Nghidinwa was an unwavering patriot: Shaningwa

24 Jan 2018 20:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) – The late Rosalia Nghidinwa was a true patriot who actively participated in Namibia’s struggle for independence and never demanded recognition, said Swapo Secretary-General (SG), Sophia Shaningwa on Wednesday.
Shaningwa made these remarks at Nghidinwa’s memorial service in the capital, describing the former Cabinet minister as an unwavering patriot who dedicated her life to serving the Swapo party and Namibia.
“Despite the many attempts by the operatives of the colonial regime on her life, she was unshaken and determined to provide materials and support to the just cause to ensure the freedom and independence of her motherland,” she said.
The SG noted that Nghidinwa’s love for Namibia and the ruling party could not be overemphasised.
“Swapo was part of her,” she said, adding that Nghidinwa served as chairperson in the Swapo fundraising committee.
Her most recent achievement was when she spearheaded the committee that successfully raised funds for the sixth Swapo Elective Congress late last year.
“True to her character of hard work and selflessness, she sprang into action despite the short time available to her and her team to raise the necessary funds. She successfully raised funds for the party and provided leadership to her team,” added Shaningwa, who also doubles as Minister of Urban and Rural Development.
Shaningwa pointed out that the late Nghidinwa was a humble individual who never demanded a “front seat”.
“She was a down-to-earth human being and her passing has robbed us of a charismatic, revolutionary, accomplished leader and a mother figure to all. She was very humble and always considered herself last.”
Shaningwa then urged Namibians to not only mourn their departed heroine but to also emulate what she stood for: “hard work and selflessness”.
Nghidinwa was a health practitioner by profession, gender activist and an ardent member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia.
During her early years, she ran numerous community health centres within the Kavango area.
She died on 14 January 2018 in the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek, after succumbing to cancer.