27 Jul 2013 05:40
OUTAPI, 26 JUL (NAMPA) The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Outapi Town Council in the Omusati Region, Oswin Onesmus Namakalu, passed away on Thursday in a Windhoek hospital.
Outapi mayor Mateus Ndeshitila made the announcement in a media statement here on Friday, saying Namakalu died after a short illness.
Namakalu started serving the community of Outapi as Town Clerk on 01 August 1999.
He was then appointed CEO of Outapi after the town became autonomous in 2002, and served in that position until his death.
Namakalu was born on 09 March 1958 at the Omahokwe village in the Omusati Region and grew up there.
He attended the Omuulukila Primary School (PS), and completed his secondary education at the Canisianum Secondary School before going into exile in the mid-1970s.
While in exile, Namakalu is said to have been educated at the United Nations' Institute for Namibia in Lusaka, Zambia, where he obtained a Diploma in Development Studies and Management in 1982.
He also studied at the John Schehr National Institute in Germany, where he obtained a certificate in Political Science in 1985.
Passionate about studying, the late Namakalu also graduated with a National Diploma in Public Administration at the Polytechnic of Namibia on 25 April 1997, read the statement.
In exile, Namakalu served the Swapo Party in numerous positions such as Chief Administrator of the Namibia Health and Education Centre (NHEC) in Nyango, Zambia, and Administrator of all Swapo settlements in both Zambia and Angola.
He also served as the Repatriation Co-coordinator for Kwanza South under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Angola.
After his return to Namibia at independence, Namakalu worked again for Swapo as an Administrative Officer for the northern regions before his promotion to the post of Administrative and Finance Officer for the party for the Otjiwarongo district in 1992.
He was the Swapo Regional Co-coordinator for the Otjozondjupa Region and the Administrator General of Springbok Patrol Namibia (PTY) Ltd/Namibia Protection Services in 1993.
Namakalu also worked for the Office of the President under the Namibia Intelligence Services, before being appointed Town Clerk at the establishment of the Outapi Town Council in 1999.
Namakalu is survived by his wife, two sons, parents, two brothers and three sisters. His funeral date is yet to be announced.