Muharukua family in dispute over burial site

10 Oct 2017 17:30pm
OPUWO, 10 OCT (NAMPA) – A dispute between family members of the late Kunene Governor Angelika Muharukua has prompted the postponement of her memorial service that was scheduled for Wednesday at the Okjatjetje village, some 10 kilometres from Opuwo.
Muharukua’s family is divided with one group requesting that she be buried at Heroes’ Acre in the capital, while another insists that she be buried next to her father at the Ovinjange village.
Head of the family, Uemujendere Ndjai, told Nampa on enquiry Tuesday the two factions had started a meeting Tuesday at Okatjetje to decide where to bury Muharukua, who died in Windhoek on Sunday, 01 October.
“The meeting will give feedback and a decision on where the funeral should take place, as long as one team compromises,” said Ndjai.
He said some family members were not present when the others agreed that the late governor should be buried at Heroes’ Acre.
President Hage Geingob has accorded Muharukua a hero’s funeral. The State covers all funeral costs in this case and the deceased is accorded a burial at Heroes’ Acre, although the final decision lies with the family.
Muharukua served as Kunene governor from 2015 until her death at her Windhoek home.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana on Tuesday announced the postponement of the memorial service.
“We regret the inconvenience caused by this announcement,” he said in a media statement, without elaborating on what prompted the postponement.
He said the public will be informed of the new date and time in due course.