06 Oct 2016 15:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 06 OCT (NAMPA) The Swapo party held a memorial service for the late chairperson of the partys //Kharas Region Think Tank, Nicolas Links, here on Wednesday.
Links, who was also the regional manager of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, died in a car accident outside Koës village on 27 September. He was 49.
Several speakers described Links as a dynamic patriot who was committed to the cause of development in the country.
Regional councillor for the Karasburg West Constituency Paulus Ephraim recounted the many times Links assisted him in development projects over the years.
I have known him for many years and as I stand here, I cry in my heart because the person who helped me is no more, he said.
Ephraim said Linkss commitment stretched beyond Swapo.
He not only had the best interest of the rank and file of the mighty Swapo party at heart, but also that of all Namibians. He contributed his energy and resources to everyone, Ephraim said.
Swapos regional coordinator Matheus Mumbala said Links was a loving father and an exemplary cadre to those he worked with in the region.
He would always treat the next person with love and humility. He was a humble person, a great leader and a businessman distinguished by exceptional courage, hard work and simplicity, he said.
Mumbala said Links was quick to give his time, boundless energy and material resources to Swapo.
His dedication and commitment to party activities earned him confidence and trust among fellow members, he said.
Pro-Vice chancellor of the University of Namibia Southern Campus and a member of the regional Swapo Think Tank Committee, Erold Naomab described Links as a man of many virtues.
He was brave, wise and inclusive. He was passionate about education and I remember many an argument with him regarding solutions to the Grade 10 and 12 failure rates in the region, he said.
Naomab said Links had a remarkable journey in life that touched many people.
Other speakers remembered Links as a person who was involved in many activities, including sports and business, always keen to help with coaching or the drawing up of business plans.
Keetmanshoop Councillor Ernst Jash said Links was unique and a visionary.
He was young in age, but was regarded as an elder due to his commitment to the Swapo party and society at large, he said.
Links will be buried in Lüderitz on Saturday.