CIF hails Geingob as an exemplary leader

Martin Endjala

The Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) president, Nico Badenhorst has hailed former President Hage Geingob as an exemplary leader.

He added that the late head of state steered Namibia through difficult economic times and was relentless in including everyone in the Namibian House and maintaining peace in the country.

“His emphasis on democratic principles, for better or worse, must be respected. He built an exemplary foundation that demanded hard work and delivery. With continued focus and perseverance, we Namibians will stay strong and brave to utilize the economic opportunities that have been created under his leadership.

On behalf of our members and the construction industry, I would like to express our sincere condolences to his wife, former First Lady Monica Geingos, his children, his entire family, and the entire Namibian nation,” he said.

He said despite the very difficult circumstances, he was pleased to see how calmly the transition was done, which saw Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba announced as the new head of state.

This he said, is bravery in trying times, and commended the leadership for remaining focused on ensuring continuity, thereby extending best wishes to President Mbumba for great success in leading the nation.

Badenhorst further congratulated Netumbu Nandi-Ndaitwah on her appointment as Vice-President.

He stressed that it is the responsibility of every Namibian to continue to build on the legacy of peace and stability, which can be achieved through focused efforts, collaboration, and bravery to forge forward for economic success in the interest of every Namibian.

Geingob’s death was announced on Sunday, and an urgent cabinet meeting was then called to make decisions for the way forward, which saw the swearing-in of Mbumba as the new President and Nandi-Ndaitwah as the new Vice President.

Mbumba has since declared a period of mourning in honour of the late head of state from 5 February 2024 until the day of his funeral.

The National Flag and all other flags in the country and those at Namibian missions around the globe will be flown at half-mast during the mourning period.

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