Stirring tributes for Elifas

24 April 2019 | Cultural

Members of the business community have described the late Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas as a traditional leader who supported economic growth.

Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) northern branch chairperson Tomas Koneka Indji said King Elifas, as the chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders, always gave support by facilitating land allocation for business growth.

Indji, who was speaking at the late king's funeral, on Saturday, said Elifas worked closely with the trade ministry, especially when it came to construction and the allocation of land to the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC), which he said helped significantly and unlocked economic emancipation initiatives, especially for the SMEs that were accommodated by the NDC, which in return brought services closer to the people.

“We at the NCCI hereby pay tribute to a friend, a father and a loyal supporter of business activities here in the north. The late Omukwaniilwa was there for us and understood our desire to expand business activities in all sectors of the economy,” said Indji.“In most cases he was given the platform to inaugurate some business premises and gave guidance to many of our members.”

Indji said Elifas will always be remembered for his support when it came to uplifting the living standards of the Ondonga traditional community and Namibians at large.

“His legacy should also be upheld through ensuring that we support Namibian entrepreneurs, especially the young ones, with capital, in order to rise and compete with the best in Africa and the world.

“His legacy has always been prioritising Namibia under the banner 'Namibia first'. His legacy was One Namibia, One Nation in practice, not in theory. His legacy was for all of us to always build and not destroy Namibia. “We as the NCCI northern branch shall therefore be directed to make sure that the legacy of this brave and very senior traditional steward must always live on, through the economic empowerment of all our members,” Indji added.

Agra CEO Arnold Klein said King Elifas was one of the pioneers behind the establishment of Agra's Oshivelo branch in 2012.

Klein said Elifas was instrumental in getting the project off the ground and making it a success.

“The Namibian nation has lost a key figure, a man of gravity and a great unifier, who dedicated his entire life to serving others.

“King Elifas was a remarkable king, who dedicated his entire life to the betterment of the country, and specifically the Ondonga community. His wisdom and devotion was an enduring source of strength and comfort for the people in his kingdom,” said Klein.

“The nation has lost a leader who was close to his people, a bearer of peace, unity and prosperity. Our deepest condolences to all members of the royal family, the government and the people of Namibia. We honour his legacy and mourn his loss, alongside his family, friends, and the people of Namibia.”

ILENI NANDJATO

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