Pioneers of the liberation struggle buried next to each other

02 Sep 2013 03:20
OMUGULUGWOOMBAHSE, 02 SEP (NAMPA) - Two distinguished pioneers of Namibia’s armed liberation struggle who died on the same day- 18 August 2013 - in different State hospitals were buried next to each other here on Saturday.
Retired Colonel Joseph Kuunawenamwene ‘gwoNdema’ Hipangelwa, 81, and Retired Major Joseph Shaanika Uushona, 85, were buried at Omugulugwoombashe, the site where the first shots were fired against South African troops on 26 August 1966.
Addressing mourners at the funeral service, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said the government has decided to honour these brave sons of the motherland by burying them at this important shrine of the revolution.
“They are the first Namibian compatriots to be buried here, where the first battle in the modern war of national liberation for our country took place,” he stated.
He then called on all Namibians to mourn the departed heroes of the liberation struggle with dedication to hard work in unity of action and purpose to ensure a vibrant and prosperous Namibian nation.
“That is the best way for us to honour those who have sacrificed so much for the independence of our country,” he noted.
Pohamba described the two departed freedom fighters as vigilant political mobilisers and fearless cadres of the national liberation movement SWAPO.
“They were part of the early trained combatants of SWAPO’s military wing, SWALA (South West Africa Liberation Army), the forerunner to the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN),” Pohamba explained.
According the Head of State, the late retired Colonel Joseph ‘gwoNdema’ Hipangelwa and the late retired Major Joseph Shaanika Uushona were also part of the contingent of freedom fighters who established a military training camp at Omuguluwoombashe under the command of the late retired Colonel John Otto Nankudhu.
“The names of late Colonel Hipandulwa and late Major Uushona will be revered by the current and future generations of Namibia. We trust that they will join the souls of their comrades, who died in the battle of Omugulugwoombashe on 26 Agust 1966,” the president said.
Late Colonel Hipangelwa is survived by his wife Ifengenia Afunde and six children - three boys and three girls.
The late Uushona is survived by his wife Aino Nangombe Matti, nine children and 31 grandchildren.