Geingob and Pohamba clash with Namoloh at Ndakolo’s memorial

16 Dec 2018 12:10pm
EENGHANGO, 16 DEC (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob and his predecessor, Hifikepunye Pohamba criticised Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh, for using the memorial service of the late Colonel Matias ‘Mbulunganga’ Ndakolo to advocate for the interests of war veterans.
Speaking on behalf of Ndakolo’s friends, Namoloh appealed to Geingob to look into the affairs of war veterans in order to improve their standard of living.
Ndakolo was accorded a State funeral over the weekend, and Namoloh described him as a fearless guerrilla, who inspired many Namibians to join the liberation war.
According to Namoloh, there are many pioneering fighters of the defunct Swapo military wing, the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), who are buried in several unmarked places.
“I think we, as some of PLAN’s commanders, feel left out,” Namoloh told those present, requesting that Geingob look into the matter so that the gallant fighters of the liberation struggle also benefit from the ‘national cake’ as per the “nobody should feel left out” mantra.
Namoloh’s sentiments were negatively received by both Pohamba and Geingob, with Pohamba asking why Namoloh, as a Cabinet Minister, could not consult Geingob on the matter at that level, rather than waiting for events such as a mourning platform to express this dissatisfaction.
“Your statement is really not good,” Pohamba emphasised.
On his part, Geingob said he never opposed recommendations for the benefits of veterans of the liberation struggle by the veterans’ committee of which Namoloh is a member.
“I never said no to them…unless they are locking themselves out,” retaliated Geingob.
Also speaking at the same memorial service was Founding President Sam Nujoma, who referred to Ndakolo as one of the gallant freedom fighters and the finest field commanders Swapo ever produced.
Ndakolo died after a long illness in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on 04 December at the age of 75 and was accorded a State funeral conducted at Eenhana National Shrine in the Ohangwena Region on Saturday.
Ndakolo is survived by his wife, five children, four siblings and 24 grandchildren.