15 Dec 2018 11:10am
EENGHANGO, 15 DEC (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob described the late Matias Mbulunganga Ndakolo as distinguished son of the Namibian soil and valiant fighter of the liberation struggle.
Geingob made these remarks while addressing a crowd of mourners during Ndakolos memorial services held at his homestead in the Ohangwena Regions Eenghango village on Friday.
Ndakolo died in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on 04 December at age 75.
The Head of State commended Ndakolo for his brave deeds, as he never shied away from engaging the enemy during the liberation struggle.
According to Geingob, Ndakolo fought to the very end until the independence of the country was eventually achieved.
He put himself on the path of armed conflict and a long and bitter struggle, Geingob noted.
He went on to say Ndakolos life was sacrificed because of and punctuated by the principles of selflessness, patriotism and loyalty.
Geingob further expressed shock over some Namibians making statements that the days of apartheid were better.
Such defeatism must be eradicated from the minds of people because it dishonours the memories of heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle, the President stated, adding that while others chose to run away, Ndakolo picked up the guns and fought.
Also addressing the mourners was the Swapo partys secretary general, Sophia Shaningwa, who described Ndakolo as a selfless, fearless and determined fighter, who carried and motivated his comrades, irrespective of the situation at hand.
Shaningwa noted that Ndakolo was one of the senior commanders in the defunct Swapo military wing, the Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia since the 1970s and was known to be among the commanders behind the successful operations aimed at eliminating the enemy.
Ndakolo, Shaningwa said, was instrumental in the destruction of many enemies in all areas he was assigned to and captured many enemies alive.
Founding President Sam Nujoma, former President Hifikepunye Pohamba and several veterans of the liberation struggle also attended the memorial service.