Condolences pour in for Iyambo

01 Jun 2019 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) – Messages of condolences from various international leaders were read out at the memorial service for Namibia’s first Vice President, Nickey Iyambo, on Friday.
Iyambo died in Windhoek on 19 May. He was 82.
The messages were read out by Hilma Nicanor, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, during the service held in his honour at Parliament Gardens.
Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi said Namibia has lost a patriotic man.
He said Iyambo’s selfless contribution to the liberation of his country laid strong foundations for the peace and stability currently enjoyed in the region.
“His name will continue to occupy a central place in the history of the liberation of our continent from the yoke of oppression and apartheid,” said Masisi.
Another message of condolences came from Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö, who said Iyambo was a long-time friend with special connections to Finland.
He said Iyambo will be remembered for the important role he played in maintaining and deepening bilateral relations between the two countries.
The president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said Iyambo will be remembered for his invaluable contribution to Namibia’s liberation and for the role he played in different capacities towards the development of independent Namibia and its people.
He added that the Southern African Development Community has “lost a gallant son whose commitment to the struggle will continue to inspire younger generations.”
“We join you in mourning the departure of a dear comrade, a friend whose life’s dedication and achievement are a reflection of the purpose of the liberation movement,” said Mnangagwa.