Ex-Koevoet will never be regarded as war veterans: Geingob

26 Aug 2017 16:30pm
OSHAKATI, 26 AUG (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has dismissed demands by former Koevoet soldiers to be recognised by Government as war veterans.
Speaking during the 51st Heroes Day Commemoration on Saturday at Oshakati in the Oshana Region, Geingob emphatically declared that Government will not recognise Koevoet as war veterans.
“These former soldiers were paid by those who hired them and will not be compensated by the Namibian government,” Geingob said.
The president said he was disturbed by the trend of indefensible and untruthful public statements gaining traction in Namibia.
Geingob further reiterated Namibia’s rejection to reopen the so-called Swapo dungeons as Government was not convinced this was in favour of the country.
“The wounds of the struggle will never go away, however we have learnt to live with one another, regardless of the roles played during the struggle.”
Geingob explained that the spirit of reconciliation was there for a reason and that trying to selectively open that painful past chapter would evoke anger in many.
He further called on Namibians to commit to taking the country forward in an inclusive manner and ensuring that the pursuit of One Namibia, One Nation includes the dismantling of structural poverty and inequality.
“Let us arm ourselves with the necessary armour and weaponry to ensure victory in this second phase of our struggle.”
The president went on to remind the nation to take cognisance of the fact that even though the day honours the fallen heroes and heroines, many of the legends were still living and continued to play great roles in the country’s development.
“Namibia is also full of everyday heroes and heroines whose selfless sacrifices are inspired by a love for their fellow countrymen and women and not a desire for accolades,” Geingob said.