Late Stanley laid to rest in Botswana

22 Dec 2013 11:40am
FARM GOOD HOPE, 22 DEC (NAMPA) - Ludwig Kanduketu Stanley, the man who transported Namibia’s founding president Dr Sam Nujoma into exile in 1960, was laid to rest at his farm, Good Hope, in the Charles Hill District of Botswana on Saturday.
Despite heavy rain showers, more than a thousand mourners gathered at Farm Good Hope to pay their last respects to the late Stanley.
The 85-year-old Ludwig died in Windhoek's Paramount Hospital last week after suffering a stroke in August this year.
Stanley’s name is permanently etched in Namibia's history, because he risked his life to see to it that Nujoma, former Deputy Prime Minister Libertina Amathila, Prime Minister Hage Geingob and many others crossed the border into Botswana and beyond to launch and wage the armed struggle for Namibian independence.
His remains were repatriated from Namibia on Friday in a convoy of vehicles which was escorted by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) up to the Botswana border.
Stanley's funeral service was also attended by Botswana's Cabinet ministers, governors and councillors, while Khomas and Omaheke regional governors Laura McLeod-Katjirua and Festus Ueitele represented the Namibian government.
On Saturday, his brother Cornelius Stanley read the eulogy of late Stanley, followed by President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s message of condolences which was read out by the master of ceremonies.
In his brief message, the Namibian head of State described the late Stanley as a dedicated cadre and a pioneer of the Namibian liberation struggle.
Pohamba said Stanley assisted Namibians to cross Botswana's borders into exile to fight for the independence of their motherland.
He called on future generations to emulate the rich legacy left behind by the late Stanley.
Family members and friends were overcome with emotion as the casket was lowered into the grave and it was a very emotional scene at the gravesite as Stanley was finally laid to rest.
Stanley, who was also a businessman in Charles Hill, was born to a British father, Albert Stanley, and a Herero mother Elizabeth Mbauruma.
He has left behind his wife, seven children, 27 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.