Memorial services of retired NamPol spokesperson Amulungu

02 Jan 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JAN (NAMPA) - A memorial service will be held in the capital on Thursday for retired Deputy Commissioner Angula Amulungu, the former spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) who died in a hospital at Gobabis on Saturday.
This will be followed by another memorial service and the actual burial at his home village of Ombafi in the Omusati region on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Amulungu died on 29 December 2018, at the age of 60.
Upon enquiry on Wednesday, NamPol’s acting Head of the Public Relations Division Deputy Commissioner Hophni Hamufungu confirmed to Nampa that the memorial service in Windhoek will be held from 15h00 on Thursday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral.
He said the memorial service at Amulungu's home village will be held at his parents’ residence starting at 14h00, while the funeral will commence at 07h00 on Saturday at the Roman Catholic Ombafi Parish.
According to Hamufungu, Amulungu collapsed due to high blood glucose (sugar) levels while travelling on 26 December 2018, and was taken to the Gobabis State Hospital where he died three days later.
Retired Allgemeine Zeitung journalist, Eberhard Hoffman described the late Amulungu as a serious yet down to earth spokesperson who 'kept his cool with difficult media persons'.
On his part, acting editor of The Namibian newspaper Christof Maletzky remembers Amulungu as a friendly but straightforward person who did not play politics.
Maletzky, who once worked the crime beat as a reporter for The Namibian, said Amulungu was always accessible and forthcoming with information on crime.
“As I worked with him, and as a source of information, our relationship grew and I would chat to him from time-to-time,” he added.
Co-ordinator of the Namibia Editors' Forum and former colleague of Amulungu’s, Elizabeth Mu’le shared how he constantly and proudly described his days in exile.
Mu’le and Amulungu once worked together at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT).
“He was a bright man. He was a humble and hardworking person,” she said.