Intamba laid to rest at Heroes’ Acre

WINDHOEK: Namibia’s first Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Andrew Anyanya ‘Bongi’ Intamba was laid to rest at Heroes’ Acre in the capital on Thursday.

Mourners gathered at the Herores’ Acre to pay their last respects to the late Ambassador Intamba, whom President Hifikepunye Pohamba described as a “tested freedom fighter, decorated patriot, loyal civil servant and a dedicated diplomat” during the memorial service at Parliament Garden on Wednesday.

The 67-year-old Intamba died last week Tuesday at the Rhino Park private hospital in Windhoek.

Speaking on behalf of the Intamba family, businessman Epafras Mukwiilongo thanked the Namibian Government for according late Intamba the honour of a hero’s funeral at the Heroes’ Acre.

“We are grateful to the government for comforting and standing beside us during these difficult times,” he said.

Mourners were overcome with emotion as the casket was lowered into the grave, concurrently with the sound of a 17-gun salute performed by members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF).

After the benediction by retired Bishop Josephat Shanghala of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN), members of Cabinet and others mourners assisted to cover late Intamba’s grave.

Wreaths were then placed on the grave by the widow Johanna Naambo Intamba, by President Pohamba, Founding President Sam Nujoma, Prime Minister Hage Geingob, Speaker of the National Assembly Theo-Ben Gurirab, the Chairman of the National Council Asser Kapere, Chief Justice Peter Shivute and Chief of the Namibian Defence Force John Mutwa.

The late Intamba was born on the 14 April 1947 at Onalushwa Village in Tsandi Constituency of Omusati Region.

In 2007, Pohamba 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.

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

“He served the people of Namibia in many capacities, both during the national liberation struggle, the transition period in 1989 and after the attainment of our freedom and independence,” Pohamba noted at the memorial service.

He said the life of the late Intamba was one of strong dedication to duty, bravery and patriotism in the face of danger, sacrifice for the cause of the national liberation struggle, and commitment to serving his country and people

Intamba is survived by his wife Johanna and six children and six grandchildren.