Geingob’s Treatise on the Web

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By Kuvee Kangueehi Windhoek The Doctoral Thesis of Namibia’s first Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob will be officially launched on the Internet this afternoon. The historic occasion, which will coincide with the 65th birthday of Geingob, will be graced by the presence of the Head of State, President Hifikepunye Pohamba at the Windhoek Safari Court. The former Prime Minister successfully completed the thesis on “State Formation in Namibia” at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 2004. Speaking to New Era earlier, Geingob noted that he decided to launch the thesis on the web because it is much cheaper than printing and it will be accessible to many people around the world. “We are living in the information age and we should take advantage of that.” The Member of Parliament however indicated that it is a pity that people with no computers will not have any access to it. Geingob is a qualified teacher who graduated with a teacher’s certificate from the then Augustineum Training College in 1961 and taught at Tsumeb Primary School for one year before going into exile in 1962. In 1970, he graduated with a BA from the Fordham University in the United States. He read for his masters degree, MA International Relations, at New School of Social Science, in the United States in 1974. Geingob’s political career started in 1963 at the age of 22, having been in exile for one year. He has since been entrusted with key responsibilities for the Swapo Party. His first assignment was as an assistant representative of the party in Botswana between 1963 and 1964. Thereafter, he became a petitioner to the United Nations and the United States until 1971. In 1972 he was appointed associate political affairs officer at the UN Secretariat. Geingob was the founder director of the UN Institute for Namibia (UNIN) in Lusaka. He established a solid reputation as an educator and negotiator while he was the UNIN director from 1975 until 1989. However, Geingob’s prominence shot up after he was appointed Swapo’s Elections Director for the UN-supervised elections in 1989 and subsequently as chairman for the Constituent Assembly. He has chaired various studies in the country starting with “the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on the country” called “Namibia, Perspectives of National Reconstructions and Development 1985-86”, then for the Research Coordination Committee. He oversaw the preparation of 25 sectoral policy publications for use by the government and has contributed numerous articles to various other publications. He has attended, presented papers at, and chaired numerous UN and other international conferences. At the occasion tonight, Professor Andre du Pisani will give a brief presentation on requirements of a doctoral thesis while Cliffe Lionel from the University of Leeds will also make a brief speech. Several Cabinet ministers are expected to attend the occasion.