NAMIBIA PRESIDENT: FIDEL CASTRO DEFENDED US WHEN NO ONE ELSE DID

Namibia's President, Hage Geingob, said that Fidel Castro was very dear to the country because he and Cuba defended the people and ''educated 3,000 when no one else was willing to support us.''

Geingob offered an interview to a British media on his return from Havana, where he attended the funeral of the Cuban Revolutionary, who passed away on Nov 25.

Geingob told New Era newspaper that when the Cubans complied with their mission in southern Africa, they 'never asked for anything' and refuted a certain trend to speak of 'dictatorship' in a certain press, when 'in any case, dictators are the ones who helped the South African government from apartheid to gag us.'

He recalled that 'the British, the French and the Americans shared a bed with our enemies', determined to ensure that we did not have basic liberties, such as that of the press.

'They are not in a position to speak about human rights when they supported our oppression. Cuba came to our rescue,' he said.

Geingob suggested that the performance of Western nations is hypocritical when they try to blame Cuba or Fidel for human rights violations.

Geingob's predecessors in office, Sam Nujoma, and Hifikepunye Pohamba, were also in Cuba to pay their last respects to the man who helped the SWAPO, then a liberation movement, to get Namibia's independence.

Other African leaders such as presidents Jacob Zuma (South Africa) and Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe) also attended the funeral of the Cuban leader.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK