Namibian President Hage Gaingob will begin cancer treatment after normal medical examinations and a follow-up biopsy revealed the presence of malignant cells, his office confirmed.
The Namibian Presidency announced on Friday, January 19, 2024, that the president underwent a colonoscopy and gastroscopy on January 8, followed by a biopsy.
“On the advice of the medical team, President Geingob will undertake appropriate medical treatment to deal with the cancerous cells,” his office added.
Geingob, who has been president of the southern African country since 2015, is expected to continue to perform presidential duties alongside the Cabinet, of which he is the Chairperson.
In June 2023, he had an aortic procedure. He disclosed in 2014, while still Prime Minister, that he had overcome prostate cancer.
Presidential and National Assembly elections are scheduled for the end of this year.
The presidency says “Dr. Hage G. Geingob has a premised public office and effective governance on processes, systems, and institutions that are geared towards transparency and accountability, including on matters about his health status”.