21 Feb 2018 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) Presidential Affairs Minister, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, has been relieved of his duties due to ill health, 14 days after assuming the role.
Speaking to the media at State House on Wednesday, Press Secretary, Alfredo Hengari, said Ngatjizeko was relieved of his duties with immediate effect.
Immanuel Ngatjizeko has been relieved of his duties on account of ill-health and this was based on the recommendation of his personal physician. That is the information I can share with you, Hengari told journalists.
Asked whether Ngatjizeko had assumed office since his appointment on 08 February 2018, Hengari said: The moment a minister is appointed, they resume duties immediately.
Hengari did not indicate when President Hage Geingob is expected to make a new appointed in the position vacated by Ngatjizeko, saying only that this will be done at an appropriate time.
For now, the President wished the Honourable Immanuel Ngatjizeko well and thanked him for his contribution to building Namibia, he said.
During the Cabinet reshuffle a fortnight ago, Ngatjizeko replaced Frans Kapofi at State House, while Kapofi was appointed as the new Home Affairs and Immigration Minister, replacing Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.
At the time, Geingob indicated that Ngatjizekos health standing would be monitored from State House, hence the decision to move him from the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development. Before that, Ngatjizeko was Minister of Safety and Security.
Ngatjizeko was born on 30 May 1952, in Otjohorongo, a village in the Omaruru area in the Erongo Region.
He has been a member of parliament (MP) since 2000 and joined Cabinet in 2003.
Ngatjizeko also served as Labour and Social Welfare Minister between 2008 and 2010 while he served as Minister of Trade and Industry from 2005 to 2008, as well as Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy from 2000 to 2005.