Former Deputy Minister Wentworth Dies

FORMER Deputy Minister of Education Buddy Wentworth died early yesterday morning and was buried last night.

This was in accordance with his own wishes, that he be buried by Muslim burial rites.

Wentworth came to Namibia in 1970 to teach at Rehoboth and Swakopmund and joined Swapo Party two years later.

He was a surprise inclusion on the party’s list for the Constituent Assembly in 1989 and at Independence was appointed education, culture, youth and sports deputy minister. During his time in parliament, he became known for his humour, rating parliamentarians’ speeches through a point system. Fellow Swapo party members would, according to his judgement, generally fare better than those of the opposition.

Before he retired from active politics, Wentworth was Namibia’s longest-serving deputy minister along with Hadino Hishongwa at higher education. Hishongwa was since posted as a diplomat to Botswana.

Wentworth was the first Namibian to be awarded the Palmes Academique by the French government for his services to the liberation struggle and education.

Wentworth was a founding chairperson of the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre in Windhoek and also chaired the National Commission for Unesco. He was a practising Muslim.

Source : The Namibian