Geingob was a unifier: Nujoma

WINDHOEK: Namibia’s late President, Dr Hage Geingob, will be remembered as a unifier as he embodied a politics of inclusivity.

This is according to Namibia’s Founding President Sam Nujoma, who paid tribute to Geingob during Geingob’s State memorial s…


WINDHOEK: Namibia’s late President, Dr Hage Geingob, will be remembered as a unifier as he embodied a politics of inclusivity.

This is according to Namibia’s Founding President Sam Nujoma, who paid tribute to Geingob during Geingob’s State memorial service here on Saturday.

Nujoma noted in a statement delivered on his behalf by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila at the official public event that the outpouring of love from all over the world is a testament to Geingob’s diplomacy of multilateralism.

He said the late Head of State advocated for Namibian unity in diversity, as witnessed through his mantra of ‘The Namibian House in which no one should feel left out.’

‘He thus will be remembered as a unifier because he embodied a politics that was not divisive as he understood the immense power of unity and vehemently fought against tribalism,’ Nujoma, who was present at the event, said.

Nujoma recalled that the last time he spoke to Geingob was when he called him a day before he went for medical treat
ment in the United States of America in late January 2024.

‘On that occasion, I wished him a quick recovery and renewed strength to continue leading our country to greater heights of economic development and prosperity,’ he said at the stadium covered by a sombre mood.

Nujoma, who met Geingob for the first time in 1963 in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said Geingob was ‘very attentive, teachable and a very consultative person who placed great emphasis on dialogue.’

The former Statesman said the hero’s funeral accorded to Geingob means that ‘we are giving a richly deserved recognition to a national hero and third President of the Republic of Namibia.’

Geingob is a recipient of the Most Ancient Order of the Welwitschia Mirabilis, which is Namibia’s highest award.

In his tribute, Nujoma said Geingob’s towering presence will be missed in the corridors of the United Nations, African Union and the SADC headquarters.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Geingos to receive Cuban National Order on behalf of late Geingob

WINDHOEK: President of the General Assembly of Cuba, Esteban Lazo Hernandez will deliver to former First Lady Monica Geingos the National Order of José Martí which was bestowed on her late husband, President Hage Geingob.

Hernandez announced this on …


WINDHOEK: President of the General Assembly of Cuba, Esteban Lazo Hernandez will deliver to former First Lady Monica Geingos the National Order of José Martí which was bestowed on her late husband, President Hage Geingob.

Hernandez announced this on Saturday at the State memorial service in honour of the late Geingob.

‘The beautiful history that brought together President Geingob and our country has earned him the title of endeared friend of the Cuban people and its revolution, which therefore makes him worthy of two of the most important decorations granted by the Republic of Cuba,’ he said.

President Fidel Castro bestowed on Geingob the Order of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes in 1994, while he was Prime Minister of Namibia.

‘Then, in virtue of the Presidential decree law number 452 of 01 July 2022, President Miguel Díaz-Canel bestowed on him the National Order of José Martí, an honour he could not receive in life and which I will deliver to his wife posthumously,’ said Hernandez.

The National Order of José
Martí is a State honour in Cuba, named after José Martí, a national hero of Cuba.

Hernandez further said Cuba will never forget its Namibian friends, one of whom Geingob had been.

‘A baobab (tree) has fallen, but his example will multiply in the young people who embody the future and who will make of Namibia a better country as he dreamed,’ he concluded.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Geingob was a true friend of Botswana: Masisi

WINDHOEK: Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has said the late President Hage Geingob was a true friend to Botswana, and will amongst others be remembered for the bilateral agreement that allows citizens to use their national identity cards to cro…


WINDHOEK: Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has said the late President Hage Geingob was a true friend to Botswana, and will amongst others be remembered for the bilateral agreement that allows citizens to use their national identity cards to cross the borders between both countries.

Speaking at the final memorial service for the late president here on Saturday, Masisi said he deeply valued Geingob’s support as a senior Statesman, confidant and trustworthy partner in building the extraordinary partnerships the two countries and people enjoy today.

‘We are all the better for having been touched by President Hage Geingob’s influence and huge sacrifices. My confidence is spared that our two countries and people will leverage on the solid foundation built by Dr Geingob for us to broaden and deepen our relations and strong bonds of friendship between our countries and people,’ he said.

He further indicated that the late Head of State shared a common vision of unwavering determination to achieve higher leve
l development of their people, noting that globally, he was a true Pan Africanist and a genuine believer in multilateralism.

‘I recall fond memories of our numerous meetings and robust exchanges on the challenges facing our people and our resolve to act in unity and solidarity to address the common challenges and achievements… The goal of shared prosperity for our peoples,’ Masisi said.

Geingob will be buried at Heroes’ Acre in Windhoek on Sunday.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency