New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Nujoma Condemns Gaddafi Killing

Windhoek — Last week's foreign-sponsored killing of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi must serve as a lesson to Africa that foreign aggressors are readying themselves to pounce on the continent.

So says the Founding Father of the Namibian nation, Dr Sam Nujoma, who is shocked and saddened by the killing of the Libyan leader. He said the enemy is on the prowl and would attack Africa anytime as long as the continent continues to be divided.

Africans, the former Head of State told New Era in an interview yesterday, must hold hands and march together to confront the enemy who has his eyes firmly glued on the continent's vast resources.

"If there is a demand on the part of the population of a country for a change of government, it must go through free, fair and democratic elections. That is the rule," Nujoma said.

"You cannot talk about democracy and imply that it should only be exercised by the people of Europe," he added.

The Namibian government has been consistent in its stance that peace talks rather than the barrel of the gun should have been given prominence in the search for a solution to the Libyan conflict.

"I don't want to go beyond what our President has said at the UN," he said, adding, "there must be free, fair and democratic elections in order to change a government."

"The Republic of Namibia is clearly on record that if there is a change of government, it must go through the exercise of the majority of the people of that country," stressed the statesman.

Nujoma, Namibia's President between 1990 and 2005, squarely blamed Nato for the death of Gaddafi, amidst calls for an in-depth inquiry about how the former Libyan strongman met his fate.

"I think the assassination of Gaddafi was organised by Nato countries," he said.

"They bombed Libya and are probably the ones who killed him. There must be a judiciary commission of inquiry by the UN to determine who are really the killers of Gaddafi."

Nujoma also believes the African Union (AU) has been an unfair target of accusations for its perceived limp-wristed role in the Libyan conflict that followed other uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

The AU's peace plan for Libya was rejected outright, probably at the instigation of Nato, while other statements by the continental body virtually fell on deaf ears.

Nujoma said: "I think the passing of the Resolution 1973 by the UN made everything difficult for the AU."

"So it's unfair to blame the AU on issues that have been decided by the UN, particularly the Security Council."

He added: "It's ironic that the Security Council, which is charged with the responsibility of maintaining global peace, is actually the one that allowed the military attacks on Libya.

"That creates confusion and now we want to blame the AU.

"I think this is a lesson for Africa. Africa must unite and be able to defend itself from the aggression of outsiders. Africa has the capacity to defend itself."

He strongly condemned the manner in which the military group, Nato, wreaked havoc in Libya, leading to the forced removal and the ultimate killing of Gaddafi.

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