Rudolf Kamburona Buried

FORMER politician Rudolf Kamburona, who died of cancer on 20 April 2015, was laid to rest on Monday at the Otjimanangombe village, about 200km north-east of Gobabis in the Omaheke region.

The burial was preceded by a ceremony on Saturday at Otjongamburiro – his last place of residence, 20km to the east of Otjimanangombe.

Traditional leaders of the OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu communities, representatives of other traditional authorities, relatives and ordinary members of the community flocked to Otjongamburirio and Otjimanangombe to pay their last respects.

Some mourners travelled from Okahandja where they had attended Sunday’s installation of Vekuii Rukoro as paramount chief of the OvaHerero.

Various speakers described the late Kamburona as an insightful person who was always ready to give aice to others on a wide range of matters, including politics and traditional issues.

Many also hailed his linguistic ability as he was fluent in at least three other indigenous languages other than his native OtjiHerero.

DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani, who was among the political leaders at the funeral, said the late Kamburona had always led by example.

Venaani said Kamburona had left indelible footprints in the history of Namibian politics and was also revered as a formidable teacher and educator.

National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) president Asser Mbai called on OvaHerero to join hands across political party lines in the spirit of paying tribute to Kamburona, whom he described as having been a unifier.

“Let us follow Kamburona’s example and work on unity of purpose. We are, after all, one people and should not allow politics to dictate whom we associate with,” he said.

Traditional leaders present urged politicians not to mix politics with traditional matters, as that often creates divisions within the communities they serve. Kamburona was one of the longest serving DTA parliamentarians from 1991 to 2000 before joining the RDP in 2008.

Before turning to politics, he was a school teacher and later served as school principal for many years in the Omaheke region.

He is survived by his wife and children. – Nampa

Source : The Namibian