Namibian political parties call for unity in Africa

04 Sep 2019 17:10pm
By Shelleygan Petersen
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) – Local political parties have called on Africa to unite amidst the xenophobic violence in South Africa, which has resulted in the confirmed deaths of five people.
The deadly attacks on foreign-owned shops in Johannesburg this week have now triggered reprisals on South African businesses in Nigeria.
In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, All People’s Party vice president Reinhold Nauyoma said the attacks are partly a result of poverty in South Africa, with citizens complaining that foreign nationals are taking their jobs.
“We are all Africans and we should not fight each other,” Nauyoma said while calling for unity.
Sharing her sentiments in a media statement on Wednesday, National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) president Utjiua Muinjangue said Africans should not let division disrupt hard-fought-for freedom.
“Economic inequality should not be blamed on African brothers and sisters, but is a direct result of the current government,” Muinjangue said.
She said South Africa should know that other African countries provided the country with moral, financial and military support during its fight for independence.
Landless People’s Movement deputy leader Henny Seibeb said the blame shifting is ineffective and will not address the root causes of the xenophobic attacks.
“The underlying issues are at political and economic level and need to be addressed by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders,” he said in an interview with Nampa.
Seibeb further said quiet diplomacy on issues in Zimbabwe has led to over one million citizens of that country moving to other southern African countries, placing pressure on these countries’ education and health sectors.
He said leaders do not consider the social consequences of their actions and that their failure to condemn Zanu PF’s actions led to the many Zimbabweans leaving their country.
“This (xenophobia) is the political and economic implication of their decisions,” he said.
Seibeb said SADC leaders need to convene and “address the consequences of their actions”.