10 notable quotes by Hage Geingob

Hage Geingob

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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