Star of Education Finally Laid to Rest

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By Michael Liswaniso OPUWO All roads led to the Kabbe village in the flood-prone Kabbe constituency on Saturday when hundreds of mourners paid their last respects to a prominent retired educationist and founding regional director of education in the Caprivi region shortly after independence, Charles Matengu Sinvula. He died at the age of 63 and was laid to rest in his home village’s cemetery. Relatives, friends and colleagues described Sinvula’s untimely death as a shock, a big loss of a strong and hardworking personality who played a very active role in uplifting educational developments in the region and the country as a whole. Though it is still not clear what caused Sinvula’s untimely death and investigations are ongoing, New Era was, however, reliably informed that he suddenly collapsed and died whilst taking a walk along a small road leading to is village. He was found lying on the road by a villager who was passing by in the late afternoon hours of Tuesday, September 19. His memorial service was held on Friday at the massive hall of the Caprivi College of Education under the spiritual glow of the Roman Catholic Church. The late Sinvula, a teacher by profession, attended his primary and secondary education in the Caprivi. He did his tertiary education in Botswana as well as with the then Academy, which was operational before independence, on the grounds of today’s Polytechnic of Namibia. He is survived by his wife Theresa Sinvula, seven children and seven grandchildren. In our story of September 22, we stated that he was survived by three children and eight grandchildren. New Era regrets the error.