By Hileni Nembwaya
VICE President, Nickey Iyambo has come out guns blazing defending his superior, President Hage Geingob saying he should not be blamed for the current economic downfall the country is experiencing.
He made these remarks on the occasion of the First National Bank (FNB) commemoration of the Oshakati bomb blast victims.
“People have started to hate the President for the economic downfall. This is a worldwide problem. When our big brothers down south or east sneeze, we always get the cough. Stop blaming the President,” he said.
Iyambo appealed to the nation at large to support the Government and President, Geingob in order to fully implement the ideals ‘which Swapo successfully fought for’.
He said that the nation should not bow to prophets of doom who are unreasonably blaming the current economic troubles on Government.
“Let us rather expose and reject them for what they really are, as people still under mental colonial occupation and seeking Namibia’s self-destruction.”
Relating to the event of the day, the VP explained that the bomb blast massacre which orphaned many children was meant by the then apartheid South African government to derail Namibia’s independence in 1990, but failed to do so.
On 19 February 1988, a year before the implementation of United Nations resolution 435, innocent civilians, including nurses from the Oshakati State Hospital and FNB staff were massacred in the Oshakati FNB bomb blast, where 27 died and over 70 were injured.
“The greatest tribute we can pay the martyrs of the bomb blast is to work together towards an inclusive, peaceful and prosperous society. The apartheid system was sustained by ethnic divide and rule, pitting Namibians to fight each other, to destroy our collective Namibian identity.
“Let us never forget the sacrifices of our fallen Namibian heroes and heroines; let us never forget where we came from as a nation, and let us resolutely fix our eyes on where we are striving to go to, as Namibians,” said Iyambo.
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