Omusati to pay last respects to late Ilonga at Etilyasha
19 Dec 2018 15:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 19 DEC (NAMPA) The body of the late Petrus Ekanda Ilonga will be flown to the Omusati Region for a memorial service to be conducted there on Thursday morning.
This was confirmed by the Omusati Governor, Erginus Endjala in a telephonic interview to Nampa on Wednesday.
Endjala said the memorial service, in honour of Ilonga by the people of his home region, will take place at his homestead at the Etilyasha village.
The public is expected to gather there from 09h00 for the memorial service scheduled to start at 12h00.
Ilongas body will be airlifted back to Windhoek on the same day.
The freedom fighter and trade unionist died in a Windhoek hospital at the age of 71 on 11 December.
He will be laid to rest at the Heroes Acre in Windhoek on Saturday.
A period of national mourning during which all flags in Namibia fly at half-mast is to be observed from Thursday until his burial on Saturday.
Ilonga is described by many of his comrades as a fearless and dedicated freedom fighter.
Besides being general-secretary of the Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) from 1988 -2000, Ilonga served the Namibian nation as a member of the National Assembly after leaving Napwu.
He also served as deputy minister of Environment and Tourism; Labour and Social Welfare; Agriculture, Water and Forestry; and Defence between 2000 and 2015.
Ilonga is also a former Robben Island political prisoner.
He is survived by his wife, Paulina, nine children and two siblings.