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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:45 - Updated Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:45

Cunene awaits statue of King Mandume

Ondjiva - Four years after the announcement of the construction of statue of King Mandume-ya-Ndemufayo, the base where the sovereign figure of the Kwanhamas will be installed still remains empty, awaiting the arrival of the statue, Angop has said.

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Ondjiva Square, where the King Mandume statues will be installed

Photo: José Cachiva

According to the source, the Ministry of Culture and the Provincial Government of Cunene are discussing the cost incurred in transporting the piece from Spain to Angola, without further details.

The six-meter high and four-wide bronze-plated figure portrays the king mounted on a white horse wielding weapon in his right hand.

The statue symbolizes the guerrilla against the Portuguese colonial rule.

The statue will be placed in the centre city’s Ondjiva Square, where the King Mandume installed his Embala (Royal Palace).

The move is meant to dignify the sovereign by the dedication, commitment and contribution to the liberation of the country from the colonial yoke.

Born in 1892 in Embulunganga locality, Kwanhama, Mandume ascended to the throne at the age of 20 years old.

He reigned between 1911 and 1917 in the 20th century as supreme head of the Kwanhama tribe.

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