THE late King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas of the Ondonga Traditional Authority, who passed away in the Onandjokwe district hospital in the Oniipa town last month, will be buried Saturday in the historic Olukonda village where, traditionally, members of the Ondonga royal clan are laid to rest. Olukonda village is also home to the famous Nakambale museum and was the first permanent mission station of the Finnish missionaries who arrived in the north in the nineteenth century.
Elifas state funeral will be preceded by two separate memorial services at the late king’s Onamungundo palace.
The first memorial service is organised by the royal family and will take place Thursday while the state’s memorial service will be held Friday afternoon.
Late King Elifas, whose reign lasted 44 years, was one of the most loved nd longest serving monarchs of the Ondonga traditional community, but his influence was felt nationally. He was the chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders since it was established shortly after Namibia attained its independence.