Geingob sympathises with family of late Petersen

14 Jun 2017 17:50pm
REHOBOTH, 14 JUN (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has expressed his condolences to the family of liberation struggle stalwart Alwina Petersen, who passed away at the age of 89 in a hospital in Windhoek last Wednesday.
She was the great granddaughter of Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi (!Nanseb), who died in battle against colonial German army forces in 1905.
During the Liberation Struggle, Petersen was a leading figure in the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) Women’s Council and their branch in the Gibeon District.
Geingob said in a statement issued on Tuesday, 2017 is a difficult year for the sons and daughters of Namibia’s liberation struggle.
“Many of our icons are leaving us. Lifetimes that have been dedicated to a selfless struggle are coming to an end,” said the President.
He said as the brutality of the apartheid regime intensified, many Namibians took the fight for independence beyond Namibia’s borders, engaging the international community through petitioning at the United Nations in the hope of mobilising the world against the oppression Namibians were forced to live under.
While guerrilla fighters carried out their missions, they relied on the people who provided rear guard support for the fighters.
The President said Alwina Petersen falls into this category.
“Her actions exemplified the spirit of the Witbooi clan, following in the footsteps of the iconic Namibian leader, Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi. We are therefore honoured to pay a befitting farewell to a grandmother, mother, sister, freedom fighter and hero of Namibia’s liberation struggle,” Geingob said.
Petersen will be buried from the St Marks African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) in Gibeon on Sunday.
She leaves behind one sister, four children, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, 24 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
Memorial services will start on Wednesday at the Evangelical Lutheran Church and on Thursday, the elders of Gibeon will host the memorial service.
On the same day, the Rhenish Church will have a memorial service at 19h00.