UPDATE: Hamutenya State Memorial

14 Oct 2016 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 OCT (NAMPA) – The late Hidipo Hamutenya’s life was intertwined with the struggle for Namibia’s independence and nation building.
His character was built by this struggle.
He was a determined and selfless young man, said Namibia’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, Kaire Mbuende.
Delivering the eulogy for the late Hamutenya at his State Memorial service held at Parliament Gardens on Friday, Mbuende said the late Hamutenya played an important role in the Swapo Party, especially in the development of the party, and made contributions to the party’s publications and the Namibian Constitution.
Hamutenya was Namibia’s minister of foreign affairs from 2002 to 2004 and is well-known for his skills in international relations that had the independent country produce its first white paper of foreign policy during his time in that office.
Described as a great diplomat, Mbuende related the late Hamutenya to the beautiful, proud and brave Oryx that appears on Namibia’s coat of arms, which he said is a reflection of the character of the Namibian nation “and maybe his own.”
Hamutenya made national headlines when he left the ruling party and in 2007 established the Rally for Democracy and Progress. He in 2015 however re-joined the Swapo Party after losing in the opposition party’s president elections.
Mbuende said the late Hamutenya’s contribution to the Swapo Party is incalculable.
“The seeds he sowed, will bear many fruits; he is now sailing on an unaccompanied journey.”
Hamutenya will be buried at the Heroes’ Acre on Saturday.