Namibia Mourns: President Hage Geingob Passes Away at 82
Namibia Mourns: President Hage Geingob Passes Away at 82

Windhoek: Namibia President Hage Geingob has tragically passed away at the age of 82 during cancer treatment at Lady Pohamba Hospital in Windhoek. The sad news was confirmed by acting President Nangolo Mbumba.

Mbumba stated, "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."

Born in 1941, Geingob was Namibia's longest-serving prime minister and its third president. He was renowned as an anti-apartheid activist turned statesman and notably the first president from a non-Ovambo ethnic group.

Geingob actively opposed South Africa's apartheid regime from his school days and endured nearly three decades of exile, residing in Botswana and the United States. During his time in the US, he advocated for Namibia's independence.

Having earned a PhD in the United Kingdom after studying at Fordham University in New York, Geingob played a crucial role in governance issues at the UN in the early 1970s. He returned to Namibia in 1989, and a year later, the country gained independence.

Geingob served as prime minister from 1990 to 2002 and was re-elected in 2012. In 2019, WikiLeaks published documents alleging government officials' involvement in corruption, impacting Geingob's chances of reclaiming the prime minister position.

In 2013, Geingob underwent brain surgery, and last year, he had a valve surgery in South Africa. Throughout his life, he married three times in 1967, 1993, and 2015, and fathered several children. Monica Geingos, his last consort, is a lawyer and businesswoman.

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