Kunene governor to be buried at Heroes Acre

Oct 06, 2017
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Lahja Nashuuta

Windhoek – The governor of Kunene region, Angelika Muharukua, who died in Windhoek on Sunday, will be buried at the Heroes Acre in Windhoek, and not next to her father in Kunene region as per her wish, Katuutire Kaura, who served as her advisor, has confirmed.

Kaura said although the family wanted to fulfil the governor’s desire to be buried next to her father, the family agreed to honour President Hage Geingob’s wish for her to be buried at the Heroes Acre as per government decision.

Geingob on Monday announced that Muharukua, who died of a suspected heart attack, was a national heroine and that she would be buried at the national Heroes Acre.

Kaura, who worked closely with Muharukua as a special advisor when she was Member of Parliament and when she was appointed governor of Kunene Region by President Geingob, described her as a honest, straight forward person, and a critical thinker who knew exactly what she wanted.

“She was someone whom one cannot guess where she stood on the matter and want she wanted. Working with her as a special advisor, in most cases if you proposed something to her, she would not give you an instant answer but later she would call and say she agreed or not.

“She was a straight forward, very honest, genuine, and knew precisely what she stood for. She would always tell you ‘I don’t fit in anybody’s pocket’ which meant she was not a push around person. She always stood on what she thought was  right,” Kaura said.

He said Muharukua death was also a tremendous loss to the Kunene region. There were basic things she stood for that included education and access to health for the people of the region.

Kaura said last week, Muharukua took funds from a donation her office received from Namibia Fishing Company to send two students to study as dentists in the Ukraine.

Apart from that she also recently launched an agricultural irrigation project to cater for unemployed youths in a small village in her region called Otudhemba, which she wanted to kick-start by end year.

“Namibia has lost an iron lady, a leader of wisdom. It’s very sad that she is gone but her legacy will continue,” he said.

Muharukua was born on January 12, 1958 in Opuwo, Kunene region, she joined Swapo Party as a youth in 1979 and was to become more known in political circles when the then President Sam Nujoma appointed her to the National Assembly as Deputy Minister of Women Affairs and Child Welfare after independence in 1990.

In 2015, President Hage Geingob appointed her as the governor of Kunene Region, the position she held until her passing.

Her husband Kenatjironga Festus Muharukua died in March 2015 when his car was swept away by a flood at his home village Ovinjange.

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