Cadres’ Remains Back Home

THE remains of two Swapo cadres – Lineekela Kalenga and Putuse Leanora Dwyili-Appolus – who died in Zambia during the struggle, were flown back to Namibia yesterday.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Prime Minister Hage Geingob, government officials, relatives and friends received the remains at Eros Airport.

Addressing the gathering, Pohamba said the repatriation of the two fighters’ remains was a touching moment because they fought with him during the liberation struggle.

“It is touching to me personally because the remains are of people I knew well. I want you to remember that the freedom we enjoy today was not given on a silver platter. It was given with blood of those who fought and sacrificed their lives during the war,” he said.

The President further said there are still more fighters whose bodies are “lying in unmarked graves” in many forests in Southern Africa.

“Some are buried in battle fields and their graves are not marked,” saying this is why the government took the decision to repatriate some of the remains.

A third person, Penny Hashongo, whose remains could not be identified, was not brought home with the other two.

Source : The Namibian