Cde ya Toivo was not only a founder member of SWAPO and a pioneer of the struggle for Namibia's independence. He was an indefatigable freedom fighter, a pillar of strength, and a political rock that exuded a spirit of gallantry, fortitude and selfless leadership. He belongs to a galaxy of selfless martyrs, a generation of principled, dependable and militant leaders of Namibia's liberation struggle.
To millions of people, both inside and outside Namibia, he was more than just a man. He was a symbol of the struggle for freedom, justice, equality, and dignity not only in Namibia but throughout the world. His selfless sacrifices inspired freedom loving people in all corners of the world to relentlessly fight for justice, freedom and human progress. We have lost an iconic true servant of the people.
At the twilight of his life, he prophetically stated that "I depart from this earth a happy person because Namibia is free, and you that are left behind, have the duty to make it and not break it'. He leaves us with a legacy and great vision to attain greater wellbeing for our people.
On behalf of the SWAPO Party leadership and membership, I wish to convey our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to Mrs. Vicky ya Toivo, their twin daughters Mutaleni and Nashikoto, his sister Mrs. Ester Shikongo and brother Mr. Nestor ya Toivo and the entire ya Toivo family as well as all Namibians.
May his iconic legacy live on, and may his soul rest in eternal peace.
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