Nudo to commemorate late Chief Riruako

28 May 2017 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 MAY (NAMPA) – The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) on Saturday reiterated their call for Shanghai Street in Katutura to be renamed after the late OvaHerero Chief Kuaima Riruako ahead of the third annual observance of his death.
The late Riruako was a Namibian politician and also paramount chief of the Ovahereros. He served as Nudo’s representative in the National Assembly from 2005 till the time of his death on 02 June 2014.
In 2003, Nudo withdrew from the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance, claiming that the party was no longer representing the interests of the Ovaherero people.
Nudo party presidential spokesperson, Joseph Kauandenge said in a media statement Saturday that it was regrettable that three years after Riruako’s death, the late chief was not sufficiently recognised as a key role player, both prior to and after Namibia’s independence.
“Shanghai Street must be renamed after him as soon as possible so that his name and legacy does not fade away and for future generations to be reminded of his contribution to Namibia and his subjects.”
A mass gathering will be held this week, starting Wednesday at the Ovaherero Commando Hall in Katutura to commemorate the life of the late Riruako.
The commemoration will among others include praise from various churches, homage by the youth, and traditional performances.
“We will celebrate a life well lived for so many decades. Although he is no longer with us, we in Nudo still cherish the time we spent with him as president of our party and leader of Ovaherero people,” said Kauandenge.
Sworn in as a Windhoek City Councillor representing Nudo in 2015, Kauandenge earlier this year told a meeting at the Commando Hall that he has proposed to the Windhoek City Council, the renaming of this particular street because it falls in an area where the late chief used to operate from.
Shanghai Street runs from Hans Dietrich Genscher Street in Shandumbala, Katutura to Florence Nightingale Street in Khomasdal.
“There is no other street in Windhoek that can represent the value of the work of our late chief and his contribution to Namibia in general,” Kauandenge said then.