31 May 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) Dr Nickey Iyambo did not fail or disappoint Swapo as he kept and implemented his oath, the partys Secretary General, Sophia Shaningwa, has said.
Iyambo died in Windhoek on 19 May. He was 82.
Delivering the message of condolences on behalf of the Swapo Party during a memorial service at Parliament Gardens on Friday, she said Iyambo kept his promise and vow in the service of Namibia through Swapo until the end.
The late Dr Nickey Iyambo served Namibia in many portfolios where he executed his knowledge, education, skills and experience without failing the nation, said Shaningwa, adding that he was committed to ensuring development and prosperity for Namibia.
On his part, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) President, McHenry Venaani, in a speech read on his behalf said Iyambo was a dynamic individual with a vision for his people and an undeniable ability to get things done.
He served his people with dignity and humility. There is no doubt that Dr Iyambo displayed obvious care and took action to make the lives of his people easier and strongly supported issues that affected Namibia, said Venaani, urging Namibians to not only mourn Iyambos death, but also to celebrate him as a selfless and determined leader.
Iyambos body will lie in State before he is laid to rest at Heroes Acre outside Windhoek on Saturday.
Iyambo served as the first Namibian vice president from 2015 until his resignation in February 2018.
In his preceding assignments, he served as a member of the Cabinet of Namibia since independence, serving as the Minister of Health and Social Services from 1990 to 1996.
He became the Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing from 1996 to 2002 before becoming Minister of Mines and Energy from 2002 to 2005.
Iyambo also served as the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry from 2005 to 2008, then Minister of Safety and Security from 2008 to 2010 and Minister of Veterans Affairs since 2010.