Chief Turitjo is no more

28 Dec 2015 15:20pm
OTJIHAMA, 28 DEC (NAMPA) – Headman Vemuuru Benhard Turitjo of Omuhama village in the Omusati Region died on 21 December.
He was 74.
This was confirmed to Nampa on Sunday by Kaireko Jahana, a family member.
According to Jahana, Turitjo died at home in Omahama after he fainted.
“He just told us he is feeling dizzy and in a short while he fainted and never recovered,” Jahana told this agency.
Turitjo was not only village headman but also a leader of the OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA) who worked very closely with late Paramount chief of the OTA, Kuaima Riruako.
He was in the delegation that went to Germany to collect the skulls of the OvaHerero and Nama who were killed in the 1904-1908 genocide.
Turitjo is described by many, including reverend Paulus Nambungu, a local historian, as a man of principle who stood by his decision and whose leadership knew no tribal boundaries.
Turitjo will be buried in Omuhama on Sunday.