Well-known medical doctor, Naftal Hamata, was buried at the Eenhana Memorial Shrine in Ohangwena Region.

Mourners first flocked to the Ongwediva Trade Fair Centers for his memorial service on Friday.

Speaker after speaker, in reminiscing on his life, described the late medical doctor as a selfless person whose contributions to Namibia, both pre-and post-independence, are worthy of applause.

President Geingob described the late Hamata as a fitting portrayal of a servant leader whose name shall remain anchored in the country's history.

"We will forever cherish in our hearts Comrade Hamata's invaluable contribution to the freedom of Namibia and the upliftment of our people. His self-sacrificing and passionate public service sense of justice, professional integrity, and dedication will serve as an inspirational example for future generations to emulate."

Both former Presidents Sam Nuuyoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba, in their speeches read on their behalf, described the late Dr. Hamata as a pioneer in the provision of quality medical assistance and primary health care.

Also speaking at the occasion was Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, one of his friends.

"He was a visionary professional, impact-driven in service, and a selfless mentor who was cautious in words and actions. He was a top-class COVID strategist of our time; he served Namibia with honor and distinction, especially when the country was at war."

His life journey ended on Saturday when mourners gathered at the Eenhana Shrine in Ohangwena Region to give him a colorful send-off.

The late Dr. Hamata died on the first of March at Ongwediva Medipark, aged 78.

Dr. Hamata is remembered for his contribution during the liberation struggle, providing medical assistance to wounded Plan combatants and at Onamishu Village in the Ohangwena Region.

After independence, the renowned medical doctor served in various portfolios, including as Medical Superintendent at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital and as Regional Director of Health and Social Services in Oshana.

Hamata's political credentials date back to 1959 when he joined the Ovambo People's Organization through the late Mzee Kaukungwa. 

Hamata, who is the 15th liberation stalwart to be buried at Eenhana Memorial Shrine, is survived by his wife and three children.

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New Era Newspaper
Luqman Cloete