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Namibia at Independence 1990: Sam Nujoma

Herero people in Namibia starved by Germans colonialists

Nambia won its independence officially on March 21, 1990. Considering the brutality of German, British and South African occupations this was momentous. Below is a speech given by Namibia’s own Sam Nujoma.

The Speech:

Honourable Master of Ceremony, Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government, Distinguished Guests, Dear Compatriots, Ladies and Gentlemen.

For the Namibian people and for myself, this day, March 21 1990, is the most memorable and indeed the most emotional moment in the annals of our history. This solemn hour is the moment, which our people have been waiting for, for more than a century. This is the day for which tens of thousands of Namibian patriots laid down their lives, shed their precious blood, suffered imprisonment and difficult life in exile. Today, our hearts are filled with great joy and jubilation because our deepest and longest yearning has been realized. Honourable Master of Ceremony, Sir, for the past 43 years or so, this land of our forbearers was a bone of contention between the Namibian people and the international community, on one hand, and South Africa, on the other. The Namibian problem was at the centre of a bitter international dispute over the past four decades.

The United Nations and other international bodies produced huge volumes of resolutions, in an attempt to resolve this intractable problem. However, it pleases me to state that we are gathered here today, not to pass yet another resolution, but to celebrate the dawn of a new era in this land and to proclaim to the world that a new star has risen on the African continent. Africa’s last colony is, from this hour liberated.

Sam Nujoma

It is, therefore, profoundly momentous and highly joyous, for the Namibian people and myself, that the highest representatives of the international community – The Secretary General of the United Nations – together with the State President of South Africa, and the Namibian nation, which I am honoured to lead, are able to announce, here today, to the world that a definitive and final solution to the protracted Namibian problem has, indeed, been unanimously reached by these three parties.

For the Namibia people, the realization of our most cherished goal, namely the independence of our country and the freedom of our people, is fitting tribute to the heroism and tenacity with which our people fought for this long-awaited day. We have been sustained in our difficult struggle by the powerful force of conviction in the righteousness and justness of our cause. Today history has absolved us, our vision of a democratic state of Namibia has been translated into a reality.

With regard to the international community, the achievement of Namibia’s Independence today is, we believe, a welcome and laudable culmination of many years of consistent support for our cause. The world’s demand for our country to be allowed to exercise its’ inalienable right to self-determination and independence has been achieved. We express our most sincere gratitude to the international community for its’ steadfast support.

Nujoma, Machel, Kaunda and Mugabe

As for the government of South Africa, it can be said that the decision to accept the implementation of Resolution 435 was the first demonstration of political will to find a negotiated solution to the problems of our region. Furthermore, President Willem de Klerk proclamation here today that South Africa has reached a final and irreversible decision to relinquish control over Namibia is an act of statesmanship and realism. This, we hope, will continue to unfold in South Africa itself.

Honourable Master of Ceremony, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Compatriots, Ladies and Gentlemen, I seize the opportunity to point out that the protracted process of negotiating an agreement on Resolution 435 and struggling for its’ implementation was difficult and, at times, acrimonious. It was only perseverance, forbearance and commitment, which helped us to see the process through to its’ logical conclusion, namely, the birth of the Namibian nation we are here to witness.

Against this background, it is heartening for the Namibian people and I, to know that our independence has been achieved under conditions of national consensus and international unanimity. The impressive pre3sence here today of so many world leaders and other dignitaries is a clear testimony to the fact that Namibia’s achievement of independence is an event of great world importance. For us this is yet another reason for celebration.

With respect to the important question of national consensus, I am glad to announce that following the independence election last November, the various Namibia political parties worked together in the Constituent Assembly, where we formulated and adopted a Constitution acceptable to the broad majority of our people.

Against this background, Honourable Master of Ceremony, Distinguished Guests and Dear Compatriots I am indebted to the Namibian electorate for giving SWAPO (the South West Africa People’s Organization) an absolute majority, thereby enabling it to form the first government of the Republic of Namibia. In the same vein, I am grateful to members of Namibia’s Constitutional Assembly for the confidence they placed in me in electing me as the first President of the Republic of Namibia. I pledge to do my utmost to uphold the Constitution of the Republic, and to honour the trust, which the Namibian people have bestowed upon me to lead this new nation at this critical juncture.

To the Namibian people, I would like to state, on this solemn occasion, that our nation blazed the trail to freedom. It has arisen to its’ feet. As from today, we are masters of this vast land of our ancestors. The destiny of this country is now fully in our own hands. We should, therefore, look forward to the future with confidence and hope.

