Hanse-Himarwa describes late Kooitjie as outstanding leader

26 Jan 2019 10:20am
WALVIS BAY, 26 JAN (NAMPA) – Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has described the late Chief of the #Aonin (Topnaar) Traditional Authority (TA) Gaob Seth Madawa Kooitjie as an outstanding and great leader.
Hanse-Himarwa, who was on a work mission to Walvis Bay when she heard the news, made these sentiments during her visit to the late leader’s residence in the Narraville residential area here on Friday, some hours after his untimely death.
“The late Kooitjie was one of the leaders I have admired and observed closely and had great respect for, as he was an exemplary man who really had his people’s needs at heart,” the minister noted.
She expressed, with sadness, while cradling the late Kooitjie’s widow, how much the chief’s death is a great loss not only to the Topnaar community, but to the entire Namibian nation.
The minister was accompanied by regional council leaders in the region who all signed the book of condolences at the residence.
Spokesperson of the #Aonin TA Collin April told the media during an interview on Friday that Kooitjie was declared dead upon arrival at the Welwitschia Hospital in Walvis Bay after an asthma attack while at his home.
Kooitjie succeeded his late father Esau Saneseb Kooitjie as chief in 1980, and not 1998 as earlier reported.
He also served as the Chairperson of the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA) till his passing.
The late chief orchestrated and oversaw many successful coronations of various Nama Chiefs.
He is survived by his wife Diane Kooitjie, three children; Len, Claudia and Luciano as well as five grandchildren.
He was 65 years old.