The secretariat of the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) has learnt with deep shock and sadness of the demise of our dear friend and comrade, Mr. Gerson Mtendere, of the National Federation of People with Disabilities in Namibia (NFPDN), which is one of the ten national affiliates of SAFOD.
The passing away of Gerson remains a great loss to the disability movement in Namibia as well as in the Southern Africa region where he made great contributions towards the work of SAFOD. Gerson was a vibrant soft spoken young fearless disability activist who was always objective and analytical in his conversation. Indeed it is a privilege to say a few words celebrating Gerson’s life and sharing our sadness at his passing.
His amazing smile, engagement, honesty, directness and passion made the lives of those around him better, and built us up to achieve more that we might ever have believed we were capable of. He helped marginalized Persons with Disabilities face up to realities that turned out to be mostly far less tough than they had believed them to be.
There is no denying the fact that we have lost a dedicated soldier in the disability movement. So let us remember an extraordinary life; a life more lived; and a life that made us better. Let is celebrate a life that will live on through the many people he influenced in his home country and abroad; through the families of those whose lives he lifted; and through the honest, open, passionate, realistic and ultimately inspiring way he carried himself.
Our hearts go out to his family in sympathy and support. And our deepest condolences to all his comrades in NFPDN.
May his Soul Rest in Peace!