Namibian business icon, Aron Mushimba died in a Cape Town hospital on Sunday morning, aged 67.
Mushimba was a very prominent Namibian businessman, and also a brother-in-law of founding President Dr Sam Nujoma - he was the younger brother of former First Lady Kovambo Nujoma.
Confirming Mushimba’s death to Nampa on Sunday, the family’s spokesperson Utoni Nujoma said the late Mushimba was admitted three weeks ago in a Cape Town hospital for an operation.
He said after the operation, Mushimba ‘picked up an infection’ which ultimately caused his death.
Nujoma said funeral arrangements will be discussed when Mushimba’s wife arrives back in the country from Cape Town, South Africa.
Utoni described his late uncle as a freedom fighter, a political activist and business icon.
“We have lost a committed cadre and a very difficult person to replace,” he said.
Mushimba went into exile as a freedom fighter in the late 1970s and came back to Namibia only in 1989 to participate in the United Nations-supervised elections.
While in exile, Mushimba was a Swapo Party representative in Angola, Zambia and Senegal during the liberation struggle.
After independence in 1990, the late Mushimba decided to go into business and he was involved in mining, catering, construction and also in the financial service sector.
Aron Mushimba has left behind four kids and two siblings.