hifikepunye_pohamba.jpgThe Namibian government has conferred medals to foreign nationals who contributed and assisted in the fight against oppression and apartheid in that country, leading to independence on 21 March 1990. 

Head of State and Government and Commander-In-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Robert Mugabe was among the several dignitaries and Heads of State and Government who witnessed presentations at a dinner hosted by the Namibian leader at a Windhoek hotel. 

The leaders from former frontline states including Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, Rupiya Banda of Zambia and Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania , and invited guests from across the globe ,were in attendance .

 

Another close ally and brother of the former frontline states, Cuba, was represented by Vice President Estaban Lazaro Fernandes.

Some former Heads of State and Government and founding fathers such Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Kethumile Masire of Botswana and Festus Mogae were also present.

Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda who still carries his trademark white handkerchief, was honoured , for providing a home and rear base to Namibian and southern African liberation movements.

The late great teacher, philosopher and pan-Africanist Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere who opened the borders of his country to train and house guerrillas from the frontline states was also honoured posthumously.

 

The medal was received by his widow Mrs. Maria Nyerere.

Others who were honoured posthumously are, Dr Antonio Augustinho Neto of Angola, and Oliver Tambo of South Africa while Congo Brazzaville leader, Dennis Sassou Nguessou was also honoured. 

At its silver jubilee celebrations in 2005, Zimbabwe honoured some of the prominent African leaders who assisted the country in the struggle to remove the colonial yoke.

 

These included Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Dr Augustinho Neto and Zambia’s founding father Dr Kaunda.

The conferrement of the medals was part of the celebrations to mark Namibia’s 20th independence anniversary.