Late Intamba flown to the North for memorial service at Tsandi

The body of the Namibia's late Ambassador to Egypt and former
Intelligence Chief, Andrew Intamba, was flown to the North on Monday
for the first memorial service which was held at Uukwaluudhi in his
home region of Omusati on Tuesday.

Intamba's wife Johanna and retired Defence chief, Lieutenant-General
Martin Shalli accompanied the body in a military aircraft from
Windhoek to the Ondangwa Airport.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Joel Kaapanda,
Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and King
Shikongo Taapopi of Uukwaluudhi received Intamba's body at the

A long procession of vehicles, which included vehicles of the Namibian
Defence Force (NDF) and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), followed
behind the lead van which transported the body from Ondangwa to
Intamba's home village Tsandi in the Omusati Region for the memorial

Intamba, 67, died last Tuesday at the Rhino Park private hospital in
Windhoek, and President Hifikepunye Pohamba conferred on him the
status of a national hero.

Pohamba also directed that all flags in Namibia should be flown at
half-mast for an official mourning period starting on Tuesday until
Thursday, when the funeral will be held at the Heroes' Acre in

The second memorial service will take place in Windhoek at Parliament
Gardens on Wednesday.

Intamba, a former Central Intelligence Service director, was appointed
Namibia's Ambassador to Egypt in 2008.

He has been described, most notably by Pohamba, as a tested cadre who
dedicated his youth to the Namibian liberation struggle as a combatant
of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), Swapo's former
military wing.

In 2007, Pohamba conferred the honorary rank of Army Colonel on
Intamba during the 31st commemoration of the launch of Namibia's armed
struggle for his contribution as a former PLAN Field Commander.(NAMPA)