WINDHOEK: Senior government officials, political leaders and business personalities on Wednesday turned up in big numbers to witness the launch of a book on Dr Libertine Amathila’s personal contribution to Namibia’s struggle for independence.
The book, which was authored by Jane Katjavivi and published by the University of Namibia (Unam) Press, is titled ‘Making a Difference’.
The Unam Press is the university’s publishing department which disseminates critical, scholarly and other works through books, journals and the electronic media for national and international audiences.
The 266-page book traces the former Deputy Prime Minister (PM)’s journey from Ombombo, a village in western Namibia to her years of service in Cabinet.
It also touches on Amathila’s solo travels to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1962 during the liberation struggle, her years of training as a medical doctor in Poland, Sweden and in the United Kingdom (UK), as well as her personal contribution to the development of several Swapo-Party-run health and education centres in both Angola and Zambia while in exile.
The book further tells the tale of Amathila’s personal assistance in empowering Namibian communities, particularly women in exile and at home, shortly after Namibia obtained its political independence in 1990.
According to the book, Amathila as Minister of Local Government and Housing; Minister of Health and Social Services and later as Deputy PM, dedicated her energy and time to Namibians living in informal settlements around big towns across the country, the so-called street children, the San communities and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Speaker after speaker, including Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab, on Wednesday lauded Amathila’s personal assistance and contributions towards the empowerment of Namibian women and the marginalised San and OvaHimba communities at the book launch, which took place at a local hotel.
The book can be obtained at local bookshops at a price of N.dollars 200 per copy.