30 years ago Hage Geingob returned to Namibia - News - Gondwana Collection

News

Gondwana's Newsroom

30 years ago Hage Geingob returned to Namibia

Avatar of inke inke - 18. June 2019 - Discover Namibia

Seated from left to right are Pastor Hendrik Witbooi, SWAPO´s then Vice-President, Hage Geingob, Anton Lubowski and Hifikepunye Pohamba.

Dirk Heinrich

On the 18th of June 1989 at 18h10, a DC-10 of Zambia Airways from Lusaka landed at the then J.G. Strydom Airport, now Hosea Kutako International Airport, outside Windhoek. On board were Hage Geingob, former Director of the United Nations Institute for Namibia in Lusaka, SWAPO´s then director of elections and Namibia’s third president, Hifikepunye “Lucas” Pohamba, Namibia´s second president, late Theo-Ben Gurirab, late Hanno Rumpf, late Hidipo Hamutenya, late Richard Kapelwa Kabajani and many more of SWAPO´s politburo who had been in exile.

Hage Geingob kissed the tarmac after he had disembarked from the plane and said, “It is the motherland; a dream has come true.” He and the others of the delegation were welcomed by late Anton Lubowski, late Nico Bessinger and late Mbanderu Chief Munjuku Nguvauva II. A press conference was held in the old airport building shortly after the return of the SWAPO politburo members who were in exile for many years, with a huge contingent of international and local media present. Seated at the table were late Pastor Hendrik Witbooi, SWAPO´s then Vice-President, Hage Geingob, Anton Lubowski and Hifikepunye Pohamba. Hage Geingob returned after 27 years in exile.

New comment

0 comments

Stay up-to-date with our monthly 'Gondwana Tracks' Newsletter Sign up Today