The president of Namibia, Hage Geingob, has d#ed in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 82.
Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba, who annouced Mr.Geingob’s d£ath, said the President passed on while receiving treatment at a hospital in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, on Sunday.
“It is with utmost sadness and regret that I inform you that our beloved Dr. Hage G. Geingob, the President of the Republic of Namibia has passed on today,” a statement signed off by the acting president, Nangolo Mbumba, said.
Mr Geingob had been in the US briefly for “treatment therapy” for cancerous cells but d#ed late Saturday, a few days after his return to continue receiving treatment in Namibia. He d#ed at Lady Pohamba Hospital with his wife and his children by his side.
“His medical team, as I informed the nation only yesterday, has been trying its utmost best to ensure that our President recovers. Regrettably, notwithstanding the team’s spirited effort to save his life, sadly, fellow Namibians, President Geingob passed on,” Mr Mbumba said.
He described the president’s passing as the loss of a “distinguished servant of the people, a liberation struggle icon, the chief architect of our constitution and the pillar of the Namibian house.”
The late Namibian leader was diagnosed with cancer, which was made public last month. Before his demise, the 82-year-old president who also served for 12 years as prime minister, had a history of health problems that preceded his election as Namibia’s third president in 2014. In 2013, he underwent brain surgery, and the following year he revealed that he had survived prostate cancer. Last year, Mr Geingob announced he had undergone aortic surgery in neighbouring South Africa.
Namibia, a former German colony that gained independence from South Africa in 1990, is scheduled to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in November.