Namibia's president dies of cancer at age 82

By Jen Krausz on
 February 5, 2024

Namibian President Hage Geingob died just after midnight on Sunday at age 82 after recently undergoing experimental cancer treatment in the U.S.

Acting President Nangolo Mbumba said in a statement that Geingob died at Lady Pohamba Hospital in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, with his wife and children at his side.

Geingob revealed his cancer diagnosis in January. He returned from the U.S. trip for treatment on Wednesday.

“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,” Mbumba said.

Mbumba was calm and collected in announcing the death and in making necessary funeral arrangements as well as planning for the continuity of the government.

Geingob was in his second term as president, having served in that role since 2015. A new election had already been scheduled for this year.