Prominent Educationist Passes On

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By Michael Liswaniso OPUWO A prominent retired educationist and founding regional director of education in the Caprivi region shortly after independence, Charles Matengu Sinvula, is no more. He died at his home village of Kabbe at the age of 63. Though the cause of his untimely death has not been clearly established, sources say he collapsed and died suddenly after a short illness. New Era was reliably informed that he died while taking a walk along a small road leading to his village, where he suddenly collapsed. A villager who was passing by, found his body late Tuesday afternoon. The memorial and funeral arrangements are being handled by the bereaved Sinvula family in Katima Mulilo. A close friend and family member, Kamwi Kabajani, the regional director of education for Kunene region, described Sinvula’s untimely death as a shock and a very big loss of a dedicated, strong personality who played an important role in uplifting educational developments in the Caprivi region and the country as a whole. The late Sinvula, a teacher by qualification, completed his primary and secondary education in the Caprivi. He did his tertiary education in Botswana as well as at the then Academy which was operational before independence on the grounds where the Polytechnic of Namibia stands today. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Sinvula, three children and eight grandchildren.