Matongo a fearless and principled soldier: Nujoma

09 Nov 2013 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 NOV (NAMPA) - Former President Sam Nujoma has described the late Frederick Matongo as a “fearless and principled soldier” who carried out his duties with commitment and dedication.
Matongo, who was the Secretary of the Swapo-Party Elders' Council, passed away at the Rhino Park Private Hospital in Windhoek last Friday after a long illness.
He was 67.
“We will treasure his immeasurable contribution to the growth of Swapo’s Military Wing, and his selfless sacrifices,” said Nujoma whilst speaking at a memorial service held in honour of the late Matongo in the capital on Friday.
Nujoma recalled one of Matongo’s heroic deeds - when he dived into the Cuando River to retrieve weapons and ammunition which fell into the river when one of the canoes used by People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) combatants, capsized.
He said while many have wavered and compromised, others such as the late Matongo were convinced that Namibia would one day be free and his dream was realised when the Namibian flag was hoisted on 21 March 1990.
“We have lost a fearless freedom fighter and a leader who leaves behind a legacy of hard work, perseverance and commitment,” said Nujoma.
The founding President went on to say Matongo in fact has not truly died because the ideals which he sacrificed his life for can never die.
“To him we say dear brother, you rose to the occasion which only the brave would dare, and having heard the call for freedom, you did not hesitate to act,” he added.
Matongo was buried at Heroes’ Acre on Saturday.