Iyambo laid to rest at Heroes' Acre

01 Jun 2019 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibia’s first Vice President, Nickey Iyambo, was laid to rest at the Heroes’ Acre outside Windhoek on Saturday.
Iyambo died at the age of 82 in Windhoek on 19 May.
He was buried next to former Robben Island prisoner Peter Iilonga during an official State funeral.
President Hage Geingob delivered a message on behalf of the Namibian Government.
The mood was sombre and the widow Johanna Iyambo and Iyambo’s children were in tears as the coffin of the man whom Geingob described as a friend, father and confidant, was lowered into the ground, accompanied by a 19-gun salute.
The widow, children and immediate family bid their last farewells through the traditional procedure of dropping a handful of sand into the grave before it was closed.
This was followed by the placing of numerous wreaths on the grave, including from President Hage Geingob and former Presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Iyambo served as vice president from 2015 until his resignation in February 2018.
In his preceding assignments, he served as a member of Cabinet 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.