Namibian anti-apartheid activist, politician and political prisoner, Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, who was one of the co-founders of Swapo in 1960, has died. Ya Toivo, who was also a founder of Swapo’s predecessor, the Ovamboland People’s Organisation (OPO) in 1959, passed on this evening in his Klein Windhoek home. Swapo Secretary for Information and Mobilisation, Helmut Angula, confirmed shortly ago that Ya Toivo is no more. Ya Toivo served 16 years in Robben Island prison, in the same section as Nelson Mandela. He was released from prison in 1984 and rejoined Swapo in exile in Lusaka, Zambia. He returned to Namibia in 1989 in the wake of the country’s independence and served as a member of parliament and as a Cabinet minister in Dr Sam Nujoma’s government. Ya Toivo retired from active politics in 2006. He was born on 22 August 1924.
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