JOSEPH Ndeshipanda Kashea was on Saturday buried at Omugulugwombashe Memorial Shrine in the Omusati Region.
Kashea becomes the 11th of Namibia’s brave and gallant fighters of the country’s struggle for national liberation, after dying on 14 April at the age of 70, to be laid to rest at the shrine.
President Hage Geingob stated that Namibians remain grateful for Kashea’s immense sacrifice, courage, and devotion to his fellow Namibian brothers and sisters.
“He volunteered to fight for the freedom of his compatriots,” Geingob narrated, adding that Kashea has chosen the harder path in life, which is the path of resistance (against apartheid rule).
According to Geingob, Kashea joined the then vanguard liberation movement, Swapo, in 1968, at the time joining Swapo was tantamount to having a death wish.
Geingob pointed out that because of his bravery, Kashea experienced his first arrest at the age of 19, and due to his activities in Swapo, he faced expulsion from school, and his education was interrupted.
“Threat of arrest and even death did not deter Comrade Kashea from carrying out the duties of mobilization on the Homefront,” explained the Head of State.
However, Geingob urged the people of Namibia not to be self-seeking, but rather seek to uplift fellow Namibians, their respective communities, and the country.
Speaking during the memorial service at Kashea’s homestead at Okanghete village in the Omusati Region’s Outapi Constituency on Friday, Founding President Sam Nujoma said Kashea went into exile in December 1976 after serving a two-year political prison sentence in Robben Island, South Africa.
Nujoma indicated that Kashea received his basic military training in Zambia that year, he was later posted to the Eastern Front as a political commissar and was the only ex-Robben Island political prisoner who went to the front after his release from prisons.
He described him as a selfless freedom fighter, diplomat, and civil servant.
Kashea, also known amongst his comrades and peers as Jacob Hannai, upon his return home from exile served as an under-secretary at State House and as deputy permanent secretary at Home Affairs and Immigration Control from 2007 until his retirement from public service in 2013.