KATIMA MULILO - An inspector of education in Caprivi Region, Villem Mubita Chaka (51) who died in a motor vehicle accident recently on the outskirts of the town was laid to rest at the village of Iseke last Friday, about 60 kilometres east of Katima Mulilo.
Scores of mourners gathered at Iseke to pay their last respects to the late Chaka. Chaka was described by both friends and relatives as an extrovert whose commitment to education would be sorely missed.
Caprivi Governor Lawrence Sampofu echoed the same sentiments. “During his lifetime, he devoted most of his time to educating the young people of this region. We continue celebrating the achievements he has made in the education sector. It really saddens my heart when we lose people of such calibre at a time when we are working towards developing this region,” Sampofu told mourners.
The deputy director of education in Caprivi Region, Austin Samupwa, acknowledged Chaka’s immense contribution to education, having served the ministry of education for a period spanning over 20 years.
“Late Villem contributed to numerable research publications in education. We witnessed his contribution in the draft of the clustering system. Chaka was also among the few inspectors selected on merit to serve as team leaders for the national external school evaluation,” said Samupwa. Chaka joined the Ministry of Education in 1984 and rose through the ranks, and at the time of his death, Chaka was an inspector of education overseeing the Cinchimane circuit. He died en-route to his duty station of Cinchimane when his vehicle, in which he was the sole occupant, veered off the Chefuzwe road and overturned on the outskirts of Katima Mulilo.
Among the dignitaries who paid their last respects was Chief Regional Officer, Regina Lubinda Ndopu, Chairperson of the Regional Council, Raphael Mbala, Regional Commander of the Namibian Police, Bollen Sankwasa, Acting CEO of the Katima Mulilo Town Council, Charles Nawa, Deputy Mayor Esther Sankwasa, as well as a number of regional and local authority councillors. Chaka is survived by his wife Edith and two girls Thandiwe and Namakau, and a boy, Simon.