Peya Mushelenga, Vice Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, in his speech to the National Budget debate for the period 2017-2018, held in Parliament, condemned the unjust US Blockade against Cuba, reaffirmed the support of his Government to Cuba in the struggle for the elimination ofthat genocidal policy and recalled the figure of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro.
The Namibian politician said:
“The plight of the Cuban people shall forever remain a matter of interest to me. As long as the blockade imposed on them by the US is not finally removed, efforts to normalise relations between the two countries remain just hanging there. I salute the people of Cuba for the fortitude that they have maintained all those years, walking tall in the jungle of camelthorns. No amount of infuriating power politics has broken their relentlessness. I am inspired by their courage and determination. My unwavering support to their cause is boundless! Read my lips and hear me saying this – I will continue to condemn any attempt to undo the progress of the Cuban revolution as I have done before in this august house, and elsewhere, without fear or favour.
The mentioning of Cuba brings me close to tears, though, as I reminisces about Commandant Fidel Castro Ruz, a giant of a man, both in terms of physical stature and revolutionary eminence, who departed to the world beyond tangible human access and comprehension, last year. Commandant Fidel Castro Ruz dwarfed over-sized giants from the opposite end of the spectrum. Standing his grounds, he outsmarted them, ducking arrows from their politico-military and diplomatic offences, while striking back, as sharp shooter, from his coordinated angle of attack. Oh, yes! He took international platforms by the storm, hitting the nail on the head and levelling his opponents to the ground.
Though his departure has created emptiness in the Cuban revolutionary diagram, his legacy will continue to galvanize and sustain the progressive cause of his people, because heroes never die! Southern Africa and Namibia in particular shall forever remain indebted and truly grateful to this illustrious son of the soil, for the selfless support that he and his people have rendered to the cause of our freedom. What a comrade! What a revolutionary! At this juncture I cannot help, but say Viva Fidel! Vivan la Revolución y el pueblo de Cuba! Hasta la victoria siempre! Venceremos!”