President João Lourenço to attend Geingob’s State Funeral

Niël Terblanché

In a significant show of solidarity and brotherhood, Angola’s President João Lourenço is set to lead a high-level delegation to the state funeral of the late Namibian President Hage Geingob on 25 February 2024.

The announcement comes following a meeting between the Vice President of Angola’s ruling party, MPLA, Luísa Damião, and Namibian President Nangolo Mbumba at the State House.

The meeting emphasized the deep ties between the two nations, as Damião, accompanied by Ambassador Tete Antonio, the Angolan Minister of External Relations, and other dignitaries, delivered a special message of condolence from President Lourenço.

This message extended not only to the Namibian government but also to the bereaved family of President Geingob and the nation mourning the profound loss of a visionary leader.

President Mbumba received the Angolan delegation at State House and expressed gratitude for the condolences and the forthcoming visit, which he viewed as a testament to the enduring friendship and solidarity between Namibia and Angola.

Damião emphasized the impact of President Geingob’s passing, noting it as a significant loss not just for Namibia but for Angola and the continent at large, reflecting on the late President’s contributions to both countries’ liberation and development efforts.

The delegation also made a courtesy visit to the former First Lady, Monica Geingos, offering their sympathies for her loss, a gesture that stresses the personal and political bonds shared between the two nations.

President Lourenço’s attendance signifies the respect and admiration held for President Geingob across Africa.

The late President’s legacy as a freedom fighter, law-maker, and transformative leader who dedicated his life to the prosperity and unity of Namibia and the broader African continent will be at the forefront of the commemorative events.

Namibia and Angola’s relationship, strengthened by years of shared history and mutual support, stands as a beacon of African solidarity.

President Geingob’s state funeral is expected to draw leaders and dignitaries from across the continent and the world, all coming together to honour a man whose life’s work was devoted to the betterment of his country and Africa.

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