Councillor Kombwana Laid to Rest

THE late Ohangwena Constituency councillor, Maria Tuleingepo Kombwana (58), was buried at Oruno on Saturday.

Kombwana died on 5 May at the Oshakati State Hospital after battling cancer.

A church service was held at the Engela Elcin Church before her burial ceremony that was attended by President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Cabinet ministers, governors, regional and local councillors, traditional and church leaders, business people, farmers and Ohangwena youth.

In his condolence message, President Pohamba told the mourners that Kombwana assisted Plan fighters with food and shelter and as a councillor, was concerned with the welfare of her people in the Ohangwena constituency, especially when it came to the distribution of drought relief food and other services.

The President urged Swapo leaders and members in the Ohangwena Constituency to elect another woman in her place.

Pohamba also used the occasion to urge Namibians to conduct a fair election campaign without intimidation and harassment of members of rival political parties.

The Ohangwena Governor Usko Nghaamwa , told the mourners that Kombwana’s death was a huge loss to her family, the regional council and the Swapo party, since she was appreciated everywhere and worked tirelessly.

Nghaamwa said Kombwana disclosed her illness in 2012 after she was elected as councillor and that she was in and out of the hospital for a long time.

Although Nghaamwa said Kombwana, a teacher by profession, never publicly showed any signs of the illness, she died on duty.

Kombwana is survived by her daughter and several grand children.

Source : The Namibian