Namibian President Dr Hage Geingob has d!ed. He was aged 82.
President Hage Geingob passed in the early hours of Sunday morning at Lady Pohamba Hospital in the capital Windhoek while receiving medical treatment.
Acting president Nangolo Mbumba has confirmed the d3ath of Hage Geingob in a statement on Facebook.
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, Sunday 4 February 2024 at around 00h04 at Lady Pohamba Hospital where he was receiving medical treatment from his medical team. At his side, was his dear wife Madame Monica Geingos and his children.
His medical team, as I informed the nation only yesterday has been trying its utmost best to ensure that our President recovers. Regrettably,notwithstanding the team’s spirited effort to save his life, sadly, fellow Namibians, President Geingob passed on.”
Nangolo Mbumba appealed to the nation to remain calm and collected during this time of bereavement. He revealed that funeral arrangements will be announced soon.
“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,” reads the statement.
Hage Geingob became the president of Namibia in 2014. He was serving his second and final term in office at the time of his death.
His d3ath comes a month after he announced he was undergoing treatment for cancer. President Hage Geingob began treatment following the discovery of “cancerous cells” during a routine colonoscopy and gastroscopy
Geingob had a history of health problems preceding his election as Namibia’s third president in 2014.
In 2013 Hage Geingob underwent brain surgery. A year later, he told the public that he had survived prostate cancer.