Hon. Nickey Iyambo, Minister of Veteran Affairs Honourable Minister

May 28, 2013, 4:38 am




Nickey Iyambo (born 20 May 1936) is a Namibian politician and physician. A member of SWAPO, Iyambo has been a member of the Cabinet of Namibia since independence in March 1990. He has been the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry since 2005.
Early life and education
Iyambo was born in Onayena, Oshikoto Region. He earned four separate degrees from University of Helsinki in Finland, beginning with a MSc in 1969. In 1970, he earned a MA in political science, a BA in medicine in 1974 and Ph.D. in medicine in 1980.
Career
Iyambo was Namibia's first Black postmaster from 1962 to 1963 but fled into exile with SWAPO in 1964. He was amongst the earliest SWAPO members to go into exile and helped establish SWAPO's close relationship with Julius Nyerere's Tanzania.