Ndeulipula Hamutumwa launches memoirs

Former Sports Commissioner, Ndeulipula Hamutumwa, on Saturday, launched his memoirs in the form of a book titled Pioneer: Offspring of the Namibian Liberation Struggle at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) in Windhoek.

The book launch was attended by senior government officials amongst them Former Prime Minister Nahas Angula and Retired Lieutenant General of the Namibia Defence Force Martin Shalli.

Delivering a keynote address on behalf of Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Minister of Higher Education Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi said it is important for young people, especially those born in exile to document their history.

Pohamba said young people like Ndeulipula have a duty to share their experiences of life in exile.

He said the unique experiences of Ndeulipula and others like him who were born in exile, and others who went into exile at a very young age can only be narrated by them themselves.

Otherwise your stories will be at risk of being distorted; the moment you allow people who have not lived your unique experience tell your story on your behalf, there is a high risk of your personal narrative being distorted, Pohamba cautioned.

Addressing the audience at the book launch, Former Prime Minister Nahas Angula described the book as a tale of solidarity of a child from Namibia brought up by foster parents in Europe.

Angula, who wrote the foreword to the book, said there is a paradox within the book and described the book as a paradox in itself.

As a young child, Ndeulipula lived with a European family because his parents left the country due to suppression from European colonialists, therefore this is a story of solidarity and the enduring human spirit that steps in in an effort to relieve the suffering of others, Angula said.

General Shalli in his remarks said the book is one of three books that he has managed to read within a day because it was extremely captivating.

Shalli said the book resonated with him because he could relate to many of his own experiences as a freedom fighter during Namibia's war for liberation.

Source: Namibia Press Agency