Since Monday, several regional councils have opened books of condolence for members of the public to sign at their offices, following the death of president Hage Geingob in Windhoek on Sunday.
Grootfontein mayor Talitha Namati-Garises made the first entry in the book at the town on Monday.
Namati-Garises said the initiative was taken because Geingob had a special connection with the town.
Geingob was born on a farm in the Grootfontein district in 1941.
Town spokesperson Luke Salomo said the book is open to the public.
“The public can come during office hours. The book will be here until after the funeral. The council will then take it to Windhoek and give it to the first lady,” he said.
A night vigil was expected to take place last night at the municipality’s open space. Other local authorities in the Otjozondjupa region are also expected to host similar activities.
Governor James Uerikua said they are waiting on the national committee tasked with Geingob’s funeral arrangements to share the final national programme.
“Upon the availability of such information, we at the regional level can then plan so that we are in conformity with what the government has planned so that we do not overlap,” he said.
He added that the Swapo members in the region will also have a candle-lit event.
A day vigil at Swakopmund was held in the auditorium of the fisheries ministry on Monday morning, during which council chairperson Benitha Imbamba addressed the council and its staff, marking the beginning of the period of national mourning.
Imbamba expressed the collective grief of the region, quoting Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted,” to offer solace to bereaved colleagues and citizens.
“It was with utmost disbelief and profound sadness when the Presidency announced the passing on of his excellency,” said Imbamba, adding that the nation lost a dedicated leader known for his zeal, passion, commitment and determination.
The council observed a moment of silence in honour and remembrance of Geingob, reflecting on his contributions to the nation’s prosperity.
“May the good Lord accept his spirit,” Imbamba said in conclusion of a moment of silence and prayer.
Oshana regional governor Elia Irimari opened a book of condolence on Monday which is open to the public at the governor’s office during office hours.
Irimari said the nation has lost a visionary leader of note whose memory should be celebrated and honoured.
“During this difficult time, we offer our support and condolences to madam Monica Geingos and the entire bereaved family, as well as to the Namibian nation who mourn the loss of our leader. May we all find solace and strength in the memories and achievements of the late president Hage Geingob, and may his spirit guide us as we continue to strive for progress and unity,” he said.
Helao Nafidi mayor Darius Shaalukeni in his message of condolence to Geingos and the bereaved family said the management of the Helao Nafidi Town Council and the residents were shocked to learn of Geingob’s death.
He described Geingob as an architect of democracy, a champion of peace and an advocate of young people.
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