20 February 2013

Namibia: Oshakati's 1988 Bomb Blast Victims Remembered

A NUMBER of survivors of the February 1988 Oshakati bomb blast that killed 27 people and maimed many others gathered in front of the town's Inland Revenue office yesterday morning to commemorate the day.

The mourners prayed for those who died and were injured on that fateful day.

The Inland Revenue office is at the site where the then Barclays Bank, now First National Bank, was situated and where the bomb exploded. A memorial has been erected at the site, on which all the names of those killed in explosion are engraved.

Most of those killed or maimed were nurses at the Oshakati State Hospital, including the matron of that hospital at the time, Sister Ndamono Shanghala.

Elcin's retired Bishop Kleopas Dumeni and his wife, Aino Dumeni, attended yesterday's commemoration in memory of their daughter, Anna Ndahambelela Twahafifwa Dumeni, who was killed in the explosion.

Speaking at the occasion that was organised by First National Bank, Oshana Governor Klemens Kashuupulwa said Namibia remembers those killed and maimed in the bomb blast as heroes and heroines whose blood waters Namibia's freedom and independence. He said they contributed to the peaceful and democratic society of Namibia and need to be respected and remembered.

Kashuupulwa thanked First National Bank Oshakati and the public for remembering February 19 every year, as a day to pay tribute to the victims of the bomb blast.

Speaking on behalf of the orphans of the parents killed in the blast, Sacky Shanghala called on Namibians to remember all those who died for the liberation of the country.

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