President Hage Geingob of Namibia speaking at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2019.

Namibia’s President Hage G. Geingob, in office since 2015 and previously the nation’s inaugural prime minister post-independence, has passed away at the age of 82. The announcement of his death was made via social media by the presidential office, with Vice President Nangolo Mbumba stepping in as the acting president.

President Geingob, who had been undergoing treatment for cancer, breathed his last at a Windhoek hospital shortly after midnight, as confirmed by the statement. His significant political career saw him serve as Namibia’s first prime minister from 1990, the year of the country’s liberation from South Africa, until 2002. Subsequently, he resumed the prime ministerial role a decade later, eventually ascending to the presidency.

The nation mourns the loss of a leader who played a pivotal role in the early years of Namibia’s independence. President Geingob’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the country’s political landscape, and his legacy will be remembered by generations to come.