OSHITAYI: Hundreds of mourners from across Namibia packed the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) Church at Oshitayi near Ondangwa to pay their last tributes to Reverend Titus Kasindani Ngula, who passed away recently.
Veterans’ Affairs Minister Dr Nickey Iyambo, Safety and Security Minister Nangolo Mbumba, Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Peya Mushelenga, Chief Justice Peter Shivute and his spouse Naomi were among the mourners.
The 86-year-old Ngula died of illness in a Windhoek hospital on 17 October this year.
He was ordained as reverend at Okahao by late ELCIN Bishop, Dr Nangolo Auala, on 03 October 1965, and started his religious career at Oshitayi, where he served until 1987.
In 1987, Ngula moved to the south of the country to serve among the mine workers at Oranjemund until 1992 when he reached retirement age.
Speaker after speaker described Ngula as a truthful and a brave clergyman, who strived to take the word of God to many individuals in his community, especially in and around the Oshitayi village.
Because of his honesty and desire to see the prevalence of justice in Namibia during the South African colonial oppression, Ngula joined the chorus of those who demanded justice for all Namibians.
This brought him in collision with the forces of the then colonial regime in Namibia, who ended up attacking his homestead at Oshitayi on several occasions.
Ngula was also labeled as collaborating with the guerillas of the South West Africa People’s Organisation (Swapo), arrested and held in political prisons at Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region and at Osire in the Otjozondjupa Region, where he was held for 11 months.
The Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs granted Ngula a liberation struggle veterans’ status.
Also speaking during the funeral service, Swapo-Party Secretary-General Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana expressed satisfaction that Ngula was approved and registered for the veterans’ benefits before his death.
However, Iivula-Ithana, at the same time, expressed disappointment that Ngula’s story of suffering at the hands of colonial forces remained untold until his death.
Ngula is survived by seven children, 29 grandchildren and 10 grand-grandchildren. His wife, Maria Shihenguti, died on 02 August last year.