From reflections on democracy to aspirations of unity and progress, the late president Hage Geingob’s words resonate with enduring relevance and provide valuable insight into his legacy as a statesman.
Here are some notable remarks he made throughout the years.
“Let me tell you here that as long as I am given the mandate to lead this great country, the freedom of the press is guaranteed.” – World Press Freedom Day, 2017
“Tribalism, racism and regionalism do not have a place in any society and is a recipe for disaster.” – Meeting of regional governors, 10 July, 2020
“As we work for a better Namibia in which no one should feel left out, let us hold hands in the spirit of Harambee.” – Heroes Day, 26 August 2018
“The influence fathers have in the lives of their kids and on society at large is critical to addressing social ills.” – Father’s Day, 2020
“As I often warn, it is easy to destroy, but not easy to rebuild. Peace is a wonderful gift, but is a fragile one as well. Therefore, for us to maintain peace and unity in our independent Namibia.” – Heroes’ Day, 26 August, 2022
“Our national efforts should focus on fostering a culture of respect for human rights in the present day and in the future.” – Human Rights Day, 2023
“Patience is a virtue when you never walk alone.” – Congratulating Liverpool FC on winning the Premier League title for the 2021/22 season
“Africa must maintain unity of purpose and move forward with a sense of urgency towards the upliftment of the African citizen, both materially and ideologically.” – Africa Day, 2020
“We should include the youth in leadership structures so that they can be represented and express their opinions on important subjects.” – International Youth Day, 2022
“I have often said that Namibia is a child of international solidarity, friend to all and enemy to none.” – Inauguration speech as third president of Namibia, March 2015
– Compiled by Donald Matthys
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