Tribute to comrade Andimba Herman Toivo Ya Toivo

16 June 2017 Author   Nangolo Mbumba
"We are Namibians and not South Africans. We do not now, and will not in the future recognize your right to govern us, to make laws for us, in which we had no say, to treat our country as if it was your property and as if you are our masters.
We have always regarded South Africa as intruders in our country. This is how we always felt and this is how we feel now, and it is on this basis that we faced this trial". These words and many other visionary statements of wisdom by the late Cde. Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo served as inspiration for the oppressed people of Namibia, the SADC region, and the international community to strive for freedom, peace, equality and human dignity.
The SWAPO Party leadership, members and supporters, and indeed Namibians from all walks of life and our fraternal friends world-wide received, with profound shock and deep grief, the sad news of the passing on of Cde ya Toivo.
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.
Nangolo Mbumba
Secretary General
Office of the Secretary
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Windhoek 9000


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