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Namibia declares 3-day national mourning for former President, Banda

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Namibia’s President Hage Geingob has declared three days of national mourning to pay respects to the late former President of Zambia Rupiah Bwezani Banda.

The Republic of Namibia and African Union flags are to fly at half-mast until Friday when Banda’s body will be buried in the Zambian capital Lusaka.

“Indeed, with his passing, Namibia has lost a dependable friend,’’ Geingob has said previously.

“But, we are comforted by his indelible contributions to the liberation movements of our region and the socio-economic development of its people.’’

Geingob extended sympathies to Banda’s wife and children, and the fraternal people of Zambia.

“May his soul rest in peace,’’ he added.

Banda, who served as the fourth president of Zambia from 2008 to 2011, passed away at his home on March 11, at the age of 85 after more than a year of battling colon cancer.

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