Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (right) with the Ambassador of Western Sahara to Namibia, who is based in Angola, H.E. Bah Cheikh Mohamed
|Story by George Sanzila
Ambassador of Western Sahara to Namibia, H.E. Bah Cheikh Mohamed paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi today (23/02/2018).
Western Sahara which is recognized by Namibia and the African Union (AU) as an independent country, has parts of its territory occupied by Morrocco. The latter is in defiance of UN resolutions. H.E. Cheikh Mohamed informed the Speaker about the upcoming international conference in support of the freedom of Sahrawi people. Delegates from all over the world are expected to attend the conference that will take place from the 29th to 30th March 2018 in Algiers, Algeria.
Hon. Katjavivi pledged to lead a delegation from the National Assembly with familiarization visits of refugee camps forming part of his visit ahead of the conference. Katjavivi further promised to table a motion in the Namibian Parliament in support of the independence of Western Sahara.
“I am going to propose an unopposed motion in support of the independence of Western Sahara to remind ourselves, Africa and the world about the unfinished business of rooting out colonialism in Africa. We need to embark upon concerted efforts to free this sister country”, noted the Speaker.
According to Katjavivi the struggle of the Sahwari people draws parallels with that of Namibia during its dark days of apartheid noting that the visit was important. “This is a priority. The struggle of the Sahwari people is almost similar to the struggle of people of Namibia during apartheid”, said Katjavivi.