Namibian Delegation in Zambia to Exhume Body

A TECHNICAL committee from Namibia is in Zambia to exhume the remains of a freedom fighter who died during the liberation struggle in the early 80s.

The team that includes a pathologist is expected to exhume the remains of female freedom fighter, Putuse Apollus, who died in the early 80s.

Namibia’s High Commissioner to Zambia, Leonard Nambahu, who led a nine-member team that paid a courtesy call to Lusaka Mayor Daniel Chisenga at his office yesterday, said it was Namibia’s national heritage

responsibility to exhume remains of heroes.

Nambahu thanked the government of the Republic of Zambia for its hospitality and the Lusaka City Council, for facilitating the exhumation exercise, saying more bodies of other freedom fighters would be exhumed later for reburial in Namibia.

“She died while performing national duties in Zambia in 1981. You may wish to know that she also worked for the Lusaka City Council sometime in the 70s. As per her wish, she wanted her remains to be buried in Namibia. It is an emotional moment for us to have to take her remains to her people,” Nambahu said. “History of those who died during the liberation struggle needs to be recorded.”

Chisenga said the Zambian and Namibian governments shared a cordial relationship while Lusaka and Windhoek share a sister-cities’ rapport.

“Namibia is a sister-country to Zambia and as a council, we are sister-cities. I have personally worked with the current Mayor of Windhoek, Agnes Kafula, at different levels and we are together in an African Peer Review Mechanism programme,” he said.

Chisenga added that Lusaka’s population has grown over the years and that being responsible for cemeteries the Lusaka City Council is working to ensure that the graves are well-maintained and protected.

“We will ensure that the graves are positively identified. We have a responsibility as a council to maintain and protect our cemeteries. Recently, a Polish delegation was here and identified more than 11 graves of their nationals. We also receive people from South Africa on similar missions. It is another good way of packaging history,” the mayor said.

Forming part of the delegation are Apollus’ children and grandchildren Nora, Jomo and Mburumba, as well as Mildred Kaunda and Nomvuyo Nokwe.

Source : The Namibian