22 Sep 2017 13:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 22 SEP (NAMPA) Oshana Governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa remembers the late retired Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Commissioner, Joseph Ekandjo as a patriot who laid the foundation for crime prevention in his region.
Ekandjo died at the age of 62 at MediClinic in Windhoek on 16 September, after he was diagnosed with cancer in July this year.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Kashuupulwa pointed out that Ekandjo assisted in maintenance of safety, law and order in Oshana, where he served as a district commander in 1992.
We value his contribution to the freedom of our country and the leadership capability he demonstrated during the difficult time of the liberation war, as well as in the Oshana Region where he was one of the senior NamPol officers shortly after independence, Kashuupulwa said.
He added that Ekandjo was not only a police officer for Namibia, but also represented the country in the Southern African Development Community policing services.
Ekandjo was one of those who spent their entire youth fighting for the independence of the country, forgoing the opportunity for adequate educational training.
He joined the Swapo military wing, the Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia, in 1977 and served as a combatant until 1989 before joining NamPol in 1990 shortly after returning from exile. He served in the force until 2015 when he retired aged 60.
He is survived by his wife, Cornelia, 24 children, 12 grandchildren, mother and eight siblings.
A memorial service was held in Windhoek on Wednesday and the final memorial service will be held on Friday at his homestead in the Ekolanaambo village in the Oshana Region.
His funeral will be held at his home village of Ekolanaambo in the Ongwediva Constituency on Saturday.