With deep sadness I, Lukas Sinimbo Muha, Chairperson of the National Council, have learned of the passing of my comrade, friend and former National Council Member, late Comrade Ambrosius Kandjii, who passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, 8 June 2022 in Gobabis.
Late Comrade Kandjii was a Member of the National Council, Parliament of the Republic of Namibia for two consecutive terms on the ticket of the SWAPO Party, after his election as Regional Councillor for Katutura Central Constituency. During his first term, the late Honourable Member was the Vice Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Habitat. From 2015 – 2020 during his second and last term, he was the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender, Youth and Information Communication Technology. Late Comrade Kandjii was also a long serving representative of the Namibian Parliament at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a role he held from 2010 when he became a Member of the 4th National Council, until in 2020, which was the end of the end of term of the 5th National Council.
Late Comrade Kandjii will be remembered for his extraordinary contribution to the Namibian nation, both pre and post-independence. Late Comrade Kandjii was a revolutionary mobilizer who did not waiver in the face of adversity. He was firm and solid in his beliefs and convictions, and it was almost impossible to sway him from them. Here in the National Council, he will be remembered for his great debating skills and ability to dissect pieces of legislation on issues, particularly those pertaining to the socio-economic upliftment of the people. Late Comrade Kandjii was very passionate about the downtrodden and vulnerable, such as the elderly, the youth, the unemployed and the homeless. He dedicated much time and resources towards seeing a Katutura that was free of unemployment, hunger and crime, amongst many other social ills, and he brought the plight of his people up to national level, such that the Government Food Bank Program was piloted in his constituency. There are many such cases and examples of reference when we remember the work of the late Comrade Kandjii. The people of Katutura Central and the entire Nation have lost a true servant and hero of the people, the titles he held in high esteem.
The late Comrade Kandjii joined politics at the tender age of 16 in 1986 under the Swapo Party where he was profoundly involved in the student movement and uprisings at the time. At Independence, he became the Namibia National Student Organization (NANSO) Regional Treasurer and later, it’s Chairperson. Late Comrade Kandjii would go on to wear many political hats under the Swapo Party. Later, in the years from 1996 to 2002, he became a Member of the SWAPO Youth League, after which he became a SWAPO Youth League Executive Committee Member until 2008. Outside politics, late Comrade Kandjii was an avid boxer, and served in various capacities in the development of boxing in Namibia.
He has indeed lived a life of service, and the impact of all his work will be felt by generations to come.
Please accept, on behalf of myself, National Council Members of Parliament, Management and staff, as well Parliament as a whole, our warmest wishes and deepest condolences for his family and dear ones. May God bless you and may his mercy be in abundance to you all. May He bring the comfort and healing needed during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rest in peace, power son of the soil. Rest in peace comrade. May God and your forefathers guide and show you the way to your eternal home, and may our Lord raise you up in his glory.
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Hon. Lukas Sinimbo Muha (MP)
Chairperson of the National Council
Parliament of the Republic of Namibia