Leaders should not use power for their own advantage: Vicky ya Toivo

23 Jun 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) – The widow of the late Andimba Toivo ya Toivo has urged Namibian leaders not to use power to their own advantage, but instead serve the people who have voted them into power.
Vicky ya Toivo shared this sentiments during her husband’s memorial service in the capital on Friday.
Vicky, who had been married to the late hero for 27 years, described her husband as a humble man who had a good sense of humour and loved his family.
“I must say we had plenty of good times as a family. My husband always urged people to respect family despite any differences,” Vicky added.
The widow also advocated for her late husband’s fight against racism, tribalism and oppression, and urged people to cherish this freedom.
“We should not take for granted what we have achieved this far and should not allow ourselves to be divided by these negative effects.”
Vicky added that the Namibian nation should fight to eliminate corruption, greed and tribalism for the sake of Namibia’s future generations.
She expressed her appreciation towards the Namibian nation, stating that they have indeed helped them throughout their period of mourning.
The late Ya Toivo’s children have requested the Namibian nation to celebrate their father’s life more than it should be mourned.
“Papa has successfully completed his mission to his people on earth and with this, we should celebrate him,” said one of his nephews, Fillemon Nahum.
Nahum, who was the one who discovered his uncle dead, assured the Namibian nation that his uncle died a very happy, peaceful and liberated man.
The family, who before Ya Toivo’s death had planned a trip to Cuba, has made the decision to still go on that trip in his honour.
Ya Toivo died on 09 June 2017. He will be buried on Saturday at Heroes' Acre.