Ya Nangolo buried at Old Location Cemetery on Cassinga Day

04 May 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 MAY (NAMPA) – Hundreds of people from Windhoek and elsewhere gathered at the Old Location Cemetery in the capital on Saturday to pay their last respects to veteran journalist and renowned poet, Mvula ya Nangolo.
Ya Nangolo died the morning of 25 April 2019 after battling a long illness and was accorded an official funeral due to his contributions during Namibia’s struggle for liberation.
President Hage Geingob told mourners at the burial on Saturday, 04 May, the day Cassinga is commemorated, that Ya Nangolo was a person who did not believe in coincidences but rather, that everything has a meaning.
“As a young boy who grew up in Old Location, he returned to Namibia from exile and bought a house in the section of Hochlandpark that used to be part of Old Location. Comrade Ya Nangolo said, ‘I’ve returned here for many a reason, I’ll certainly live here for many a season’,” said Geingob.
Geingob said this was a quote from Mvula’s poem titled ‘Namibia’, adding: “As we bury this son of our soil in the Old Location Cemetery, we are reminded there is indeed a reason and a season for everything.”
The president said in exile, Ya Nangolo played a role in negating the propaganda of racist South Africa and ensuring that the Namibians, and the world at large, heard the truth.
At Namibia’s independence in 1990, Geingob said Ya Nangolo was part of the transitional team to transform the South West African Broadcasting Corporation into the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.
He said Ya Nangolo also played a transformational role in the establishment of the Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) and further played a critical role in establishing an enabling environment for a free press to thrive in Namibia.
“Fellow mourners, we are burying the remains of Comrade Mvula Ya Nangolo on 04 May. The atrocities committed against our people on this day feature prominently in comrade Mvula’s documentary titled ‘Cassinga - A story untold’,” Geingob recounted.
As a nation, Namibia lost a literary giant, a veteran of the liberation struggle and a seasoned journalist, he noted.
Members of the Namibian Defence Force at the burial honoured the late Ya Nangolo with a seven-gun salute for his bravery and selfless contribution to the struggle for independence.