Hundreds Pay Respects to Intamba

HUNDREDS of mourners, among them political leaders and other dignitaries, attended a memorial service in honour of the late Namibian Ambassador to Egypt, Andrew Anyanya Intamba, at the Parliamentar gardens yesterday.

Intamba died at Rhino Park Private Hospital in Windhoek last week Tuesday.

In his eulogy Nangolo Mbumba, Swapo secretary general, Intamba described Intamba as “a true freedom fighter, a veteran of the liberation struggle and a diplomat”.

The 67-year-old was well-known for his role as the head of the country’s intelligence apparatus as 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.

Late Intamba attended his elementary school at Tsandi Primary School then proceeded to Onakayale Boys School, Elim Boys School then Ongwediva Secondary School from 1960-1963.

After completing secondary school in Ongwediva, he went into exile in Zambia where he continued his education. He was then sent for military training until the 1970s. On his return to Swapo bases in Angola, Intamba was assigned to several fronts and rose through the 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 later appointment as the chief of Plan’s anti-air defence wing.

President Pohamba said Intamba served the people of Namibia in many capacities, both during the national liberation struggle, the transition period in 1989 and thereafter the attainment of freedom and independence.

“Throughout his life, Intamba demonstrated an unyielding willingness to carry out the duties assigned to him and to always excel in all that he did,” Pohamba said. At the service mourners were moved by the message from his children.

“There is no man in the world that can ever compare to you dad. Not in a million years, you will always be our best dad.”

These were the words read by Matti, Intamba’s only son, on behalf of his five sisters during the memorial.

“They say time heals everything, but for some reason the pain we feel and the saying do not correspond,” he said in a sorrowful voice. Matti said this was a time for them to remember and cherish memories for their “hero, inspiration and favourite person in the world”.

Intamba is survived by his wife Johanna and six children. He will be laid to rest today at the Heroe’s Acre.

Source : The Namibian