Muharukua family and Govt. negotiating on where to bury governor

03 Oct 2017 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 OCT (NAMPA) – Negotiations between Government and the Muharukua family are underway to decide where to bury the late Governor of Kunene, Angelika.
Nampa learnt after visiting the family home in Hochland Park, Windhoek on Tuesday that Government would like to bury Muharukua at Heroes’ Acre after President Hage Geingob on Monday announced that Muharukua will be accorded a hero’s funeral.
According to some senior members of the family, the late Muharukua wished to be buried next to her father in the Kunene Region.
Katuutire Kaura, who was the advisor to the late governor, announced on Tuesday morning through the Otjiherero National Radio Service that mourners will be gathered at the Okatjetje village on the western outskirts of Opuwo.
Muharukua died on Sunday morning at her home in Windhoek, and not at a hospital as previously reported.
Chairperson of the Kunene Regional Council, Julius Kaujova described Muharukua as someone befitting the description of a heroine.
“She always had the needs of the region above that of her own,” Kaujova said.
Although she never had formal education, Muharukua was supportive of educational programmes in the region and would always encourage the youth to study, he said.
Kaujova, who is also Sesfontein Constituency councillor, explained how the late governor through her office, just a fortnight ago, assisted two students to study medicine in Ukraine.
Kaura described the late governor as someone who was anchored on three pillars namely, education for the people of Kunene, decent health conditions, as well as the eradication of poverty in Kunene which for the past seven years had been hit by a severe drought.
The late Muharukua joined Swapo in 1979 with her late husband, Kenatjironga Muharukua.
In 1995 she was appointed as a non-voting member to the National Assembly by founding President Sam Nujoma.
She was appointed deputy minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2004.
In 2015, Muharukua was appointed governor of the Kunene Region, a position she held until her death.