African Nations Condemn Intervention, Interference in Venezuela

Source:  TeleSUR
February 10 2019

sadc condemns interference in venezuela.jpgSADC meeting showing the various flags of the African group’s member
countries. | Photo: Reuters

The South African Development Community issued a letter condeming actions by the United States and its allies against Venezuela.

The South African Development Community (SADC), a group consisting of 15 African nations, issued a statement condemning the violation of international law in U.S. backed coup actions against Venezuela.

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In a letter dated Feb. 10, President of the Republic of Namibia and chairperson of SADC Hage Geingob noted the community’s concern with “attempts by the leaders of some countries to interfere in the affairs and sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.”

The letter relates to the Jan. 10 self-declaration of Juan Guaido, a hitherto unknown lawmaker in Venezuela’s National Assembly in contempt since 2016, as interim president of Venezuela, and the subsequent recognition of him by the United States and some of its Latin American and European allies.

Since that event, United States President Donald Trump has made several threatening statements against the democratically-elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, saying that he won’t rule out military intervention.

Meanwhile governments around the globe have called for dialogue in the country rather than aggression, and have supported Venezuela’s right to self-determination.

SADC Secretariat@SADC_News

Chair H.E. @hagegeingob expresses solidarity with Venezuela & notes with concern attempts by leaders of some countries to interfere in Venezuela’s affairs & sovereignty  @CyrilRamaphosa @EdgarCLungu @OfficialMasisi @edmnangagwa @DIRCO_ZA @sardcnet

The development group consists of 15 countries whose main goal is: “to achieve development, peace and security, and economic growth, to alleviate poverty, enhance the standard and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa, and support the socially disadvantaged through regional integration, built on democratic principles and equitable and sustainable development.”

Among its members are: Angola, Botswana, Lesoto, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Namibia: President Geingob Urges World to Resolve Western Sahara Issue

September 5 2017

By Albertina Nakale

Hage-Geingob-President-of-Namibia.jpgPresident has reminded the world that the protracted Western Sahara issue still needs sorting out.

Namibia has on many occasions undertaken not to tire in its quest to see Morocco, which was recently re-admitted into the African Union (AU), give up its illegal occupation of Western Sahara.

Geingob made the call in Windhoek yesterday when he addressed a conference of the African-European party dialogue of socialists and democrats, aimed at overcoming inequality as a political challenge.

Why are socialists quiet?

“I don’t know why socialists are quiet. We are not assisting those who want to get their independence. In Europe and Africa, we are not helping them [Western Sahara] to get self-independence. We don’t hear [anything] it’s only Southern Africa. Why are you quiet?” Geingob asked.

The president is hopeful that Europeans and other African nations will follow Namibia’s stance to stand up against Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara.

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Geingob has on many occasions spoken out in support of the right to self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, following similar stern demands by National Assembly Speaker Professor Peter Katjavivi and International Relations Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

In an interview with New Era, Katjivivi echoed Geingob’s stance for the global community to stand up and speak out in support of the people of Western Sahara.

He revealed that members of the Namibian parliament are due to attend the Interparliamentary Union (Union) Conference in Russia in October, where they will make sure to push the agenda for self-determination for the people of Western Sahara.

“All member parliaments are going to be there. We are interested to see that the voice of the people of Western Sahara is heard. There is the danger now that Morocco has been campaigning for and pushing its own agenda and basically trying to undermine the solidarity and support being extended to the people of Western Sahara. We cannot afford to undermine the push for freedom and independence for the people of Western Sahara,” Katjavivi told New Era yesterday.He explained it is in that context that he welcomed Geingob’s stance in reminding the world that the question of Western Sahara and Palestine is still outstanding.

Thousands pay tribute to Fidel in Namibia

Source:  Prensa Latina/ Granma
December 9 2016

The posthumous tribute, held in the gardens of Namibia’s Parliament building, was broadcast live by channel NBC and saw the participation of the all senior members of government, the SWAPO Party and representatives of the diplomatic corps.

thousands pay tribute to fidel in namibia.jpgNamibian professionals, who graduated from the island’s universities, as well as Cuban collaborators and nationals living in the African nation, also participated in the act. Photo: Cuban Embassy in Namibia

Windhoek.—Thousands of people attended a solemn ceremony in the capital – led by Namibian President Hage Geingob – in honor of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

According to the Cuban Embassy in that country, the posthumous tribute, held in the gardens of Namibia’s Parliament building, was broadcast live by channel NBC and saw the participation of the all senior members of government, the SWAPO Party and representatives of the diplomatic corps.

Eternal gratitude owed to Fidel and Cuba

Namibian professionals, who graduated from the island’s universities, as well as Cuban collaborators and nationals living in the African nation, also participated in the act.
Gein­gob described the leader of the Cuban Revolution as a hero and reiterated that Namibia “owes its eternal gratitude to Cuba and Fidel.”
He went on to recall the great sacrifice made by Cubans who fought to defend the people of Africa.

Namibia supports the call to end the US blockade against Cuba

The leader also reaffirmed his country’s unwavering support to the island in its struggle against the economic, commercial and financial blockade, imposed by successive U.S. administrations for over 50 years.

On behalf of all Namibians educated under the Cuban Revolution, National Police Chief, Lieutenant General Sebastián Ndeitunga, gave a moving speech, in which he recalled Fidel’s frequent visits to the Isle of Youth where many Namibians studied, and his constant support and encouragement.

Namibian revolutionaries Sam Nujoma and Andimba Toivo; secretary general of the Swapo Party, Nangolo Mbumba, and Cuban Ambassador to Namibia, Giraldo Mazola, also spoke during the event.

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Díaz-Canel emphasizes love shared by the peoples of Cuba and Namibia

Source:  Granma
March 23 2015
Deisy Francis Mexidor

Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with new Namibian President Hage Geingob after his inauguration ceremony, and emphasized that the success of his visit to the country was based on the love shared by the two countries’ peoples.

cubans and namibians

Earlier during his visit, Diaz-Canel met with the country’s historic leader and founding father Sam Nujoma.

Diaz-Canel commented that the meeting with Geingob was an affectionate one, with the new President recalling his conversations with Fidel and Raúl during his last visit to Cuba.

fidel y hage geingob 2The Cuban Vice President reported that also discussed was Cuba collaboration in Namibia which, he said, will continue to expand.

A bi-national committee of experts to be established

Miguel Díaz-Canel BermúdezHe explained that, as a result of the visit, a bi-national committee of experts was to be established, “to evaluate all areas of cooperation, to see what fields we can open up and how to improve in areas where we are already.”

Diaz-Canel reported that, during the inauguration ceremony, he had the opportunity to greet several African heads of state, who expressed their affection and confidence in Cuba.

The Cuban Vice President visited three African countries this past week – Namibia, South Africa and Angola – and will conclude his international tour in India on Monday, after meeting with high-ranking leaders there. (PL)

Source:  Díaz-Canel emphasizes love shared by the peoples of Cuba and Namibia  Granma