05 Oct 2013 04:40
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has described the late Reverend Bartholomeus Karuaera as a dedicated freedom fighter and fearless compatriot who dedicated his life to Namibias struggle for independence.
Speaking at a memorial service held in honour of the late Karuaera in the capital on Friday, Pohamba paid tribute to a brave man, a comrade, a teacher and a preacher who left a memorable legacy, not only for his family, but for all Namibians to follow.
Reverend Karuaera passed away on 22 September this year 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.
Pohamba has declared the late Reverend Karuaera a national hero, and directed that a State funeral be held in his honour.
He said the late Karuaera, during the course of his adult life, balanced his duties as a preacher on the one hand and as an advocate for peace, justice and the independence of Namibia on the other.
His selfless contribution to the general wellbeing of the Namibian people is evident throughout his life, he stated.
The late Karuaera amongst other things actively participated in the preparation of petitions to the United Nations (UN), calling for the independence of Namibia.
After Independence, he was recognised as a war veteran for his countless contributions to the struggle for Namibias independence.
Karuaera lived an exemplary life, a life characterised by selflessness and self-sacrifice for the common good of his people, the Head of State said.
Hundreds of people attended the memorial service which took place at Parliament Gardens.
Karuaera was to be laid to rest at the Gammams Cemetery in Pionierspark on Saturday, with the lowering of the coffin set to take place concurrently with a 17-gun salute.