06 Oct 2016 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 06 OCT (NAMPA) Mourners from all walks of life on Thursday morning rushed to the residence of late Hidipo Hamutenya to console his wife, Nangula, after news broke out that the veteran politician had passed on.
The former Member of Parliament died at around 05h00 Thursday at the Lady Pohamba Hospital after a long illness at the age of 77.
When Nampa arrived at the Hamutenya residence shortly after the sad news broke out, Nangula could not hide the grief weeping the loss of a husband she spent years with in exile during Namibias liberation struggle.
Hamutenya's sister, Alma Hamutenya, mourners and other family members were present and comforting Nangula through songs and prayers.
Prime Minister Sara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and Vice-President Nickey Iyambo were among the first high-ranking government officials to arrive at the late Hamutenya's residence.
Tuhafeni Haushona, a nephew to the late HH as he is affectionately known, confirmed to Nampa Thursday morning that his uncle had passed on.
He described his uncle as a caring and loving father who was always full of jokes.
We have lost a humble and friendly person, he said in sombre mood at the Hamutenya residence.
The former Rally for Democracy and Progress president was early last month rushed to the Ongwediva Medi-Park Hospital when he collapsed during a family wedding in the North of Namibia.
He was later airlifted to the Lady Pohamba Hospital in Windhoek.
Hamutenya, who was until last year the president of the RDP, re-joined the Swapo Party when he lost his position in the opposition party.
A seasoned politician, he was born on 17 June 1939 and was a long-time leading member of the Swapo Party and member of Cabinet from independence in 1990 to 2004.
He was defeated in a bid for the party's presidential nomination in 2004 and left the Swapo Party to form an opposition party, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) in 2007.
Hamutenya was elected to the National Assembly of Namibia as an RDP candidate in the 2009 General Election but was however forced to step down as RDP President on 28 February 2015 and re-joined the Swapo Party on 28 August 2015.
He left behind his wife, Nangula, and five children.