22 Dec 2018 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 DEC (NAMPA) ¬Ė President Hage Geingob thanked the late Petrus Nangolo Iilonga for his contribution and dedication towards the struggle for Namibia¬ís independence and economically welfare.
Geingob was addressing the mourners at Iilonga¬ís funeral that took place at Heroes¬í Acre here on Saturday.
He told the mourners that Iilonga¬ís death is a loss and caused pain he will struggle to let go no matter how many times he says goodbye.
¬ďNo matter how many times we walk this path, it never gets easier. No matter how times we say goodbye, we struggle to let go. No matter how many words we say, the pain of loss permeates our souls,¬Ē said Geingob.
Geingob described Iilonga as a man who dedicated his life to work and worked more specifically in order to promote shared prosperity.
¬ďWe thank you for your dedication towards the struggle for Namibia¬ís independence and thank you for having endured suffering until the end. We thank you dear comrade, for remaining until your death, a patriotic, principled and proud Namibian, on whose shoulders the sustainability of our economy lies,¬Ē said Geingob.
He said Iilonga advocated for democracy, strong health, a safe and economically sound workforce and a united and peaceful Namibia.
Geingob said Iilonga was like a burning fire that drove men and women to work to sustain the country¬ís economy.
¬ďThe darkness of death will never extinguish the fire which burned throughout the life of comrade Iilonga. It is the fire that drives the working men and women of Namibia,¬Ē explained Geingob.
Iilonga was born on 8 January 1947 at Etilyasa village in the Omusati Region and died on the 11 December 2018 aged 71. He survived by his wife, Paulina and nine children.