Intelligence boss says Geingos was kept away from state affairs

President Hage Geingob consistently ensured that former first lady Monica Geingos remained uninvolved in state affairs.

This was said by Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) director general Benedict Likando during a memorial service at the former first family’s private residence, Casa Rosalia, on the outskirts of Windhoek on Thursday.

Likando recounted numerous occasions when he had meetings with Geingob, either at his residence or his farm, during which the first lady would stay out of their meetings.

“The president made sure that madam Monica does not get involved in state or official matters. We would all be seated there, and she would observe from a distance. Only at the end would he say, ‘Now you can go and greet madam’,” Likando recalled.

Likando also disclosed that Geingob had confided in him about his health towards the end of last year.

He said he urged the late president to undergo further evaluation.

According to Likando, he and Geingob maintained regular weekly contact, and in November, they had a candid discussion about Geingob’s health, which he interpreted as a sign that the president was not well.

“He said to me, ‘My young man, I have served all my life, from childhood until now, serving my people in politics. But given my current situation, young man, our journey is nearing its end. I urge you to continue serving the people as you have served me’,” Likando recounted.

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