No State burial for Chief Frederick

04 Feb 2018 14:10pm
BETHANIE, 04 FEB (NAMPA) – The Heroes Acre is a place where Namibian heroes and heroines are honoured and remembered, but this is not the case for the late Chief David Frederick, Popular Democratic Movement leader, McHenry Venaani has said.
Addressing mourners at the funeral service of the !Aman chief at Bethanie on Saturday, Venaani said Government is denying its citizens their rights and is very selective as to who should be buried by the State.
He said if the land and the money is for all Namibians, then why not the State burials too.
Venaani said Chief Frederick’s unparalleled record of commitment and dedication to his people and his unifying traits warranted him a State funeral.
“Every day, we read of many powerful leaders amassing wealth in millions and none go to prison. We don’t have leaders uniting communities, we see division, yet those are rewarded with State accolades,” he said.
The official opposition party's president said the poor and homeless were also part of the nation and it should not only be the politically elite and privileged who are acknowledged by the country’s leaders.
Venaani said he wrote a letter to President Hage Geingob, proposing and requesting a State burial for the late chief, who according to him, was a hero of the country.
“Dr Geingob responded with a very diplomatic letter to say that a committee recommends who should get a State burial, but that the decision ultimately rests with him.”
Venaani further said the country lost a great and brave leader in Frederick, a man who never gave up and who loved his people deeply.
“He is my hero, a man of humility, a humble man and political ally who said to me, ‘you are my president’.”
In a speech delivered on his behalf by Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Geingob described Chief Frederick as a unifier and humble servant who went about his work with grace.
“He was a resolute, gallant patriot, a father, peacemaker and our revered chief who dedicated his life for no Namibian to be left out,” added Geingob.