Mourning period for Riruako to be at least three weeks

03 Jun 2014 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 03 JUN (NAMPA) - The funeral arrangements for the burial of OvaHerero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako might take some time to finalise to allow for traditional rituals to be carried out.
Family spokesperson Dr Hoze Riruako said this on Tuesday, when President Hifikepunye Pohamba accompanied by First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba and Prime Minister Hage Geingob paid their respects to the late Chief at the Commando Hall in the Katutura residential area.
Hundreds of mourners have gathered at the Commando Hall since Monday to mourn Riruako.
The OvaHerero Paramount Chief passed away in the Roman Catholic Hospital on Monday afternoon after spending several weeks in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
Pohamba was one of the last people to see Riruako alive after he visited the ailing Chief and political stalwart in hospital just an hour before his death.
“As far as the funeral arrangements are concerned, it will definitely take time. We have not had a chief of the OvaHerero people die in a long time. It is a very long process and there are a lot of traditional rituals that have to take place,” he said.
Riruako, who could not provide many details on the funeral arrangements as yet, however informed Nampa that the Chief will be mourned for three weeks or possibly longer before the actual funeral takes place.
“The journey to mourn the late Chief will start at Aminuis in the Omaheke Region where he was born, where the family will have one week of mourning,” he explained.
He said the whole nation will thereafter have the opportunity to mourn the passing of Riruako and reflect on some of the things he did for the nation in Windhoek for two weeks. “We want to give everybody time to mourn him and to see him off for the last time,” he added.
The late Chief’s body will then be transported back to Aminuis once again, where for another week, traditional rituals will be carried out at his homestead.
He will then be laid to rest at Okahandja.
Riruako was the seventh paramount chief of the OvaHerero.