Namibia’s first Ambassador to Egypt laid to rest

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 today.

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 yesterday.

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.

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.