A veteran of the liberation struggle, Paulus Dumeni, was buried at the Eenhana Omafo cemetery in Ohangwena Region.

He was conferred an official funeral by President Geingob, who described him as a compassionate person and a useful man of purpose.

Dumeni was born in 1946 and died on May 8, 2023, at Engela district hospital in the Ohangwena Region.

The late Dumeni began his revolutionary activities at a young age when he joined the Swapo Party in 1960.

Subsequently, he was entrusted with the responsibility of transporting a group of Namibians from Omafo to Oshandi village to join the liberation movement.

He then became a mobilizer, organiser, and facilitator, assisting in the transportation of fellow comrades across the border to join the liberation struggle.

His home became a gathering point and a safe haven for PLAN combatants, who were provided with food, shelter, and clothing by Dumeni.

PLAN combatants would launch their operations from Dumeni's house and store their weapons there, picking them up before launching attacks against enemy forces.

President Geingob's message of condolences was delivered on his behalf by Ohangwena Governor Walde Ndevashiya.

Swapo Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa described Dumeni as an exemplary anti-apartheid activist, a freedom fighter, and a prominent community leader.

In his message of condolences, former President Hifikepunye Pohamba expressed his heartfelt wishes for strength and solace to the family as they bid farewell to Dumeni.

Additionally, Founding President Sam Nujoma sent a message of condolences, which was delivered on his behalf.

Dumeni is survived by his wife and 32 children.



Tonateni Haimbodi