13 Sep 2013 06:50
WINDHOEK, 13 SEP (NAMPA) Mourners from all walks of life packed the St Marys Roman Catholic Cathedral on Thursday evening to pay their last respects to the late Raphael Nakare Dinyando.
Dinyando was Namibias Ambassador to Austria until his death on 04 September this year to cancer.
He passed away in a Vienna hospital in Austria at the age of 53
Among the dignitaries who attended the memorial service were the Head of State Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba; First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba; Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob; Chief Justice Peter Shivute, Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab; Deputy Chairperson of the National Council Margareth Mensah-Williams; and several Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers.
In his message of condolences, Pohamba described the late ambassador as a leader, comrade, patriot, loyal friend, loving husband and father.
Dinyando participated in Namibias liberation struggle, and in the post-independence era he served the nation in different capacities.
We are therefore saddened by the untimely death of this compatriot who served our nation with a great sense of dedication, selflessness and commitment for many years, Pohamba said.
The Head of State said he was touched to learn that Dinyando did his best to carry out his duties as Namibias ambassador to Austria, even at the time when his physical health had deteriorated, adding that it showed his patriotism to his country.
As we say goodbye, we are consoled by the legacy of hard work and dedication that Comrade Raphael Dinyando leaves behind. We are consoled by the knowledge that throughout his life, he did his best to bring about positive change in our country and the wellbeing of our people.
This is a legacy worth emulating, especially by our youth, Pohamba pointed out.
To the widow, children and rest of the family, the Namibian leader said their sorrow, pain and loss are shared.
We wish you solace, strength and consolation on the untimely passing of your beloved husband, father, brother, friend and comrade, he said.
Dinyando is survived by his spouse Berta Nyambe Dinynado and five children.
His remains arrived in Namibia on Thursday.
Another memorial service will be held on Friday at the Rundu Sports Stadium, before his burial on Saturday at Divundu in the Kavango East Region.