By: Kelvin Chiringa
The departed long time Swapo stalwart, Kazenambo Kazenambo’s remains are set to be laid to rest this Saturday at Okapuka farm in the Khomas region.
The Botswana-born firebrand politician passed away on the 17th of August 2021 following COVID-19 complications, at the age of 58.
His life has been celebrated in various eulogies which described him as man that sought to unite tribes, stood for his convictions, and was dedicated to the course of restorative justice.
Kazenambo has been described as a family man who valued education and self-sustenance.
The only son to his parents, his mother died a few months after he was born before he was raised by his grandmother.
Kazenambo’s political awakening developed in the refugee community of Namibians in Botswana.
He was given over to Ambassador Leonard Ipumbu who saw him through to Angola to commence his activity with the PLAN fighters.
Higher education minister, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, a paternal cousin to Kazenambo said he was proponent of proponent of equality and justice all his life.
“Kazenambo was very resourceful and supportive to many, to his children, his family, relatives, to friends and even to strangers. He initiated projects and programs in Namibia and beyond. He was a mentor and advisor to many in Namibia and beyond.
“He supported relatives and friends through education and employment. He was a true nationalist whose influence and ideas transcended family and tribal lines. He lived the life of a true and proud Namibian who believed that critical thinking developed independent thoughts and ideas that are needed for social progression and development,” she said.
Leader of the official opposition, McHenry Venaani described him as a shrewd businessman who was into property development.
He recalled him as a tough negotiator who did not mix business and politics and who relations went beyond partisan lines.
Venaani said Kazenambo spoke to him about national leadership during the time he was sick.
Kazenambo clashed horns with government over the Nam-Germany genocide deal and was in the process of petitioning the United Nations.
“We must not just offer eulogies and tributes. Instead, we must celebrate the life of a man who loved and fought quite literally with every fibre of his being. We mourn the passing of a dear father, a colleague, a compatriot and quite frankly, a national hero,” he said.
The weekend burial event at Okapuka farm will see the arrival of family members in the morning while his casket will arrive by 08h30.