In a presidential statement, acting President Nangolo Mbumba said Geingob died at Lady Pohamba Hospital in the capital Windhoek, where he was being treated.
“He was accompanied by his beloved wife, Madame Monica Geingos, and his children. The Namibian nation lost an esteemed servant of the people, an icon of the liberation struggle, a key architect of our Constitution, and a pillar of the Namibian people's home,” Mbumba said as reported by Anadolu.
Geingob was appointed president in 2015 and served his second and final term. Last year Geingob had heart surgery and in 2014 he admitted he had survived prostate cancer. Namibia will hold presidential and parliamentary elections next November.
The ruling South West African People's Organization (SWAPO), which has held power since Namibia became independent in 1990, is nominating Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah in the 2024 presidential election. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah currently serves as deputy prime minister of Namibia and will become the first female president if elected in the next presidential election. (Antara via Anadolu)