Venezuela’s adversity seems to be escalating with the opposition Juan Guaido attempting to dethrone the socialist president, Nicolás Maduro who on 10 January was sworn in for his second six-year term as president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
According to stastistica.com, the political instability of the state has caused the economy to suffer as well. The Gross Domestic Product has been fluctuating and is now shrinking. The economic recession then led to an inflation rate of more than 1,000 percent in 2017.
Many people are now leaving the country in search for better economic conditions and stability.
Venezuela is a country that is rich in diamonds, bauxite, gold, iron ore, natural gas and petroleum.
On 30 January 2019, many Namibians who sympathize with the Bolivarian people of Venezuela flocked to the American embassy to express their dismay in United States of America’s position in the instigation of chaos in Bolivarian of republic of Venezuela. In the crowd were the Centre for People’s Resistance, the Namibia-Cuba Friendship Association and a number of Namibians who studied in Venezuela. This group of individuals wants the international community to condemn and reject America from instigating chaos and regime change in that country.
The Namibian community stood in solidarity for the people of Venezuela. Namibia’s Head of State H.E Dr. Hage Geingob who is also positioned a s the chairperson of Southern African Democratic Countries (SADC) released a solidarity statement on 10 February 2019 condemning any violations of the principles of International Law, particularly the respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states.
“SADC notes that the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expressed their political choices through Parliamentary Elections and Presidential Elections held in December 2015 and May 2018 respectively.” The statement reads. “…and urges the international community and all stakeholders to respect the outcomes of these elections.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation- Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah also released a media statement calling on the international community to allow the people of Venezuela to resolve their internal issues in an amicable and peaceful manner. “We further call on the international community to impartial and not to take sides in the dispute. Namibians stand in solidarity with the People of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” says the statement.