THE memorial service of Dirk Mudge, who died on 26 August 2020 while he was admitted to the Windhoek MediClinic with a severe case of pneumonia, took place today in the Capital at the Lutheran Church in Eros.
During a small and intimate service attended by family and close friends, Christine Hugo, the granddaughter of the late Dirk Mudge, said her grandfather will be remembered as a loving person and a politician who contributed immensely to the establishment of an independent Namibia.
Mudge was a member of the Constituent Assembly, which was responsible for writing the Namibian Constitution after the elections in 1989 that led to the country’s independence. He was also part of Namibia’s first National Assembly and served the country until he retired in 1993.
Mudge was a founder of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), the forerunner of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), in 1977 and served as chairman of the party and leader of controversial internal governments through much of the 1980s, before Namibia attained independence.
Mudge was also the founder of Democratic Media Holdings which, amongst others, published Namibia’s Afrikaans newspaper, Republikein.