21 July 2014

Namibia: Pohamba Grieves Over Flight Mh17 Victims

PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba has described the shooting down of the Malaysia aircraft last week in Ukraine as 'tragic'.

Malaysian aircraft MH17 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down on Thursday at the border of Ukraine and Russia, killing all the 295 crew and passengers on board.

In a condolence message to the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Pohamba extended his deepest sorrow to the "bereaved families of many nationalities who lost their loved ones".

"On behalf of the Government and the people of Namibia and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to extend our most sincere condolences to the government and the people of Malaysia," he said.

Pohamba also wished the Malaysian government strength as they deal with yet another air tragedy since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8 March.

Meanwhile, PharmAccess Foundation Namibia has also expressed grief over the death of AIDS activist Professor Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren who were aboard MH17 on their way to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

PharmAccess Foundation Namibia managing director Ingrid de Beer said Lange was a true friend of Namibia who keenly supported their activities since the organisation's inception in 2004.

"He remains an inspiration to our local team of professionals as we continue working towards his vision of a world without HIV. Our partnership programmes to improve access to quality health care in Namibia are testimony to his dedication," she said.

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