Namibia’s President Hage Geingob has succumbed to his battle with cancer while receiving medical treatment at a hospital in the capital, Windhoek. Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba announced the president’s demise in the early hours of Sunday morning.
“At his side was his dear wife Madame Monica Geingos and his children,” Mbumba said in a solemn statement, revealing the president’s family was with him during his final moments.
The 82-year-old leader had publicly disclosed his cancer diagnosis last month, and plans were made for him to undergo treatment in the United States. However, fate took a different turn, and the President passed away before his scheduled return to Namibia on February 2.
Geingob, who took office in 2015 and was in his second and final term, underwent an aortic operation last year. In 2014, he also revealed his successful battle with prostate cancer, showcasing resilience in the face of health challenges.
Namibia, preparing for presidential and parliamentary elections in November, is now mourning the loss of its leader. The governing Swapo party, in power since the country’s independence in 1990, has chosen Mrs. Nandi-Ndaitwah as its presidential candidate. Currently serving as Namibia’s deputy prime minister, she will make history as the country’s first female president if she emerges victorious in the upcoming elections.