17 Jan 2018 16:30pm
RUNDU, 16 JAN (NAMPA) The death of former Home Affairs and Immigration Minister, Rosalia Nghidinwa, is a double blow to the Kavango West Region, its Regional Governor, Sirkka Ausiku has said.
Ausiku said this in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, referring to the death of Nghidinwa so soon after Ncuncuni Constituency Councillor, Rosa Kavara passed away two weeks ago.
She said after her retirement from active politics, Nghidinwa was actively involved in women development programmes in the region where she trained women on how to weave beads, from which they received an income after selling these crafts.
Ausiku added that Nghidinwa was also involved in farming and served as the chairperson of the Mpungu District Farmers Association.
The regional head further said Kavango West has lost a leader and a champion of womens empowerment, as well as a community development activist.
She said the pain Nghidinwas family is going through is shared by the entire Kavango West Region.
We pass our sincere condolences on to the mother and the children, as well as the grandchildren, she said.
The late Nghidinwa has been accorded a State funeral by President Hage Geingob and funeral arrangements are underway.
Nghidinwa served as Minister of Labour and Social Welfare from 2000 to 2005 and as Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration from 2005 to 2012.
She was subsequently appointed Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in December 2012, a position she served in until her retirement in 2015.
Nghidinwa died on Sunday in the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek.