By Confidente Reporter
The residence of Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo in Klein Windhoek, has been receiving mourners from all spheres of society, who are all paying homage to the fallen Namibian liberation icon and former Robben Island prisoner, who died yesterday at the age of 92.
A book of condolences has been opened and prominent figures, including former military boss, Martin Shalli, Chief Justice Peter Shivute, Justice Collins Parker, the Rally for Democracy and Progress’ Libolly Haufiku and representatives of the Karuaihe Foundation, as well Dr Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma, penned their farewell messages.
They all glorified the Swapo stalwart for his immeasurable and selfless contribution to carving out an independent Namibia.
Nujoma, profoundly referred to Ya Toivo as his hero.
Shivute, on the other hand, said he is a family member and wouldn’t want to say anything at this stage.
Ya Toivo’s nephew and a namesake Andimba described his late uncle as a “humble man who never asked for a lot”.
“He is an inpsiriation. His passing on is very tough for me. He was a father figure to me. My dad passed on and he stepped in. It is very difficult for me,” a sad Andimba said.
Preparation, for what appears to be a marathon of commemorative, events are underway, as the garden area of the residence has been transformed into a sea of chairs, covered in black covers and black curtains, to demarcate the area.
Also, different pictures of Ya Toivo, depicting various stages of his life, have been placed in strategic locations in the garden.
Upon entrance to the Ya Toivo’s residence, more pictures were plastered in the corridors of the house. The lounge area is currently hosting the various mourners, who are showing up to comfort Ya Toivo’s widow, Vicki, and their children Nashikoto and Mutaleni.
By 17h35, this afternoon, the preparatory committee was looking into hosting a meeting to lay the foundation for the events to follow.
Member of the preparatory committee and the country’s intelligence chief, Philemon Malima, told Confidente that, “This is the preparatory stage. Elders are expected to arrive and give their input, and the relevant information regarding the memorial service and funeral arrangements will be communicated at a later stage.”
Malima added, “We are waiting on the State to pronounce itself (on the funeral).”
Other prominent figures on the committee include environment deputy minister, Tommy Nambahu, as well foreign affairs special advisor, Tuliameni Kalomoh.
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