Kombwana's death touched President Pohamba

11 May 2014 13:30pm
ENGELA, 11 MAY (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba says the late councillor Maria Tuleingepo Kombwana of the Ohangwena Regional Council was one of the women to be reckoned in the Swapo-Party’s plans for 50/50 gender representation in all its structures.
Pohamba said this whilst speaking during Kombwana’s funeral service held at the Engela Lutheran Church in the Ohangwena Region on Saturday.
Kombwana, who was elected councillor for the Ohangwena Constituency in 2010, died last week after battling cancer at the Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital in the Oshana Region.
She was the Swapo-Party coordinator for the Ohangwena Constituency and a town councillor for the northern border town of Helao Nafidi before her election as one of the only two women of the 11-member Ohangwena Regional Council.
Pohamba said Kombwana’s death touched him, because she died at a time when the Swapo-Party is in the process of increasing the number of women in its leadership throughout its structures.
“The idea is for more women to be added at all levels of leadership, because we realised that there would be no development without women,” the Namibian leader explained.
Pohamba, who is also the president of the ruling Swapo-Party, suggested that the position left vacant by Kombwana’s departure to be filled by another woman.
The Head of State indicated that a by-election would be held for the Ohangwena Constituency within the next three months to ensure a replacement for the late Kombwana.
Pohamba then appealed to the people of the Ohangwena Region to ensure that such election will be conducted democratically and in a peaceful environment.
“This is elections year and we want the elections to be held peacefully. I gave a directive to Swapo-Party members to refrain from fighting anybody during the coming elections,” Pohamba noted.
Kombwana, 58, was buried at the Onhuno village cemetery. She is survived by a daughter and two sisters.