Late Ambassador Dinyando laid to rest

15 Sep 2013 08:00
DIVAYI, 15 SEP (NAMPA) - Namibia’s late Ambassador to Austria, Raphael Nakare Dinyando was laid to rest at Divayi village situated some 210 kilometres east of Rundu in the Kavango East Region on Saturday.
Dinyando, 53, died in Vienna, Austria on 04 September after a long battle against cancer.
Hundreds of mourners including several diplomats, ministers and Members of Parliament flocked to Divayi village to pay their last respects to the late ambassador, whom many described as a man of few words, but a big thinker who dedicated his adult life to fighting for Namibia’s liberation.
Former President Dr Sam Nujoma said in a speech read on his behalf by Kavango Regional Governor Dr Samuel Mbambo during the funeral service held at Andara village that Dinyando was a man who fought relentlessly and tirelessly for the country’s freedom, especially in the Kavango Region.
He said the late ambassador was one of the Swapo-Party’s underground activists who worked closely with combatants in the Kavango Region at a time when the region was heavily militarised and full of anti-Swapo propaganda.
He said despite all the propaganda, Dinyando never wavered until the attainment of independence and described his passing on as a great loss not only to his family, but the entire nation.
“Dinyando had an unselfish edge and resilient patriotic spirit,” said Nujoma, adding that the late ambassador was an “exceptional leader with unique qualities” who is irreplaceable.
He also reminded those in attendance that while mourning his death, they should be strengthened and consoled by the fact that he had accomplished his mission of creating a peaceful nation.
The Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob said the late Dinyando had a “colourful” life and his life should therefore be celebrated, and also spoke of how he contributed to Namibia’s struggle for liberation.
Dinyando started his political career at a young age and was the founding mayor of Rundu in 1992.
He became a Member of Parliament in 2000 and from 2001 to 2005, served as member of the Security Commission – the constitutional body which makes recommendations to the President on top army and police appointments, in addition to other security matters.
From 2005 to 2010, he served as Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology and in 2010, he became Namibia’s Ambassador to Austria based in Vienna, a position he served in until his death.
Dinyando is survived by his wife Bertha Dinyando and five children.