Tribute to the late Mathew Shikongo

Dear Editor,

Tate Matheusa Kristof Shikongo your departure is very painful yet you leaving a very inspiring legacy. We looked up to you as a modern businessperson in Katutura. Upon being elected together with many Swapo party progressive leaders as the first democratically-elected local leaders (Tate Ngatjizeko, Dr Finky, Meme Vivien to mention a few) to serve at local government in Windhoek and transform it to what we call today City of Windhoek (a term coined but with deep meaning) as unification of all Windhoek residents. I was honoured and privileged to join with other comrades as Executive Administrators to implement and execute the Swapo programme of transformation. I served a solid 10 years exiting as Chief Executive under the leadership of Tate Shikongo
These accomplishments were achieved during his leadership:
Abolishment of all apartheid policies giving way to equity in service provision of residents and employment opportunities.
Deliberate programme of uplifting Katutura and Khomasdal community infrastructure and informal settlements.
Tarring of streets and creating jobs for communities.
Installation of electricity in households and lighting up the township.
Construction of play parks across the city (Soweto Market & UN Plaza).
Construction of various community markets.
Establishment of the City Police.
Construction of old Katutura Stadium which is today known as Sam Nujoma stadium.
Construction of various incubation centres for our people.
There is so much to say about this great man, and his office was open and he listened to all irrespective of their political affiliation. He inspired us and encouraged us to work hard.
You have imparted wisdom and humility into us, we will miss you Tate Matheusa. You were more than a leader but also a friend. May your soul rest in eternal peace, till we meet again.
Salute Tate Matheusa.

* Martin Shipanga