Muharukua an advocate of social justice: Geingob

18 Oct 2017 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 OCT (NAMPA) – The late Angelika Muharukua will be remembered as an advocate for social justice and proponent for development of the marginalised people in Namibia, President Hage Geingob said.
Speaking during the State memorial service of Muharukua here on Wednesday, Geingob said the late governor of the Kunene Region provided inspiration and hope for many Namibians while working tirelessly to advance developmental programmes of the most challenged regions in the country.
“The Kunene Region is big, sparsely populated and while it is one of the most pristine places on the planet, it is also arguably one of the toughest terrains to manage, but this did not deter Comrade Muharukua from wholeheartedly embracing her assignment,” he said.
He added that Muharukua would be remembered as a fearless freedom fighter who stood and faced the enemy on the battlefield relentlessly until the end.
He said at the time of her death, she was in Windhoek for official duties and to report to the Office of the President on her activities and seek further guidance.
“Personally, I have lost a genuine comrade, a political ally and a mother figure. Nationally, we have lost a naturally gifted and astute political analyst and intuitive leader,” he said.
He went on to add that the invaluable contributions and sacrifices, before and after independence rendered her worthy of the highest honour.
Geingob explained that a national hero or heroine is ascribed in consultation with the family of a fallen hero but the final resting place is decided upon by the family.
“This is not a unique incident, where the family has decided to bury their loved one and national hero, at his or her place of origin,” he said.
The delay in burial was regrettable but necessary to allow the family time to arrive at a decision on her final resting place, the Head of State said.
Muharukua died of a suspected heart attack on 01 October.
Her body will lie in-state tonight at Parliament Gardens and will be flown to Opuwo Thursday morning.
Memorial services will be held at her home village of Okatjetje on Thursday and the Opuwo sports complex on Friday.
She will be buried at the Ovinjange village on Saturday.