Nghidinwa instrumental in liberation struggle: Pohamba
27 Jan 2018 19:00pm
RUNDU, 27 JAN (NAMPA) The late Rosalia Nghidinwa was a trailblazer in the training of health professionals and will be remembered for working under often difficult circumstances, former President Hifikepunye Pohamba has said.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf at a memorial service held in Nghidinwas honour at Nkurenkuru on Friday.
Nghidinwa, a former nurse, was instrumental in the establishment of a nurses training centre at Rundu in 1980.
She died in Windhoek on 14 January 2018.
Pohamba also spoke about how she saved the lives of Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) combatants who needed medical treatment during the liberation struggle.
As a professional nurse, comrade Nghidinwa had a reputation for being kind-hearted and she treated her patients with care, he said.
He also acknowledged her roles as political mobiliser and leader during the liberation struggle.
Nghidinwa served as Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare between 2000 and 2005 and as Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration from 2005 to 2012.
She was then appointed Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in December 2012, a position she held until her retirement in 2015.