Amid president Mzee Daniel Moi’s period, the Kenyan government is accounted for to have paid the pay rates of Namibian warriors who were battling for their nation’s freedom.
Namibia picked up its freedom in 1990, before which, it was alluded to as South West Africa.
After World War I, the League of Nations gave South West Africa, once in the past a German province, to the United Kingdom as an order under the organization of South Africa.
When the National Party won the 1948 election in South Africa and subsequently introduced apartheid legislation, these laws were applied as well to South West Africa. It was considered the de facto fifth province of South Africa.
The Namibian people formed the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO) in 1960 and used guerrilla tactics to fight the South African Defence Forces.
As the struggle continued, SWAPO gained ground with the United Nations General Assembly recognizing the outfit as the ‘sole legitimate representative’ of Namibia’s people in 1972
Several countries showed support for their fight for independence, which came to fruition in 1990 among them Norway, Angola and Kenya.
Recalling Kenya’s little known role in African colonial history, the current Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba stated that Kenya’s and his State’s relationship started during the struggle of independence.
“As an African country, we had friends who could stand by us so that South Africans could not do the wrong thing.
“SWAPO Soldiers were protecting our country and were paid for by the Kenyan government,” he stated in a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta in March, 2019.
He added, “The first car SWAPO ever had, a Landrover to transport people from Tanzania, Lusaka and other areas was brought by the Kenyan government”.
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