Ambassador Hanno Rumpf dies

10 Feb 2019 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia’s former ambassador to Germany and Swapo Party political activist Hanno Burkhard Rumpf is no more.
He died Friday evening.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah officially confirmed Rumpf’s death in a media statement availed to Nampa Sunday afternoon.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the entire Namibian people and her ministry’s staff have learned with profound sadness of the passing of the former ambassador and described him as a man of peace who dedicated his whole life to the well-being of all Namibians.
According to Nandi-Ndaitwah, Rumpf suffered ostracism by his friends when he fled the country in 1984 to join the liberation struggle in exile.
“He served Namibia and its people before the country obtained its political independence in 1990 and after independence with single-minded dedication and was a man of unbending principles,” she said.
She added that his bravery refused him to be conscripted into the then South African apartheid colonial army of occupation to fight against his own people.
Rumpf was a consummate diplomat and skilful negotiator who served Namibia with distinction as ambassador in Germany, with the concurrent accreditation to the Federal Republic of Austria and the United Nations in Vienna, she also said.
He further served as ambassador to the European Union in Brussels and the Benelux countries before retiring in 2015.
During his diplomatic tours, Rumpf endeared himself as a gentle giant, both intellectually and through the warmth of his caring character to his peers and interlocutors at all levels.
“Since his retirement in 2015, Rumpf continued to impart his vast knowledge and diplomatic expertise to the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation and served as a member of the Namibia Association of Retired Ambassadors until the time of his death.”
Nandi-Ndaitwah stressed the point that Rumpf will be remembered as a hardworking, friendly person whose dedication and commitment to his career contributed towards shaping Namibia’s diplomacy and international relations, particularly in strengthening bilateral relations between Namibia and the European Union at an economic level.
Nandi-Ndaitwah then, on behalf of her ministry and staff, extended heartfelt condolences and deep sympathy to the bereaved family and friends of the former ambassador.
“His legacy as a tireless advocate in the fight against injustice and for freedom and independence of his country and as a distinguished diplomat will not be forgotten. Rumpf will be dearly missed by all of us. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” noted Nandi-Ndaitwah.