17 Sep 2014 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 17 SEP (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba gave a moving farewell to Namibian liberation struggle icon Simon Hafeni 'Mzee' Kaukungwa on Tuesday.
Go well, brave soldier. Go well, hero of Namibia. Go well, freedom fighter. Till we meet again, he said at the memorial at Parliament Gardens.
Pohamba said each generation produces remarkable leaders and towering giants.
Each era brings forth individuals who possess outstanding characteristics of virtue, bravery, fearlessness, humility and magnanimity. The late Kaukungwa was one of these leaders, he stated.
Kaukungwa died on 01 September this year at the Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital, aged 95.
Pohamba described the late Kaukungwa as a patriot who fought for the ideals of an independent Namibia - free from oppression, subjugation and the brutality of apartheid colonialism.
He said Kaukungwa's name will forever be associated with Namibia's just and gallant struggle against foreign domination, adding that the Namibian nation has lost a remarkable leader and dedicated freedom fighter in the person of the deceased.
Kaukungwa was known by thousands of Namibians in all corners of the country as one of the pioneers of Namibia's national liberation struggle against colonialism and apartheid.
He was also a mentor, a source of wisdom and a friend to many. He leaves a void which will be very difficult to fill, he continued.
Said Pohamba: Today, we bid farewell to this great son of Namibia, who distinguished himself as a fearless Pan-Africanist and a revolutionary comrade who defiantly confronted the oppressive apartheid regime head-on.
He never wavered. He was never intimidated, and his fighting spirit was never broken.
The late Kaukungwa, affectionately known as 'Mzee', was born on 06 October 1919 at the Ohalushu village in the Ohangwena Region.
He was a Namibian politician, war veteran and a founding member of SWAPO.
In 2012, SWAPO opened an office in Ohaulushu and named it after Kaukungwa.
The deceased started his political activism at the Ohalushu village by participating in the activities which 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 of apartheid colonialism in 1964.
He was also the founding Secretary of the Swapo Elders Council.
He will be buried on Wednesday at the national shrine, Heroes Acre.