Ya Toivo's name and legacy lives on: Nujoma

23 Jun 2017 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) – Although his body has ceased to move, his spirit lives on and his name will be entered into history books as one of the fearless freedom fighters Namibia has produced.
These were the words of Founding President, Sam Nujoma mourning the death of Andimba Toivo ya Toivo at the State memorial service in honour of the late icon held in Windhoek on Friday.
“Ya Toivo will be dearly missed by the entire Namibian nation and in particular by his family. Sorrow should not subdue us because his legacy is the peaceful Namibia we see today,” said Nujoma.
The country’s first President said the most befitting way to honour Ya Toivo’s memory is to protect this peace at all cost.
He further urged Namibians to pick up the mantle and the torch the late Ya Toivo has left.
“His contribution to the achievement of Namibian freedom and genuine independence will be remembered by present and the future generations of Namibia.”
Nujoma described Ya Toivo as a gallant hero and a pioneering veteran of the liberation struggle.
“We are bidding farewell to an exceptionally dedicated and principled compatriot and freedom fighter,” said Nujoma.
Ya Toivo died two weeks ago at the age of 92.
He will be buried at Heroes’ Acre on Saturday.
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