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27 global dignitaries set to attend President Geingob’s state funeral

27 global dignitaries set to attend President Geingob’s state funeral

Staff Reporter

THE funeral of the late President Hage Geingob, scheduled for 25 February 2024, will be attended by 27 high-level dignitaries from the international community.

This was announced by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Emma Theofelus, who revealed that 18 of the 27 countries will be led by their Heads of State, while the rest will be led by either prime ministers, speakers of parliament, or ambassadors.

“During this time, the government urges road users to adhere to the traffic rules and regulations regarding motorcades to ensure a smooth process for our international dignitaries as they arrive and navigate around the city,” the minister said.

Theofelus also dispelled rumours that the roads will be gridlocked during this period, clarifying that there are not currently 650 SADC officers in the country.

She further revealed that the next few days leading up to the funeral of the late president, with the exception of Thursday, will be notably busy with events associated with the memorial service and funeral of the late President Geingob.

Theofelus confirmed that the final of the smaller memorial services will be held tonight at Casa Rosalia from 18:00. This memorial service will witness friends and family paying tribute to the late President Geingob. However, the event is open to all and will be live-streamed as well.

She further revealed that tomorrow, 21 February, a musical tribute will be held in memory of the late president. Free tickets for this event are available at Webtickets at any Pick n Pay store.

“Many will recall that His Excellency, Dr Hage G Geingob, avidly supported local music. He attended music awards and was known for his great moves during public interactions. This concert will allow Namibian musicians and artists to celebrate the life of the people’s president, as many have fondly remembered him,” Theofelus said.

No activities related to the preparation for the memorial service and funeral of the late president will take place on Thursday, 22 February. However, on Friday, 23 February, the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) will lead a military procession with the body of the late president across Windhoek to allow the public to pay their respects. Some Windhoek schools will also participate in this procession.

“The exact routes will be announced tomorrow afternoon. In this regard, I call on the public to line up along the soon-to-be-announced routes to view the casket of the late president with great honour and respect,” the minister said.

She reiterated that the official memorial service will take place on Saturday, 24 February, at the Independence Stadium. The gates of the stadium will open at 10:00. Transport to the Independence Stadium will be announced in due course.

The minister also revealed that vendors are allowed to sell goods at designated points within the stadium on Saturday. However, no alcohol will be allowed in the vicinity of the stadium, which will be monitored by law enforcement officers.

Theofelus also announced that transport to the late president’s funeral will be announced at a later stage. The State Funeral will take place at Heroes’ Acre on Sunday at 10:00, with the burial scheduled for noon.

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