Chief Kooitjie laid to rest at Soutrivier

17 Feb 2019 12:40pm
SOUTRIVIER, 17 FEB (NAMPA) – The late #Aonin (Topnaar) Traditional Authority Chief and Chairperson of the Nama Traditional Leaders Association, Seth Kooitjie was on Saturday laid to rest at the Soutrivier cemetery.
During a funeral service held at the late chief’s homestead at Homeb, many prominent speakers spoke of unity, a value always promoted by Kooijtie.
President Hage Geingob, in a speech delivered on his behalf, expressed condolences to the late chief’s family and the entire Topnaar community.
He commended Kooitjie’s dedication and the pivotal role he played in the development of the Topnaar community until his untimely death.
Chief of the Kai-||Khaun Nama tribe, Petrus Simon Kooper, also described the late Kooitjie as an exceptional leader and dedicated family man with great values.
“Chief Kooitjie was not a selfish man and he was always willing to share his people’s success stories and legacy,” Kooper said.
The Deputy Chief of the #Aonin, Stoffel Anamab, also spoke of he respected customary law and was guided by it during his tenure.
“Hold on to the chief’s teachings and you will never miss anything in life,” the deputy chief urged the mourners.
The emotional send-off was also witnessed by, among others, ministers Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Pohamba Shifeta, Bernhardt Esau, deputy ministers Cornelia Shilunga, Derek Klazen and Royal /Ui /o/oo.
Former politician Ben Amathila as well the Ovaherero Paramount Chief, Advocate Vekuii Rukoro were also among the funeral attendees.
Chief Kooitjie is survived by his wife Diane, three children and six grandchildren.
Kooitjie died last month at the age of 65.