March 3, 2024

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob dies aged 82

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Namibian President Hage Geingob has died at the age of 82, his office has said, less than three weeks after it was announced he would undergo treatment for cancer.

Mbumba told uncoveredug news reporters that “the Namibian nation has lost a distinguished servant of the people, a liberation struggle icon, the chief architect of our constitution, and the pillar of the Namibian house.”

“At this moment of deepest sorrow, I appeal to the nation to remain calm and collected while the government attends to all necessary state arrangements, preparations, and other protocols. Further announcements in this regard will be made,” he added.

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Additionally, Geingob died on Sunday at Lady Pohamba Hospital in the capital, Windhoek, with his wife and his children by his side, acting president Nangolo Mbumba said in a statement posted on Geingob’s official Facebook page.

Geingob’s office announced last month that he had begun treatment following the discovery of “cancerous cells” during a routine colonoscopy and gastroscopy.

The announcement did not provide details of the African leader’s diagnosis or prognosis but said he would continue to carry out his presidential duties.

Geingob’s office later announced that he would travel to the United States for medical care and would return to Namibia on February 2.

Last year, Geingob announced he had undergone aortic surgery in neighboring South Africa.

The ruling SWAPO Party’s presidential candidate, Nandi-Ndaitwah, would be the country’s first female head of state if elected.

In conclusion, Namibia, a former German colony that gained independence from South Africa in 1990, is scheduled to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in November.

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