Hon. Utoni Nujoma, Minister of Justice

May 28, 2013, 5:16 am


Utoni Daniel Nujoma (born 8 September 1952) is a Namibian politician. He is the current Minister of Justice and has served before as Minister of Foreign Affairs (2010-2012) and Deputy Minister of Justice from (2005-2010). Nujoma is also a member of the Central Committee and Politburo of SWAPO.[1] He is the first born of Sam Nujoma, who was President of Namibia from 1990 to 2005.
Education and early life
Nujoma was born in Windhoek's Old Location and raised by his mother Kovambo, as his father, SWAPO leader Sam Nujoma left for exile when Utoni was eight years old. He attended Rhenish Missionary School in Windhoek and later the Augustineum but was expelled in 1972 due to his political activity. In May 1974, Nujoma and his two brothers John and Sacky left to join their father in exile in Angola.[2][3]
In 1974 Nujoma was sent to the Soviet Union to receive training in guerrilla warfare. After his return to Zambia he was stationed at the People's Liberation Army of Namibia's military base of Shaatotwa. After Angola became independent in 1975 he was transferred there. In 1986 Nujoma was sent to Cuba for studies in political science; he returned in 1987. After Independence of Namibia he graduated with an LLB degree from University of Warwick in England (1991), and with a LLM degree from Lund University in Sweden in 1995.
Politics
He was first elected to the Central Committee of SWAPO at the party's August 2002 congress, receiving 316 votes and placing 22nd out of the 57 members elected. He has served as a member of the National Assembly of Namibia and as Deputy Minister of Justice since March 2005. He received the second highest number of votes in the election for members of the Central Committee at SWAPO's November 2007 congress.
Nujoma served as Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice between 1992 and 1996 and as Deputy Minister of Justice between 2004 and 2010. He became Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2010. In the wake of the December 2012 SWAPO congress and the subsequent Cabinet reshuffle, Nujoma became Minister of Justice, succeeding Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.