The Presidency said President Hage Gaingob of Namibia would undergo treatment for cancer after routine medical checkups and a follow-up biopsy, which led to the detection of cancerous cells.
The Namibian Presidency said on Friday that the 82-year-old had a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy on Jan. 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 said.
Geingob, who has been president of the southern African nation since 2015, is due to continue to carry out presidential duties, alongside the Cabinet, of which he is the Chairperson.
In June 2023, he underwent an aortic operation. He revealed in 2014 when he was still Prime Minister that he’d survived prostate cancer.
Presidential and National Assembly elections are scheduled for the end of this year.
The presidency says “Dr. Hage G. Geingob has 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”.