By Edward Mumbuu Jnr
NKURENKURU, 16 AUG – A former People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) combatant, Marcus Hausiku says they fought for a just Namibia, in which all could benefit equally, urging all Namibians to put the country’s interests ahead of their own.
Hausiku was speaking to Nampa ahead of the national commemoration of Heroes’ Day, which is earmarked for Kavango West’s regional capital, Nkurenkuru on 26 August 2018.
A survivor of the Cassinga massacre of 1978, the 64-year-old retired soldier joined the liberation struggle in 1974 at the age of 20.
According to him, he joined the struggle out of sheer conviction and determination to liberate Namibia from colonial forces at all costs.
He stressed that the struggle was premised on the equal sharing of the country’s resources such as land, minerals and marine resources, and that those who put their individual interests ahead of the country have diverted from the objectives of the liberation struggle.
“You are doing it for your own interest, and you don’t see it as corruption because it’s in your interest. And tomorrow you say this government is not good. If we are all patriotic Namibians, then we cannot suffer. Whether it’s from minerals, the Atlantic Ocean or agriculture, Namibia can reap rewards for all,” he said.
Hausiku also expressed the view that radicalism, including the proposed expropriation of land without compensation could collapse the Namibian economy.
Known by his combat name as ‘George,’ he urged Namibians to avoid the potential conflict that could arise due to the demand for land.
“We don’t want to take the land by force. If we do that, what consequences would there be? It will bring poverty, hunger and something else,” he cautioned.
Hausiku quickly added that he looks forward to the second national land conference with optimism.
“I am sure that the outcome will be positive because all the Namibians, regardless of their race will be represented.”
His message to the Namibian youth, especially those who aspire for political office, was: “If you do not take time to garner the requisite skills before taking charge of the nation, poverty for the country is imminent.”
The Heroes’ Day commemoration is expected to attract at least 15 000 people, according to the event’s preparatory committee.