By Staff Reporter
Former Vice President of the Republic of Namibia, Nangolo Mbumba was
sworn-in as the fourth president of Namibia from 04 February 2024 to 21 March
At the same time, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Corporations, and the Vice President and presidential candidate of the ruling SWAPO party of Namibia, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah was appointed and sworn in as the Vice President of the Republic of Namibia.
This follows the death of president Hage Geingob, who died on Sunday morning (February 4,2024) in a private Hospital in Windhoek, when he was receiving his medical treatment.
The swearing in ceremony took place after the Namibian cabinet convened an urgent meeting held on Sunday morning after the death announcement of president Geingob.
Article 29 (4)(a) read together with Article 34 (I) of the Namibian Constitution, give mandate to Nangolo Mbumba to succeed president Geingob as the President of the Republic of Namibia.
“(4) If a President dies, resigns or is removed from office in terms of this Constitution, the vacant office of President shall be filled for the unexpired period thereof as follows: (a) if the vacancy occurs not more than one (1) year before the date on which Presidential elections are required to be held, the vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of Article 34 hereof;” quoted from the amended Namibian Constitution of 2014.
However, Article 34 of the Namibian Constitution expressly states that “(1) If the office of President becomes vacant or if the President is otherwise, unable to fulfil the duties of the office, the following persons shall in the order provided for in this Sub-Article act as President for the unexpired portion of the President’s term of office or until the President is able to resume office, whichever is the earlier: (a) the Vice-President; (b) the Prime Minister; (c) the Deputy-Prime Minister; and (d) a person appointed by the President from the members of Cabinet”