06 Aug 2013 10:20
WINDHOEK, 06 AUG (NAMPA) - The Swapo-Party Politburo has approved the appointment of Dr Kalumbi Shangula as the new chairperson of the Swapo-Party Â‘Think-TankÂ’, a position left vacant with the death of the late Minister of Education Dr Abraham Iyambo earlier this year.
The 52-year-old Iyambo died in London in the United Kingdom (UK) in February this year while on official duty.
Swapo-Party Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba announced on Tuesday during a media conference here that Shangula, who was the vice-chairperson of the Swapo Think-Tank, is now the full-time chairperson of that institution.
The Swapo Party established its first 'Think-Tank' consisting of 38 members, chaired by Iyambo when he was still FisheriesÂ’ Minister, in 2008.
The Â‘Think-TankÂ’ was, amongst others, created to evaluate developments at regional, continental and multi-lateral institutions and to advice the Swapo leadership on Government's Foreign Policy stance.
The party indicated during the launch of the 'Think-Tank' that it was also needed to strengthen the party ideologically, organisationally and institutionally, and to improve its work style in order to feed the greater Swapo Party's working sessions like the Central Committee, Politburo and its Secretariat.
Shangula retired as Environment and Tourism Permanent Secretary at the end of last year.
While at the Environment Ministry since 2007, he worked on wildlife and climate change polices, as well as the proclamation of three national parks.
He served in the public service for more than 30 years, with eight years of that period served as Permanent Secretary in the Health and Social ServicesÂ’ Ministry.
Shangula was also chairman of the Multi-Sectoral Committee, which developed polices on HIV/AIDS and Malaria, and a document which allowed Namibia to benefit from the Global Fund.
He now specialises as a General Practitioner (GP) in the medical field in Windhoek.