HH transferred to Windhoek
Ailing veteran politician, Hidipo Hamutenya, has been transferred from the Ongwediva MediPark Private Hospital to the Windhoek Central Hospital, the Windhoek Observer has learned.
The SWAPO stalwart has been in hospital for the past three weeks, after collapsing at a wedding reception at Onamutai village in the Oshana region.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer this week, his son, Kela Hamutenya, said his father is still in hospital where he is recovering.
“We are just waiting on the doctors to treat him. That should be enough to tell you,” he said.
Hamutenya was SWAPO’s Representative to the Americas from 1965 to 1972 and SWAPO Secretary for Education from 1974 to 1976.
He joined the SWAPO Politburo in August 1976, and was a founding member of the United Nations Institute for Namibia (UNIN) in Lusaka.
Prior to independence, he was a SWAPO member of the Constituent Assembly, which was in place from November 1989 to March 1990.
Hamutenya was a member of the Cabinet from independence in 1990 to 2004.
He was defeated in a bid for the SWAPO Party’s presidential nomination in 2004 and left the ruling party to form an opposition group, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), in 2007.
He was forced to step down as RDP president on 28 February 2015 and rejoined SWAPO on 28 August the same year.