Namibia’s Minister of Education Dr. Abraham Iyambois no more. Iyambo died this afternoon in a London hospital.
He was supposed to have turned 52 today.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba has announced the death of Iyambo.
“It is with great sadness and shock that I announce the untimely passing on of one of my Senior Cabinet Ministers, Dr. Abraham Iyambo, Minister of Education.
Dr. Iyambo passed on late this afternoon in London, United Kingdom, while on official mission. There is no doubt that Namibia has lost one of the brightest, committed and hardworking Senior Minister of our Republic. The huge gap that he has left behind will be difficult to fill. Further announcements will be made in this regard, once arrangements have been made to bring the remains of Dr. Iyambo home.
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Namibia, the Cabinet and indeed on my own behalf, I extend heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of Dr. Iyambo.
May his soul rest in eternal peace,” said Pohamba.
Iyambo studied for four years (1982-1985) in Havana, Cuba. In 1985, he left for the United Kingdom, where he took an access course in food studiesat South London College. Upon completion of the access course, he began studying towards his BSc in food studies from University of Surrey, from where he graduated from in 1990. From 1991-1994, he continued at Surrey towards a Ph.D., which he received in 1994.
The following year, 1995, he returned to Namibia and was appointed to the National Assembly as a non-voting member. He was also appointed Deputy Minister of the Fisheries and Marine Resources. He lasted in that position until his promotion as head of the ministry in 1997. His term as Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources came to an end on 21 March 2010, when he was appointed Minister of Education.
Last week Iyambo dismissed as untrue a report that he was hospitalised in Cuba recently.
“I was in Cuba. I planned the trip already last year. I decided to go to Cuba and do a complete check-up. I never thought that my absence would be missed. Check-ups are done at hospitals not on the streets. I went to a Cuban hospital, because in terms of medical services Cuba is the best. I know the area, I studied there and I speak the language. I had arranged to go for a medical check-up. It is more than enough to talk about my health. Allow me to concentrate on other things,” Iyambo said last week.