Maamberua not happy with Venaani speaking on their behalf

27 Jun 2017 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) – Swanu of Namibia president Usutuaije Maamberua is unhappy about DTA of Namibia leader McHenry Venaani speaking on behalf of political parties at Andimba Toivo ya Toivo’s memorial service.
Venaani delivered a speech at the memorial service held at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek on Friday.
Maamberua in the National Assembly on Tuesday asked Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah if it was protocol for Venaani to represent all other parties.
He said Swanu’s ideology differs from that of the other parties and it is the only opposition party in Namibia whose president was imprisoned on Robben Island with Ya Toivo.
Responding to Maamberua, Nandi-Ndaitwah said an invitation was extended to all political parties and only Venaani responded, saying he would be in attendance.
“It is very unfortunate that the leaders of the other political parties did not respond to the invitation for us to know if they were willing to speak at the memorial service or the funeral of the late Ya Toivo,” she said.
Ya Toivo was an anti-apartheid activist, politician, and political prisoner, active in the pre-independence movement. He was also one of the co-founders of Swapo in 1960, and its predecessor the Ovamboland People’s Organisation in 1959.
He served 16 years in Robben Island prison in South Africa, in the same section as the late South African president Nelson Mandela and the late Gerson Hitjevi Veii, the founding president of Swanu.
Ya Toivo was released from prison in 1984 and after independence in 1990 served as a Member of Parliament and held several ministerial positions.
He retired from active politics in 2006 and died on 09 June at the age of 92.