THE ancient knowledge of two old ladies from Tsumkwe, who dreamed of travelling to Germany to showcase their talents and skills with traditional African musical instruments were lost to the world forever when both died as a result of a car accident.
The 79-year-old Ciqae Nsauka the 70-year-old /Ui //Uce died during a motor vehicle accident on the road between Tsumkwe and Grootfontein on Tuesday while they were on their way to Windhoek to board a flight to Germany. A South African woman who accompanied the two older ladies also died as a result of the tragic incident.
One of the old ladies was the sister of the Deputy Minister of Marginalised People, Royal /Ui/o/oo, and the other was the wife of the Chief of the Ju/’hoansi Traditional Authority, Bobo Tsamkxao.
Deputy Minister /Ui/o/oo lamented the death of his family and said that the loss of the two ladies has saddened the community of Tsumkwe.
“At this stage it is not yet clear what exactly transpired or how the accident happened. We just received the news of the death of the three women,” he said.
The deputy minister indicated that he was on his way to Tsumkwe to ascertain the situation. He said funeral arrangements of the two old ladies will be made available at a later stage.
The speaker of the National Assembly Prof. Peter Katjivi called for a minute of silence in sympathy to the Deputy Minister and in honour of the death of the two old ladies who were going to carry ancient knowledge to the modern world.