PRESIDENT Hage Geingob, during the official launch of the second evolution of the Harambee Prosperity Plan at State House today, called for a minute of silence to mourn the death of John Pombe Magufuli, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
President Magufuli passed on in a hospital in Dar es Salaam at the age of 61 on Wednesday.
Authorities in Tanzania ascribed his death to a heart condition.
In his message of condolence, President Geingob said that he has learned with shock and grief about the death of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Before the minute of silence was observed, Geingob said that many Namibians called Tanzania home for extended periods of time during the struggle for the liberation of Namibia and that all Namibians will mourn with the people of Tanzania in the wake of their loss.
“I, therefore, wish to convey our profound sympathies and condolences to Her Excellency, the Vice President, Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Government, the fraternal people of the United Republic of Tanzania, and the family of our dear departed Son of Africa, Dr. Magufuli,” he said.
According to Geingob, the people of Tanzania and Africa as a whole have lost a distinguished statesman and a visionary, who during his life exemplified the ethos of discipline and hard work.
“Namibia pays homage to this true servant of the people who tirelessly served with commitment and devotion as a Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, and President,” he said.
Geingob said that Magafuli leaves behind a rich legacy of service that will be carried on for generations to come.
“For that, we honour his memory. I recall with fondness when I had the pleasure of hosting our Dear Brother on his State Visit to Namibia in May 2019. At the state banquet in his honour, I commented on how the cordial atmosphere of solidarity, which punctuated the mood in the banquet hall, was a reaffirmation of the bonds of friendship between the people of Namibia and Tanzania. I shall forever cherish the memories of these moments, which I shared with President Magufuli. Although he has left us, he shall never be forgotten,” he said.