Taking the destiny of this country in our own hands means, among other things, making the great effort to forge national identity and unity. Our collective security and prosperity depends on our unity of purpose and action, Unity is a precondition for peace and development. Without peace, it is not possible for the best and talented citizens of our country to realise their potential.

Namibia Flag

Our achievement of Independence imposes upon us a heavy responsibility, not only to defend our hard-won liberty, but also to set ourselves higher standards of equality, justice and opportunity for all, without regard to race, creed or colour. These are the standards from which all who seek to emulate us shall draw inspiration.

Master of Ceremony, Sir, In accepting the sacred responsibility which the Namibian people have placed on me, as the first President of the Republic of Namibia, I would like to bow and pay homage to our fallen heroes and heroines, whose names Namibia’s present and future generations will sing in songs of praise and whose martyrdom they will intone. In conclusion, I move, in the name of our people, to declare that Namibia is forever free, sovereign and independent.

Al Bashir continuing Arab slavery of blacks in South Sudan

Shame on the African Union for not stopping this cruel attack on black people of South Sudan for the sake and love of money. During apartheid all African countries were united against the evil system that was affecting black people but today Benin’s Foreign Minister Nassirou Arifari Bako reiterated his support for this evil man who has destroyed many black lives.

  • Arabs enslaved between 17-30 million black people during the Arab-African slave trade
  •  Black women were used as prostitutes
  •  Black men were castrated
What is interesting is the deafening silence of the African American community which is very vociferous when describing Atlantic slave trade but turns their head at what is happening in Darfur more recently at the Sudan-south Sudan border.  Al Bashir is the butcher of Khartoum and the Hitler of our time by the bigger question is why Africa is silent about these crimes against humanity? The African Union still wants Al Bashir to go about business as usual as if nothing is going on in South Sudan. Where are the men in Africa who will stand up for justice and what is right? Joyce Banda was right to stand up against Al Bashir and let him know that Malawi and a whole lot of Africans denounce his actions by forbidding him to set foot in Malawi. This bold and decisive move by Banda shows that finally we have an African leader who stands up for the rights of Black Africans.
When it came to apartheid Africans as well as African Americans were very adamant about its evil but when it comes to South Sudan there isn’t a concerted effort. One may ask why? Why is Africa sitting idly by as this Hitler Al Bashir massacres millions of Black people? What happened to Black power and united we stand?
Martin Luther King an American icon for civil rights once eloquently stated to the blacks and the whites who wanted to stand on the sidelines and not challenge the status quo
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

 South Sudan has a right to exist and Sudan in the north has to realize that. Al Bashir continuing the slavery of blacks in the Arab tradition. The Arabs were the first to enslave black people and continue to massacre blacks while the world watches but we will not the silent against these atrocities.

Media Criticism Against Invisible Children: The Answer

After the successful media campaign by Invisible Children, the media has been quick to point out the different perceptions people are drawing from it. CNN, NPR etc have devoted a lot of time to criticism of the media campaign that Invisible Children launched. To be perfectly clear, the campaign has been very successful and I find that this is the source of discontent which has made it uncomfortable for traditional journalists. Their YouTube video has generated more than 70 million views to date and they managed to successfully educate the public about the monster warlord Joseph Kony.

To be fair a lot of criticism does not center around the fact that anything they said is necessarily false but most of the criticism is about perception. It seems the popular media knows all too well about perception because that’s how they craft their news. At the heart of Invisible Children is a desire to change the circumstances of children in Uganda who had been terrorized by the warlord Joseph Kony.

Even with all the criticism of the perceptions that people are drawing from the video, one thing is true. The campaign to inform the world about this little known warlord has worked. More people know more about Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. More people are helping to spread the word about Invisible Children and many millions of people are willing to assist the children who were previous victims. In the end this means more children like Jacob who is highlighted in the video now have more access to resources to rehabilitate them and help them build something for the future.

Whether you donate your time and money to Invisible Children or not. Whether you spread the word or not, one cannot deny that there is a need for Joseph Kony to be brought to justice. There is no time like the present.
If you haven’t watched the video, this is your chance.

Article by Lillian Mhosva, 2012

In Support of Invisible Children & the Campaign Against Kony

In support of Invisible Children we want to help spread the word. “Kony 2012″ is a film campaign by Invisible Children to spread the word about the atrocities committed by Joseph Kony and The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

HOW TO HELP:
Donate to Invisible Children:
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