Swapo stalwart Mzee Kaukungwa is no more

01 Sep 2014 22:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 01 SEP (NAMPA) – SWAPO founding member and pioneer of the Namibian liberation struggle, Simon Hafeni “Mzee” Kaukungwa, passed away at the Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital on Monday, aged 95.
Ambassador Shapwa Kaukungwa confirmed his brother's death to Nampa on Monday night, from their home village of Ohalushu in the Ohangwena Region.
He said Mzee Kaukungwa became very ill some two weeks ago, and was admitted to the Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital.
“He passed on today, just less than an hour ago,” the former Namibian Ambassador to South Africa (Shapwa) told Nampa at around 19h00 on Monday, adding that the late Kaukungwa was about to celebrate his 96th birthday in October.
Born at Ohalushu village in the Ohangwena Region on 06 October 1919, Kaukungwa was a war veteran and founding member of the liberation movement SWAPO.
Mzee started his political activism at Ohalushu village by participating in the activities that led to the consolidation of SWAPO and its predecessor, the Ovamboland People's Organisation (OPO) during the 1950s and 1960s.
He left the country to participate actively in Namibia's liberation struggle from the yoke Apartheid colonialism in 1964.
Mzee was also the founding Secretary of the Swapo Elders Council
More details about Kaukungwa's death and funeral arrangements were not immediately available.