By Confidente Reporter
“THERE is no other man who exemplifies the spirit of sacrifice than the late Comandante En Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz,” these were the words of President Hage Geingob at the memorial service of the former Cuban President held at the Parliament Garden in Windhoek, Tuesday.
Castro aged 90 died on November 25 and his ashes were buried on December 4 in Santiago, Cuba.
Geingob said Namibia owes the Cuban people a lifetime of gratitude for the country’s victory in its fight for independence against the apartheid South Africa.
“The solidarity forged in the trenches of the battlefields of Southern Angola by Cuban internationalist is a solidarity for which Namibia shall always be indebted. For theirs was a great sacrifice – a sacrifice in blood. Therefore, we shall and must never stop thanking them. Like a well-bred or brought up child will never stop thanking his or her parents, we shall never stop thanking the Cuban people”.
Geingob added that the late Castro lived his life in service of the oppressed and for the self determination of the Americas and Africa.
“He taught us that one can compromise on anything, except on one’s principles. His name will be entered in the annals of history as one of the greatest leaders of our epoch….Fidel’s principled stance and decision to share his life with the world’s poor and oppressed people motivated him to make a difficult decision by practically risking the future of the Cuban revolution by answering the request of the MPLA and sending thousands of Cuban troops to Angola to assist in the fight against apartheid South Africa’s pending invasion of Luanda. It was not a decision made for economic gain, but only to gain in conscience.”
Geingob added that the high stakes battle of Cuito Cuanavale is yet another example of Castro’s unflinching belief in the liberation of the oppressed.
“Cuito Cuanavale was a watershed moment for Southern Africa in general but particularly for Namibia as it led to the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 435. This culminated in Namibian independence in 1990. The blood of Cuban fighter indeed waters our freedom.
“We have forgiven our enemies for what they have done to us, but we will never forget our friends who stood by us during difficult times. Therefore, Cuban people are our friends. Fidel is our friend. Now and forever. Even in death, he will remain our hero.”
Geingob added that they was still a lot to learn from a man who lived and died on his own terms – a man of staunch principles and a revolutionary – a man who brought the real meaning of human rights to millions of forgotten people across Latin America, Africa and South Asia.
Geingob also expressed gratitude to outgoing United States of America President, Barack Obama and his administration for restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries after 54 years of hostility
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