Open letter to President Hage Geingob

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Dear President Hage Geingob,

Permit me to extend to you and [your] loved ones felicitations and best wishes for the new year.
Mr President, I penned this request to you knowing my place in our parliamentary democracy, that I am fully aware that there is no co-governance and never was I under that illusion.

Whereas the prerogative and powers to confer funeral status lies within the powers and precinct of the highest office in the land of which you are the occupant.

Having noted that at instances important gallant leaders of our society are omitted to be given due recognition for the labour they invested in the growth of our people and society.

Thus requesting your great office to confer a State funeral to Chief David Frederick of the !Aman people. The departed Chief has served the people of Namibia in general and the southern community with great unparalleled distinction and honour.

He pioneered a culture of self-worth amongst his people and beyond. He was an ardent fighter for freedom and in post-independence was a voice of reason in fair distribution and access to equitable land reform.
He further pioneered and fought for restorative justice of his people that suffered an inhumane genocide during 1904-1908, where he galvanised the Nama communities in this course.

Chief Frederick played a catalyst role in the church where he worked to establish the AME Church around Namibia which was an instrument that fought colonialism and oppression.

That these credentials amongst many in my opinion warrant him to deserve a national send-off for the sweat that dropped through his labour.

It is my fervent wish that President Geingob will consider this request favourable.
Mr President, accept my highest assurances in this matter.

Sincerely yours, President of Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani

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