Video: Final salute to a giant of the Namibian Struggle for Freedom and Liberation: Footage: Samuel Shinedima and Marthina Mutanga.
HEROES Acre south of the Namibian capital was the scene of an emotive final salute to, Dr. Nickey Iyambo, the former Vice President and icon of the country’s Struggle for Liberation.
As the casket of the late Dr. Iyambo was lowered into his final resting place, the sound of 21 guns broke the dedicated silence in salute to his contribution and service to the Namibian Nation for most of his life.
President Hage Geingob delivered a final farewell to his comrade and friend and said Dr. Iyambo was peerless in his service and dedication to his countrymen and woman.
“It is telling of one’s character, when you have completed your life’s work, leaving in your wake, nothing less than accolades.”
The full address by Dr. Geingob at Heroes Acre reads as follows:
In times of loss, it is never easy to find the perfect words to express the overwhelming emotions that well up in our hearts, as we wrestle with the intolerable reality that we must bid a final farewell to a dear father, brother, comrade and friend.
Those of us left behind must overcome the air of melancholy, stand strong and vow to continue the race, which our fellow comrade has completed. So, we pay our final respects and lay to eternal rest, the body of Comrade Dr. Nickey Iyambo.
This is a man who was peerless in service and dedication to his countrymen and women.
His academic qualifications foretold of his commitment to excellence, his dogged determination to complete any assignment given to him and his innate intellect and discernment, which allowed him to excel as student, father, fighter and leader. No matter what the task, Comrade Iyambo always carried it out in meritorious fashion.
It is telling of one’s character, when you have completed your life’s work, leaving in your wake, nothing less than accolades. This is the validation that Comrade Iyambo has received from people from all walks of life, locally and internationally. Anyone, who ever came into contact with this gentle soul, can attest to the fact that he exuded a natural wisdom as he was well-grounded academically and culturally. This is what endeared him to so many and it is what makes his loss hard to take, for a void has been left by his tender-hearted demeanour; a void which can never be filled again.
It is true, that given a choice, we would choose to have our comrade with us today, in the flesh. However, God knows best and every journey has a beginning and an end. God, through his infinite wisdom and grace, has called Comrade Iyambo for a higher, divine purpose, beyond the comprehension of our mortal minds.
To the bereaved family, while we once again express our deepest sympathies and condolences for your heavy loss, we pray that Our Lord will ease the burden of your paining hearts and that he may bring comfort and spiritual peace to you.
Let us find strength in the words of Psalm 46:1-2, which reads, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.”
Through the words of God, we hold out hope that although we are saying goodbye today, this is not the end. This is just a temporary farewell until, we will meet again.
Comrade, we mourn you; Father, Brother, we weep for you. Go well my father, mentor and friend. You helped us carry the torch through the darkest days up to the day of liberation when we ignited the flames of our unity, liberty and justice. For your sake, and for the sake of all our heroes and heroines that have gone before you, these flames shall never die down.
May the Lord and Saviour grant you, Comrade Dr. Nickey Iyambo, eternal rest and peace.