Namibia’s President Hage Geingob died in the early hours of yesterday at the age of 82.
Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba, who announced Geingob’s death, said the president lost his life while receiving treatment at a hospital in the capital, Windhoek, yesterday.
“At his side was his dear wife, Madame Monica Geingos, and his children,” Mr Mbumba said in a statement.
The late Namibian leader was diagnosed with cancer which was made public last month.
The late president, who came to office in 2015, was serving his second term as president before his death.
He had been having running battles with varying ailments including going through an aortic operation last year. He reportedly disclosed that he survived a battle with prostate cancer but could not escape death eventually.
The Southern African country, which gained independence in 1990, is due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in November. The former South West Africa is largely governed by SWAPO, the ruling party since independence.
Meanwhile, President Bola Tinubu extended deep his condolences to the government and people of Namibia over the passing of His Excellency, President Hage Geingob.
President Tinubu, in a statement by presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, mourned the painful loss of this veteran in the struggle for democracy, proponent of good governance, and advocate of economic, social, and political solidarity among African peoples.