Ya Toivo legacy inspire youth: Kashuupulwa

16 Jun 2017 17:20pm
ONDANGWA, 16 JUN (NAMPA) – Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa said the late Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo made supreme sacrifices towards Namibia’s liberation struggle and freedom for the nation.
He said Ya Toivo inspired the youth, workers and business people during the colonial years to join the South West Africa People’s Organisation, and encouraged Namibians to be prepared for the struggle for freedom and independence.
Kashuupulwa was addressing Ya Toivo’s memorial service in Ondangwa on Friday, and described him as a visionary leader, liberation icon and man of people.
“Today, Namibia is independent forever. Now we are only concerned of our economic independence,” said Kashuupulwa, adding he has no doubt that the legacy Ya Toivo left behind will benefit future Namibian generations.
The governor called for the youth to dedicate themselves to the country’s economic emancipation.
The memorial service is being held at Ondangwa, where forces of the then South African apartheid government arrested him in 1966 and took him to Robben Island Prison off the South African coast, because of his involvement in the mobilisation of Namibians for freedom.
His house and business were at Oluno in Ondangwa, where a school and street were named after him shortly after Namibia’s independence in 1990.
Ya Toivo was born on 22 August 1924 at Omangundu village in the Oshikoto Region and he passed away at the age of 92 at his Windhoek home last Friday.
He will be buried at the Heroes’ Acre in Windhoek on 24 June 2017.
Governor Kundy Paihama of the Cunene Province in southern Angola was also present at the memorial service on Friday.