Geingob condemns demand for part of Angolan territory

05 Feb 2017 16:30pm
OMHEDI, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob told Namibians dreaming of claiming a part of the Angolan territory as their own to stop the notion immediately.
Geingob made the call during the centenary commemoration of the death of King Mandume yaNdemufayo of Ovakwanyama at Omhedi village in the Ohangwena region on Saturday.
“There is no basis for Namibians to claim Angolan territory as their own,” Geingob told the audience, adding that Europe’s arbitrary post-colonial borders have imposed some disadvantages on Africa.
He however said this does not mean Africans should start claiming the territories of fellow African states by using ancestral boundaries as justification.
He then announced that Namibia respects Angola’s territorial integrity and as such, has no intention to extend its boundaries beyond the current border with that country.
“We are pleased that we can share in this celebration together as peaceful and fraternal neighbours,” Geingob stated in recognising a ten-member delegation of officials from that country’s Cunene Province who also attended the commemoration.
The President was also pleased to see hundreds of Namibians from different ethnic groups who travelled far to congregate at ouhamba (palace) of Ovakwanyama and participate in the centenary commemoration of the death of yaNdemufayo.
He noted people congregated at Omhedi in inclusivity, which spells peace and harmony. Geingob viewed the commemoration as a gathering of Namibian citizens coming together to share and partake in each other’s events.
“In so doing, these events are no longer regional but national,” he said.
Geingob commanded Namibians to avoid being tribal, saying the nation will the be able to create a national dance, song and culture if people encourage the practice of attending each other’s gatherings.
Addressing the same gathering, Ohamba (Queen) Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu said yaNdemufayo fought and resisted colonialism in the interest of all Africans.
Ya Ndemufayo, recognised as a liberation hero in Namibia, Angola and the entire African continent, became the king of Ovakwanyama at the age of 17 and ruled between 1911 and 1917.
He died at Oihole in southern Angola on 06 February 1917 at the age of 23-years while fighting against colonial military forces of the Portuguese and British Empire.
Ya Nelumbu will on Monday lead a powerful delegation, including Namibian parliamentarians, to Oihole where she will lay a wreath at a shrine erected there in honour of yaNdemufayo.