Rumpf was a man of principle: Nujoma
16 Feb 2019 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 16 FEB (NAMPA) - Former ambassador to Germany and Swapo Party political activist Hanno Rumpf was a man of principle, founding President Sam Nujoma has said.
Rumpf died on 08 February and was laid to rest in Windhoek Friday.
In his message of condolences to his family availed to the media, Nujoma said the late Rumpf demonstrated his patriotism when the South African apartheid regime conscripted Namibians to join their army.
I remember him as one of the few white young Namibians who refused to be conscripted into the oppressive army to fight against his compatriots and instead, he joined us in exile to fight for the emancipation of his people and country alongside his fellow freedom fighters, he said.
The former president said it was not an easy decision, but Rumpf joined the struggle because he truly believed in the right to freedom for all people irrespective of race, colour, tribe or religion.
He went on to say he also served the country well after independence as a senior administrator and 'a diplomat of note.'
Between 2003 and 2006, Rumpf was Namibias 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.