Chief Kooitjie to rest among family

07 February 2019 | Local News

NAMPA

The late chief of the #Aonin (Topnaar) Traditional Authority and chairperson of the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA), Gaob Seth Madawa Kooitjie, will be laid to rest on 16 February.

In an interview, the late chief’s personal assistant, Justine Kuiseb Delta, said Kooitjie will be buried at Farm Soutrivier, about 30 kilometres from his home village, where his parents and other family members are buried.

Soutrivier is situated approximately 95 kilometres from Walvis Bay on the D1983 road.

“We are expecting mourners from all corners of Namibia as well as from abroad, who are expected to arrive as from 10 February in order to attend the late chief’s memorial and funeral services,” Delta added.

The first memorial service will be held at 18:00 on 10 February at Kooitjie’s home in Narraville, Walvis Bay, followed by another one on 14 February, which will be held at the Narraville Rugby Field at 19:00.

“An overnight wake is also expected to take place at Chief Kooitjie’s homestead in Homeb on 15 February at 19:00, before the funeral church service on Saturday.”

Homeb is situated approximately 125 km from Walvis Bay.

Chief Kooitjie died of an asthma attack close to midnight on 24 January.

He succeeded his father Esau Saneseb Kooitjie as chief in 1980 and served as the NTLA chairperson until his passing.

The late chief orchestrated and oversaw many successful coronations of various Nama chiefs.

He is survived by his wife Diane, three children - Len, Claudia and Luciano - as well as five grandchildren.

He was 65 years old.

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