Riruako memorial service held at Otjiwarongo

26 Jun 2014 14:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 26 JUN (NAMPA) – Hundreds of people attended a memorial service in honour of OvaHerero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako at Otjiwarongo Commando Number Three in the Orwetoveni residential area on Wednesday night.
Speaker after speaker spoke about the late Riruako’s unique characteristics and great political and traditional leadership skills.
Festus Vizembua from the DTA of Namibia and Otjiwarongo General Red Flag Commander, urged all OvaHerero mourners to put aside their political differences and remember the legacy left behind by Riruako.
“We must not mix politics and traditional matters during this period of sorrow,” said Vizembua.
The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo)’s office administrator in Otjiwarongo, Karutjindo Kahepa Katjiri said Riruako was a special chief and a politician who communicated his messages clearly.
The late chief was the party’s president.
Katjiri said several people had negative things to say about Riruako when he moved to Nudo from DTA and became its president in 2003.
“But now I fully believe in my chief’s philosophies. Politics in Namibia was born by our traditional leaders in all different parts of this country those days,” stressed Katjiri.
Otjiwarongo deputy mayor Archillaus Namaseb spoke on behalf of the Otjiwarongo Town Council and the residents of town.
He said Riruako’s life and achievements are worth remembering.
“Riruako was a great leader. He did not shy away from taking a forthright position if he believed that such a decision was in the interest of peace and stability of the country. He was a parliamentarian and traditional leader who answered the calls and needs of people,” said Namaseb.
He also extended his condolences to the entire Riruako family, children and friends.
The owner of Theo’s Superspar, Theo Borstlap donated beef carcasses for consumption during the memorial service.
The memorial service was held without the remains of Chief Riruako.
Hundreds of people here are expected to attend the main memorial service in the capital at Parliament Gardens on Friday.
Riruako died in the Roman Catholic Hospital on 02 June 2014. He was admitted to the hospital for blood pressure-related complications.
The late Chief will be accorded a State funeral, and will be laid to rest at Okahandja's heroes and heroines’ cemetery, situated some 68 kilometres north of Windhoek, on Sunday.