WINDHOEK: Namibians have been taking to social media to express their sorrow and admiration for President Hage Geingob, who died in Windhoek on Sunday morning due to cancer complications.
Acting President Nangolo Mbumba broke the startling news to the nation that the Head of State passed away just after midnight.
As the nation comes to terms with the death of President Geingob, both ordinary and prominent individuals took to Facebook and X to express their heartache.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Relations, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on X (formerly Twitter) said: ‘It is with sadness that I learned of the untimely passing of President Comrade Hage Geingob – a true democratic and transformational leader who touched many lives.
‘His legacy will live on in our hearts and minds. I join all of you in sharing our deepest condolences with the bereaved family and the entire nation. May his soul rest in peace,’ Nandi-Ndaitwah wrote.
The official opposition leader, McHenry Venaani, wrote on his X
profile, ‘We commiserate with our great nation on the colossal loss of my dear brother, political adversary, and State president, Hage Geingob. He was a man of great stature, a deft negotiator, and a worthy opponent.’
Sociopolitical activist and academic Job Amupanda also paid tribute to the late Head of State.
‘Dear Namibians, things end, and so does life. Sometimes easily, and other times painfully. The sun rises and sets – first breath and last breath. History will indeed absorb you, Grootman. Farewell President. Farewell grootman. We will continue where you left off. Condolences to the First Lady, Monica Geingos, the children, and the Geingob family,’ Amupanda wrote.
Windhoek Mayor Queen Kamati also expressed her sadness and that the president’s untimely passing has left a void.
‘It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I extend our profound condolences on the passing of our esteemed Head of State. The President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob. His unwavering leadership and profound d
edication to the Republic of Namibia have left an indelible mark on our nation,’ Kamati said in a statement released on WhatsApp.
Many users expressed their sorrow by replacing their profile pictures with those of President Geingob. Others flooded his official Facebook page with messages of condolences and praise for the Namibian third president.
Source: The Namibia Press Agency