Nahas Angula, Minister: Ministry of Defence

May 28, 2013, 5:47 am

Nahas Gideon Angula (born 22 August 1943) is a Namibian politician who was Prime Minister of Namibia from 2005 to 2012. He has been Minister of Defense since 2012.
Political career
Angula was born in Onyaanya, Oshikoto Region. He was in exile from Namibia from 1965 to 1989, and during this time he worked for Radio Zambia from 1973 to 1976 and for the United Nations as a civil servant from 1976 to 1980 before becoming a SWAPO organizer in 1980. He was in charge of SWAPO voter registration in 1989.  Immediately prior to independence, Angula was a SWAPO member of the Constituent Assembly, which was in place from November 1989 to March 1990. He has been a member of the National Assembly since 1990, and he was Minister of Education, Sport, and Culture from 1990 to 1995 and Minister of Higher Education from 1995 until 2005.
Angula received the highest number of votes, 395 (tied with Jerry Ekandjo), in the election to the Central Committee of SWAPO at the party's August 2002 congress. He was one of three candidates who sought SWAPO's nomination as its presidential candidate in May 2004. He placed third in the first round, receiving 137 votes, while Hifikepunye Pohamba received 213 and Hidipo Hamutenya received 166, and he was therefore excluded from the second round. Those who supported Angula backed Pohamba almost without exception in the second round of voting, and Pohamba was victorious.
On March 21, 2005, when Pohamba was sworn in as President of Namibia, he announced that he was appointing Angula as Prime Minister of Namibia.
After Hage Geingob was re-elected as SWAPO Vice-President on 2 December 2012, and thus confirmed as SWAPO's 2014 presidential candidate, President Pohamba appointed Geingob to replace Angula as Prime Minister on 4 December 2012. Angula was instead appointed as Minister of Defense.
Education and personal life
Angula received a master's degree in education from Columbia University. He is a member of the Lutheran church, as has been his family for generations.