Educate the youth on liberation struggle history: Ndaitwah

ONDESHIFIILWA: Retired Chief of Defence Force (CDF), Lieutenant-General Denga Ndaitwah says the young people of Namibia should be educated on how the country’s freedom and independence were obtained.

Ndaitwah said this whilst addressing inhabitants of the Ohangwena Region’s Engela Constituency at Ondeshifiilwa village on Sunday.

It is at this village where 21 fighters of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) who were killed by the military forces of the colonial government on 01 April 1989, were buried.

Ndaitwah said young people do not regard the country’s liberation struggle as important as their interests differ from that of their parents who witnessed how difficult it was before the country was liberated from colonialism on 21 March 1990.

The retired CDF wants to see Namibian parents taking the education of their children on how significant the liberation struggle was, and the need to sustain what the nation has achieved after a bitter struggle for independence, seriously.

He singled out schools, hospitals and road infrastructure as some of the achievements that are to be safeguarded jealously.

Ndaitwah also noted that Cassinga Day needs to be marked in a national fashion.

“It is a national day to remember all those who sacrificed their lives and shed blood for the freedom and independence of our nation,” he stated.

He went on explain that, as it is a national event, Cassinga Day should not be attributed to one political party only.

Namibia has marked Cassinga Day on 04 May every year since Independence in 1990 to pay tribute to about 1 000 Namibians massacred by the forces of the colonial government in southern Angola at a place called Cassinga on 04 May 1978.

The day is also held in remembrance of all those who died elsewhere because of their involvement in the country’s liberation struggle.