Education’s Iyambo in ICUBy: DENVER KISTING
ABRAHAM Iyambo, the Minister of Education, is in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek.
He was admitted to the private hospital last week.
According to Andrew Ndishishi, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and Iyambo’s brother-in-law, Iyambo went for a check-up last week and his doctor decided to hospitalise him.
Ndishishi maintained that Iyambo was “very fine” and that he would be discharged by the end of this week.
He said Iyambo complained of headaches and “he has been very busy; his job is hectic”.
Frans Kapofi, Secretary to Cabinet, also confirmed Iyambo’s hospitalisation but did not want to comment any further.
“Well, I’m not sure whether I am the right person to talk, because I am not family. I do know that he is doing better now than when he was admitted,” he said.
When The Namibian phoned the hospital, it was established that Iyambo was in the ICU and could not receive phone calls. His blood pressure was said to be very high.
Since he was appointed as the education minister in March 2010, Iyambo and his deputy, David Namwandi, have been busy with a large-scale campaign to address the challenges in the ailing education sector.
This included a national education conference in June this year as well as visits to all 13 regions of the country.
Namwandi yesterday said he was not aware that the minister was in hospital while Education Permanent Secretary Alred Ilukena denied that Iyambo was hospitalised.