Namibian political parties call for unity in Africa

and lt; Namibian political parties call on Africa to unite midst the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa (SA), which have resulted in a death toll of five foreign nationals.

In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, All People's Party (APP) Vice President Reinhold Nauyoma said the economic implications of the attacks was felt by SA when Malawi, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo pull out of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

WEF on Africa is a three-day platform where political, business and leaders of society from 19 African countries engage to shape global, regional and industry agendas, in Cape Town.

Nauyoma added that the attacks are also a result of poverty in the country as the citizens complain that the Africans are taking their jobs.

He also called for unity and for SA to understand that we are all Africans and we should not fight each other.

Sharing the same sentiments, the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) President Utjiua Muinjangue in a media statement on Wednesday said Africans should not let division perpetrated by the Versailles Treaty, break the hard-fought-for freedom.

The economic inequality should not be blamed on African brothers and sisters but is a direct result of the current government, Muinjangue said.

She added that SAs should know that Africa is a child of solidarity and other nationals provided the country moral, financial and military support during its fight for independence.

The Landless People's Movement (LPM) Deputy Leader Henny Seibeb said the blame shifting in ineffective and will not address the grass root issues of the xenophobic attacks.

In an interview with Nampa, Seibeb said the underlying issues are at the political and economic level which needs to be addressed by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders.

Seibeb explained Zimbabwe's silent diplomacy led to over one million citizens moving to SA countries which put pressure on these countries' education and health sectors as well as lowered the wages however these leaders did not consider the social consequences of their actions.

Former SA President Thabo Mbeke endorsed Zimbabwe's leading political party ZanuPF's decision to kick out late Morgan Tsvangirai who led to over one million Zimbabwe's moving to SA and now this (xenophobia) is the political and economical implications their decisions caused, Seibeb explained.

He added that SADC leaders need to reconvene and address the consequences of their actions and call on SA leadership to solve this issue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency