HUNDREDS of people from across the country on Tuesday afternoon gathered at the Ohote Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCIN) at Otjiwarongo for the memorial service of the late Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor, Julius Neumbo.
Neumbo died in a road accident on 10 December 2019 on the Otjiwarongo-Okahandja B1 road.
His memorial and burial services were put on hold in December waiting for the recovery of his widow, Hendrina, who was also involved in the same accident.
Hendrina has since been discharged from a hospital in the capital.
During the memorial service at Otjiwarongo, several speakers described Neumbo as having been a long-serving teacher and great political and community leader in the Otjozondjupa Region where he served as chairperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council.
Reverend Ngeno Nakamhela who spoke on behalf of the Otjiwarongo community said Neumbo was a peaceful man, humble and a hardworking politician who contributed immensely by approving infrastructural development activities for the Kalkfeld settlement outside Otjiwarongo.
Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge in his condolence message said Neumbo was a gallant son of the region, a friend to many and a parent to so many school learners who went through his hand during the days when he was a principal at the Karundu Primary School.
"His tragic passing on indeed robbed many of us," Ipinge said.
Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba and his family in their message read at the service also described Neumbo to have been a visionary leader and a hardworking and dedicated member of the Swapo Party.
President Hage Geingob in his capacity as a friend to Neumbo also sent a written statement to console the bereaved family members, saying he was deeply saddened by the tragic death of his comrade.
"His passing has left an irreplaceable void to many of us, his family, the Swapo Party and the region at large," Geingob said.
Neumbo, born in 1954, leaves behind his mother, Ndesheetelwa Heita-Neumbo, wife and four children - a son and three daughters.
According to the printed memorial and burial programme, another memorial service for him is planned for Oshapwa village situated about 16 kilometres northwest of Oshakati in the Ohangwena Region.
Neumbo will be laid to rest at the same village on Saturday.