Hage Geingob has been sworn in this weekend as the new President of the Republic of Namibia. The solemn ceremony of investiture has coincided with the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of that nation, on March 21, 1990.
The act was held in the Independence Stadium of Windhoek, the capital, in the presence of more than a hundred Heads of State and of Government coming from the Caribbean, southern and central Africa. Among them, the acting Chairman of the African Union, H.E. Robert Gabriel Mugabe; the Heads of State from Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo; Gabon, H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba; Congo Brazzaville, H. E. Denis Sassou Nguesso; Angola, H. E. Eduardo dos Santos; in addition to the leaders from Swaziland, South Sudan, Mozambique and Ethiopia and the Vice President of Cuba, Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel.
During the ceremony the national anthem was played and that of the African Union, and the outgoing President of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba, gave a speech in which he expressed his gratitude towards the Namibians for their confidence during two mandates (from March 21, 2005 to March 21, 2015), and also valued the contribution of the Cuban internationalist fighters in order to achieve that Namibia obtained independence from South Africa on March 21, 1990.
After receiving the presidential sash, the shield and the national flag, the new Head of State, H. E. Hage Geingob, asked everyone to work for the new Namibia based on three pillars: peace, stability and prosperity.
Geingob was born on August 3, 1941; he was elected president in the last elections held in the country at the end of the year 2014, and obtained 70% of the votes. He was also prime minister and now, after taking office, will continue as leader of his party, Swapo, the South West Africa People’s Organization.
The military parade, the acrobatics performed by airplanes of the Air Force and the cultural show closed the investiture ceremony which was attended by the former first President of Namibia, Sam Nujoma, founder of the party in power and father of the independence, who led the country from 1990 to 2005.
The delegation of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, headed by its Head of State, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and integrated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Agapito Mba Mokuy and the State Minister of the Presidency for Missions, Alejandro Evuna Owono Asangono, in addition to various presidential advisers, returned to Malabo on the afternoon of Saturday, March 21, after participating in the reception organized by the Namibian Government.
The members of the Government of the country and the Ambassador of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in Angola and Namibia, Jose Esono Micha, were in charge of wishing a safe return to the guests.
Text: Maria Jesus Nsang
Photos: Manuel Mangue
(Presidential Press Team)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office