Pohamba bids farewell to Intamba

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba bade farewell to Namibia’s Ambassador to Egypt, the late Andrew Anyanya ‘Bongi’ Intamba, who was laid to rest at Heroes’ Acre in the capital on Thursday.

“We say farewell to you comrade Intamba. We are grateful for all that you have done for our nation,” said Pohamba, just before the coffin was lowered into the ground.

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

Pohamba said the life of late Intamba was a shining example of dedication, commitment and patriotism.

“In this context, we will never forget the contributions that he has made both during the national liberation struggle and after the attainment of our freedom and Independence,” he said.

The Head of State said Intamba’s departure represents a grave loss to the family and to the nation, and the government stands firmly with the family during this difficult time of sorrow and bereavement.

“Let us all find solace in the knowledge that comrade Intamba has done his best as a patriot to contribute to the struggle for our freedom and independence, as well as the well-being of our people and the development of our country,” he said.

Intamba was born on the 14 April 1947 at Onalushwa village in the 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.

A year later, the President appointed the former Central Intelligence Services’ Director as Namibia’s first Ambassador to Egypt.

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