16 Feb 2019 19:20pm
ONGULA YANETANGA, 16 FEB (NAMA) Thousands of mourners on Saturday gathered at Ongula yaNetanga village in the Ohangwena Region for the burial of former chairperson of the Ondonga Traditional Council, Peter Shimweefeleni Kauluma.
Kauluma, who was also Ondonga senior councillor for the Ongula yaNetanga District, died in a Windhoek hospital on Monday.
The funeral service was held at his homestead at Ongula yaNetanga and the burial took place at the village cemetery.
Speaking during the funeral service, former secretary of the Swapo Party Elders Council, Kanana Hishoono told the mourners Kauluma was one of the pioneers of the liberation struggle.
Hishoono said Kauluma, along with other liberation struggle pioneers such as the late Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo, Jacob Kuhangwa and Peter Mweshihange, founded the Ovamboland Peoples Congress (OPC) in Cape Town, South Africa in 1957.
The OPC was later transformed into the Ovamboland Peoples Organisation (OPO) and then into Southwest Africa Peoples Organisation (Swapo) in 1960.
Kauluma was deported from Cape Town to Namibia in 1969.
Hishoono pointed out that back home, Kauluma continued his underground political activities, which resulted in his arrest by forces of the colonial regime in 1976 on accusations that he aided the guerrilla fighters of then Swapo military wing, the Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia.
President Hage Geingob in a media statement on Saturday said Kauluma contributed to the conceptualisation, development and growth of Swapo into a formidable political force.
When the war of national liberation intensified in the mid-1970s, comrade Kauluma was arrested by the apartheid regime in 1976 and was incarcerated without charges, he said.
Geingob said although Kauluma was subjected to torture at the hands of the enemy, the revolutionary spirit that coursed through his body allowed him to resist all attempts to break his will.
Kaulumas former colleague in the Ondonga Traditional Authority (OTA), Joseph Asino told the mourners he (Kauluma) joined the OTA in 1976 and was its engine, senior councillor for the Ongula yaNetanga District and chairperson of the council since 1982.
He was an advisor and interpreter to our Omukwaniilwa (king -Immanuel Kauluma Elifas), Asino noted, adding that he was also a humble and committed traditional leader.
Kauluma is survived by 12 children and eight siblings.