16 October 2017

Namibia: Muharukua to Be Buried At Her Village

THE late Kunene regional governor, Angelika Muharukua, will be buried at her home village of Okozongondjoza in Opuwo this weekend, President Hage Geingob said yesterday.

Geingob announced this at the Swapo party central committee meeting held in Windhoek to nominate candidates who will contest for the top four positions at the party's congress next month.

He said the family of the late Muharukua had decided to bury her at the village next to her father in accordance with her wishes.

"After a long, unfortunate quarrel or disagreement, finally we have to adhere to the will and demand of the elders in the family. It is a tradition, and therefore we cannot ignore them. We will, therefore, lay comrade Muharukua (to rest) in her village," Geingob said while requesting the meeting to observe a moment of silence in her honour.

A memorial service for Muharukua and the burial which were scheduled for last weekend were postponed to this weekend due to a disagreement between family members on where she should be laid to rest.

Some family members wanted the late governor to be buried at Heroes' Acre on the outskirts of Windhoek after she was declared a national hero by the President a week after her death. Other family members insisted that she had indicated that she wished to be buried at her home village next to her father. Muharukua died earlier this month of a suspected heart attack.

The Namibian understands that when an individual has been conferred hero status, the family has the right to decide whether to bury their relative at Heroes' Acre, or at a place of their choice.

Former deputy prime minister Hendrik Witbooi, who was also accorded hero status after his death in 2009, was buried at his home village at Gibeon.

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