Liberation fighter, Petrus Iilonga dies


Labour activist and liberation warfighter, Petrus Iilonga has died, Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaaningwa confirmed.


Iilonga deputised in the ministries of, agriculture, water and forestry, labour and social welfare and also served a short time at environment and tourism.


President Hage Geingob expressed his condolences on his Twitter handle describing him as having immensely contributed to the struggle.


“I have learned with sadness about (the) passing of Cde Peter Ilonga. Cde. Iilonga led workers in their immense contribution to the liberation of Namibia. His work as a member of the executive is widely appreciated. Sympathies to family, comrades, and friends. May his soul Rest in Peace,” said the President.


Shaningwa has also expressed her condolences on behalf of the party and summed up Ilonga’s political career as that of a man given a mission which he has now finished.


Iilonga was a famous labour activist, an ex-PLAN fighter and former trade unionist who served for 12 years as the secretary general of the Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu).


“From the Swapo party’s rank and file we are expressing our sincere condolences to the family, to the widow and the children and to the whole nation. Petrus Iilonga is a freedom fighter.”


“He was sent on a mission called a mission of no return. That means they were given a mission to accomplish, you go and either you come back alive or you die there, (but) the mission must be accomplished. That is something that we are taking on as we talk of comrade Petrus Iilonga.”


“We remember comrade Petrus Iilonga as a vocal politician, a person who could always talk for the people on the ground, of course as a unionist we remember him as a fighter for the workers. We shall always cherish his rich history, and his contribution towards the liberation of our country will never be forgotten,” said Shaningwa in an exclusive interview with The Villager.