President Hage Geingob has described the late liberation war heroine Angelika Muharukua as a selfless cadre whose qualities are now rare to find.
He said this at Muharukua’s funeral today.
"Comrade Muharukua was blessed with the gifts of selflessness, courage and valour, which are some of the core tenets of effective leadership. The key characteristics of a good leader include the ability to convey a sense of purpose in a selfless manner, and the ability to lead from the front, displaying robust moral and physical courage," the president said.
He said these are a few of the exemplary character traits that made Muharukua an outstanding leader.
The president also described her as a stalwart in her own right, who never shied away from communicating the fears, desires and needs of impoverished people.
He said she was the voice of the voiceless and took up the fight for those who did not have the means to fight.
"Such character is rare in today’s world, where true heroes are few and far between. It is therefore no surprise that since her departure from this life, there has been such a tremendous outpouring of grief and a celebration of a life lived in service to her countrywomen and countrymen," he said.
In the context of gender-equality and the equal participation of women in society, she was among the prominent torch bearers for female empowerment," he said.
"Through her tireless work within the Kunene region and beyond, she exemplified the important role that our women play in the process of nation building. She had a maternal tenacity which was respected, even by her detractors," the president added.