Founding Father Talks War Again
21 September 2009
Ongwediva — Founding President Sam Nujoma accused Britain, the United States and Germany of violating democracy and human rights in parts of the world such as Iraq, Afghanistan and in Zimbabwe at a Swapo rally at Ongwediva on Saturday. Nujoma claimed that British and American "imperialists" are imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe because its President Robert Mugabe is fighting to provide land to his people.
"The British want to be beaten up. Anyone find an Englishman, do so, beat him up," Nujoma said.
He said, SADC countries are united and will stand up to anyone who violates the rights of one of its member countries.
"Let us beat them, not with knopkieries, but with hammers in their heads, if they touch one of our SADC countries," Nujoma said.
"The whites must know that if they continue doing us harm, we will definitely beat them. They must take their hands away from Zimbabwe," Nujoma told the Swapo crowd.
He accused the "imperialists" of wanting to exploit Namibia's natural resources, such as copper, because Namibians are not skilled enough to do anything with these resources themselves.
"They want to take away our wealth, our natural materials, and other rights through EPA," Nujoma said.
"They talk about human rights and democracy. Where do they know human rights and democracy if they kill Asians, Iraqis and Afghanis daily?" Nujoma charged.
"They want to take President Mugabe away from his Presidential position in Zimbabwe, and then from there to us here. Be careful. If they come here we will show them and teach them a lesson as we did to South Africa during the liberation war," Nujoma said.
He called on all Namibians to be ready to fight against "the imperialists now killing people in Iraq and Afghanistan", because it was possible that they would come to Africa next.
Nujoma accused Namibian newspapers of failing to report on "Americans killing people in Iraq and Afghanistan".
Nujoma said he also did not want people criticising President Hifikepunye Pohamba, "like those white newspapers who are doing so".
"Those newspapers must know, the day God will be away from them, and Satan comes to them, we will deal with them," Nujoma said.
Nujoma had a prepared speech of more than six pages in English, but did not use it and delivered his speech in Oshiwambo.