Family and friends joined National Council Members of Parliament and staff to bid farewell to the late Hon. Lotto Kuushomwa (MP)
|Story by Pamela Mate
Earlier today (28 May 2019), family and friends of the late Member of Parliament, Hon. Lotto Kuushomwa joined National Council MPs and staff to bid farewell and celebrate the life of National Council MP and former Oshakati East Constituency Councillor who passed away tragically yesterday.
At the occasion, which took place in the National Council Chamber, the Chairperson of the National Council, Hon. Margaret Mensah-Williams described the mood as sombre and remarked that the voice and presence of late Kuushomwa will be dearly missed. “Today is indeed a sombre day, as we have gathered here to remember and mourn the passing of a dear comrade and loyal Member of this August House” said Mensah-Williams”.
Hon. Kuushomwa was a seasoned Councilor for Oshakati East Constituency where he served for 9 years before joining the 5th National Council in December 2015. Before his appointment to parliament, he was the SWAPO-Party Regional and Information Officer for Oshana Region as well as the Chairperson of the Oshana Regional Council Management Committee. This is a clear demonstration of an illustrious and selfless dedication to serve and to do so in various capacities.
Hon. Kuushomwa was born on the 3rd of March 1960 and completed his Grade 12 secondary education. He joined Swapo in 1978 at Otjiwarongo and until 1980 worked as an underground officer in the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) before going into exile in 1980. Thereafter, he obtained a piloting license in Libya during his time serving in the country’s liberation armed struggle where he was a Retired Flight Lieutenant Chopper Pilot. The late Kuushomwa received military training at Tobias Hainyeko Training Center before returning to Namibia at the dawn of Independence in 1989. Many have described Hon. Kuushomwa as a hardworking, humble and a dependable cadre and this sentiment was echoed by all at the National Council.
The late Kuushomwa joined the National Council in 2015 and it is from here where he departed to his final resting place. In his closing remarks, National Council Vice-Chairperson, Hon. Bernard Sibalatani thanked the late Kuushomwa for his selfless service, noting that in true fashion, a soldier never dies at home, but on the battlefield. And therefore, Hon. Kuushomwa fought to the very end. He lived and died in service to Namibia, first as a veteran of the liberation struggle, and for his final battle, in his quest to bring about socio-economic upliftment and freedom to Namibia in his role as Member of the Namibian Parliament. The National Council hereby bids farewell to a true soldier, a committed Member of the National Council, a trusted cadre, a humble servant, and loyal son of the soil. Our sincere condolences to his family and his children. May the soul of Hon. Lotto Kuushomwa rest in eternal peace.