RUNDU, 13 OCT – A memorial service to honor and celebrate the former Mayor of Rundu, Hilka Levi was held at Sikondo in the Kavango West Region yesterday.
Speaking during the service, Kavango East Governor, Samuel Mbambo said Levi lived her life for others.
“Real life is when you live for others and not yourself. It is in her profession as a nurse that she lived for others,” he said.
Nursing, he stated, is one of the professions that cannot be rewarded with money as they deal with the most precious possession of a human being, which is life.
Mbambo said politically, Levi also lived for others because as a young person full of energy and dreams, she left her family and the comfort of her home and country to join the liberation movement of Swapo.
“She indeed lived for others,” he stressed.
The governor said when Levi returned from exile, she continued to serve the people in different capacities.
Secretary-General of the Swapo Party, Sophia Shaningwa, in a speech read on her behalf said Levi joined Swapo and registered herself in the ranks of fellow freedom fighters from Namibia who went into exile in Angola under the leadership of the party.
In 1977, Levi was stationed at the Cassinga refugee camp as a nurse, assisting and treating combatants who fell sick and were injured during combat.
The ruling party’s secretary-general said Levi was one of the survivors of the Cassinga massacre that took place on 04 May 1978 but that when she came back to Namibia, became a politician and a tireless community leader, who advocated for justice and freedom.
Shaningwa said Levi served the party in different capacities, which included being the Mayor of Rundu.
She was also honored with the liberation medal in 2003 and was a duly recognised veteran of the liberation struggle.
The memorial service was attended by the governors of both Kavango regions as well as by the Swapo Party’s Deputy Secretary-General, Marco Hausiku.
Levi, who died on 28 September after a brief period of hospitalisation, was buried at Mupini in the Kavango West Region on today- NAMPA