Kavango regional governor no more
The governor was booked in at a Bed and Breakfast facility at the Northern town after attending the commemoration of Mandume Day at the Omhedi Palace also in Ohangwena on Saturday. He was due to join President Hifikepunye Pohamba and many others at the official inauguration of the Ongwediva Fresh Produce Business Hub yesterday morning.
It is suspected that Nekaro fell ill on Sunday as his unidentified official driver allegedly found him weak and frail.
“I am told that Nekaro’s driver found him weak and could not stand on his feet. The driver, with the assistance of another person, managed to pick the governor up and put him in the car. But he died on his way to the hospital,” Kawana said. By the time of going to press last night Namibian Sun could not establish the exact cause of his death.
Sources close to Nekaro said last week Friday Nekaro looked frail but put up a brave face at the inauguration of the Rundu Fresh Produce Business Hub by Pohamba.
“The news of his death was received with dismay and pain. Nekaro was a people’s person. He was not moved by his status as governor. Nekaro was friendly with everyone he met in office or street. He will be greatly missed,” the source said. Nekaro was appointed governor by the Head of State in December 2010, a position he served in until his death.
Prior to his appointment as the political head of Kavango, Nekaro served as deputy director of finance at Ohangwena Regional Council, while he also served as mayor of Rundu from between 1997 and 2003. He completed his matric at Rundu Secondary School enrolling at South African tertiary institutions. He studied at the University of Fort Hare, University of South Africa (Unisa) as well as the University of Western where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) and Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil).
Nekaro’s death comes three days after the death of Grootfontein Regional Councillor Bromeus Bollo Matheus who died at Ongwediva Medical Park on Friday after a short illness.
Matheus was elected as Grootfontein regional councillor in 2010 on a Swapo ticket.