Mburumba was a locomotive of independence – Tjiriange
17 June 2021 | Local News
Former attorney-general Ngarikutuke Tjiriange has described late politician Mburumba Kerina as a locomotive for Namibia’s independence.
Mburumba (89) died on Monday from Covid-19 in a Windhoek hospital.
“He was very active man, petitioning the United Nations. He was a locomotive on this issue. He was committed to the struggle of the country,” Tjiriange said.
Mburumba, he said, deserved recognition for the role he played in Namibia attaining its independence.
“He has to be given recognition for naming Namibia. He did a lot of things. He contributed tremendously to the liberation of Namibia and he must be praised for what he has done for the country. He did what he could do, what he did must be appreciated,” Tjiriange said.
Former NUDO parliamentarian Asser Mbai said Kerina played a big role in Namibia’s independence.
“He played a big role in Namibia’s independence. He contributed much to our independence and is an icon in our liberation struggle,” he said.
Former Gondwana Group CEO Manny Goldbeck, who is working on the late politician’s biography, described Mburumba as a special person.
“He touched many lives. He was very much guided until his passing by the late Hosea Kutako and Reverend Michael Scott.”
A documentary or biography about Kerina’s life was also expected to be released next year in June to mark his passing, Goldbeck said.
Mburumba was the co-founder of Swapo, NUDO and the Federal Convention of Namibia (FCN). While in Indonesia to further his studies, he coined the name Namib, which later led to the country’s adopted name at independence from South-West Africa.
After independence, Mburumba was a member of the Constituent Assembly, National Assembly and National Council.
He also authored the books ‘Namibia, the Making of a Nation’ and ‘Chief Hosea Kutako, the Chief and Legend’.
Born in Tsumeb and raised in Walvis Bay, he attended St Barnabas Anglican Church School, and with the help of Scott, was able to study in the United States in 1953 where he enrolled at the Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.