Geingob gives blessing for Ondangwa Airport to be renamed after Ya Toivo

23 Jun 2017 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has approved that the Ondangwa Airport be renamed after Namibian liberation struggle icon, the late Andimba Toivo ya Toivo.
The Head of State said this at Ya Toivo’s memorial service here on Friday soon after former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, in his earlier address, expressed his support for that airport to be renamed after Ya Toivo.
Pohamba, who was the country's second president, made the remarks in support of a newspaper article in which a call was made to rename that airport after the departed liberation icon.
He said Ya Toivo led an exemplary life, which should inspire the youth of the country.
“We should be inspired by his friendliness and humanity. As we mourn his passing, we should celebrate his rich life and legacy he leaves behind,” said Pohamba.
The Namibian newspaper on Friday cited Ondangwa Town Council Chief Executive Officer, Ismael Namugongo as saying council received numerous requests that the most important airport in northern Namibia be named after the liberation struggle icon.
He said the renaming of the airport will be discussed when councillors meet next week.
Ya Toivo died two weeks ago at the age of 92 in Windhoek. He will be buried at Heroes’ Acre on Saturday.