PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has today paid heartfelt tribute to the late Namibian leader Hage Geingob, remembering him as a “brother” and “senior president” in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Geingob passed away on Sunday.
During a visit to the Namibian High Commission in Lusaka, Hichilema signed the book of condolences and shared personal anecdotes from their years-long acquaintance, dating back to when he was a student University of Zambia while Geingob was working there.
He described Geingob as a “freedom fighter,” “global icon,” and a champion of peace, stability, and security.
“He was a man I learned from when I took office,” Hichilema said, recalling Geingob’s famous quote, “HH, we don’t make peace with our friends, we make peace with our enemies.”
“Dialogue is the way to go,” Hichilema emphasized, pledging to honor Geingob’s legacy by promoting dialogue and peace.
He offered Zambia’s experience in dealing with the death of a seating president and the transition of leadership thereafter.
Expressing solidarity with Namibia, Hichilema assured the nation and its new President, Nangolo Mbumba, of Zambia’s unwavering support during this difficult period.
He pledged to “share what we can” to assist in a smooth transition and future collaboration.
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba February 6, 2024