PRESIDENT Hage G. Geingob has expressed his condolences to the Kaura and Mbuende families following the death of Katuutire Kaura, a veteran politician who died on Sunday, aged 80 years.
In his message of condolences, President Geingob says he has learned with great “sadness during this hour of grief, on behalf of the people and government of the Republic of Namibia.”
He further conveys his sincere condolences to his wife, Vicky Kaura, his children, the Kaura and Mbuende families. “May you find comfort and solace in the Lord and May the Soul of the Late Katuutire Kaura Rest in Eternal Peace,” Geingob adds.
In this difficult time, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) too expressed its condolences to Vicky and children, and his entire family, remembering him as a political instructor, a lawmaker, a farmer, an encyclopedia, and a scholar.
Meanwhile, Mchenri Venaani remembered his predecessor Kaura as a “colossal giant,” an academic, legislator, historian, walking encyclopedia, and a farmer who was an avid horse rider, with great sadness.
“We commiserate with the wife Vicky and children on the loss of this colossal giant. I am deeply wounded in this hour of bereavement,” he wails.
Kaura was a Namibian politician who served as the President of the Democratic Turn Halle Alliance (DTA) from 1998 to 2013 and as the official Leader of the Opposition from 2000 to 2005. During his time as the DTA’s leader, he made significant contributions to the country’s political scene.
In addition, as the official Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, and later as Special Advisor to the Governor of the Kunene Region, he would be remembered for his contributions to Namibia’s socioeconomic development.
In 2017 late Kaura joined SWAPO after which Geingob appointed him Special Advisor to the late Angelika Muharukua, then Governor of the Kunene Region but hwo is now late.
He was born on February 3, 1941, in Ombujondjupa, Otjozondjupa Region, and graduated from Augustineum Secondary School in 1962 with a Grade 12 certificate. In 1971, he went on to Long Island University in New York to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, which he followed up with a Master of Science in 1973.
In 1977, Kaura obtained a Master of Education from Columbia University in New York, and a year later, he was accepted as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate at the same institution.