10 Dec 2015 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob on Wednesday commissioned four ambassadors-designate and one high commissioner-designate.
This is the first commissioning of heads of mission by the Head of State since his inauguration in March this year as the third president of Namibia.
The five heads of mission-designate are Monica Ndili'owike Nashandi who will head the Namibian mission in Ethiopia as ambassador; Theresia Samaria for Tanzania; Dr Kaire Mbuende for Belgium and the European Union; Andreas Benjamen Guibeb for Germany; and Samuel Nuuyoma for Brazil.
Nashandi was Namibia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland from 1999 to 2005, and also served as Namibia's Ambassador to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland from 1995-1999.
Samaria, a former Mayor of Walvis Bay, also served Namibia in Sweden and Botswana.
Mbuende was a Member of Parliament for five years from 2000 to 2005, and until recently he was Namibian Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Namibia to the United Nations (UN).
Nuuyoma served as Otjozondjupa Regional Governor for three years since December 2012 until earlier this year. He also previously served as governor of the Khomas Region and Erongo Region, and was Mayor of Swakopmund in 1998.
Not much information was readily available about Guibeb.
In his remarks during the commissioning ceremony, President Hage Geingob encouraged the heads of mission-designate to work hard and bring more investors to Namibia from their designate countries.
Mbuende, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, pledged to enhance Namibia's long-standing relations with those countries for the benefit of the people of Namibia.
We are going to promote Namibia as a haven of democracy and stability that is working towards prosperity for all its people, he said.
Mbuende added that they have heard the clarion call of Geingob of an all-out war on poverty and they would vigorously pursue economic diplomacy and provide information about economic opportunities in Namibia, as well as identify potential investors to come and take advantage of the opportunities in order to create jobs, transfer technology and to diversify Namibia's economy for sustainable growth and development.
All heads of mission-designates were accompanied by their spouses, sons and daughters and other close relatives during their oath-taking ceremony.