Disability Sport Stalwart Dead

THE secretary general of the National Federation of People with Disabilities, Gerson Mutendere (41), died on Monday afternoon.

The NFPD announced his death on Tuesday, saying “the nation had lost a great man.” Information regarding the cause of death was not available at the time of going to print.

“It is with great sadness that we have to aise that an icon for people with disabilities has passed away,” said NFDP chairperson Gideon Nasilowski.

“He was a fighter who changed the living standards of people with disabilities in Namibia. He was a mentor, a man with great vision and passion for people with disabilities in Namibia. We will forever keep you in our prayers and we will long for your wisdom for many years to come but today we wish to salute you, and thank you for what you have done for us,” Nasilowski added.

Mutendere was the former chairperson and secretary general of the National Disability Council, an organisation he co-founded, before taking up the position at the NFDP.

Paralympics Namibia secretary general Pena Kandjii echoed Nasilowski’s sentiments. She said Mutendere had been a g-willed individual, whose primary concern was to see people with disabilities treated on par with their able-bodied peers.

“It was a shock to the system when I heard about it. He will be deeply missed. He is a Namibian icon because of what he has been doing for people living with disabilities,” said Kandjii.

Source : The Namibian