24 Dec 2017 12:30pm
OMUGULUWOMBASHE, 24 DEC (NAMPA) The late Isak Shoomes early involvement in political activism gave Namibias Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma, confidence and determination to fight against colonialism.
Nujoma made these remarks during his speech at Shoomes State funeral held at the Omugulugwombashe national shrine in the Omusati Regions Tsandi Constituency on Saturday.
Shoome, a veteran of the liberation struggle, died at his Okuvale village homestead in the Tsandi Constituency at the age of 101 on 12 December.
It was due to his unwavering commitment to the liberation of our country that he suffered numerous prosecutions and detentions and was put on trial on numerous occasions by the minority white apartheid colonial regime of South Africa, he told the hundreds of mourners.
According to Nujoma, Shoome was actively involved in the formation of both the Ovamboland Peoples Congress and Ovamboland Peoples Organisation, which are the forerunners to Swapo.
Nujoma went on to describe Shoome as one of the figures who identified Omugulugwombashe as the appropriate base for military training for the then South West Africa Liberation Army (SWALA), the forerunner of the defunct Swapo military wing, the Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia.
Shoome, under the leadership of the late John Otto Nankudhu as their commander, received military training at the Omusati Regions Otamanzi Constituency along with his late compatriots, Eliaser Kahumba Kandola Tuhadeleni, Kornelius Shelungu, Immanuel Shifidi and Lamek Iithete.
They were trained as Swapo fighters and participated in the Omugulugwombashe battle on 26 August 1966, signalling the launch of Namibias armed liberation struggle.
Nujoma noted that through his life, Shoome remained true to his principles as a loyal and disciplined member of Swapo to which he dedicated 57 years of his life and defended its unity, integrity and principles.
Namibia has lost a fearless freedom fighter who committed his life to the just cause of our freedom and who stood firm and never wavered until the dawn of our freedom and genuine independence on 21 March 1990, Nujoma said.
Nujomas successor, Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba, current Vice-President, Dr Nickey Iyambo, King Shikongo Taapopi of the Uukwaluudhi Traditional Authority and the new Secretary-General of Swapo, Sophia Shaningwa, also attended the funeral.