Struggle Icons’ Remains Home At Last

PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba led hundreds of people who were clad in Swapo colours in welcoming the remains of struggle icon Peter Eneas Nanyemba and four others at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Friday.

Nanyemba, Walde Homateni Timoteus Kaluenya, Isak ‘Pondo’ Shikongo, Natalia Ndahambelela Shikangala Mavulu and Augustus ‘McNamara’ Nghaamwa died of different causes more than 30 years ago in Angola during the struggle for independence.

Addressing the people at the airport, Pohamba applauded the Angolan government for keeping the remains safe after the exhumations until they were brought back to Namibia.

He described the arrival of the remains as a stark reminder that Namibia’s freedom was achieved through ‘great’ sacrifices and bloodshed.

The president also said the struggle icons will be accorded heroes’ funerals.

Nanyemba, a member of the Swapo Central Committee, died in a car accident on 1 April 1983 in Lubango. He was also Swapo’s secretary of defence at the time of his death.

Kaluenya, who served as a member of the Swapo Politburo died a natural death on 20 December 1980 in Luanda, while Shikongo ‘Pondo’, a member of the Military Council and Plan chief intelligence, died on 27 August 1982.

Shikangala Mavulu, served as a CC member before she died in a car accident at Matala in Angola on 4 July 1977, and Nghaamwa, a member of the Military Council of Plan as well as its chief communications officer, died on 27 August 1982 in Angola.

Mavulu’s family expressed joy to have finally received their “mother, daughter, aunt and grandchild,” whom they searched for for years but to no avail.

“This is a huge relief. I feel very happy. My heart is filled with gratitude. On behalf of my family, I would like to thank the Angolan government and its people for the wonderful thing they have done. We are brothers and sisters and we should remain as such,” said Mavulu’s sister, Maria Shikangala.

Source : The Namibian