A pioneer commander in the defunct Swapo military wing, the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (Plan), Matias 'Mbulunganga' Ndakolo, has died at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital yesterday. He was 75.
Confirming Ndakolo's death to Nampa on the same day, his younger sister Rauna Ndakolo said he passed away between 01h00 and 02h00 due to a prolonged illness over three weeks. He was born at the Iilagati village in the Ohangwena region in 1943, and lived at a nearby village, Eenghango, in the same region. His brother-in-arms and retired police commander in the Oshana region, commissioner Elisa Haulyondjaba told this news agency that Ndakolo was already a Plan commander when he met him on the eastern front in Zambia in 1969.
"I was told when I met Mbulunganga that he had just returned from Mungu Hospital in Zambia where he received medical treatment after he was bitten by a dangerous tsetse fly, which I believe is the cause of his long-time illness," stated Haulyondjaba, who is also a former Plan fighter.
According to Haulyondjaba, Ndakolo returned from exile along with other freedom fighters in 1989. He has suffered ailing health since his return to Namibia at the dawn of the country's independence.
Former president Hifikepunye Pohamba conferred on him an honorary military rank of colonel in the Namibian Defence Force during a Heroes' Day commemoration held at Eenhana in the Ohangwena region in 2007.