Laura Veenelapi McLeod-Katjirua is a Namibian politician. She is the current Governor of the Khomas Region as of December 2012, transferred from the governorship of the Omaheke Region by President Hifikepunye Pohamba after she was elected Deputy Secretary General of the SWAPO party on December 2, 2012. She served Omaheke as governor since November 2001.
Early life and education
Laura McLeod grew up in Gobabis, the regional capital of Omaheke. She went into Zambian exile in 1975 while she still was a teenager and completed her secondary education there at Nyango Education Centre in 1978. She graduated with a diploma in Public Administration from the United Nations Institute for Namibia, and with a Teacher's Diploma from the National Institute for Public Administration in 1982, both located in Lusaka. McLeod then stayed in Botswana, Angola, and East Germany and returned to Namibia in 1989. Upon Namibian independence in 1990, she worked as an agricultural technician.
McLeod was elected Regional Councilor for Omaheke Region in 2001, and Governor in 2002. She was the first female Governor of Omaheke. In the same year she was elected to the SWAPO Central Committee. In December 2012 she was elected SWAPO Deputy Secretary-General, a position considered number 3 in the SWAPO hierarchy.