Institutions must obtain permits for memorial services

Erasmus Shalihaxwe

The Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (MICT) Peya Myshelenga, has advised institutions that wish to organize big memorial services to honour late President Hage Geingob to obtain approval from the National Preparatory Committee at the ministry.

Mushelenga announced this yesterday while providing updates on the funeral preparation for the late Head of State.

He said various institutions can plan their events to mourn the departed Head of State in a befitting manner. However, institutions that would like to host big memorial services should obtain approval from the National Preparatory Committee that was convened by the President through MICT. However, smaller gatherings to honour the late President are permitted.

The minister also announced that public and private institutions are advised to maintain the official portrait of the late President until the Government directs that all institutions should hang the official portrait of the new President.

“The Government would like to state that the official book of condolences is found at the residence of the late President at Casa Rosalia, Parliament Building, the Office of the Prime Minister, all Governors’ offices, the office of the Chief Justice and all Namibian diplomatic missions. Therefore, there are no restrictions on individual institutions to also have books of condolences for their staff,” said Mushelenga.

He added that Namibians should also be informed that the United Nations General Assembly in the United States of America will be holding a tribute memorial service today at 22:00 Namibian time in honour of the late President.

“The public and media are further advised that memorial services will take place daily at Casa Rosalia, the private residence of the late H.E. Dr Hage G. Geingob, until Thursday, 15 February 2024 at 18:00. There will be no memorial services during the weekend, to allow the family to rest,” he said.

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