Nudo saddened by death of Evelhardine Kapuuo-Kerina

WINDHOEK: The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) has expressed sadness at the passing away of Evelhardine Kapuuo-Kerina, the wife of veteran politician Professor Mburumba Kerina.

She was best known for her fight against white minority rule.

Kapuuo-Kerina died in the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek on Monday.

She was 80.

Nudo Spokesperson Joseph Kauandenge said in a statement issued on Tuesday his party would like to remember the late Kapuuo-Kerina as a fearless woman who was a thorn in the flesh of the white minority government.

“She started participating in deliberations behind closed doors at the height of apartheid policies. Often she used to make tea for visitors to the late (OvaHerero Paramount) Chief Hosea Kutako under the Chief Council, where she was able to hear everything – from strategies to discussions surrounding the country’s independence,” he said.

Kauandenge further stated that Kapuuo-Kerina was knowledgeable about many pivotal moments in the history of the OvaHerero Chief Council and she would narrate this often when people visited her.

“Namibia has indeed lost a fearless woman, a person who played a major role in the early days of the Nudo Women’s League and the subsequent events surrounding our independence,” he said.

According to local reports, the late Kapuuo-Kerina was admitted to a local hospital last Thursday to be treated for cardiac arrest and heart complications.