Zambia declares a national mourning period in honour of Geingob

Niël Terblanché

In an unprecedented gesture of solidarity and respect, Zambia has announced it will observe two days of national mourning this weekend to honour the memory of the late Namibian President, Dr Hage Geingob.

It was reported by Zambian media outlets that President Hakainde Hichilema has ordered all Zambian flags to be flown at half-mast from 21 to 25 February 2024, as a mark of respect for President Geingob, who passed away at the age of 82on 4 February 2024.

The period of mourning will culminate in memorial and burial services on Sunday, during which the nation will pause to remember Dr Geingob’s enduring legacy.

Secretary to the Zambian Cabinet, Patrick Kangwa, made the announcement in a media statement, outlining the specifics of the mourning period.

He stressed that all entertainment programs scheduled for this weekend would be postponed, and broadcasting stations are instructed to only play solemn music in remembrance of the late President.

Dr Geingob’s contributions to Namibia and the Southern African region have not gone unnoticed, and his legacy is celebrated across borders.

The late President’s leadership and commitment to the development and prosperity of Namibia have left an indelible mark on the country and its people.

His efforts towards fostering regional integration and cooperation have also been acknowledged by neighbouring countries, including Zambia.

The days of national mourning on Saturday and Sunday are a testament to the respect and admiration Zambia holds for the late Namibian Head of State.

The Zambian government’s actions, as directed by President Hichilema, not only honour the memory of a great leader but also symbolize the unity and shared aspirations of African nations.

Kangwa indicated that the gesture is a powerful reminder of the bonds that tie the continent together, in times of both joy and sorrow.

Zambia stands in solidarity with Namibia, mourning the loss of a visionary leader while celebrating his contributions to the advancement and unity of Africa.

Kangwa said the Zambian government’s decision reiterates the deep ties and shared histories between the two nations, reflecting the significant impact Dr Geingob had on the region.

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