Kuugongelwa-Amadhila Namibia's First Female PM

11 Mar 2015 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 11 MAR (NAMPA) – Prime Minister and President-elect Dr Hage Geingob on Wednesday appointed long-serving Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila as the country's first female Prime Minister (PM).

Geingob announced the appointment at a media briefing where he also announced the appointment of Veterans' Affairs Minister Nickey Iyambo as the country's new Vice-President (VP), a newly created position as per amendments to the Namibian Constitution made last year.

“Since I want to be a consultative leader, I would like to have people that I can consult, people I can ask for advice,” he said.

Geingob described the new PM as young and vibrant.

Members from the Swapo party list of candidates for parliament will fill certain positions he explained in order to be appointed as a minister.

Iyambo is expected to resign from his current position as Veterans’ Affairs Minister to take up the position of Vice-President.

“What I am going to do today is nominate or designate some people who will after they are sworn in on 21 March resign from their current positions,” he emphasised.

Geingob informed the media briefing that his reason for appointing Iyambo as VP is because he was looking for somebody who is not scared of him and will tell him what he needs to hear. Iyambo he said is older and will advise him as an equal.

Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister but will also serve as a minister for another portfolio at a later stage.

Geingob will be sworn in as Namibia's third president on 21 March 2015, after victory in the Parliamentary and Presidential elections held in November last year.