Ya Toivo memorial service in //Kharas on Tuesday

19 Jun 2017 16:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 19 JUN (NAMPA) – The //Kharas Region will remember the late struggle icon Andimba Toiva ya Toivo in a public memorial service at the Suiderlig High School in Keetmanshoop Tuesday afternoon.
This was announced by the Office of the //Kharas Governor on Monday.
The service will be held under a theme taken from words spoken by Ya Toivo, who died in Windhoek on 09 June at the age of 92.
“The unity of our people is the most important precondition to obtain the goals we have set for ourselves. We cannot maintain and nurture unity if we permit inequality to fester,” the late hero once said.
A subtheme is, “Where there is a will, there’s a way”.
The service is expected to be attended by Ya Toivo’s widow, Vicky, their two daughters Mutaleni and Nashikoto and other family members.
The region’s Governor Lucia Basson will open the programme, followed by a poem delivered in honour of Ya Toivo by Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor Elias !Kharuxab.
The Southern Youth Choir will pay respects with song while messages will be delivered by friends of Ya Toivo, veterans and ex-prisoners of Robben Island.
Ya Toivo was incarcerated at this notorious South African prison for 16 years in 1968 after being tried under the Terrorism Act by the colonial authorities.
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maureen Hinda will deliver a message on behalf of the National Leaders Assigned to //Kharas, while Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa will deliver a message on behalf of Government.
Swapo Party regional coordinator for //Kharas Matheus Mumbala will present a message on behalf of the ruling party and Ambassador Eddy Amukongo will deliver a eulogy.