STAFF WRITER

THE fact that Marco Hausiku died on Heroes Day, 26 August 2021 is not a coincidence but a clear marker of his outstanding contributions to the liberation struggle and the development of an independent Namibia.

This was said by President Hage Geingob when he visited Hausiku’s residence to pay his condolences to the family on Monday.

Geingob told the family the government had decided to confer on Haufiku the honour of a hero’s funeral. The family accepted the honour.

“Under the powers vested in the President by article 32(3)(h) of the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, read together with section 3(1) of the Conferment of National Honours Act, 2012 (Act No. 11 of 2012), His Excellency Dr Hage G. Geingob confers on the late Marco Hausiku the honour of a Hero Funeral,” said a statement issued by Presidential spokesperson Alfredo hengari on Monday.

Haufiku, who was born on 25 November 1953, died on 26 August 2021.

In his message of condolences to the family, President Geingob said: “The passing of Cde Marco Hausiku, a highly dependable freedom fighter and disciplined servant of the Namibian people and the SWAPO Party is devastating. The fact that Comrade Marco Hausiku died on Heroes Day, 26 August 2021 is not a coincidence. It is a clear marker of his outstanding contributions to our liberation struggle and the development of an independent Namibia.

“I extend on behalf of the government and the SWAPO Party sincere condolences to his wife, the children, family and comrades,” Geingob said.

The late Hausiku, a leading freedom fighter for the independence of Namibia, was the Deputy Secretary-General of the SWAPO Party at the time of his death, said the President.

In addition to several ministerial assignments from 1990, he also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2010 and Deputy Prime Minister from 2010 to 2014.

Late Hausiku was also the Rector of the SWAPO Party School from 2016.