New and Renaming of Ministries Announced

19 Mar 2015 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 MAR (NAMPA) – Incoming President Hage Geingob announced a revised Government structure with the renaming of some and creation of new ministries that will be in place for the next five years on Thursday.
At a media conference, Geingob said the important considerations that went into the revised structure were the recently passed constitutional amendments and improved alignment of existing ministries to Government goals and objectives.
“In coming up with the revised structure, due cognisance was given to process as against to implementation issues. Only where processes were deemed flawed in terms of achieving Government goals and objectives were changes proposed. Therefore, no changes were proposed to Ministries and Agencies deemed properly aligned to the overall objectives of Government. However, even such Ministries will be required to improve their performance terms of execution and implementation of Government plans as expectations of the electorate in terms of delivery is very high,” he stressed.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry is renamed to the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development headed by Immanuel Ngatjizeko while the deputy is Pieter van der Walt; Ministry of Regional, Local Government and Housing and Rural Development is renamed to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and headed by Sophia Shningwa while the deputy is Derek Klazen; Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Job Creation is renamed to the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Job Creation (Minister’s name not yet announced); Ministry of Lands and Resettlement is renamed to the Ministry of Land Reform and headed by Utoni Nujoma and the deputy is Clinton Swartbooi. The Minister of Youth and Sport is Jerry Ekandjo and the deputy Agnes Tjongarero.
Meanwhile, the new ministries include: Ministry of State-owned Enterprises headed by Leon Jooste; Ministry of Poverty Alleviation headed by Bishop Zephania Kameeta while his deputy is Reverend Aino Kapenwangolo; Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation headed by Itah Kandji-Murangi while the deputy is Becky Ndjoze-Ojo.
The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture is headed by Katrina Hanse-Himarwa while the deputy is Anna Nghipondoka.