Hage offers official funeral for Reverend Kaapanda
21 Dec 2016 08:31am
WINDHOEK, 20 DEC (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob has offered an official funeral for retired Reverend Junias Vaino Kaapanda.
Kaapanda died at the age of 84 last week Monday at Tsandi Hospital.
The president said in a statement issued on Tuesday, Kaapanda will be buried at Omugulu-Gwoombashe Heritage site in the Omusati Region on Thursday.
The late Kapaanda was one of the founder members of Swapo after having joined the party in 1960 as a political activist.
As pastor of Tsandi Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCIN) church, he was amongst other ELCIN deacons who were tortured, arrested and assaulted by colonial South Africa forces since 1975.
Due to his dedication and political stand in Swapo, he was appointed by the Swapo leadership in Windhoek to recruit new members in Uukwaluudhi and surrounding districts.
Founding president Sam Nujoma in his message of condolences, described Kaapanda as a fearless an icon of the national liberation struggle for Namibia.
Nujoma, in a media statement on Tuesday, said Kaapanda, also known as Kaunda ka Zambia during his political activism days, was kept in solitary confinement and would endure various humiliations.
As we are paying our last respect and mourning, Namibians should be consoled by the fact that the late Kaapanda was able to witness the genuine freedom and independence that he endured suffering for, he said.