24 Jan 2018 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) The State memorial of former Cabinet Minister, Rosalia Nghidinwa is underway at Parliament Gardens in Windhoek.
Nghidinwa died in the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek on 14 January 2018.
President Hage Geingob, First Lady Monica Geingos and founding President Sam Nujoma, along with relatives of the late Nghidinwa arrived at Parliament Gardens at 15h00.
The service was opened with a prayer by Reverend Shapaka Kapolo, which was followed by the reading of the eulogy by Rector of the Swapo-party School, Marco Hausiku.
Hausiku described Nghidinwa as a woman who was full of humility, selflessness and kindness, who was a heroine to people she came into contact with.
Members of Parliament and the general public are also in attendance.
Geingob, Swapo Secretary-General, Sophia Shaningwa; and family members are expected to pay tribute to the former minister.
Her body will lay in State on Wednesday and will be taken to her home at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region for a memorial service on Friday at the Nkurenkuru Expo Field.
A State funeral will be held at the Nkurenkuru Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) cemetery Saturday morning.
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 appointed Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in December 2012, a position she held until her retirement in 2015.
She was a member of Swapo since 1974.
Nghidinwa is survived by her mother, seven children and 19 grandchildren.