Foreign Affairs mourns Intamba

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described the late Andrew Intamba, Namibia’s Ambassador to Egypt until his death on Tuesday, as a seasoned diplomat who has rendered a gallant service to his country.

Foreign Affairs’ Permanent Secretary Selma Ashipala-Musavyi announced in a statement on Wednesday that Intamba, 67, died on Tuesday at 20h15 at the Rhino Park private hospital in the capital after ill-health.

“It is with great dismay and shock that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has learnt of the untimely death of Ambassador Intamba.

The Ministry, and indeed the Namibian nation, has lost a diplomat and a colleague who rendered a gallant service to the country”, she reiterated.

She then extended their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and friends.

The late Intamba joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 20 February 2008.

Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda said Ambassador Intamba represented Namibia in Egypt for about six years.

In the process, Intamba fell sick and was flown back to Namibia on 15 February this year. He was immediately admitted into the Roman Catholic Hospital.

“Two weeks later, he was discharged. He stayed a couple of days at home, and was then again admitted into the Rhino Park private hospital on 28 March this year.

His health condition worsened over time, and he passed on yesterday”, Kaapanda said.

Funeral arrangements and the venue of the burial are not yet known. However, this information will be announced in due course.

Intamba was born on 14 April 1947 in Walvis Bay.

In 2008, President Hifikepunye Pohamba appointed the former Central Intelligence Services’ Director as Namibia’s first ambassador to Egypt.

During the commissioning ceremony at State House, Pohamba described Intamba as a tested cadre, who dedicated his youth to the Namibian liberation struggle as a combatant of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), the ruling SWAPO-Party’s former military wing.

“He is one of the pioneers of our liberation struggle, whose dedication to the fight for freedom and nationhood we all applaud. After the attainment of independence, Intamba continued to contribute immensely to our government’s efforts to consolidate democracy and create a better life for our people,” the president said then.

In 2007, Pohamba also conferred the honorary rank of Army Colonel on Intamba during the 31st commemoration of the launch of Namibia’ armed struggle for his contribution as a former PLAN Field Commander.

He is survived by his wife Johanna and five children – four girls and a son.