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Prime Minister, Dr. Hage Geingob has described the late Omaheke Governor, Rapama Kamehozu as a humble, joyful and committed leader who never wavered in his cause to bring development to the people he served.

Speaking during a memorial service held in honour of the late Governor on Thursday here, Dr. Geingob said he has lost more than just a committed ruling party cadre in Kamehozu - but he has lost a good friend.

Paying his tribute without a written speech, a touched Geingob ask fellow mourners to celebrate Kamehozu’s life on earth instead of mourning his departure from earth.

“He has lived a great life. We ought to reflect on the things he had accomplished when he was still alive and celebrate them. That way we will always remember his contribution to this great country of ours,” he said.

Geingob said he knew Kamehozu since their days of exile they grew up in neighbouring towns. The subsequent years they had spent together urging the cause for Namibia’s independence has brought them even closer, making Kamehozu to become more like a family member as opposed to just being a friend.

Omaheke residents flocked to the town’s Legare Stadium to pay their last respect to their Governor, whom they described as having shown great commitment towards development and unity of purpose.

Two busses were also organised to transport Omaheke residents to Grootfontein to attend the funeral proceedings of the late governor.

Kamehozu died on 23 March 2013 after a long battle with cancer. The humble but often tough as nail Swapo stalwart was born and bred in Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa region in the late 1940s.

His charismatic leadership style saw him climbing up the ladder in local governance; first as Mayor of Grootfontein for six consecutive years before ascending to the prominent position as Governor of his native Otjozondjupa region in February 2011.

On 4 December 2011, Kamehozu was redeployed to the Omaheke Region as Governor, replacing long serving Laura McLeod Katjirua who was moved to the Khomas Region in a similar position.

Kamehozu was 64.

(edited)GOBABIS; Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob has described the late Omaheke Governor, Rapama Kamehozu as a humble, joyful and committed leader who never wavered in his cause to bring development to the people he served.

Speaking during a memorial service held in honour of the late Governor here on Thursday, Geingob said he has lost more than just a committed ruling party cadre in Kamehozu - he has lost a good friend.

Paying his tribute without a written speech, a touched Geingob asked fellow mourners to celebrate Kamehozu’s life on earth instead of mourning his departure from earth.

“He has lived a great life. We ought to reflect on the things he had accomplished when he was still alive and celebrate them. That way we will always remember his contribution to this great country of ours,” he said.

Geingob said he knew Kamehozu since their days of exile when they grew up in neighbouring towns. The subsequent years they spent together urging the cause for Namibia’s independence had brought them even closer, “making Kamehozu to become more like a family member as opposed to just being a friend”.

Omaheke residents flocked to the town’s Legare Stadium to pay their last respect to their Governor, whom they described as having shown great commitment towards development and unity of purpose.

Two busses were also organised to transport Omaheke residents to Grootfontein to attend the funeral proceedings of the late governor on Saturday.

Kamehozu died on 23 March 2013 after a long battle with cancer. The humble but often tough-as-a-nail Swapo stalwart was born and bred in Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region in the late 1940s.

His charismatic leadership style saw him climbing up the ladder in local governance - first as mayor of Grootfontein for six consecutive years before ascending to the prominent position of Governor of his native Otjozondjupa Region in February 2011.

On 04 December 2012, Kamehozu was redeployed to the Omaheke Region as Governor, replacing long-serving Laura McLeod-Katjirua who was moved to the Khomas Region in a similar position.

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