PM thanks neighbouring countries for support

GOOD NEIGHBOURLINESS … Various heads of state attending president Hage Geingob’s funeral. Photo: South African Presidency

Prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has thanked various countries for supporting Namibia and the Geingob family in ensuring president Hage Geingob received a befitting funeral and mourning period.

She expressed her appreciation towards the conclusion of president Geingob’s funeral service on Sunday.

She specifically pointed out how Botswana supported Namibia during this time.

“Botswana gave us 49 vehicles and 20 motorbikes. President Mokgweetsi Masisi is also here. He also came immediately after the announcement of death,” she said.

Emphasising Masisi’s arrival almost immediately after Geingob’s death, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said it is important to have such neighbours.

“The neighbour is like your neck bone. That is the person that first arrives on the scene (in death), even before your parents. President Masisi was here, president Cyril Ramaphosa was here. These are neighbours and we know they are our brothers,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila noted.

She also pointed out Angola’s contribution of four of seven fighter jets that brought a kaleidoscope of colour to the sky during president Hage Geingob’s funeral as a last salute to the late head of state.

“Angola provided tents and a number of vehicles in addition to fighters that flew past, so really these neighbouring countries stood by us during this difficult hour.

“Zambia shared its experience, so they sent its contingency of personnel to advise us on how to deal with this situation that we have never gone through before.”

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila highlighted some countries who declared mourning periods in their countries, as well as those who provided material and logistical support.

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