Safety and security minister Albert Kawana has hailed the late Masubia chief for his selfless sacrifices to better the livelihoods of residents in the region and pushing for unity.
Munitenge Kisco Maiba Liswani III was buried at his home village of Ibozu Lya Nsala in Ngoma’s Katima Rural on Thursday.
The traditional authority announced the chief died after a short illness on Wednesday.
In accordance with the Masubia tradition, the chief’s death should be announced only after he has been laid to rest, which must take place within 24 hours after the death.
Therefore, the chief was laid to rest on Thursday in the presence of a limited number of royal family members and few indunas (village headmen).
“Our beloved chief will be remembered for his patriotism. He established the Masubia Trust Fund, whose main objective is to financially assist learners from poor households without regard to tribal affiliation,” said Kawana.
Kawana also celebrated the late chief for having promoted the Masubia cultural festival, which became one of the most popular events in the Zambezi region in July – annually.
Thousands of people across Namibia used to attend the annual festival before it was interrupted by Covid-19.
“Guests of honour at the festival included our current President [Geingob], the founding president [Sam Nujoma], the former president [Hifikepunye Pohamba], the Litunga of Barotseland, chiefs from neighbouring countries, chiefs within Namibia, ministers, members of parliament, diplomats and other prominent personalities,” Kawana said.
Furthermore, Liswani III has been hailed for having encouraged cultural performances from other communities such as Oshiwambo, which became very popular at the festival and from neighbouring countries.
“Thousands of SMEs had an opportunity to earn a become at the festival. He is simply a hero,” he said.
Kawana extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, the Masubia traditional authority, the Masubia community, the residents of the Zambezi region and the entire Namibian nation for the passing of the chief.
Albius Kamwi, who is the Ngambela (prime minister) of Masubia traditional authority, said on NBC: “We have lost a great man. A dark cloud hangs around us in the region and also in the country at large”.
Kamwi called on all the Masubia subjects to remain calm until a replacement is done by the royal family.
Liswani III was coronated as chief in 1996.