04 Jun 2017 17:10pm
ELIM, 04 JUN (NAMPA) The first governor of the Omusati Region, Leonard Nangolo Mukwiilongo, was laid to rest at his home in the region's Elim Constituency on Saturday.
Mukwiilongo passed away in the Ongwediva MediPark Private Hospital at the age of 93 on 24 May.
He was attacked by men armed with a pistol who intended to rob him at his home on 11 April.
The attackers blindfolded him and demanded the key to his safe, which Mukwiilongo refused to hand over.
The men then tried to take the safe with them but could not load it into their car as it was too heavy and they took off without the safe.
Mukwiilongo was one of the first business people in northern Namibia. He was also the first councillor of the Elim Constituency from 1992 and first governor of the Omusati Region from 1992 to 1998.
President Hage Geingob and former Presidents Hifikepunye Pohamba and Sam Nujoma attended his funeral.
Those who spoke at the memorial and burial service expressed shock at the attack and suggested heavy sentences for the attackers.
Mukwiilongo was also described as an unwavering patriot who served the people of Namibia with dedication and commitment both in exile during the countrys liberation struggle and back home.
He is survived by two siblings and eight children.
Five suspects have been arrested and four of them have appeared in the magistrate's court at Oshakati on charges ranging from robbery with aggravated circumstances to murder last Wednesday.
Those who appeared in court are Stefanus Namupala,35, Tomas Amwele, 34, Abraham Shipena, 26, and the 26-year-old Joram Hafeni.
The fifth suspect is yet to be transferred from Windhoek where he was arrested.
Oshakati Magistrate Vivien Ndlovu postponed their case to 20 July to allow them to apply for Legal Aid and for the fifth suspect to be transferred to Oshakati.