Brigadier-General Amupolo buried at Elim
13 Aug 2017 09:30am
ELIM, 13 AUG (NAMPA) Hundreds of mourners from all walks of life in Namibia on Saturday gathered at Oshuungu village in the Omusati Region to pay respects to the late retired Brigadier-General, Erasmus Kayambu Amupolo.
Amupolo, 63, who died with five others in a road accudent on the Leonardville-Dordabis road in the Omaheke Region on 03 August, was buried at the Elim Cemetery.
He served in the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) since 1990 until his retirement in 2014, but at his retirement assisted the Ministry of Veterans Affairs in tracing war veterans across the country.
The car Amupolo travelled in collided head-on with another vehicle, leading to the deaths of two minors and four adults, including the veteran.
Eight other passengers and the two drivers sustained serious injuries. In their messages of condolences read on their behalf, President Hage Geingob and former presidents Hifikepunye Pohamba and Sam Nujoma described Amupolo as a gallant freedom fighter.
He was one of the young Namibian compatriots who fought for the countrys freedom under the then SWAPO military wing, the Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN).
He joined PLAN at a young age in 1974. Geingob said Amupolo contributed immensely to the wellbeing of Namibia.
Many of those who spoke during the funeral service held at Amupolos homestead described him as a fearless soldier who fought in many battles against the then apartheid military forces from South Africa.
Geingob conferred the honour of an official funeral upon Amupolo. He is survived by his mother, widow, 12 children and 15 siblings.