Rumpf laid to rest in private ceremony

15 Feb 2019 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 FEB (NAMPA) - Former ambassador to Germany and Swapo Party political activist, Hanno Burkhard Rumpf, was buried privately in Windhoek Friday, with only family members and close friends in attendance.
He died on 08 February 2019.
Speaking at the memorial service of the late ambassador, also on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah celebrated Rumpf’s bravery because he “refused to be conscripted into the apartheid army of occupation to fight against his own people.”
She added that the late ambassador’s life is to be remembered as he was an outstanding patriot.
“Through unshaken and principled dedication and commitment to serving the people and government of Namibia, he distinguished himself as a forceful and ardent voice and promoter of socio-economic development, progress and well-being of the people of this country,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
She added that Rumpf’s illustrative life must continue to inspire the youth .
In a speech read on her behalf, Swapo Party Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa described the late ambassador as not only family to Swapo, but also to the entire diplomatic community and Namibia at large.
Member of the Namibian Association of Former Ambassadors, Tonata Itenge-Emvula said Rumpf will be remembered for his bravery and his principled steadfastness in the fight against apartheid colonialism.
“Hanno’s example will inspire future generations of diplomats to continue ensuring that Namibia’s image is well projected way beyond its borders,” Itenge-Emvula said.
Between 2003 and 2006, Rumpf was Namibia’s ambassador to Germany, with concurrent accreditation to the Federal Republic of Austria and the United Nations in Vienna.
He further served as ambassador to the European Union in Brussels and the Benelux countries before retiring in 2015.
During his retirement, 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.