UPDATE: Hamutenya was not a sell-out: Geingob

14 Oct 2016 22:40pm
By Anna Salkeus
WINDHOEK, 14 OCT (NAMPA) – The late Hidipo Hamutenya carried out an unwavering fight towards independence and now joins distinguished heroes of the liberation struggle, President Hage Geingob said on Friday.
Geingob was speaking during the State Memorial service for the late Hamutenya at Parliament Gardens.
He said the late HH, as he was affectionately known, sacrificed his personal safety for one of the most bitter struggles to attain independence.
“Some believed HH was a sell-out; but he never sold out,” said Geingob.
He explained that Hamutenya only disagreed with members in the Swapo party after independence, thus must receive a Heroes’ burial for his commitment to attain independence and take care of young cadres.
“In a Namibian house, children will fight but will always belong to that house. This is a great testament that Namibia can fight, but can build that house. And that is what he asked us to do for one another: forgive.”
He was referring to Hamutenya leaving the Swapo party in 2007 to form the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), but returning in 2015.
Geingob said Hamutenya had the gift to write any document and contributed to the Constitution of Namibia.
He noted that Hamutenya knew no tribalism.
“We were united in one tribe which was the Swapo tribe.”
Referring to the Swapo trio: Geingob, Theo-Ben Gurirab and the late Hamutenya, he said it was a tough struggle for one of them to become head of state, thus when Geingob became president, he invited the two liberation icons to share a moment of achievement.
“Hidipo was a brother and schoolmate committed to hard work characterised by high intelligence, and brought scholarly approach to the Swapo party,” Geingob said.
The late Hamutenya will be laid to rest at Heroes’ Acre on Saturday.