Katoma moves to reaffirm solidarity for people of Cuba

WINDHOEK: Swapo Member of Parliament (MP) Leevi Katoma on Tuesday moved a motion for the National Assembly to affirm their solidarity and support for the people of Cuba.

Katoma in the National Assembly moved the unopposed motion and called on the august House to recognise the enduring historical connections, robust friendships, and flourishing bilateral relations between Namibia and Cuba, while also recalling the selfless sacrifices and substantial contributions made by the people of Cuba during Namibia’s prolonged struggle for national independence from colonialism and apartheid.

‘Given the extended history of aggression, attempted assassination of Cuban leadership as well as a range of attacks at international platforms against Cuba, by successive administrations of the United States of America (USA),’ Katoma said.

He said Namibia should acknowledge the prolonged suffering endured by the Cuban people due to the severe and disproportionate economic embargo imposed by successive administrations of the US,
adding that: ‘We should be mindful that the inclusion of Cuba in the list of states sponsoring terrorism is not conforming to the truth and inflicts upon the resilient Cuban populace.’

Katoma in his motion is therefore demanding the cessation of the inhumane and unwarranted economic blockade imposed by the US against Cuba and its citizens, as well as the immediate removal of Cuba from the list of states sponsoring terrorism and the prompt repeal of economic sanctions against the Cuban people.

Katoma further demanded the immediate and unconditional closure of the US base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and called on his fellow MPs to reaffirm their unwavering support for the Cuban Revolution, which has granted the Cuban people sovereignty, dignity, education, healthcare, and other significant advancements.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency