Namibia Mourns As President Hage Geingob Passes Away Amidst Presidential Election Preparations

Emmanuel Saviour

Namibia mourns as President Hage Geingob, aged 82, succumbs to cancer during his medical treatment in Windhoek.

Vice President Nangolo Mbumba made the solemn announcement, revealing the president’s passing in the early hours of Sunday, with his wife and children by his side.

Geingob, who publicly disclosed his cancer diagnosis last month, was undergoing treatment in the US and was expected to return on February 2.

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This unexpected demise comes as Namibia gears up for presidential and parliamentary elections in November.

The news adds a poignant twist to the political landscape, with the ruling Swapo party already nominating Mrs. Nandi-Ndaitwah as their presidential candidate.

Currently serving as Namibia’s deputy prime minister, her potential victory would mark a historic moment as she would become the country’s first female president.

As the nation mourns Geingob’s passing, the political transition takes on new significance, setting the stage for a potential shift in leadership after three decades of Swapo’s rule.

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