Flags to be flown at half-mast

10 Sep 2014 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) - All flags in Namibia will be flown at half-mast from Wednesday in honour of the late Aaron Mushimba, who passed away in a Cape Town hospital on 31 August this year.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba last week announced that the late Namibian businessman will be accorded a State funeral.
The Head of State on Tuesday directed that all flags be flown at half-mast from Wednesday until Mushimba's burial, which will take place on 12 September this year at the Pionierspark cemetery in Windhoek.
“This period must be a period of mourning,” Pohamba said in a proclamation issued to Nampa on Tuesday.
Mushimba, the younger brother of former First Lady Kovambo Nujoma, was a prominent businessman.
He went into exile as a freedom fighter in the late 1970s, and came back to Namibia in 1989 to participate in the United Nations-supervised elections.
While in exile, Mushimba served as Swapo-Party representative in Angola, Zambia and Senegal.
After independence in 1990, he went into business, and was involved in mining, catering, construction and also in the financial services’ sector.
The Head of State also directed that all flags in the country be flown at half-mast with effect from next Monday in honour of the late Simon Hafeni 'Mzee' Kaukungwa, who died on 01 September this year.
This will be for the whole period of mourning - from 15 to 17 September.
Last week, the president conferred national hero status on the late Kaukungwa, a pioneer of the country’s liberation struggle, and he will be accorded a heroes’ funeral.
He will be laid to rest at Heroes’ Acre in the capital next Wednesday (17 September).
Kaukungwa was a founding member of the Ovambo People’s Council (OPC) and Ovambo People’s Organisation (OPO), which are the forerunners of the ruling Swapo-Party.
He was also one of the first members of the South West Africa Liberation Army (SWALA) after receiving military training in China during 1965.
SWALA is a forerunner of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), the defunct military wing of Swapo.