Geingob bids farewell to "father, mentor" Iyambo

01 Jun 2019 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob referred to Dr Nickey Iyambo as his father and mentor when he paid his last respects during his burial at Heroes’ Acre outside Windhoek on Saturday.
Iyambo, who amongst others served as Namibia’s first vice president, died on 19 May at the age of 82.
“Comrade, we mourn you; father, brother, we weep for you. Go well my father, mentor and friend,” Geingob said while fighting back tears.
The president spoke of a man who exuded a natural wisdom which made him well-grounded academically as well as culturally, making his death a tough fact to face.
“His loss is hard to take, for a void has been left by his tender-hearted demeanour, a void which can never be filled again,” a sombre Geingob said.
Iyambo was a relentless serviceman to his country, he added, and his academic qualifications reflected his commitment to excellence and determination to complete any assignment given to him.
“His innate intellect and discernment allowed him to excel as student, father, fighter and leader,” Geingob said while fondly describing Iyambo.
He went on to say Iyambo helped carry the torch of unity, liberty and justice through the days of the liberation struggle.
Iyambo amongst others served as Minister of Health from 1990 until 1996, as Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing thereafter and as Minister of Mines and Energy from 2002 until 2005.
He resigned as vice president last year due to health concerns.