Former Veterans’ PS Amagulu Dies

FORMER Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs permanent secretary, William Ndeutapo Amagulu, has died.

Amagulu died yesterday at the age of 61.

His death was confirmed by Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda, who could not provide more details at the time. Media reports however stated that Amagulu died at Katutura State Hospital.

Amagulu had been at the helm of the war veterans’ ministry since its creation on 4 October, 2006 and pioneered most of its programmes and projects which addressed the socio-economic needs of former liberation fighters, until his retirement in 2013.

It was because of his struggle credentials and pedigree that the government put him at the helm of veterans’ ministry during a time when war veterans were at logger heads with government.

Amagulu went into exile with his wife and children after his political activities landed him in trouble with the colonial apartheid regime.

In exile, he rose through the ranks of Swapo’s military wing Plan and became political commissar before he was transferred to the diplomatic corps. Amagulu served as Swapo’s representative in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.

After Independence, Amagulu continued working as a diplomat, becoming Namibia’s first High Commissioner to Malaysia. He also served as High Commissioner to Nigeria and represented Namibia in Ruasia.

After his diplomatic tour of duty Amagulu was appointed as deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism until 2006 when he was assigned to the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs.

Source : The Namibian