08 Nov 2013 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 08 NOV (NAMPA) The late Fredrick Mwala Matongo, a former Special Advisor to the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, will be buried on Saturday at Heroes' Acre on the southern outskirts of Windhoek.
Matongo passed away on 01 November this year.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana announced the burial arrangements in a media statement here on Friday morning.
A memorial service will take place today at Parliament Gardens as from 14h00.
Mbeuta described the late Col. (Retired) Matongo as a dedicated cadre, veteran and leader of the national liberation movement during the struggle for the freedom and independence of Namibia.
Matongo was born on 10 October 1946 at the Kabbe village in the Zambezi Region.
He joined the struggle in 1965 in Zambia, and went to the Kongwa military training camp in Tanzania, where he started his military career.
In 1966, he went for further military training in North Korea.
Upon Namibia's independence, Matongo was appointed Secretary-General of the Swapo-Party Veterans Trust.
He also served as Secretary of the Swapo-Party Elders Council at the time of his death.
Matongo is survived by his wife, Helana, five children as well as his mother, brother and sister.
The MICT requested the public and private institutions to ensure that the national flag is hoisted at half-mast all over the country until after his burial on Saturday.
All other flags hoisted with the Namibian flag throughout the country should be withdrawn during this period of mourning.