02 May 2014 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 02 APR (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Friday received the remains of five Namibians whose remains were repatriated from Angola.
The five freedom fighters died in Angola in the late 70s and early 80s.
The remains belong to Eneas Peter 'Ndilimani' Nanyemba, who was a member of the Swapo-Party Central Committee (CC) and Swapo Secretary of Defence. He died in a car accident in Lubango, Angola on 01 April 1983 while on duty; Walde Homateni Timoteus Kaluenya, who served as a member of the Swapo Politburo. He died on 20 December 1980 in Luanda, Angola by natural death; Isak Shikongo 'Pondo', who served as a member of the Military Council and Chief Intelligence of PLAN. He died on 27 August 1982; Natalia Ndahambelela Shikangala Mavulu, who served as a CC member. She died in a car accident while on duty around the area of Matala, Angola on 04 July 1977 while on duty; Augustus 'McNamara' Nghaamwa, who served as a member of the Military Council of PLAN and PLAN chief communications officer. He died on 27 August 1982 in combat in Angola.
The president described the repatriation of the remains as a stark reminder that Namibia's freedom was achieved through 'great' scarifies and bloodshed of the Namibian people, adding that the Namibian government will accord a heroes funeral to each of the five remains repatriated.
The remains were handed over to the Directorate of the National Heritage Council for safe keeping, while the families decide on where they want their loved ones to be buried.
Pohamba said through the act of repatriation, the government is fulfilling a solemn duty of returning the remains of Namibian freedom fighters to the land of their birth.
Although they did not live to see the dawn of independence, they fought and died for the freedom, democracy, and human dignity which we are enjoying today, he stated.
The president further described Namibia's struggle for national freedom and independence as a long and bitter one.
It was waged on different fronts by thousands of brave Namibian men and women, and many of these freedom fighters did not live to see the dawn of freedom and independence on 21 March 1990, he said, adding that Namibia will always remember those freedom fighters for dedicating their lives to the struggle for the liberation of their motherland.
The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Retired Major-General Charles Namoloh escorted the delegation which went to Angola on Thursday to receive the remains and return them to Namibia.