President Geingob posthumously honoured with Cuba’s highest award

Niël Terblanché

In a touching ceremony that emphasized the deep ties between Namibia and Cuba, the late President Hage Geingob was posthumously awarded the prestigious José Martí Order, Cuba’s highest national honour.

The award was bestowed by the President of the National Assembly of People’s Power of Cuba, Esteban Lazo Hernández, and received by Monica Geingos, the former First Lady of Namibia

Bestowing the award marked a significant moment of international recognition for the departed Namibian leader’s contributions to democracy, peace, and justice.

The announcement of this honour took place on 26 August 2023, during the commemoration of Namibia’s Heroes Day, where the President of the Republic of Cuba served as the special guest of honour.

The gesture of posthumous recognition highlights the esteemed regard in which President Geingob is held internationally, reflecting his dedication to fostering strong international relations and his commitment to the principles of peace and justice.

Christine //Hoebes, the Minister in the Presidency, expressed Namibia’s gratitude and pride in accepting the José Martí Order on behalf of President Geingob.

She stated that the honour is a testament to President Geingob’s enduring legacy, celebrating his relentless pursuit of democracy, his efforts in promoting peace both domestically and internationally, and his unwavering commitment to justice for all.

The Order of José Martí, named after the Cuban national hero and an emblem of the country’s struggle for independence, is reserved for individuals who have made significant contributions to the cause of peace and human dignity.

President Geingob, now the second Namibian leader to receive this distinguished award, is remembered for his role in strengthening the bonds between Namibia and Cuba, and his broader impact on the international stage.The ceremony at State House, held following the burial service of the late leader, saw President Esteban Lazo Hernández personally delivering the award to Monica Geingos.

The moment not only served as a tribute to President Geingob’s remarkable contributions but also as a reminder of the lasting friendships forged through shared values and mutual respect among nations.

As Namibia and the international community continue to honour the legacy of President Geingob, the awarding of the José Martí Order stands as a reflective acknowledgement of his life’s work towards creating a more just and peaceful world.

His vision and achievements will continue to inspire and resonate and will echo through the corridors of history and Namibia’s ongoing journey towards global solidarity and understanding.

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