UPC says Namibia’s ‘remarkable unity, stability and peace’ should be emulated

(Last Updated On: 8 February 2024)

Kampala | Namibia lost its President Dr Hage Geingob on Sunday at the age of 82. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, 79, said Hage’s death was a great loss to Africa.

Dr Hage was an anti-apartheid activist who promoted Africa’s interests globally. A few hours after his death was announced, Namibians got their ‘interim’ President, Nangolo Mbumba.

Aged 82, Mbumba said during his swearing-in ceremony that “nobody should panic” because he won’t run for the Presidency after the expiry of the interim role.

Uganda’s old political party, UPC has commended Namibia’s ‘remarkable unity, peace and stability’ in a message delivered on Wednesday, February 7.

“Namibia and Africa woke up to the sad news and development of the demise of H. E. President Dr. Hage Geingob on Sunday 4th February 2024. This is indeed very unfortunate to lose such a great leader who was very active in the decolonization and independence struggle of Namibia whose country (then) was under the mandate of apartheid South Africa,” the party’s head of media and communications, Muzeyi Faizo, said.

“In 1964, he was appointed a representative of the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) at the United Nations in New York, USA. This led to his prolonged stay in both Botswana and USA for close to three decades, only to return to his homeland of Namibia in 1989 to lead a great campaign for SWAPO.

“SWAPO won the elections and formed the first independent government of Namibia led by Dr. Sam Nujoma (1990 – 2004), H. E. Pohamba Hifikenye (2004 – 2014) and H. E. Dr. Hage Geingob from 2014 – January 2024.

“Following his demise, H. E. Dr. Nalongo Mbumba who was his Vice President has just been sworn in as President, days ago without any tension.namibia

“Since 1990 when a young Namibia gained her Uhuru, there has been remarkable unity, stability, peace and progress which should be emulated,” said Faizo, adding, “We salute Namibia for deepening democracy, governance, constitutionalism and development.”

The pro-people practices, UPC says is giving great hope to Namibia and Africa that it is possible to have “a smooth political transition from one leader (President) without shedding blood”.

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