No State funeral for Kaura

Eba Kandovazu

THE family of late Katuutire Kaura says they will lay their hero to rest this Saturday at his village in Ongongombonde, some 20 kilometers outside Okakarara.

Kaura’s son Kaura Kaura said the family will give his father a dignified send off, although he was not accorded a State or heroes funeral. He revealed that Kaura succumbed to COVID-19 related complications. He passed-away on 22 January in the Roman Catholic

Hospital in Windhoek. He would have turned 81 this Thursday.

“On whether or not we are disappointed that he wasn’t accorded a state funeral, we leave that to the public – we are okay. These are personal decisions made by government and recommendation committees. There is not much you can do. How do you get disappointed? You can only continue. It is out of our control and we cannot dictate that. What we are planning is a safe send off for our old man and we are making sure as a family that he gets a dignified send off. If the government comes on board and proposes something, they will find us on the way, if not, we are happy,” Kaura Jr said.

Kaura was President of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), now the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) from 1998 to 2013. He joined the ruling SWAPO Party in November 2017.

He is survived by his wife, 12 siblings and 12 grandchildren.

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