Windhoek, Namibia – Namibian President Hage Geingob has died at the age of 82, the president’s office announced on Sunday. He was receiving treatment at the Lady Pohamba Hospital in the capital city of Windhoek at the time of his death.
Geingob was first diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and announced his condition to the public last month. He subsequently traveled to the United States for treatment. He also underwent heart surgery in 2022.
Geingob was sworn in as president in 2015 and was serving his second and final term in office. He was previously Prime Minister of Namibia from 1990 to 2002.
Geingob was a prominent figure in the Namibian independence movement and played a key role in the country’s transition to democracy. He was a member of the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO), which led the struggle for independence from South Africa.
After independence, Geingob served in various cabinet positions before becoming Prime Minister in 1990. He was appointed President in 2015 after the death of Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Geingob’s death is a major loss for Namibia. He was a respected leader who played a significant role in the country’s history. He will be remembered for his commitment to democracy, development, and social justice.
Tributes have been pouring in from leaders around the world.
- President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa said Geingob was “a true friend and comrade” who had made an “immeasurable contribution” to the region.
- President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya said Geingob was “a visionary leader” who had “transformed Namibia into a prosperous and stable nation.”
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres said Geingob was “a strong advocate for peace and development” who had “left a lasting legacy.”
Geingob is survived by his wife, Monica Geingos, and their children.
The Namibian government has declared a period of national mourning.