Nujoma remembers Nghidinwa as a dedicated nurse

24 Jan 2018 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) – Founding Father, Sam Nujoma has praised the late Rosalia Nghidinwa for her dedication as a nurse during Namibia’s liberation struggle.
In his tribute to her, Nujoma described Nghidinwa as a caring mother and dedicated nurse who always had her people at heart.
He said she and her underground team of nurses who were working undercover as Swapo officers succeeded due to their dedication, bravely and revolutionary spirit despite the large areas they had to cover.
“In comrade Nghidinwa and her team, Swapo found loyal, trusted and dedicated cadres who secretly saved many lives of wounded PLAN combatants,” he said.
Namibia’s founding president added that Nghidinwa never boasted about the crucial role she played during the liberation struggle, as she was a humble and fearless freedom fighter.
Nujoma said through her unwavering commitment and patriotism, People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) combatants in the Kavango area did not experience any shortage of medical supplies.
It is against this background that he accorded Nghidinwa the title of the ‘Most Excellent Order of the Eagle’ in 2003.
He commended Nghidinwa for her tireless efforts on issues affecting women and children, and her immense contribution to the plight of the San community and growth of Swapo.
“We should draw strength and courage from her heroism, as she stood out among those who performed their duties with exceptional dedication and profound sense of determination to defeat the South African white minorities.”
He expressed hope that her exemplary deeds serve as a permanent source of inspiration as Namibians continue with nation building and charting the future destiny of their country.
Nghidinwa died in the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek on 14 January 2018 after a short illness.
She served as Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare from 2000 to 2005, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration from 2005 to 2012, and Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare from 2012 until 2015, when she retired.