05 Oct 2013 05:20
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) - Former President Sam Nujoma has called on Namibians to emulate the late Reverend Bartholomeus Karuaera's legacy of patriotism and bravery, as he said these characteristics will chart the countrys destiny.
Nujoma said this while speaking at a memorial service held in Karuaeras honour in the capital on Friday.
Reverend Karuaera passed away on 22 September 2013 at the age of 93.
He was a retired presiding elder and preacher of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
He 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 Bartholomeus Karuaera a national hero, and directed that a State funeral be held in his honour.
Nujoma remembered Reverend Karuaera as an active member of the Swapo-Party inside the country during the liberation struggle, saying at the time of his passing, he was still a bona-fide member of the Swapo-Party's Elders' Council whose meetings he always attended.
During the liberation struggle, Nujoma said Karuaera used to travel abroad with the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) which played an important role in providing Swapo with the support of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as that of the Lutheran World Federation and other international bodies.
While outside the country, the late Karuaera would make sure he made contact with the Swapo leadership in exile and provide vital information on the manoeuvres of the apartheid regime, Nujoma stated.
It is against this background, he noted, that Karuaera suffered persecution, harassment and intimidation, as well as arrest and detention, under the white minority regime of South Africa, but he never wavered until the final victory was achieved.
While we mourn his passing on, we are, however, consoled by the fact that he witnessed the achievement of our genuine freedom and independence on 21 March 1990, the former President indicated.
Hundreds of people attended the memorial service which was held at Parliament Gardens.
The late Karuaera was laid to rest at the Gammams Cemetery on Saturday.
He leaves behind his wife Alvine and five children.