Namibia lays out memorial and funeral protocol for diplomatic corps

Niël Terblanché

In a solemn assembly with the diplomatic corps in Windhoek, Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed profound gratitude for the global solidarity and support following the passing of President Hage Geingob.

She told the assembly that the nation is collectively navigating through this period of profound sorrow, bolstered by the comforting messages of condolences from around the world.

Vice President Nandi-Ndaitwah outlined the protocol surrounding the arrangements for the state funeral of President Geingob and reminded the diplomats of the seamless transition of leadership to Dr Nangolo Mbumba, who was sworn in as the fourth President of the Republic of Namibia.

She also informed the assembly about the High-Level Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila that has been meticulously planning the funeral services to honour the late President.

Nandi-Ndaitwah said that a Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, 24 February 2024, at 14:00, at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, followed by the Burial Service on Sunday, 25 February 2024, at 10:00, at Heroes Acre.

She added that in a gesture to allow all Namibians to partake in the mourning process, President Mbumba has declared February 25 a public holiday, with the subsequent Monday, February 26, also observed as a public holiday, in accordance with the Public Holidays Act of 1990.

Vice President Nadi-Ndaitwah also issued a call for international delegations planning to attend the state funeral to confirm their attendance by February 20, 2024.

She said that this would facilitate the finalization of the preparations for this dignified occasion.

Heads of State and Government attending the State Memorial Service are invited to offer tributes, limited to three minutes, to accommodate their expressions of respect and admiration for President Geingob within the constraints of the ceremony’s schedule. A wreath-laying ceremony at the grave site will also allow Heads of State and Government to pay their respects during the State Funeral.

The vice president reminded diplomats that the Government of Namibia, through its Department of Protocol and Consular Affairs, has extended its readiness to assist with any queries and ensure a smooth process for all attending dignitaries.

Nandi-Ndaitwah said that following the funeral, President Mbumba will host a luncheon at State House for the Heads of State, Government, and other dignitaries, as a gesture of appreciation for their support during this critical moment in Namibia’s history.

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