Ondonga king's successor impresses Pohamba

27 February 2019 | Local News

Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba says he was impressed by Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo's speech at the memorial service for the late Peter Shimweefeleni Kauluma at the weekend.

Nangolo emphasised the importance of children taking care of their parents. He said he was impressed with the way Kauluma's children took good care of him in his old age.

He said since the death of Kauluma's wife, Indileni Ndinelao, his children had taken good care of him until his death.

Nangolo, who was named as successor by ailing king Immanuel Kauluma Elifas back in 2002, said what the Kauluma children had done for their father was commendable and others should follow their example.

“Kauluma was an old man but he was ever strong and ready to serve his community thanks to his children. You, the children of Shimweefeleni, the work you have done in taking care of your father was commendable and we cannot thank you enough. You helped him to be the man he was despite his failing health,” Nangolo said.

“They say fruit does not fall far from the tree. Others need to emulate what you have done for your father so that they can also take care of their parents as per the fourth biblical commandment.”

Kauluma, who died in a Windhoek hospital on 11 February, was buried at his home village of Ongula yaNetanga in the Ohangwena Region.

He is survived by 12 children and five siblings, including the former Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) chief executive officer Hilya Nghiwete.

Although he had been dismissed by the Ondonga king, Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, Kauluma was still the recognised and gazetted chairperson of the Ondonga Traditional Authority at the time of his death.

Nangolo said he had known Kauluma for the past 17 years since joining the leadership of Ondonga Traditional Authority.

He said when he was appointed as Elifas's successor he accompanied Kauluma to all activities of traditional leaders to represent the king and learned much from him.

Pohamba, who was also a friend of Kauluma's, said he was impressed by Nangolo's message.

“This is the first time I am hearing the appointed heir apparent of the Ondonga chieftainship talking. He is such a good speaker. He was speaking about fruit not falling far from the tree, which is true,” Pohamba said.

“It is true that children need to take care of their parents. I am so impressed by this speech.”



ILENI NANDJATO

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