THEIR blood waters our freedom. Glory to the heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle of Namibia.
History is the best judge whose verdict cannot be ignored.
It is a fact that truth never hide. The records speak for themselves. he struggle will be longer and bitter, but may people will wage the struggle until final victory” – Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo.
“A united people will always emerge victorious” – Sam Nujoma.
Informed by the Swapo Party official flag three colors, we knew that the blue color represents the minerals and the wealth of Namibia as well as her long Atlantic coast which is rich in both mineral and other resources.
History has it that the red color represents the precious blood of the Namibian people that has been shed in the struggle against colonialism, the struggle for nationhood, in general, and the victorious anti-colonial revolution in African.
Meanwhile, the green color represents the people, the land, the agricultural potential and the vegetation of the country. We have had no doubt, during the bitter and protracted national liberation struggle, that we shall cross rives of blood, tears and sweats as a national prize to achieve our national political independence.
Armed with the overwhelming booming staccatos of bazooka, ant air machine guns, artillery fires, the then apartheid colonial murders have no other alternative than to choose a Swapo Party soft target in side Angola.
Why a soft target? Because the enemy of our revolution new about the arrival of many young Namibians from home in Cassinga reception center and thought that by killing and maiming many Namibian Swapo Party Youth by attacking a soft target, they were going to demoralize the Namibian people from joining the ever inspiring and growing Swapo-led revolutionary liberation struggle.
Cassinga was a soft target because of it was established to serve as a reception center were young and elderly new arrivals are temporarily kept for registration and administration purposes. More than a thousand Namibians girls and boys and elderly men and women, were killed and maimed during the attack on the 4th of May 1984.
Similar killings and maiming of young girls and boys of the land of the brave have taken place at soft centers at Oshatotwa in Kaoma District Southern Zambia, Livingstone Botswana, and Oshakati First National Bank killing and maim just to mention a few. “Their blood waters our freedom” “Glory to the heroes and heroines of the Namibian Liberation Struggle.” We are indebted to the gallant sons and daughters of the Frontline States, who have equally dearly paid with their precious lives, sweats, tears and indeed their social economic infrastructures.
Just as we are celebrating the lives of the martyrs of the liberation struggle, we are equally reminded that we are and will always remain indebted to the gallant sons and daughters of the Namibian people who paid with their lives so that our nation could regain its dignity, peace and democratic liberties. Equally, we remain indebted to Ethiopia and Liberia for being the first countries in Africa who took our country’s case in 1960 to International Court of Justice accusing the colonial regime of violating the mandate entrusted to it by the League of Nations to temporarily administer Namibia “until the indigenous are ready for self-determination”
Our hope for a bloodless liberation struggle was dashed when on the 18th of July 1966, the International Court of Justice threw the case out, declaring, that Ethiopia and Liberia have not the legal standing to bring the case before the court. The dashing of hope for the nonviolence liberation struggle on the 18thof July 1966, culminated into a declaration by the martyr of the war of the liberation struggle comrade Peter Eneas Nanyemba, of an all-out war against the colonial occupation with the attack at Omngulumbashe northern Namibia.
The 4th of May, should remind us of the martyrs of the liberation struggle, the sons and daughters of the land of the brave, heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle of Namibia. Not only that, we should deep in our heart, ask ourselves questions whether are we on the right track?
Will we, achieve our economic liberation within an environment characterized by premeditated corrupt practices; intentionally tribal practices; and indiscipline behaviors? Certainly not!
Did we not together fight for what is depicted in the party’s blue color? The minerals and wealth of our beloved mother land? Did we not fight for what is depicted in the red color? We had crossed many rivers of blood, is it not so? What about Cassinga? Oshatotwa? Oshakati Bank just to mention a few?
What about the characteristic of the green color? Are we on the right track? The people, the land, the agriculture potential and the vegetation of the land of the brave. The struggle for national political independence, was characterized by common goal, shared responsibilities, and shared achievements.
Why are we forgetting the lessons of the liberation legacy so soon, and why are some of our national leaders embraced a future which is not characterized by the liberation legacy? Corrupt practice? tribalism, gender based violence and landless-ness are tantamount to crime against humanity. Enough is enough! As true veterans of the liberation struggle, Let us join the President in his national noble task, to fight and eradicate the current premeditated corrupt and tribal practices which in our views is a manifesto of the current perpetuation of generational poverty.
Dear readers, allow me to conclude our Cassinga message by quoting Matthew 5, Verses 4, 7, 9 below.
Verse (4) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Verse (7) Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Verse (9) Blessed are the peacemakers: for shall be called the children of God. “Their blood, sweats and tears waters of freedom”
May God Bless Namibia, the Land of the Brave.
Rt Commissioner for Refugees &
NNLVA National Coordinator
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