Namibia and Angola to co-finance Cassinga monuments construction

Namibia and Angola to co-finance Cassinga monuments construction

The Namibian and Angolan governments will jointly finance the construction of the monuments at Cassinga in southern Angola.
The site will be used to commemorate and pay homage to the over 600 Namibians who lost their lives during the Cassinga camp attacks in 1978.
Speaking during a joint press conference at State House, President Hage Geingob and his Angolan counterpart, João Lourenço said a committee would be set up to start the process.
The two leaders could, however not reveal how much money each government would contribute for the construction.
Instead, they said, lives lost were priceless and financing of the monument must not be an obstacle.
The assurance comes amid reports of a planned N$60 million monument failing to take off over alleged bureaucracy.
President Geingob called on Namibians to continue showing gratitude to the Angolan government for assisting Namibians during the dark days of colonialism.
Lourenço is in Namibia to mark the 40th commemoration of the Cassinga massacre at Heroes Acre on Friday.