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Namibian President Hage Geingob Passes Away at 82

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Serge Kabongo

Feb 4, 2024

Hage Geingob: A Legacy of Leadership from Namibia's Struggle to Independence to Presidential Tenure

Namibia's President Hage Geingob at the 75th anniversary celebrations of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its headquarters in Paris on November 12, 2021. Nicolas Messyasz/Sipa/AP

(XtrAfrica) In a sad turn of events, Namibia's President Hage Geingob passed away early Sunday in a hospital in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. The news was confirmed by the presidential office in a statement on social media platform X. Geingob, who was 82 years old, was receiving medical treatment at Lady Pohamba Hospital when he died at around 12:04 a.m. ET on Sunday, with his wife Monica Geingos and his children by his side.

Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba has called for calm and announced that the Cabinet will convene to make the necessary state arrangements in this regard.

President Geingob was a prominent figure in Namibia's independence struggle and served as the country's first prime minister after independence. He was elected as the president in 2015 and was known for his efforts to promote unity and reconciliation in the country. His death has been met with an outpouring of condolences from world leaders and the Namibian people.

Geingob's political career was significant, stretching back to the pre-independence era. He played a crucial role in drafting Namibia's constitution and was the nation's first prime minister following independence from South Africa in 1990. His presidency was marked by efforts to address the country's development challenges and the legacies of past injustices. Under his leadership, Namibia navigated transitions while confronting disparities in wealth and the impacts of colonialism ​ [Reuters]

Condolences have poured in from various corners of the world. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of Somalia, expressed his condolences to the people and government of Namibia, describing Geingob as a "distinguished leader" who devoted his life to the service of his people.

As per The Namibian nation has lost a great leader, and the void left by his passing will be hard to fill. Geingob will be remembered for his dedication to his country and his efforts to improve the lives of the people of Namibia.

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