Iyambo's legacy will continue to inspire Namibians: Nujoma

31 May 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) – The late Nickey Iyambo’s legacy will continue to inspire Namibians as they embark on the second phase of the struggle for economic independence, founding President Sam Nujoma has said.
Iyambo, who amongst others served as Namibia’s first vice president, died in Windhoek on 19 May at the age of 82.
Delivering a message of condolences during a memorial service at Parliament Gardens on Friday, Nujoma said Iyambo belongs to a remarkable generation of freedom fighters whose deeds will reverberate across the ages.
He said they changed the course of the Namibian struggle while enduring the hardship of exile, prison and banishment.
“Namibia has lost yet another liberation struggle icon whose immense contributions to the birth of our nation will remain engraved in the annals of our country’s history,” said Nujoma.
He further noted that Iyambo was without question one of the fighters for the betterment and democracy of Namibia.
“In his memory, let us pledge that we will strive together, sparing neither strength nor courage, until we reach our goal of a united and prosperous Namibia,” he said.
Iyambo’s body will lie in State before he is laid to rest at Heroes’ Acre on Saturday.
Iyambo served as 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.