Late Mushimba to be accorded State funeral

WINDHOEK; Namibian businessman Aaron Mushimba will be accorded a State funeral next week Friday.

Mushimba died in a Cape Town hospital on 31 August 2014, aged 67.

The family’s spokesperson Utoni Nujoma told Nampa on Wednesday that Mushimba will be buried at the Pioneerspark Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held next week Thursday at Parliament Gardens in the afternoon.

More details about the services will be announced in due course.

Nujoma said Mushimba was admitted to that hospital for an operation, but suffered an infection after the operation, which ultimately caused his death.

He described his late uncle as a freedom fighter, a political activist and business icon.

“We have lost a committed cadre and a very difficult person to replace,” he said.

Mushimba, a younger brother of former First Lady Kovambo Nujoma, was a prominent Namibian businessman.

He went into exile as a freedom fighter in the late 1970s, and came back to Namibia in 1989 to participate in the United Nations-supervised elections.

While in exile, Mushimba was a Swapo-Party representative in Angola, Zambia and Senegal during the liberation struggle.

After independence in 1990, he went into business, and was involved in mining, catering, construction and also in the financial service sector.

Mushimba leaves behind a wife Adorfine, four children, three grandchildren and two siblings.