Flags to fly at half-mast for Ya Toivo after order signed

13 Jun 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) – National flags will fly at half-mast in honour of the late liberation struggle icon, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo as soon as President Hage Geingob signs an order to that effect.
This was announced by Minister of Presidential Affairs, Frans Kapofi in the National Assembly on Tuesday in response to DTA Member of Parliament (MP) Vipuakuje Muharukua, who on Tuesday said flags should be flown at half-mast in honour of Ya Toivo.
Ya Toivo passed away last Friday at the age of 92.
Kapofi said preparations for the funeral of the late icon are underway.
On his part, Swapo MP, Nangolo Mbumba informed the House that there are prayer sessions at Ya Toivo’s residence every night.
He added that after the prayer sessions, people get an opportunity to share their experiences with Ya Toivo.
“All of us are welcome. All of us are free to come,” Mbumba said.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi also formally announced Ya Toivo’s passing.
He said the late Ya Toivo’s life was shaped by the liberation struggle so much so that his entire life became public knowledge, particularly for the older generation.
“He is a person whose character could have been summarily described as a non-assuming and highly principled personality, who had great faith in the cause of his people,” the Speaker said.
Katjavivi further noted that Ya Toivo was an anchor for activism and his friends, and was committed to the common good for all.