Vice-president faints at Heroes Day commemoration in Tsumeb

03 Sep 2016 18:20pm
TSUMEB, 03 SEP (NAMPA) – Vice-president Nickey Iyambo fainted after addressing the community of Tsumeb at a belated Heroes Day’ commemoration event on Saturday.
Iyambo collapsed while seated shortly after the singing of the national anthem at the end of the gathering.
Oshikoto governor Henock Kankoshi, who also attended the commemoration, told Nampa afterwards that Iyambo was rushed to his hotel room where medical personnel from the Tsumeb Hospital helped to stabilise him.
“He is fine. He fainted because he had not eaten the whole morning,” Kankoshi said.
Iyambo was in Tsumeb to stand in for President Hage Geingob, who was scheduled to be the main speaker.
Councillor of the Tsumeb Constituency, Lebeus Tangeni Tobias told those present Geingob had other national engagements to attend to.
“Our president delegated our vice-president to address us on his behalf,” Tobias said.
Heroes’ Day commemorates the battle of Omugulugwombashe on 26 August 1966, when South African soldiers attacked People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) fighters, marking the start of Namibia’s liberation struggle.
President Geingob addressed the main Heroes Day Commemoration at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region last Friday.