BIOGRAPHIES OF NAMIBIAN
in alphabetical order
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Ya-Otto, John Gwaniipupu
* in Namibia
John Gwaniipupu Ya-Otto was trained as a teacher. He was an early SWAPO member and was involved into the occurrences of the "Old Location Uprising" in Windhoek in December 1959. In 1961 he became SWAPO's Acting Secretary General in Windhoek (until 1966). 1965 he published (together with Helmut Kangulohi Angula) SWAPO's first publication, "Unity Wings". Ya Otto was arrested by the South Africans in 1966 and tried during the Pretoria Terrorism Trial in 1968. 1973 he was again arrested. Ya Otto went into exile via Angola in 1974. He served as SWAPO's Secretary of Labour in 1976. He chaired the internal SWAPO Commission in consequence of the 1976 "SWAPO Spy Crisis". 1979 he moved from Zambia to Angola and published the SWAPO trade union magazine "The Namibian Worker". 1989 he became Secretary General of the trade union Nation Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW).
RAW DATA: Chronology of Namibian History, 2003 (Dierks);
Yambeka was the daughter of Ondonga King Shikongo sha Kalulu.
Father: Shikomba sha Kalulu
Namibia National Archives Database