PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has in the strongest terms urged all Namibians to respect colonial borders and desist from claiming Angolan territories as their own.
Geingob said that Africans, especially Namibian should acknowledge the fact that Europe’s arbitrary post-colonial borders have imposed some disadvantages on Africa; however, this does not mean that people should start to claim the territories of other African countries by using ancestral boundaries as justification.
“Therefore, there is no basis for Namibians to claim Angolan territories as their own.Whoever dreams of that notion must stop it, today. I would like to state in the most emphatic of terms that Namibia respects Angola’s territorial integrity,” said Geingob.
The President who was speaking on the occasion of the centenary commemoration of the death of King Mandume ya Ndemufayo said that Namibia has no intention whatsoever to extend its boundaries beyond the current border with Angola.
He said all around the world, nations are characterised by various monuments which reflect the history of their citizens, thus upon Namibia’s independence, indigenous monuments were set up.
Monuments play a significant role in promoting patriotism and national unity and pride, while creating a legacy for the country’s future generations, he explained.
“The only monuments in existence were German ones. It is for this reason that we decided to build our own monuments which would reflect our history and our victory in the battle for our independence. Monuments such as Heroes’ Acre, the new State House, the Supreme Court, the Independence memorial museum and the Ongulumbashe memorial are national structures that reflect the pride of an independent Namibia,” said Geingob.
The President said that the story of Ohamba ya Ndemufayo’s fearless spirit and unwavering determination to defend the territorial integrity of his people, is not only a testament to his bravery, but a testament to the spirit of the Namibian people and the African people as a whole, who rejected foreign occupation.
King ya Ndemufayo’s reign took place in the early half of the 20th Century in 1911.
Ohamba ya Ndemufayo was at the youthful age of 17 ascended to the throne of the Oukwanyama kingdom and his reign lasted for six years, during a tumultuous time when he had to fight two colonial powerhouses of Portugal and Britain, who were supported by South Africa.
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