26 Jan 2019 15:50pm
OMUGULUGOMBASHE, 26 JAN (NAMPA) Thousands of mourners from all walks of life across Namibia on Saturday gathered at Omugulugombashe Memorial Site to pay their last respects to late Major General (Rtd) Peter Nambundunga who died in the Ongwediva MediPark Private Hospital on 14 January.
Nambundunga died at the age of 72. A member of Nambundungas family told the mourners, including President Hage Geingob, Founding President Sam Nujoma and former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, that Nambundunga has become the first NDF general to be buried at Omugulugombashe.
Death has come like a thief in the night and from our midst has stolen another stalwart of our liberation struggle, said Geingob whilst addressing the mourners during the burial service Saturday morning.
Geingob noted that it is fitting that a shrine which represents the courage, valour and unwavering spirit of Namibian freedom fighters, should be the final resting place of Nambundunga who is honoured as one of the great heroes of Namibias struggle for independence.
Omugulugombashe is where the first shots of Namibias liberation struggle were fired on 26 August 1966.
Geingob narrated that Nambundunga fought for the freedom of the country with strength, honour, bravery and patriotism.
Nambundunga left the country in 1974 to join the liberation struggle, received his basic military training at Cassapa in Angola in 1975 and after his basic training, 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 (Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia), became a political commissar and eventually being appointed and served for six years as PLAN Chief of Logistics and was a member of the Military Council.
Nambundunga was inducted in the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) with the rank of colonel and was later 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 in 1997, NDF Chief of Staff in 2000, Army Commander from 2005-2008 and Acting Chief of Defence Force in 2009 up to 2011 before retiring from the force.
His wife Cecilia, 10 children and three sisters survive him.