Solemn Memorial Farewell to Late Diplomat

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By Frederick Philander WINDHOEK More than 200 mourners, among them diplomats and ambassadors, attended a special memorial service on Wednesday evening at the Polytechnic of Namibia for the late High Commissioner of South Africa to Namibia, Timothy Maseko. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marco Hausiku, delivered a moving speech on behalf of President Hifikepunye Pohamba, the Namibian government and the nation at the somber occasion. “We learnt with shock and deep sorrow of the untimely death of High Commissioner Tomothy Maseko, who passed away on December 31. The sad news was a huge dampener on many of us in Namibia, who had come to know the late Maseko well as High Commissioner of South Africa,” Hausiku said. He went on to say that, although the late Maseko is no more, his endearing warmth and diplomatic footprints in Namibia will remain as the government and the Namibian people experience a great sense of loss of a true friend and seasoned diplomat. “During his tour of duty in Namibia, the late High Commissioner focused on further consolidating the excellent relations between Namibia and South Africa. He also concentrated on familiarizing himself with the investment and trade opportunities existing between our two countries and working to ensure that these were translated into tangible bilateral projects and programmes,” said Hausiku, who referred to a twinning agreement that was signed last year in October between the Northern Cape Province and the Karas Region. Maseko will be remembered for his dedication to working vigorously to further cement the bilateral relations to the mutual benefit of both countries. “A crowning accomplishment was the important role he played in the preparation of the 5th session of the annual Bilateral Economic Meeting between our two Presidents, which took place in Windhoek on November 21 last year. The bereaved family of the late Maseko should find solace in the knowledge that he was a man who demonstrated throughout his life unwavering commitment to and patriotism for his country,” the foreign minister concluded.