Late Shitaleni laid to rest

07 Mar 2015 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) – Late Member of Parliament (MP) and Councillor for the Swakopmund Constituency, Germina Ndapuoshisho Shitaleni was laid to rest on Saturday at the Pioneerspark Cemetery in Windhoek.
She died last Sunday in the Catholic Private Hospital in the capital after a long battle with cancer. She was 45.
Hundreds of mourners, including First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, Regional Councillors, family members and friends paid their last respect to Shitaleni.
Many mourners dressed in black and/or white, while others wore attires in the blue, red and green colours of the Swapo Party to bid farewell to a dedicated cadre of the Namibian nation.
“Shitaleni touched thousands of lives and left behind an indelible mark. She helped people from the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund to have running water, and fed many poor people around the Erongo Region with her own money; she was an angel,” said a grieving mourner.
She told Nampa that Shitaleni lived a humble life in the Mondesa residential area in Swakopmund.
“She was a fighter, and won the hearts of many people with her brave battle against cancer,” said the mourner who is from Walvis Bay.
Shitaleni was a former mayor of Swakopmund and the first woman from Erongo to serve as Swapo MP in the National Council.
She served on the National Council Women’s Caucus and the Standing Committee on Habitat.
The late politician was also the chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender, Youth Information and Communication Technology from 2011 until her death.