Chief Kambazembi laid to rest

OKAKARARA: Chief Uaakutjo Kambazembi of the Kambazembi Royal House who died at the Ongwediva Medipark last month, was laid to rest on Sunday.

The 46-year-old Kambazembi was buried at a family grave site situated 80 kilometres south-east of Otjiwarongo near the Waterberg Plateau Park in the Okakarara Constituency.

The ritual head in the Kambazembi Royal House, Uheja Tjikurame, 72, performed traditional rituals at the grave site before, during and after the burial service.

On 24 July this year, a senior traditional councillor in the Kambazembi Royal House, Festus Ueriuka Tjikuua told Nampa in an interview that the chief had complained of breathing difficulties at a meeting he attended in Windhoek in late June.

“Kambazembi was still not well even when he returned to his homestead in Opuwo on 17 July 2014, and was promptly hospitalised for kidney-related complications on the same day,” said Tjikuua.

The chief’s uncle, Amon Kapi, also told this news agency in July that the deceased had been battling kidney failure for a long time, without specifying how long exactly.

Kidney failure – also known as renal failure or renal insufficiency – is a medical condition in which the kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products from the blood.

On 21 July, Chief Kambazembi was transferred to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital before being taken to Ongwediva Medipark, where he died on 23 July 2014 due to kidney failure, Tjikuua said.

Kambazembi was installed as chief of the royal house in 2007, a year after the death of his father David Tuvahi Kambazembi, who died in July 2006.

He was recognised as a chief by Government on 27 March 2008.

The Kambazembi Royal House is headquartered in Okakarara in the Otjozondjupa Region.

He is survived by his wife and several children.