King Elifas accorded State funeral
30 Mar 2019 12:10pm
ONAMUNGUNDO, 30 MAR (NAMPA) Omukwaniilwa (king) Immanuel Kauluma Elifas of Ondonga has been accorded a State funeral.
This was announced by President Hage Geingob on Friday, during his visit to the Ondonga palace at Onamungundo in the Oshikoto Region to pay tribute to the late leader of the Ondonga Traditional Authority.
Elifas died in the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital on Tuesday. He was 86.
The Head of State told the media in an interview towards the end of his visit that Elifas was a hero, unifier and a peace-loving man who accommodated anyone with a smile.
As chairperson of the National Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia, he united the divided traditional authorities, Geingob said.
Elifas led the Ondonga community since 1975 and was chairperson of the National Council of Traditional Leaders since independence in 1990.
Geingob said Namibians should honour him by remaining united and living peacefully.
The president held discussions with members of the royal family during his visit.
Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi, Chairperson of the National Council Margaret Mensah-Williams and several ministers joined Geingob at Onamungundo.
Ondonga senior traditional councillor for the Oniimwandi District, Naeman Amalwa told Nampa Elifas will be buried at the royal family cemetery at Olukonda village near the palace on 13 April.
When someone is accorded a State funeral, Government arranges the burial and covers all funeral costs.