05 May 2015 10:50am
OTJIMANANGOMBE, 05 MAY (NAMPA) - Former politician Rudolf Kamburona was on Monday laid to rest at the Otjimanangombe village, located some 200km north-east of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region.
He died on 20 April 2015 after battling cancer for many years.
The funeral was preceded by a ceremony on Saturday at Otjongamburiro - the late Kamburona's last place of residence.
Otjongamburiro is located a further 20km to the east of Otjimanangombe.
Traditional leaders of the OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu communities, representatives of other traditional authorities, family members and ordinary members of the community flocked to Otjongamburirio and Otjimanangombe to bid Kamburona farewell.
Many of the mourners travelled from Okahandja after attending Sunday's coronation of Vekuii Rukoro as paramount chief of the OvaHerero.
Various speakers described the late Kamburona as an insightful person who was always open to give advice to others on a wide range of areas, including politics and traditional matters.
Many also hailed his linguistic ability - he was fluent in at least three other indigenous languages other than his native OtjiHerero.
DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani, who was amongst political leaders in attendance, said the late Kamburona had always led by example as a leader.
Venaani said Kamburona had left firm footprints in the history of Namibian politics and was also revered as a formidable teacher and educator.
National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) president Asser Mbai called on OvaHerero to join hands across political party lines in the spirit of paying tribute to Kamburona, whom he described as having been a unifier.
Let us follow Kamburona's example and work on unity of purpose. We are, after all, one people and should not allow politics to dictate whom we associate with, he said.
Traditional leaders present urged political leaders to avoid mixing politics with traditional matters, as that often creates division within the communities they serve.
Kamburona was one of the longest serving DTA parliamentarians from 1991 to 2000 before joining the RDP in 2008.
Before turning to politics, he served as a school teacher and eventually as school principal for many years in the Omaheke Region.
He is survived by his wife and children.