21 May 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Namoloh remembers the late Nickey Iyambo as a humble giant, despite his attainments politically and academically.
Iyambo died at about 03h00 on Sunday at this house in Windhoeks Eros residential area, on the eve of his 83rd birthday.
Speaking to Nampa at Iyambos residence Monday night, Namoloh described the former Vice President of the Republic of Namibia as a true friend, brother and comrade, who treated everyone around him equally.
Our journey started in 1981 in Lubango, Angola. I was sick and transported to the Namibia military health centre, so the first person that attended to me was Dr Nickey Iyambo, he said.
Namoloh said Iyambo was calm, humble, soft-spoken and a very dedicated and hardworking person.
He noted that if there is anything the youth can learn from Iyambo; it is to be humble despite societal status.
At the same venue, former chief of the Namibian Defence Force, Lieutenant General Martin Shalli described Iyambo as a giant who spent his entire life in the struggle to free his people from colonial oppression through his acquired skills as a medical doctor.
Shalli said the youth can emulate Iyambos journey, which was geared towards dedication to personal achievements and commitment to the motherland.
Iyambo was a Namibian political stalwart and Swapo member who served as the first Vice President of Namibia from 2015 until his resignation in February 2018 due to health reasons.
Prior to this last post, Iyambo was a member of the Cabinet of Namibia since independence, and served as Minister of Health and Social Services from 1990 to 1996. He became Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing from 1996 to 2002, then Minister of Mines and Energy from 2002 to 2005.
Iyambo also served as the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (2005-2008), then Minister of Safety and Security (2008 to 2010) and Minister of Veterans Affairs from 2010 to 2015.
In the 1980s, he served as Swapos Head of Military Medical Service and in numerous capacities, including as a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1989, before becoming a Cabinet minister in 1990.
Iyambo leaves behind his wife, four biological children and one adopted son.