05 Aug 2015 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 AUG (NAMPA) - Sandra Tjitendero, the widow of Namibia's first Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Dr Mose Tjitendero, was laid to rest in Germany on Tuesday.
Sandy, as she was known to close friends and relatives, died on 26 July 2015 while attending a wedding in Germany.
She was 66.
Sandra was born in Sacramento, California, United States of America.
According to a media statement by the Namibian Embassy in Germany, a delegation composed of family members and Namibian Government officials, amongst others, attended the funeral in Berlin.
Representatives of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai faith also made the trip to Germany for the funeral. Sandra was a follower of the Bahai faith.
President Hage Geingob offered his condolences to the bereaved family in a tribute message read on his behalf by Prof. Peter Katjavivi, Namibia's current speaker of the NA.
[First Lady] Monica and I would like to join you and all others who are grieving at this moment in mourning the passing away of our dear comrade, Sandra. We pray that her soul is peacefully in the hands of the creator and that her soul shall find eternal peace, he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Namibian Government, Katjavivi expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
He also shared anecdotes from the past as he reflected on Sandra's life.
Sandy and her husband had first arrived in Namibia in July 1989. She was welcomed by the Tjitendero family in Ovitoto, introduced to the ancestors and the elders, and given a Herero name, Vajoroka, meaning We have rejoiced, Katjavivi recounted.
Amongst those in attendance were Sandras relatives from both the United States of America and Namibia, representatives of the Namibian Embassy in Berlin, and Namibians residing in Germany, amongst others.
The deceased is survived by her brothers, children and grandchildren, who were introduced to mourners at the funeral.