John Mutorwa, Minister: Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Forestry

May 28, 2013, 5:50 am

John Mutorwa (born 17 August 1957 in Nyangana, Okavango Region) is a Namibian politician. A member of the South West Africa People's Organization, Mutorwa has been a member of the National Assembly and of the cabinets of Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba since 1992. Mutorwa has been the Minister of Youth, National Services, Sport and Culture since March 2005.
Mutorwa attended the University of Fort Hare, from which he graduated from in 1984. He earned a B.A. in 1995 from the University of Namibia. In 2002, he earned a master's degree in Interdisciplinary studies from the University of Montana.
Following his education at Fort Hare, Mutorwa returned to Kavangoland, where he worked as a teacher and principal from 1985 to 1990. He also worked for reconciliation efforts, serving as Secretary of the Repatriation, Resettlement and Rehabilitation of Roman Catholic Justice and Peace Commission from 1988 to 1989. Following independence in 1990, he served as Regional Commissioner for Kavango, Omega, and Tsumkwe until 1992. In that year, Mutorwa joined the government in Windhoek as a Member of Parliament. Beginning in 1992 as well, Mutorwa served various posts in the cabinet, including as Deputy Minister of Water Affairs in the office of the President from 1992 to 1993 and Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources from 1994 to 1995. In 1995, he was promoted to head the Ministry of Basic Education and Culture, which he did until 2005. In a cabinet shake up in that year, he became the Minister of Youth, National Services, Sport and Culture. As of August 2010, he is the Minister for Agriculture, Water and Forestry.