15 Apr 2014 14:20pm
ONDANGWA, 15 APR (NAMPA) The body of the Namibias late Ambassador to Egypt and former Intelligence Chief, Andrew Intamba, was flown to the North on Monday for the first memorial service which was held at Uukwaluudhi in his home region of Omusati on Tuesday.
Intambas wife Johanna and retired Defence chief, Lieutenant-General Martin Shalli accompanied the body in a military aircraft from Windhoek to the Ondangwa Airport.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Joel Kaapanda, Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and King Shikongo Taapopi of Uukwaluudhi received Intambas body at the airport.
A long procession of vehicles, which included vehicles of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), followed behind the lead van which transported the body from Ondangwa to Intambas home village Tsandi in the Omusati Region for the memorial service.
Intamba, 67, died last Tuesday at the Rhino Park private hospital in Windhoek, and President Hifikepunye Pohamba conferred on him the status of a national hero.
Pohamba also directed that all flags in Namibia should be flown at half-mast for an official mourning period starting on Tuesday until Thursday, when the funeral will be held at the Heroes Acre in Windhoek.
The second memorial service will take place in Windhoek at Parliament Gardens on Wednesday.
Intamba, a former Central Intelligence Service director, was appointed Namibias Ambassador to Egypt in 2008.
He has been described, most notably by Pohamba, as a tested cadre who dedicated his youth to the Namibian liberation struggle as a combatant of the Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), Swapos former military wing.
In 2007, Pohamba conferred the honorary rank of Army Colonel on Intamba during the 31st commemoration of the launch of Namibias armed struggle for his contribution as a former PLAN Field Commander.