Chief Riruako gets State funeral: Pohamba

20 Jun 2014 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Government announced on Friday that it will honour the late OvaHerero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako with a State funeral.
The late chief will be laid to rest at the Okahandja's heroes and heroinesÂ’ cemetery, situated some 68 kilometres north of Windhoek on 29 June this year.
This was publicly announced by the Minister of Presidential Affairs Dr. Albert Kawana in a media statement availed to Nampa on Friday.
The Namibian Head of State has also directed that all the flags in the country be flown at half-mast with the effect from 27 June this year until the finalisation of the said funeral.
Pohamba has further directed that a memorial service in honour of the late Chief be held at Parliament Gardens in the capital on 27 June.
Meanwhile, the remains of the late chief will be transported from Windhoek to his home town of Aminuis in the Omaheke Region on Friday in order to allow the community and thousands of mourners there to pay their last respect to their leader, and for traditional rituals to be performed at his homestead.
The OvaHerero Paramount Chief passed away in the Roman Catholic Hospital on 02 June 2014 after spending several weeks in that hospitalÂ’s intensive care unit.
Pohamba was one of the last persons to see Riruako alive after he visited the ailing Chief and political stalwart that day in hospital.
Riruako was the seventh paramount chief of the OvaHerero community.
He is survived by his wife and 16 children.