THE PRESIDENCY MEDIA RELEASE
REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA
19 May 2019 Windhoek
President Hage G. Geingob announces passing of liberation stalwart
and Former Vice President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellenc,Dr. Nickey Iyambo, applauds his rich legacy of loyal service and deep humane values
Full extract of the announcement:
I announce with a profound sense of sadness the passing of my Father’ Mentor, Friend and Comrade, Dr. Nickey Iyambo, former Vice Preside of the Republic of Nambia. Dr Nickey Iyambo who passed away this morning, leaves behind a rich legacy of loyal service to the Namibian people. Our nation has indeed lost a freedom fighter and a leader wih deep humane values.
As we mourn the passing of a brave Namibian son, I extend sincere
condolences to his wife, children, family, comrades and friends.
Funeral Arrangements shall be announced in due course.
May the Soul of Comrade Nickey Iyambo Rest in Eternal Peace.”
Abridged Biography of Former Vice President, Dr. Nickey Iyambo
Dr. Nickey Iyambo was born on 20 May 1936 at Onayena in the Oshikoto
Region. He joined the liberation struggle in 1960 and left for exile in 1964, served the liberation movement in different capacities, including as SWAPO Representative to the Nordic Countries from 1966-1971. With a Master’s Degree in political science from the University of Helsinki, Finland, Dr. Iyambo, a medical doctor, also completed his degree in medicine at the same University. In the 1980’s, he served as SWAPO Head of Military Medical Service and numerous capacities.
A member of the Constituent Assembly 1989, Dr. Iyambo became a
Cabinet Minister in 1990, serving in several portfolios, including Health
and Social Services (1990-1996), Regional and Local Government (1996-
2002), Mines and Energy (2002-2005), Agriculture (2005-2008), Safety
and Security (2008-2010) and later Minister of Veteran Affairs from
20102015). Dr. Iyambo is also a past member of the SWAPO Politburo and Central Committee.
On 21 March 2015, President Hage G. Geingob appointed Dr. Nickey
Iyambo as Vice President of the Republic of Namibia, a position he served in until his retirement on 8 February 2018.
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