17 Jun 2017 17:40pm
ONDANGWA, 17 JUN (NAMPA) - People should stop using Swapo for material gain as it is a betrayal of people like the late liberation struggle icon Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo, former Defence Minister Nahas Angula said on Friday.
He was speaking at a memorial service held for Ya Toivo at Ondangwa.
We should not be victims of materialism in the name of Swapo. If you want to benefit materially, do it alone and not through the party, Angula said.
He said the likes of Ya Toivo, in difficult circumstances during the liberation struggle, made immense sacrifices to establish the party to obtain justice for all Namibians.
Angula said Ya Toivo was a loyal, humble and patriotic man who lived for his people and his country.
Ya Toivo, who was born at Omangundu village in the Oshikoto Region on 22 August 1924, was an anti-apartheid activist, politician and political prisoner who was active in the pre-independence movement.
He was a co-founder of the South West African Peoples Organisation (Swapo) in 1960, and its predecessor the Ovamboland Peoples Organisation in 1959.
Ya Toivo served 16 years in prison on Robben Island in South Africa; in the same section as former South African president, the late Nelson Mandela.
He was released from prison in 1984 and rejoined Swapo in exile in Lusaka, Zambia and returned to Namibia in 1989 where he served as a Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister until 2006 when he retired from active politics.
He died in Windhoek last Friday at the age of 92.
Ya Toivos body was flown back to Windhoek on Saturday for another memorial service and for his burial at Heroes Acre next Saturday.