SWAPO militants honour fallen comrades
Huila, Lubango – At least 80 members of the Namibian Southwest African People’s Organisation (SWAPO) from the Kavnago region, Saturday in Cassinga, Angola’s southern Huila province, paid a homage to their fellow-countrymen killed in that locality in a bombardment by South African Apartheid regime’s bombers. The ceremony was part of the celebrations of the 34th anniversary of the bombardment to the SWAPO bases in Angola’s Cassinga territory. Speaking to journalists in Lubango, Angola’s southern Huila province, the first secretary of the Namibian ruling SWAPO party for Kavango region, Vicent Licolo, said the ceremony was part of the celebrations of the 34th anniversary, on May 4, of the bombardment to the Namibian liberation organisation’s bases in the Angolan territory. He said the event was also intended to express their gratitude to the people of Angola for their sacrifice in the Namibian liberation struggle and consolidate the work and cooperation relations between the governments and parties that lead the two countries. The locality of Cassinga, where a memorial will be built to honour Namibian and Angolan combatants who fought against the Apartheid regime of South Africa, was the scene of one of the fiercest fights in the 1980’s for the liberation of Namibia. Following the defeat, the then racist regime of South Africa gave in to negotiations that led to the independence of Namibia on March 21, 1990.