Pohamba confers national hero status on Karuaera

02 Oct 2013 08:00
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba has declared the late Reverend Bartholomeus Karuaera a national hero, and directed that a State funeral be held in his honour.
The Head of State made this declaration under the powers vested in him by Article 32 (3) (h) of the Namibian Constitution.
The Minister of Presidential Affairs, Albert Kawana made the announcement in a media statement availed to Nampa here on Wednesday.
Pohamba further instructed that all national flags in Namibia fly at half-mast with effect from Thursday until the funeral on Saturday as a symbol of mourning.
Reverend Karuaera passed away on 22 September 2013 at the age of 93.
He was a retired presiding elder and preacher of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
Karuaera was also a political activist within the OvaHerero community disputing the claim to the OvaHerero traditional community leadership by the late Clemens Kapuuo.
A memorial service will be held at Parliament Gardens on Friday, and the burial service will take place at the Gammams Cemetery in Pioneerspark.
Pohamba will also attend the memorial service, along with Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma, where both are set to deliver tribute messages.
On Saturday, the lowering of the coffin will take place concurrently with a 17-gun salute.
The Rite of Committal will be done by Bishop David Daniels.