Mzee loss to the nation - Ya Toivo
STRUGGLE veteran and icon, a soldier, pillar of strength and dedicated commander, are just a few of the many words used to describe the late Simon Hafeni 'Mzee' Kaukungwa.
Kaukungwa's memorial service was held at the Parliament Gardens in Windhoek yesterday where President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Founding Father Sam Nujoma, Prime Minister Hage Geingob, ministers and deputies as well as other officials attended.
His childhood friend, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, with whom he attended the same school at Ongwediva described Kaukungwa, who died on 1 September 2014 at Ongwediva MediClinic, as a soldier and a loss to the entire nation.
“We have lost a pillar,” ya Toivo said, while Swapo secretary general Nangolo Mbumba said Kaukungwa was a historic figure of the liberation struggle and a significant pillar of strength.
“He was a dedicated and committed Swapo party cadre. His passing on has left a wide void very difficult to fill. He will be sorely missed by the entire nation,” Mbumba said.
Kaukungwa's son, Lenin read a speech on behalf of the family in which they said their father sacrificed his youth for the Namibian people.
“He never had a normal family life. We had to grow up in the care of others and not in the care of our father,” he said, adding that they do not regret it because they are still proud to be his children.
Lenin said they only had a meaningful time with their father after independence. He also said they were glad and fortunate that he came back alive, giving them a few years to spend with him.
“There is nothing he cherished more than being surrounded by us, especially during his birthdays,” Lenin said, tears swelling in his eyes.
By Tuyeimo Haidula The Namibian