Suiderlig High School learners led scores of Keetmanshoop residents who gathered for a special memorial service held last Friday for the late Dr Abraham Iyambo.
Around 100 people from the various churches at the town and the education sector, as well as learners attended the memorial service to bid farewell to the man who played a pivotal role in the transformation of both the fishing and education sectors after independence.
Those in attendance included the Karas Regional Education Director, /Awebahe //Hoeseb, Karas Regional Council Chairperson and LÃ¼deritz Constituency Councillor Jan Scholz, Regional Councillor for the Berseba Constituency David Boois, Swapo Party Regional Coordinator Matheus Mumbala and learners and members of the public.
In his message of condolence, //Hoeseb paid tribute to Dr Iyambo as a "man of his word" who "built self-confidence and self-esteem in those in charge of educational leadership, management and administration."
"We are gathered here in honour of the memory of Dr Abraham Iyambo, to reinforce the strengthening of the Ministry of Education's staff members. His untimely death robbed us of an opportunity to eliminate weaknesses in the education sector," he said.
This was followed by a message of condolence from Pastor Joseph Goagoseb of the Lutheran Church in Keetmanshoop who spoke on behalf of the various southern churches. Quoting the biblical verse, Isaiah 43:1, he assured the mourners that God will replace what he has taken. "That will solve your concerns about who will replace Dr Iyambo."
Swapo Party Regional Coordinator Matheus Mumbala said the party joins all Namibians in sharing the same feeling of deep sadness and sorrow over the untimely passing away of Dr Iyambo.
"Comrade Mannetjie was an inspiration to many of us, a symbol of hope, and a motivator for the Karas Region. He made sure that the Unam campus would become a reality," he said. A book of condolences was also opened at the memorial service.
Dr Iyambo was accorded a state funeral and was interred at the Gammams cemetery in Pionierspark, Windhoek.