12 Oct 2014 18:50pm
KING KAULUMA, 12 OCT (NAMPA) - The family of the late Colonel Simeon 'Kambo' Shixungileni has appealed to Government to recognise and support the heroes/heroines of the country's liberation struggle while they are still alive.
Issuing the appeal on behalf of the family during Shixungileni's funeral service at the King Kauluma village in the Oshikoto Region on Saturday, Reverend Hilia Nghaangulwa asked the government to continue according State/Heroes' funerals to liberation struggle heroes/heroines.
But recognise such heroes/heroines and take proper care of them while they are alive, she urged.
Shixungileni died at the age of 80 in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in the Oshana Region on 30 September due to cancer.
Nghaangulwa, while speaking on behalf of the family during the memorial service on Friday, also expressed concern over the absence of Government recognition of Shixungileni's six sons as children of the liberation struggle.
The sons believe they have received no Government consideration, unlike fellow children of freedom fighters.
Allegations are rife at Shixungileni's home village of King Kauluma that he went through hardships without significant Government assistance, and it is only after his death that Government officials started paying regular visits to his homestead.
We did not know that he (Shixungileni) was an important person whose funeral was worth to be attended by the president (Hifikepunye Pohamba), the Founding President (Sam Nujoma) and Prime Minister (Hage Geingob), some of the villagers told Nampa after the funeral.
The villagers noted that Shixungileni's illness started in 2008, and he was transported to and from hospital by good Samaritans since then.
He was a deputy commander of the group of six guerrillas of the then Swapo military wing, South West Africa Liberation Army (SWALA), who launched the armed liberation struggle at Omugulugwombashe village in the Omusati Region on 26 August 1966.
Shixungileni is survived by his wife Theopolina Shimuningeni-Shixungileni and six sons.