Putuse Appolus was loving, vivacious: Nora

WINDHOEK; Life without their mother has been difficult, but they were left with a strong legacy of ethics, dedication and hard work, the daughter of one of the stalwarts of Namibia’s revolution Putuse Appolus said.

Nora Appolus made these heart-rending remarks on Thursday on the sidelines of the welcoming-back ceremony for the remains of her mother, who was affectionately known as ‘Meekulu Putuse’, since she perished due to natural causes some 28 years in Zambia.

The remains of Lineekela Kalenga arrived here at the same time from Lusaka, Zambia, where they were exhumed and placed in the custody of that government, waiting on the Namibian Head of State to set a date to receive them back home.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Prime Minister Hage Geingob, family members of both Appolus and Kalenga as well as some Members of Parliament (MPs) received the remains at the Eros Airport with a full guard of honour.

Putuse, who was one of the first black Namibian women to go into exile, was a member of the Swapo-Party Women’s Council, Swapo Central Committee (CC) member and the party’s representative on the World Women’s Organisation.

Kalenga, who is believed to have died in a car accident in 1981, was the Swapo-Party’s Secretary for Education and a CC member as well.

“Basically, we have been able to cope because of what she instilled in us, but it’s very difficult to have been without her. As old as I am now, I still cry when I think of my mother. The pain just never goes away,” said Nora.

On behalf of the Appolus family, she expressed gratitude to the Namibian Government for the return of their mother’s remains.

Remembering her mother, Nora said she was loving, vivacious, upright, full of integrity, loyal and a committed freedom fighter.