Namibia-Cuba-Venezuela to bridge cultures through film festival

The City of Windhoek municipality in collaboration with the Embassies of Venezuela and Cuba, kicked off a film festival titled Namibia-Cuba-Venezuela (NAMCUVE) on Monday evening in Windhoek.

The four days film festival which will be free of charge will showcase Namibian, Cuban and Venezuelan films, the City authorities said.

According to CoW, the films will be screened at three different municipal community centers in the informal areas namely: Nathaniel Maxuilili, Onghuo ye Pongo and Ombili Community Centers.

At the official launch, guests got a sneak peek of the local film “Coming Home” – showing at the Onghuo Ye Pongo center on Wednesday as one of Namibia’s contributions to the festival.

The aim of the maiden festival is to strengthen cultural exchange and people-to-people connections between Namibia, Cuba, and Venezuela.

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Namibia reaffirms unwavering support for Cuba

Windhoek-Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has reaffirmed Namibia’s unwavering support to and solidarity with the fraternal people of Cuba.

Speaking at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Pantheon of the Internationalist Combatants of the Cuba Revolution, at the Cristobal Colon Cemetery in Havana, Cuba, last week, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said in this regard, Namibia shall continue to demand the unconditional lifting of the inhumane and out-dated blockade against Cuba.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said Namibia understands the challenges faced by the fraternal people of Cuba, be it the adverse nature, or the hostile foreign powers.

She said the resilience of the people of Cuba is a great source of inspiration to many.
“Every time Cuba is devastated by a natural disaster, they always courageously rise from that and rebuild. Over the period of 57 years, Cuba and its people have been subjected to an economic and financial blockade by the United States, and they have successfully withstood that too,” she said.

She said Namibia’s representation at the event is an acknowledgment of the role played by the Cuban internationalist combatants under the leadership of El Comandante-En-Jefe, Fidel Castro Ruz in turning the tide of history in Africa and particularly in Southern Africa.

“Cuba under the leadership of EL Comandate-En-Jefe Fidel Castro played a decisive role both in the struggle for freedom and independence helping the people of Africa to achieve social and economic development after attainment of their independence. Hence, the history of the struggle of African people, especially Southern Africa, will be incomplete without mentioning the role played by Cuba, especially its sons and daughters whose remains are interred here and their names are inscribed in this pantheon,” she said.

“We call to mind how our friendship was cemented through battles such as: Cangamba, Techipa, Calueque, Cuito Cuanavale and the rescue mission for unarmed Namibian survivors of the racist South African military raid at Cassinga,” she added.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says these African sites and many others, are nourished with the blood of some of the heroes interred here.

“It is, therefore, fitting to say that this place symbolizes the fraternal bonds of the people of Cuba and Africa,” she added.

She said these martyrs have earned a special place in the hearts of the African people and a noble golden page in the annals of our history.

“Our presence here today is to pay tribute to them for their acts of fortitude,” she said.
“We devote ourselves to the task of strengthening and deepening the bonds of friendship and solidarity between our countries and our people. In doing so, we assure them that their sacrifice has been and shall never be in vain,” she added.

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Raul Castro Welcomes Namibian Prime Minister

Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed on Thursday in Havana Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila who is on an official visit to Cuba.

In a friendly atmosphere, both leaders exchanged on the excellent relations between both governments and peoples and ratified the mutual commitment in working in strengthening the existing relations.

Both Heads of States also discussed on the different issues of the international scenario.

The Namibian delegation included the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga and the African nation’s ambassador to Cuba Jerobeam Shaanika.

The Cuban delegation included First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel and the Minister for Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca and the First Vice President of the Foreign Ministry Marcelino Medina Gonzalez.

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Thousands of People Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro in Namibia

Thousands of people have gathered in Windhoek for a solemn evening of remembrance for Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, led by Namibian President, Hage Geingob.

The tribute, carried out in the gardens of the Namibian Parliament, was broadcast live on NBC channel and was attended by all the government leadership, the SWAPO party and representatives of diplomatic staff, according to the Cuban embassy.

Professional Namibians who graduated from universities in Cuba, as well as collaborators and residents from Cuba residing in Namibia, also participated.

Referring to the leader of the Revolution, Geingob described him as his hero and reiterated that Namibia, 'Owes Cuba and Fidel its eternal gratitude.'

He stated that Cuba's greatest sacrifice was to send their sons as combatants in defense of the African peoples.

The president also confirmed Namibia's continued support for Cuba in its fight against the blockade, which has been maintained by successive U.S. administrations for more than 50 years.

The speech by the National Police Chief, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, who spoke on behalf of all those who were influenced by the Cuban Revolution, was very moving.

Ndeitunga recalled how Fidel visited them on several times on the Isle of Youth and his constant concern for them to study and become the vanguard of the Namibian people.

The list of speakers also included legendary leaders Sam Nujoma and Andimba Toivo ya Toivo; SWAPO party general secretary, Nangolo Mbumba and the Cuban ambassador to Windhoek, Giraldo Mazola.

The Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, passed away on November 25th in Havana and since the unfortunate news broke, messages and tributes from around the world, for one of the most outstanding political figures of the last century, have not ceased.

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Sam Nujoma meets the Cuban Five

Sam Nujoma, who was the first president of Namibia, held a private meeting with the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters, who are visiting that African nation.

Nujoma welcomed Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González a smile and dressed in dark clothes at the Etunda farm in the north of the country.

The first question Nujoma asked the Five was "How is Fidel feeling? as he considers the Cuban leader a true friend, PL news agency reported.

During the 30-minute encounter, Gerardo Hernandez expressed, on behalf of his countrymen, that it was an immense honor to meet a personality like Nujoma, whose heroic actions for the liberation of Namibia are well known by the Cuban people.

Nujoma recalled how world solidarity favored the release of the five and noted "I am very happy that you are here today."

The meeting was also joined by current Namibian president Hage Geingob, who described the Five as revolutionary icons.

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Cuba reiterates bilateral cooperation

Namibia’s long-time ally, Cuba, yesterday vowed it will continue to render support to the Namibian people where needed and continue to assist in the country’s development efforts.

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