President describes late OvaHerero Paramount Chief as a bold and vocal leader

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba described the late OvaHerero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako as a “bold and vocal leader” who expressed his views freely and honestly.

Riruako will be remembered for his characteristics of openness and courage when expressing himself on issues affecting his people and country, said Pohamba in a speech read on his behalf by Prime Minister Hage Geingob during Riruako’s memorial service at Parliament Garden yesterday.

Riruako passed away on 02 June this year in a Windhoek hospital after a long illness.

He said the nation has lost a national leader and a unique personality who served his country and people with compassion and dedication.

Riruako will especially be remembered for the role he played in dealing with the Namibia-Germany historical past.

Riruako also played a prominent role in the return of the human remains of the victims of the genocide from Germany.

This morning, the deceased’s family, accompanied by the Namibian Defence Force, took the chief’s remains to Okahandja, where he will be laid to rest tomorrow.