Hage Geingob, President Of Namibia, Dead At 75 From Food Poisoning Is A Death Hoax

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Hage Geingob, President of Namibia, found dead at 75 from food poisoning is a death hoax. There is no truth to a report that the President of Namibia died as a result of food poisoning.

Where did this death hoax originate? GlobalNews published the fake news article in March 2018 reporting that Geingob was found dead at 75 From Food Poisoning” (archived here) which opened:

The President of the Republic of Namibia, Hage Geingob who acted as the head of state and the head of government of Namibia, as well as the commander-in-chief of the Namibia Defence Force, according to the Constitution of Namibia is reported dead last night.

Last night, it appeared that late President Hage Geingob was said to have died after complaining of stoamch pain, a situation medical experts describe as food poisoning.

Accordiong to Dr Richard Morocky, President Hage Geingob now late was rushed to the Roman Catholic Hospital, in Windhoek in a very critical condition.

“Team of doctors including myself worked tirelessly to control the situation but all frantic efforts put up proved futile.”-Dr Morocky said.

However, there is no truth to the above story. What is the problem with the story to make it false? For one thing, there is no legitimate news coverage of Geingob having died. Additionally, the story is filled with bad spelling and grammar mistakes. Geingob also sent out a tweet on March 20 stating:

“After the good rains at Farm Hadaloha, and working the final details of my Independence Day speech, I spent the last half of the afternoon inspecting my harvest. Food security is a crucial aspect in eradicating poverty. Agriculture has the potential to transform our economy.”

Geingob is the third and the current President of Namibia and has been in office since March 2015. Previously, Geingob was the first Prime Minister of Namibia from March 21, 1990 to Aug. 28,t 2002, and he served as Prime Minister again from Dec. 4, 2012 to March 21, 2015.

Between 2008 and 2012, Geingob then served as Minister of Trade and Industry. Subsequently, he was Vice-President of the South West Africa People’s Organization (Swapo) between 2007 and 2015 and became acting President in 2015 when his predecessor, Hifikepunye Pohamba, stepped down.

The Swapo party has been in power since 1990 when the country, which also borders Angola, Zambia and Botswana, gained independence from South Africa. Namibia is the world’s biggest source of offshore diamonds, most of which are mined by Namdeb Diamond Corp.

Here is an example of someone sharing the death hoax on social media.

What did you think of the death hoax about Geingob having died as a result of food poisoning? Did you believe the death hoax or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.


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