No deadwood will be appointed to Cabinet: Riruako

04 Dec 2017 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) – Political analyst, Dr Hoze Riruako, has predicted a youthful, energetic Cabinet, come President Hage Geingob’s anticipated reshuffle.
Speaking to Nampa in an interview on Monday, Riruako said although it was too early to predict who the president would appoint to which ministry, the Cabinet would most definitely be made up of informed leaders who are skilled and have expertise in their appointed fields.
“It would not be a surprise if the president keeps the old ministers, who even though did not make it onto the Central Committee list, have made a great impact in the country, within their ministries,” Riruako noted.
The political analyst pointed out the likes of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Minister, Zephania Kameeta, Higher Education and Innovation Minister, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, Mines and Energy Minister, Obeth Kandjoze, among others.
He said these are key ministries, which are close to the president’s heart.
“The type of Cabinet could also be influenced by the type of Government Geingob is working towards. It could also depend merely on merit, keeping in mind that he had requested people to submit their CV’s when he took up the presidency.”
Riruako complimented the president on the six members he recently appointed to the party CC, noting the sense of gender balance, youth and some of the “old guards”.
“Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, Defence Minister Penda Ya Ndakolo as well as Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Erkki Nghimtina are some of the old notable loyalists the president decided to appoint, and I am sure this is for their exceptional work,” Riruako expressed.
President Geingob also appointed Christina //Hoebes, currently Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, the youthful Jennery Matundu, a chief community liaison officer in the Ministry of Gender at Opuwo in the Kunene Region and retired school teacher Coleen van Wyk from the Rehoboth West Constituency.
President Geingob, although not confirmed, is widely expected to announce a Cabinet reshuffle in the near future.