Messages of condolences continue to pour in from government officials as the nation come to terms with the sudden departure of former gender minister Rosalia Nghidinwa who passed away Monday morning at the Roman Catholic Hospital.
“Her death is a tragedy to the Namibians and not only for her family and her community but also a loss to the Swapo party through which she put her immense contribution to the liberation of the country. We are deeply saddened and her contribution to the liberation of the country has been valuable,” said Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
The prime Minister has also reached out to the Nghidinwa family and has prayed that they get consolation from this loss.
She described her as very hard-working, thoughtful, committed and loyal to the country, party and government.
“She has always been putting her very best to whatever task that she could be given and she could deliver very good results. That is why her death is not only a loss to the family but it is also a loss to the country,” she added.
Home Affairs minister, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana who took over the ministerial reigns from Nghidinwa sounded devastated at the sudden death of her predecessor when she spoke with The Villager.
“I received this news this morning. Rosalia was not just somebody I succeeded. She was a friend, a close friend of mine and a comrade. We have shared sorrow and happy times together. I know she has left behind her children with no father and my heart is pouring out to her children.”
“Rosalia is a freedom fighter, a glorious one. Although she did not carry a gun like some of us did, but what Rosalia has done, has gone through the annals of this country as one of the valiant freedom fighters. So we have lost a leader. We have lost a community activist, a nurse by profession and compassionate somebody.”
“We will be missing Rosalia for a long long time to come because she has touched so many lives as a nurse, as a politician, as a community activist. My heart is broken.”
“I don’t even know what to say to the children. I know them all but up to this moment I can not pick the courage to speak to anyone of them because I just know how devastated they are. I am very far away from them. I wish I could be nearer to touch them. But I know the Almighty will wipe away their tears,” she said with a heavy heart.
Secretary to Cabinet, George Simataa also extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved family.
He described Nghidinwa as having been instrumental in the management of government and running ministerial affairs.
“Many of the systems we see today particularly at home affairs were originated and pioneered by Honourable Nghidinwa. So we will remember her for that and we really are very saddened by her death,” he said.
Swapo party Secretary General, Sophia Shaningwa has also sent her condolences to the entire region and family especially to her children.
“Honourable Nghidinwa was a very hardworking woman and she was a good listener too, she would listen first before anything. This is a blow to the region and to the entire SWAPO party. She was a down to earth woman and this is a great loss to all of us,” said the SG.