Geingob was destined for greatness, Mbumba says

President Nangolo Mbumba has said the late president Hage Geingob’s path was marked for greatness.

Mbumba said the solidarity demonstrated by global leaders attending Geingob’s state memorial service in Windhoek on Saturday reaffirms Geingob’s principle that “Namibia is a friend to all and enemy to none”.

“President Hage Geingob was destined for greatness. He showed us how to persevere,” Mbumba said while speaking at the memorial service, held at Independence Stadium in Windhoek.

Mbumba said Geingob was a man of peace and recited his favourite dictum, “one does not make peace with your friend, one makes peace with your enemy”.

Mbumba said Geingob lived with honesty and stayed true to his values, despite the challenges he faced.

“His actions reflected his words […] he would always say ‘accountability plus transparency equals trust’,” Mbumba said.

“We should understand what our president used to say, ‘without effective governance development cannot take place’,” Mbumba said.
He added there were many instances where president Geingob’s pan-Africanism came to the forefront.

“At the African Union, he championed the cause of Africa,” Mbumba said.

The president said Geingob got his principles from his father, Hans. He added that Geingob was brought up in a multi-ethnic environment which provided the perfect setting that moulded Geingob’s stance against oppression under the apartheid system of racial discrimination.

“We will ensure that the policies of president Geingob will achieve their purpose,” Mbumba vowed.

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