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Namibia mourns death of first foreign affairs minister

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The Namibian government has announced the passing of one of Africa’s finest diplomats, Namibia’s first Foreign Minister and former Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab

“With a profound sense of sadness, the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency, Dr. Hage G. Geingob announced today, 14 July 2018, the passing of “a friend, a comrade and giant of the Namibian struggle for liberation”, Dr. Theo-­‐Ben Gurirab,” the Namibian presidency said in a statement.

President Geingob said the death of Gurirab, whom he described as one of the leading architects of Namibia’s diplomacy, marked the end of “a rich chapter” in Namibian history.

Moreover, the President said that the exceptional work of Gurirab in service of the liberation movement, SWAPO and the Namibian people shall be cherished forever.

Geingob, who visited family earlier today to console and to express condolences, said the funeral arrangements shall be announced in due course.


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