Botswana’s President Masisi visits Namibia to extend condolences in person

Niël Terblanché

In an unprecedented gesture of solidarity and friendship, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana became the first African leader to personally visit Namibia and convey his condolences following the passing of President Hage Geingob.

Arriving in Windhoek early yesterday President Masisi’s visit reiterated the deep and enduring relationship between Namibia and Botswana, and between Presidents Masisi and the late President Geingob themselves.

The bond between the two leaders, characterized by mutual respect and shared visions for their countries and the African continent, has been a cornerstone of the strong diplomatic ties between Namibia and Botswana.

Over the years, Presidents Masisi and Geingob collaborated on numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing regional integration, and economic development, and addressing pressing issues such as climate change and security.

President Masisi’s visit commenced at the State House, where he expressed his condolences to President Nangolo Mbumba, who assumed the role of Head of State.

President Mbumba expressed his sincere gratitude to President Masisi for being the first Head of State to visit in person to covey condolences after the passing of President Geingob.

The two heads of state pledged to maintain and further strengthen the strong bond of relations that exists between the two countries.

Following the visit to State House, President Masisi made his way to the residence of the late President Geingob and his widow, Monica Geingos, where he offered support and solidarity during the time of national mourning.

His act of signing the book of remembrance at the former First Lady’s home further strengthened the personal and diplomatic ties that bind the two nations.

In his message of condolence issued shortly after President Geingob’s death, President Masisi lauded his late counterpart as a “stalwart of Namibia’s struggle for independence” and praised his efforts in promoting democracy, peace, and prosperity in Namibia.

Masisi’s message highlighted the profound impact of President Geingob’s leadership not only on Namibia but also on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and the African continent at large.

“President Geingob was a beacon of hope and a pillar of strength for Namibia and its people. His dedication to his country’s sovereignty, economic development, and regional cooperation has left an indelible mark on the hearts of many. We mourn with our Namibian brothers and sisters and celebrate the life of a true African leader,” his message read

This personal visit and heartfelt messages of condolence from President Masisi are testaments to the special relationship between the two countries.

It also reflects the spirit of African unity and solidarity, emphasizing the importance of supporting one another in times of sorrow and loss.

The legacy of cooperation and mutual respect fostered by Presidents Geingob and Masisi will undoubtedly continue to influence Namibia-Botswana relations and the broader SADC region for years to come.

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