Leaders hail late Chief Kuaima Riruako as a great leader of his people

OTJONGOMBE: Various political, traditional and community leaders hailed the late Chief Kuaima Riruako as a great leader of his people who never wavered in his quest to address the injustices facing the OvaHerero.

They were speaking at an event to honour the late OvaHerero Paramount Chief at the village of Otjongombe some 150 kilometres south-east of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region yesterday.

Otjongombe is the traditional homestead of the Riruako clan, and it was here where the last traditional rites and rituals where performed to bid a proper farewell to the OvaHerero Paramount Chief, who died on 02 June.

Omaheke Regional Governor, Festus Ueitele described the late Chief as ‘a giant amongst giants’ and an unassuming leader who commanded respect through his humility.

DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani described Riruako as “a leader like no other”, and a man who led an exemplary life.

Chief Bethold Tjiundje of the OvaHerero Traditional Authority in Aminuis pleaded with the OvaHerero to maintain the bond of unity and harmony which Riruako believed in as a fitting tribute to the departed OvaHerero leader.

The chief’s body was transported back to Windhoek today, where it will be kept until his burial in Okahandja next Sunday.