President Hage Geingob, right, chats with Theo-Ben Gurirab, left (Pic. The Namibian)

WINDHOEK – Sympathizers continue to pay tribute to the late former Speaker of the NAMIBIA National Assembly, THEO-BEN GURIRAB.

Retired Commissioner for Refugees, NKRUMAH MUSHELENGA, and Land Reform Minister UTONI NUJOMA have commended the character of the late GURIRAB.

NBC News says they have described him as a fearless political commander, a strategist and an uncorrupted politician.

It says the TWO politicians have paid their tribute to the fallen diplomat at a night vigil held at his home this TUESDAY in the capital, WINDHOEK.

Retired Commissioner MUSHELENGA has challenged the current generation to emulate the example of the late GURIRAB, in order to advance the NAMIBIAN cause for economic freedom.

On his part, Minister NUJOMA says Mr GURIRAB was a fearless freedom fighter and diplomat, who defended the national agenda at international fora.

He says he got to know the late politician through his father, former President SAM NUJOMA, as both leaders were close confidants.

Meanwhile, the diplomatic community in NAMIBIA says it has lost a go-to-person on global issues, the late GURIRAB, whose contributions will be missed in the world relations field.

NBC News says the diplomatic corps have offered their condolences to the family of the late GURIRAB.

It quotes the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, ANASTAS KABOBA WA KIMBA, as saying even in retirement, the former Foreign Minister offered advice in the field.

He says it is now up to the youth to work tirelessly to protect and defend the reputation the late GURIRAB and others have carved locally and globally.

The national broadcaster says the authorities plan to hold a memorial service on FRIDAY at Parliament Gardens, before GURIRAB’s burial on SATURDAY at the Heroes’ Acre in WINDHOEK.

The late GURIRAB, born on 23 JANUARY 1938 in USAKOS area in the ERONGO Region, obtained a teaching diploma in 1960 from the AUGUSTINEUM Training College in OKAHANDJA.

FOUR years later in 1964, he graduated with a degree in political science from TEMPLE University in PENNSYLVANIA while in exile in the UNITED STATES.

The late GURIRAB served as Associate Representative of the SWAPO Mission to UN and the UNITED STATES from 1964 to 1972, Head of the SWAPO Mission to the UN from 1972 to 1986, and SWAPO Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 1986 to 1990.

Records show he was a member of the SWAPO Constituent Assembly immediately before independence from NOVEMBER 1989 to MARCH 1990, and was the key drafter of national Constitution.

The late NAMIBIAN politician was Foreign Affairs Minister from independence in 1990 until he became Prime Minister in 2002, and served as President of the UN General Assembly from 1999 to 2000./Sabanews/cam

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