Namibia is mourning this loss President Hage GeingobHe died at the age of 82 after suffering from cancer. He was undergoing treatment for the disease and left the country during the infection period.
Born in 1941, Geingob played a significant role in the Namibian political scene. He presided over the drafting of the Constitution of Namibia and worked on first prime minister After the country gained independence in 1990, Geingob’s influence extended to his role as vice-president of the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO), the ruling party, consolidating its undisputed rule since independence.
Namibia is known for diamond and lithium reserves, is facing a change in leadership as Vice President Nangolo Mbumba takes over until upcoming elections at the end of the year. Geingob’s tenure included addressing economic inequalities and overseeing the prominence of the mining sector in the country.
Despite winning the 2014 election with a substantial majority, Geingob faced scrutiny in the 2019 elections, preventing him from a runoff amid a government bribery scandal. The controversy involved officials implicated in alleged bribery related to fishing quotas, leading to the minister’s resignation.
Legacy and concerns
Geingob’s leadership highlighted challenges such as concentration of wealth among the white minority. In 2023, he expressed concern about persistent inequalities in Namibia’s wealth distribution, stressing the need for inclusive economic policies.
the end of an era
President Hage Geingob died at Lady Pohamba Hospital in Windhoek, where he was receiving treatment. His death marks the end of an important era in Namibian politics, leaving the entire country in mourning and change.