Search for heroes buried in unmarked graves continues

26 Aug 2015 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 26 AUG (NAMPA) – Government leaders will continue with the massive process of identifying Namibian heroes that need to be re-buried at the national shrine, the Heroes' Acre.
Hundreds of Namibian heroes and heroines were buried in unmarked graves in Namibia and in neighbouring countries where they fought and died during the liberation struggle.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday on the eve of the commemoration of Heroes’ Day and the internment of the remains of three heroes of the liberation struggle, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana said the process of re-burying of the remains of heroes takes a lot of time as it involves a massive search, identification and confirmation.
“With time, the leadership will go back in history and research and establish who the heroes are who are laid to rest at unbefitting places and who need to be reburied at the national shrine,” said Ua-Ndjarakana.
In Namibia, there are also heroes who are laid to rest at places that are not fitting tributes to their contributions and sacrifice, he said.
The PS said the process of reburial of those leaders who were at the forefront of the battles will continue.
“This process is a healing, consoling and unifying process. It is a nation-building process,” he emphasised.
Family, friends, politicians and fellow liberation fighters are gathering at Heroes’ Acre just outside Windhoek on Wednesday to pay their last respects to liberation heroes and celebrate the contributions they made to the independence of Namibia.
Government will pay tribute to three liberation struggle heroes - the late Peter Mweshihange; Moses //Garoëb and Anton Lubowski - during the commemoration of Heroes’ Day at Heroes Acre.
The event will be addressed by President Hage Geingob, and will also be attended by the President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu.
Mweshihange was born on 05 May 1930. He became Namibia’s first Minister of Defence from 1990 to 1995; and the first Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 1996 until his death on 20 March 1998.
//Garoëb was born on 14 April 1942 and was a member of the Swapo Politburo and the Swapo Central Committee. Upon the country’s independence, he served as a member of the Constituent Assembly and was appointed as the Minister of Labour and Human Resources, a position he held until his death on 19 September 1997.
Lubowski was assassinated on 12 September 1989. He was an anti-apartheid activist, an advocate and a Swapo Party member.
He 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.
Last year, seven liberation heroes’ remains were repatriated from Zambia and Angola and buried at the Heroes' Acre.
The remains of former Swapo Central Committee members Natalia Mavulu, Homateni Kalwenya, Isack Pondo Shikongo, former military council members Peter Eneas Nanyemba, and Augustus Nghaamwa McNamara were repatriated by the government from Angola.
The remains of Swapo Central Committee members Putuse Apollus and Linekela Kalenga were exhumed in Zambia in April.