President Hage Geingob has expressed sadness over the passing on of renowned author Jane Katjavivi. Jane died this morning aged 70. She was also the wife of National Assembly speaker Peter Katjavivi.
“I have learned with sadness this morning about the passing of Madam Jane Katjavivi, a dependable family friend and the wife of my dear brother, Comrade Peter Katjavivi, the Speaker of the National Assembly. Jane was helping out at the Swapooffice and became a steadfast supporter of freedom fighters during the liberation struggle,” Geingob said. “Therefore, she became one of us in advancing our fight for freedom and independence. After independence in 1990, as an accomplished author and passionate editor, Jane was instrumental in building Namibian literature and assisted many with editing manuscripts and documents. We will cherish the outstanding role she played in the development of language and the preservation of Namibian literature.” The head of state added Jane will be sorely missed by many, especially for “her gentle demeanor and willingness to offer assistance to those in need.”
“During this difficult hour of grief for the Katjavivi family, I extend on behalf of the Namibian people and Government, my wife Monica Geingos and my family, sincere condolences to my dear brother, Cde. Peter Katjavivi, the children and the entire bereaved family.May the soul of Madam Jane Katjavivi rest in eternal peace.”