Ya Toivo State memorial commences

23 Jun 2017 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) – Mourners are gathered at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek for the State memorial service of struggle icon Andimba Toivo ya Toivo.
The service is set to start at 12h00 and will be directed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Retired Bishop and Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta.
Dignitaries and various speakers from all walks of life are expected to pay tribute to the departed hero.
Among the speakers are President Hage Geingob, founding President Sam Nujoma and former President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
The late Ya Toivo’s children are also expected to pay tribute.
The proceedings are expected to end at 17h00 on Friday, after which the body of the late Ya Toivo will be taken to Parliament Gardens to lie in state.
The State burial will take place Saturday morning at Heroes’ Acre just outside Windhoek.
Ya Toivo died on 09 June at the age of 92.
He served 16 years in prison on Robben Island in South Africa; in the same section as former South African President, the late Nelson Mandela.
Ya Toivo retired from active politics in 2006 after serving as a Member of Parliament and holding various ministerial portfolios after independence in 1990.
He was born on 22 August 1924 at Omangundu village in the Oshikoto Region and is survived by his wife Vicky and twin daughters, Nashikoto and Mutaleni.