Katali bows out, prepares for farming

18 Mar 2015 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAR (NAMPA) – Outgoing Minister of Mines and Energy, Isak Katali is preparing to be full-time farmer and at the same time an active member of the Swapo-Party.
Katali, who failed to make it on the 77-members Swapo-party list, will leave the office soon ahead of the swearing-in of the new government on Independence Day.
In the interview with Nampa last week Wednesday, Katali indicated that he will go to the Northern part of the country, where he grew up to concentrate on farming.
“I am village man and I have a farm. I need to sustain my self and create employment, but I will remain a member of the Swapo-Party,” he said.
Katali stressed that he will be available to participate in any political activities, and other assignment issued to him by the political leadership.
He also availed himself to do community work and help others in the country as required.
Katali was born on 05 January 1958 at Eunda in Omusati Region.
He worked as mining supervisor at Consolidated Diamond Mines (CDM) at Oranjemund from 1979 to 1985.
He previously served as an acting school principal, acting deputy principal and teacher at Onesi Combined school from 1987-1995.
Katali as a qualified school teacher, worked as senior education Officer, Ondangwa West Regional Office from 1995 to 2000.
He was later appointed by first President Dr Sam Nujoma as a Deputy Minister of Lands, Resettlement and Rehabilitation during 2000-2010.
Katali was given promotional post as a Minister of Mines and Energy in March 2010 by the second President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Katali have been a member of the National Assembly since 2000.
He hold a Master of Education degree, University of the Western Cape, South Africa (1998-2001), Bachelor of Education (Hons), University of Bristol, UK (1988-90), a Diploma in Educational Management and Administration, Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh, United kingdom (UK), obtained between 1985 and 1986.