22 Dec 2013 17:20pm
Charles Hill, 22 DEC (NAMPA) - The Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele described the late Ludwig Stanley as a brave man, a committed freedom fighter and a gallant son of the soil.
We are enjoying peace and stability in our country because of the major sacrifice made by the late Stanley and those many other unsung heroes who aided him in his mission, said Ueitele during Stanleys funeral service on his farm Good Hope near Charles Hill in Botswana.
The 85-year old Stanley died in Windhoek's Paramount Hospital last week after suffering a stroke in August this year.
His remains were repatriated from Namibia on Friday in a convoy of vehicles which was escorted by Namibian Police Force (NamPol) vehicles up to the Botswana border.
Stanley risked his life to see to it that Namibias founding President Dr Sam Nujoma, former Deputy Prime Minister Dr Libertina Amathila, Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob and many others crossed the border into Botswana and into exile to wage the struggle for Namibia's independence.
Ueitele remarked that when Stanley assisted Nujoma to cross the Namibian border into Botswana, he did not know that he was transporting the future first black president of Namibia.
Nor did he know that he was transporting the first Prime Minister of Namibian in the person of Dr Hage Geingob.
How can we ever thank this brave son of Africa for his contribution towards the people of Namibia and Botswana as a businessman, a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, a farmer, a father, a husband and freedom fighter? he asked.
We can honour his legacy and all that he was prepared to die for by maintaining the wonderful relations we are enjoying between our two countries (Namibia and Botswana) and strive for peace and tranquillity for our continent and the world, Ueitele said.
Stanley, who was also a businessman in Charles Hill, was born to his British father Albert Stanley and Herero mother Elizabeth Mbauruma.
He is survived by his wife Claudia, seven children, 27 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.