Hon. Alpheus !Naruseb, Minister of Lands & Resettlement

May 28, 2013, 5:11 am


Alpheus ǀGou-ǃna ǃNaruseb (born 20 March 1954 in Usakos, Erongo Region) is a Namibian politician. A member of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), !Naruseb has been in the Cabinet of Namibia since 1997 and the National Assembly since 1994.
Career
Early life and education
ǃNaruseb was born on 20 March, 1954 in Usakos, South West Africa. From 1970-75, he attended Martin Luther High School in Okombahe. He has also studied towards his Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) at the University of Namibia.
Political career
ǃNaruseb joined SWAPO in 1975 at the age of 21. The next year he began working as a maintenance planner at the Rössing Uranium Mine in Arandis, which lasted until 1980. In that year, he became industrial relations officer at the Mine, which lasted until independence in 1990. During the run-up to independence the late 1980s, he was the internal SWAPO secretary for economic affairs. Following a stint as head organiser of Mass Organizations in SWAPO from 1990-91, he joined the SWAPO Central Committee in that year. From 1992-2002, ǃNaruseb was the head of Information and Publicity in the SWAPO Party. He also was selected to the National Assembly in 1995.
Cabinet positions
In 1997, ǃNaruseb was appointed to as the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, which lasted until his move to Deputy Minister of Justice in 2003. In 2005, the Erongo native was appointed to head the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare under the newly elected President Hifikepunye Pohamba. In 2008, !Naruseb was shuffled to the post of Minister of Lands & Resettlement, replacing Jerry Ekandjo.
Political positions
In 2008, ǃNaruseb expressed frustration at the pace of land reform in Namibia, suggesting that the law be changed to "prioritise the resettlement of the most needy".