CORRECTION: Lubowski's wife expected at Heroes’ Acre re-burial

25 Aug 2015 18:30pm
CORRECTION: REPLACE ‘Swapo activist’ WITH “anti-apartheid activist’; ‘killed’ WITH ‘assassinated’ IN 2ND PARA AND DELETE ‘by a passing car’.

WINDHOEK, 25 AUG (NAMPA) – The wife of the late Anton Lubowski, Gabrielle, is expected to arrive in Namibia from Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday afternoon to join thousands of Namibians in paying the last respect to her husband and Namibian leader, who will be re-buried at Heroes’ Acre on Wednesday.
The late Lubowski, who was an anti-apartheid activist during the liberation struggle, was assassinated on 12 September 1989 while leaving his vehicle in front of his house in Sanderburg Street, Klein Windhoek.
When he died, Lubowski was 37 years old and left behind wife Gabrielle Schuster and two young children, Almo and Nadia.
Gabi, as she is affectionately known, will be joined by the widows of late Swapo Party Secretary General, Moses Garoeb; Monica Garoes and the late Minister of Defence (1990-1995), Peter Mweshihange; Julia Mweshihange.
The remains of these three heroes will be re-buried at the national shrine of Heroes’ Acre on the national public holiday, Heroes' Day, 26 August 2015.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry Information and Communication Technology, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana said the late Lubowski was among the senior youth of the Namibian struggle together with the current Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein and the current Ambassador to South Africa, Martin Kapewasha, among others.
He said beside him being a resident of Klein Windhoek - what was then considered an affluent and white-only neighbourhood; the late Lubowski was actually a Katutura person.
His wish, as expressed by the family, was to be buried in Katutura and it is there, where his remains has been for the past 26 years since his passing on.
Ua-Ndjarakana indicated that Government found it fitting that he has done what he desired to the struggle with black Namibians in Katutura, even joining them in the grave at Dolam cemetery.
“But now, time has come and with the cooperation and understanding of the family, his remains will be re-buried tomorrow,” the PS said.
Lubowski was an anti-apartheid activist, an Advocate and a Swapo Party member. Lubowski defended political prisoners and also served as Secretary of Finance and Administration for the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW). He received the Austrian Bruno Kreisky Prize for his achievements in human rights in 1988.
In addition, Ua-Ndjarakana said the government also found it fitting to rebury the remains of the late Swapo Secretary-General and Minister of Labour, Moses Garoeb.
He described Garoeb as was a tongue-piercing person and a thorn in the fresh of the enemy then.
“His soul rests in peace as he has been laid to rest at the Old Location cemetery, a location of his childhood upbringing.
But now, the government has found it fitting to rebury his remains at Heroes’ Acre so that he can join others at that he had rubbed shoulders and shared tables in exile and at home,” he said.
Garoeb died on 19 September 1997 at the age of 55, leaving behind three kids.
Described as an avid reader and intellectual, Garoeb contributed to the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions that led to Resolution 435 and ultimately to Namibia's independence in 1990.
During the commemoration on Heroes’ Day 2015, Government will also honour and rebury the remains of Mweshihange.
Mwshihange, who was born on 05 May 1930,
was one of the founding members of a group of around 40 expatriate students and about 200 casual labourers from the former South West Africa (SWA) in Cape Town, South Africa that formed the Ovamboland People's Congress (OPC) in 1958.
He died on 20 March 1998.