By Eliaser Ndeyanale
“My generation has done its part as elders, and young ones should not face each other but should face affecting them warning them not to go to war because it was not easy during liberation struggle.” These were the late Lotto Kuushomwa’s words to youthful Outjo constituency councillor Antsino Johannes when the two visited the Independence memorial museum in Windhoek on Saturday.
Two days later, Antsino would hear him take his last breath when Kuushomwa, councillor for Oshakati East constituency fainted in the National Council chambers on Monday this week. Kuushomwa was certified dead upon arrival at Catholic hospital.
“I was part of the people who picked him up when he collapsed in the National Council and put him in a car that took him to the hospital,” he said. That was his last moment with him.
His emphasis is that we should build our country and we should work together because we can’t charge the past.
“He was well on Saturday. He was not showing in sign of sickness,” he said.
He said that when they visited the museum, they used the stairs when they visited different parts of the museum, instead of the elevator.
“I was shattered, when I heard that he died. In fact I cried. He was humble, loving, friend to all poor or rich, he was a peaceful and guided me a lot,” said Atsino who first met Kuushomwa in 2015.
Kuushomwa died on Monday when he collapsed in the National Council. According to chairperson of the National council, Mensah-Williams’ statement, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Roman Catholic Hospital.
Mensah-Williams said Kuushomwa leaves behind a legacy of service to the nation through his role in parliament.
“It is with sadness that I announce [his] untimely passing,” she wrote.
It was reported this week that Kuushomwa suffered a stroke last year, but did not complain of any pain before he collapsed this week.
It was further reported that a National council member Joyce Nangula Namuhuja, who is a nurse by profession, gave Kuushomwa cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before he was rushed to hospital.
“The doctor tried, but unfortunately he did not make it,” Mensah-Williams said, adding that Kuushomwa had told her last week that he was fine.
Kuushomwa, who became the Oshana East councillor in 2010, was a former Plan combatant, a retired helicopter flight lieutenant and the previous chairperson of the Oshana Regional Council.