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Pohamba warns Namibians about divisions

WINDHOEK, 18 MAR (NAMPA) – Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba has lashed out at Namibians who want to bring divisions and factions in the country, saying this can lead to fighting and destruction of the socio-economic development.
Pohamba was speaking during a public lecture on the improvement and maintenance of Swapo Party value systems in the capital on Saturday.
He cautioned that there are countries in Africa who gained independence many years before Namibia and who are still not enjoying peace today because people are fighting each other.
Namibia should not experience people leaving the country as refugees, which can be brought about by fighting, he said.
“Some people have not seen suffering. The lives of refugees, we have tasted and it is sour not bitter.”
Pohamba called on Swapo Party leaders not to allow divisions and factions in the Party saying: “I see the elements of divisions when I read the newspapers. Let’s fight against divisions”.
The Former President also expressed disappointment in remarks by some people who claim that no development has taken place in the country, since it gained independence 27 years ago.
“Let’s face the reality, the independence brought developmental changes. You travel, you see the roads, you go to Opuwo there were gravel roads, Katwititi, Rundu to Zambezi. We must [say] thank [you] for things in the country.”
He reminded the public that the struggle for independence was not easy.
Pohamba said those that are called derogatory names by the public contributed to the country’s independence.
Namibia will celebrate its 27 anniversary on Tuesday, 21 March 2017, in Rundu.
On his part, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta expressed disappointment in some Namibians who do not show respect for each other.
He explained that even if people disagree, they should not loose respect and insult each other.
Kameeta said some Namibians have forgotten how the country came about to gain independence.
(NAMPA)
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