Countrywide memorials for Riruako continuing

WINDHOEK: Mourning activities in memory of late OvaHerero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako are continuing countrywide until his burial in Okahandja on Sunday.

Riruako passed away on 02 June after a long illness.

Family spokesperson, Dr Hoze Riruako told Nampa on Wednesday that mourning activities will continue until Friday morning at the Commando Hall in Katutura.

“On Friday morning, the body will be taken to Parliament Gardens, where the official part of the State funeral will start,” he stated.

The programme at Parliament Gardens will start at around 10h00, and finish at about 12h00.

The chief’s body will lie in State for people to view the body throughout the day and night.

“On Saturday morning, the military, accompanied by the family, will take the chief’s remains to Okahandja, where traditional chiefs, Members of Parliament (MPs), other dignitaries and friends who were not accorded a chance to give their tributes, will be given a chance to do so,” Riruako said.

Mourners are arriving coming from England, South Africa, Canada and the United States of America (USA) to attend the funeral.

During the burial ceremony on Sunday, President Hifikepunye Pohamba will give the keynote address in bidding farewell to the chief, said Riruako.

The Traditional Head Priest, Abisai Mungendje, will conduct all funeral rites.