Joseph Ndeshipanda Kashea was on Saturday buried at Omugulugwombashe Memorial Shrine in the Omusati Region.Kashea, a freedom fighter in Namibia’s quest for independence, died on 14 April at the age of 70. In a speech presented on his behalf during the …
Joseph Ndeshipanda Kashea was on Saturday buried at Omugulugwombashe Memorial Shrine in the Omusati Region.
Kashea, a freedom fighter in Namibia’s quest for independence, died on 14 April at the age of 70. In a speech presented on his behalf during the burial ceremony, President Hage Geingob stated that Namibians remain grateful for Kashea’s immense sacrifice, courage and devotion to his fellow Namibian brothers and sisters.
“He volunteered to fight for the freedom of his compatriots,” Geingob narrated, adding that Kashea chose the harder path in life, which is the path of resistance (against apartheid rule).
According to Geingob, Kashea joined the vanguard liberation movement, Swapo, in 1968, at a time when joining Swapo was tantamount to having a death wish.
Geingob pointed out that because of his bravery, Kashea experienced his first arrest at the age of 19 and due to his activities in Swapo, he faced expulsion from school and his education was interrupted.
“Threats of arrest and even death did not deter Comrade Kashea from carrying out the duties of mobilisation on the homefront,” explained the Head of State.
However, Geingob urged people of Namibia not to be self-seeking, but rather seek to uplift fellow Namibians, their respective communities and the country.
Speaking during the memorial service at Kashea’s homestead at Okanghete village in the Omusati Region’s Outapi Constituency on Friday, Founding President, Sam Nujoma, said Kashea went to exile in December 1976 after serving a two-year political prison sentence in Robben Island, South Africa.
Nujoma indicated that Kashea received his basic military training in Zambia that year, and was later posted to the Eastern Front as a political commissar and was the only ex-Robben Island political prisoner who went to the front after his release from prison.
He described him as a selfless freedom fighter, diplomat and civil servant. Kashea, also known amongst his peers as Jacob Hannai, upon his return home from exile served as an under-secretary at State House and as deputy permanent secretary at Home Affairs and Immigration Control since 2007 until his retirement from public service in 2013.
Source: Namibia Press Agency