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Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia, Has Died

Early on Sunday morning, Namibian President Hage Geingob, 82, passed away.

The Namibian presidency announced via X, the previous Twitter platform, that the President passed away at Lady Pohamba Hospital in Windhoek while undergoing cancer treatment.

The president claimed that despite the hospital’s medical staff’s best efforts, Geingob passed away with his wife, Monica Geingos, and children by his side.

The statement reads: “It is with utmost sadness and regret that I inform you that our beloved Dr Hage G. Geingob, the President of the Republic of Namibia, has passed on today.

At his side, was his dear wife Madame Monica Geingos and his children.”

The presidency had earlier disclosed that the 82-year-old had a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy on January 8, followed by a biopsy.

First elected president in 2014, Geingob was Namibia’s longest-serving prime minister and third president.

In 2013, Geingob underwent brain surgery, and last year he underwent an aortic operation in neighbouring South Africa.

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Meanwhile, Namibia’s acting President, Angolo Mbumba, has called for calm, following the death of the president.

He said: “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.”

Mbumba said the Cabinet would convene immediately to make the necessary state arrangements.

It is understood that Namibia is set to hold elections to choose a new leader in November.

 

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