibians out of poverty.
She also explained that the anniversary of the party’s establishment is observed every year to honour those who sacrificed their lives and time in the liberation struggle. A moment of silence was observed during the event.
The party was formed on 19 April 1960 and this year commemorated its 57th anniversary.