23 Jan 2019 19:40pm
EENHANA, 23 JAN (NAMPA) Hundreds of the Ohangwena Region community on Wednesday gathered at Eenhana to pay tribute to late Major General (Rtd) Peter Nambundunga who died in the Ongwediva MediPark Private Hospital on 14 January.
Nambundunga was 72.
Many speakers during the Eenhana memorial service described Nambundunga as a true patriot.
Speaking on behalf of the veterans of the liberation struggle, Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh described Nambundunga as a true hero of the liberation struggle.
According to Namoloh, Nambundunga, as one of the senior officers in the defunct Swapo military wing, Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), used to supply all PLAN combatants with food and weapons in the battlefield.
Namoloh at the same time demanded for the ex-combatants of PLAN to be allowed to express their emotions on the liberation war, as they were never counselled when they came back to the country after the liberation struggle.
We survived by the grace of God. We should also honour the fallen plan fighters, said Namoloh, emphasising that people should leave the war veterans to speak and express their personal emotions.
Namoloh called on Namibians to always pay respect to veterans of the struggle and to take cognisance of the work they have done for the freedom of the nation.
Speaking at the same memorial service, Ohangwena Governor Usko Nghaamwa said Nambundunga used to go the extra mile in doing what is not in his job description.
Nghaamwa pointed out that Nambundunga joined the Ohangwena Regional Council on 01 March 2014 after former President Hifikepunye Pohamba appointed him as his special advisor.
The governor went on to say Nambundunga was reappointed his special advisor by President Hage Geingob on 30 April 2017.
According to Nghaamwa, Nambundunga hated racism and tribalism because of his belief that such evils destroy the country rather than build the nation.
Nambundungas elder sister Ndasilwohenda Nambundunga told mourners that her brother was a source of advice and financial support to their family and the vacuum he left will be difficult to fill.
Nambundunga left the country in 1974 to join the liberation struggle, received his basic military training at Cassapa in Angola in 1975 and after this he formed part of the first intake of military trainees at Kongwa in Tanzania.
He was selected to become a military instructor at Kongwa, rose through the ranks of PLAN, became a political commissar and was eventually appointed PLAN Chief of Logistics and member of the Military Council.
Nambundunga was inducted in the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) with the rank of colonel and appointed Chief of Staff for Logistics.
Nambundunga served the Ministry of Defence and NDF in various capacities such as Deputy Army Commander in 1996, Chief of Staff Personnel 1997, NDF Chief of Staff in 2000, Army Commander from 2005-2008 and Acting Chief of Defence Force for 2009 up to 2011 before retiring from the force.
His second memorial service will be held at his home village of Onesi in the Omusati Region on Friday and he will be laid to rest on Saturday at Omugulugombashe in the same region.