13 Oct 2014 18:30pm
KING KAULUMA, 13 OCT (NAMPA) - Founding President Sam Nujoma has called on the current and future Namibian generations to derive inspiration and wisdom from liberation struggle heroes such as the late Colonel Simeon 'Kambo' Shixungileni.
Nujoma made the call on Friday at the King Kauluma village in the Oshikoto Region during the memorial service of Shixungileni.
The State/heros funeral was held at that village on Saturday.
Nujoma noted that Namibia has produced men and women of distinction, who have provided leadership during trying times and kept the torch of freedom alive both at home and abroad during the most difficult times of the country's national liberation struggle.
One such person was Comrade Simeon Lineekela Shixungileni, affectionately known as Kambo, the Namibian former president stated.
He described Shixungileni a veteran of Namibia's liberation struggle, a second-in-command of the first group (G1) of commandos who launched the armed struggle of Namibia on 26 August 1966.
Others in the group were John Otto Nankudhu as the commander; Patrick Israel 'Lungada' Iyambo as the reconnoitre and secretary; Messah Victory Namuandi as the chief of reconnaissance; James Hamukuaja; and Nestor Kavela.
Kavela, 75, was the youngest of the six, and is the only survivor of the G1.
Nujoma referred to Shixungileni as a gallant freedom fighter and one of the foremost pioneers of the then Swapo military wing, South West Africa People's Liberation Army (PLAN), who served the Namibian people with distinction and tenacity.
He (Shixungileni) dedicated his youth and adult life to the struggle for the liberation of Namibia and endured hardship, banishment and imprisonment, but never wavered, Nujoma said.
As a freedom fighter, Shixungileni was later detained and sentenced to life imprisonment before being banished to the notorious Robben Island Prison in South Africa, where he was incarcerated until his release in 1985.
Shixungileni joined the liberation struggle in 1959 under the Owambo People's Organisation (OPO) and subsequently became a member of Swapo in 1960.
OPO was a predecessor to Swapo.
He was among the first trained People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) fighters in 1961 in the former Soviet Union. This was when he lived in the jungles, mountains, deserts and hills of Africa where he was being trained as a guerrilla fighter for his country to be liberated from the colonial and white minority apartheid regime of South Africa, said Nujoma.
Secretary-General of the Swapo-Party, Nangolo Mbumba also spoke at the same memorial service, saying his political organisation has thanked Shixungileni's family for sharing him with all its members.
His struggle was our struggle! His victory was our victory. Our independence, freedom and democracy are the precious legacy he left with us all, Mbumba remarked.
Shixungileni died at the age of 80 in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on 30 September 2014.
Although the government has accorded him a heros funeral, Shixungileni has given a clear directive for his body not to be carried to Omugulugwombashe Shrine in Omusati Region or the Heroes Acre in Windhoek, but to be buried among his people at the King Kauluma village.
He is survived by his wife Theopolina Shimuningeni-Shixungileni and six sons.