The Secretary of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority, Unotjari Katjimune has confirmed that
the Acting Paramount Chief of the Ovaherero people, Chief Tumbee Tjombe passed on early this
morning at 1am.
The late Chief Tjombe who was admitted in the Windhoek Central Hospital on Friday died at the age
of 67 years old.
He was survived by his wife and children and according to Katjimune, the funeral arrangements are
yet to be determined although there is a possibility that the funeral will take place in Okahandja.
“We have not made any funeral arrangements yet because we need to consult the family but
chances are we he will be buried in a Okanhandja. A formal request has to be discussed with the
family” said Katjimune.
A fortnight ago the OvaHerero Chiefs Council reaffirmed Tumbee Tjombe as Acting the Chief
following the burial of the late Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako.
This reaffirmation was done during a meeting that took four days between OvaHerero leaders at the
Omusarakoumba village, about 20km from Okahandja.
The late Tjombe was expected to be the acting chief until the 22-24th of August during the
Ovaherero Senate meeting, during which a discussion on the duration of his Acting Chieftainship was
going that was going to take centre stage.
The tombstone unveiling of the late Chief Riruako was also slated for the same period.