Ndakolo to get State funeral

08 Dec 2018 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has accorded the late People’s Liberation Army of Namibia regional commander Colonel (retired) Matias Mbulunganga Ndakolo a State funeral.
Ndakolo died in the Oshakati State Hospital on Tuesday.
A statement issued Friday said a period of national mourning during which all flags in Namibia will be flown at half-mast, will be observed from 12 to 15 December 2018.
A State funeral means Government arranges the burial and covers all funeral costs.
The remains of the late retired colonel will be interred at the Eenhana burial shrine in the Ohangwena Region next Saturday.
Ndakolo was born on 25 December 1943. He left the occupied territory of Namibia in 1963 for Angola, and underwent military training in the Soviet Union before proceeding to Kongwa, Tanzania where he served as military trainer.
In the 1980s, he became a senior commander of PLAN and member of the Military Council and returned from exile to Namibia in 1989.
Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba conferred the honorary military rank of colonel in the Namibia Defence Force on Ndakolo during the Heroes' Day Commemoration in 2007.
“During the period of national mourning, President Geingob acknowledges the courageous deeds of Colonel Ndakolo on the battlefield in furtherance of the ideals of freedom,” the statement said.
President Geingob extended his sympathy to the family, comrades and friends of the late Colonel Ndakolo.