Ambassador to Egypt Dies

NAMIBIA’S Ambassador to Egypt Andrew (Bongi) Intamba died in a Windhoek hospital on Tuesday after a short illness.

The death of the 67-year-old was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.

“The nation has lost a diplomat and a colleague who rendered a gallant service to the country,” the ministry said in a statement.

Ambassador Intamba was well-known for his role as the head of the security apparatus of the country where he was the first Director of Intelligence from 1991 to 2007. In February 2008 Intamba took up diplomacy.

He joined the liberation struggle as a People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (Plan) fighter in the late 1960s and distinguished himself as a freedom fighter at various levels.

After completing secondary school in Ongwediva, he went into exile in Zambia where he continued his education. He was then sent for military training in the then Soviet Union until the 1970s. On his return to Swapo bases in Angola, Intamba was assigned to several fronts and rose through the Plan ranks. In 1977 he was elevated to the highest Plan decision-making body, the Military Council.

During this time, he attended several military academies overseas. He was laterappointment as the Chief of Plan’s Anti-Air Defence wing.

Former Army Chief Lieutenant-General Martin Shalli (Retired), who also served with Intamba in Plan, described him as “a highly intelligent and great warrior and freedom fighter who dedicated his youth to fighting for Namibia’s independence”.

Intamba is survived by his wife Johanna and five children.

Source : The Namibian