05 Oct 2013 07:40
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) The late Reverend Bartholomeus Karuaera was laid to rest in Windhoek on Saturday.
Karuaera was buried at the Gammams Cemetery in Pionierspark next to the late Minister of Education Abraham Iyambo, who passed away in London in the United Kingdom early this year.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba, former President Sam Nujoma, Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and members of diplomatic corps joined Karuaeras family in paying their last respects to the late 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.
Today we bid farewell to a dear friend and comrade, who together with many other Namibians, made significant contributions towards the achievement of the freedom and democracy we enjoy, Pohamba said as he bid farewell to Karuaera during the funeral service on Saturday.
He said Karuaera will be remembered for his outstanding work in the church and community, as well as for his commitment and dedication to the struggle against the colonial occupation of Namibia, and for his immense contribution towards nation-building and national development.
As we lay late Karuaera to rest, we should be fortified and consoled by the good deeds he performed for our country and its people over the years, Pohamba said.
He called on all Namibians to learn from the exemplary life which Karuaera led.
Let us remain united as a people and dedicated to hard work towards building a prosperous Namibian nation. This is the best way to honour the legacy of the late Karuaera, he stated.
Karuaera leaves behind his wife Alvine and five children.