Hundreds show for Ya Toivo's State funeral

24 Jun 2017 09:50am
HEROES ACRE, 24 JUN (NAMPA) – Hundreds of mourners early Saturday morning arrived at Heroes' Acre outside Windhoek to pay their last respect to the late Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo.
His body laid in state at Parliament Gardens on Friday and is to be buried at the national monument on Saturday.
According to a programme received at the State funeral, former Namibian heads of state and the current, President Hage Geingob, are expected to arrive by 09h00 before the casket is placed in front of the Eternal Flame for proceedings to commence.
Geingob is expected to deliver a message before the casket is taken to the gravesite and lowered to a 21-gun salute in honor of Ya Toivo's contribution to the liberation struggle.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Zephania Kameeta are to lead the proceedings.
Ya Toivo died on 09 June at the age of 92.
He served 16 years as a political prisoner on Robben Island in South Africa; in the same section as former South African President, the late Nelson Mandela.
The Namibian hero was born on 22 August 1924 at Omangundu village in the Oshikoto Region and is survived by his wife Vicki Erenstein Ya Toivo, twin daughters, Nashikoto and Mutaleni and son Appolo.