Namibia pays homage to the late Ludwig Stanley

22 Dec 2013 11:40am
FARM GOOD HOPE, 22 DEC (NAMPA) - The Namibian Government has described the late Ludwig Stanley, who was buried on his farm in Botswana on Saturday, as a selfless freedom fighter who sacrificed a lot for the liberation of Namibia.
Speaking at the funeral service held at Farm Good Hope in the Charles Hill District, Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua, who went there as the Namibian government’s representative, said the sacrifices made by the late Stanley will never be forgotten in the annals of Namibian history.
Stanley, who died on 10 December 2013, is credited with assisting Namibian freedom fighters by facilitating their fleeing out of Namibia through Botswana into Tanganyika, present day Tanzania, where they went on to wage the struggle for their country’s liberation from Apartheid South Africa’s illegal occupation.
This legion of fleeing leaders included founding President Dr Sam Nujoma, Prime Minister Dr. Hage Geingob and Dr. Libertine Amadhila, the country’s former Deputy Prime Minister.
Former Swapo Party Secretary-General and Justice Minister, Dr Ngarikutuke Tjiriange and others were also assisted by Stanley whilst in Botswana when they were transported from Sehitwa to Maun in Botswana to join the armed liberation struggle in exile.
McLeod-Katjirua said Stanley executed all these tasks with a sense of loyalty and patriotism without any fear or hesitation of possible life imprisonment, family security, torture and colonial brutality.
“He delivered these essential services as an inspired, unwavering freedom fighter and a determined nationalist under the command of our great nationalist Chief Hosea Komombumbi Kutako,” she said.
The Khomas Governor said Stanley has lived a life worth celebrating, and he deserves to be sent off with a firm confirmation that through his heroic sacrifices, Namibians have emerged victorious from the struggle against colonialism.
“We must state in unison that comrade Ludwig Kanduketu Stanley, your mission has been accomplished. Namibia is free and will be free forever. Long live the spirit of non-surrender,” said McLeod-Katjirua.
The vehicle in which Stanley transported the Namibian freedom fighters into exile can still be seen on his farm.
According to the family, the Namibian Government intends to have the car - a 1960 Chevrolet pick-up truck – on permanent displayed in the National Museum.
Stanley was born to an English father and a Herero mother in 1928 in Windhoek and grew up in Ombujomumbonde village in the Okakarara Distict.
When he was 15, he followed his father, who had left for Botswana, but returned to Namibia to join the late Chief Hosea Kutako’s council as a messenger or transport officer.
Stanley, who was also a businessman in Charles Hill, was born to a British father, Albert Stanley, and a Herero mother Elizabeth Mbauruma.
He is survived by his wife Claudia Stanley, seven children, 27 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.