Kahenge laid to rest at Ongwediva

20 Apr 2016 18:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 20 APR (NAMPA) – Mourners gathered at the Ongwediva Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) centre at Ongwediva for the burial of former Ondangwa town councillor Apollo Kahenge Dengeinge on Wednesday.
Kahenge, 62, fell ill and died at his home at Ohakweenyanga village near Ongwediva in the Oshana Region last Wednesday.
Speakers described the late Dengeinge as “a dedicated and committed leader, a true son of the soil and a Namibian patriot.”
Swapo-Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba in a statement read on his behalf during the memorial service Tuesday evening said Dengeinge dedicated his entire life to serving the Namibian people.
Mbumba said he was a stalwart of the country’s liberation struggle who went into exile in 1975 to fight for Namibia’s liberation.
“He participated in many battles during the war of liberation,” he said, adding that the late councillor rose to the rank of political commissar of the then Swapo military wing, the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN).
After returning from exile in 1989, Dengeinge participated in mobilisation activities in and around Ondangwa to prepare people to vote for the Swapo Party during that year’s general elections.
He served the people of Ondangwa as a town planner for many years before he was last year elected as a Swapo-Party member of the Ondangwa Local Authority, a position he held until his death.