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Hage Geingob, the late Namibian president buried

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Namibia’s former president Hage Geingob, who passed away in hospital on February 4th after a battle with cancer, was laid to rest at the Heroes Acre on Sunday. Thousands of mourners, including 25 heads of state and former presidents, gathered on the outskirts of Windhoek for the burial ceremony, which followed 20 days of national mourning.

During the ceremony, soldiers paid tribute to Geingob with a 21-gun salute, and K-8 fighter jets flew past in his honor. Geingob, aged 82, served as Namibia’s two-time prime minister and third president since its independence from minority-ruled South Africa in 1990. He had been in office since 2015 and was serving his final year at the time of his passing.

A veteran of Namibia’s independence struggle, Geingob spent 27 years in exile in Botswana, Zambia, and the U.S. before returning to Namibia in 1989. He held various senior positions in government and in the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO), including chairing the body that drafted Namibia’s constitution, which is lauded as a model of good governance and the rule of law.

Geingob, as Namibia’s first prime minister, is credited with introducing modern management approaches to government operations. At the funeral, Nangolo Mbumba, interim president, praised Geingob’s profound impact on the nation, stating, “You leave our country in better shape … You have left us with an economic roadmap towards prosperity.”

Namibia is classified as a middle-income country with abundant reserves of diamonds, uranium, and lithium, the latter being crucial for electric car batteries.

 

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