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Cabinet rumours heat up

06 March 2015

news Cabinet 06 marchSecretary of the Swapo Party Youth League Elijah Ngurare has reiterated his call for the incoming president to include youth leaders and women in the new Cabinet. Speaking in an interview this week, Ngurare acknowledged that such decisions remain the prerogative of president-elect Hage Geingob.

He, however, emphasised that appointments should be based on competency and not as payback or window dressing.

“Our wish is that Cabinet reflects the demographics of our country, and we therefore fully support the inclusion of youth and women,” Ngurare said.

It appears that the youth leader’s wishes may just come true with regard to the inclusion of more women in Cabinet.

This follows speculation that the Omusati Region Governor Sophia Shaningwa will become the new minister of regional and local government, housing and rural development.

Sources within the party said the women’s camp had set the appointment of Becky Ndjoze-Ojo as the next minister of either basic or higher education as its other goal.

This comes amidst speculation that Government might once again split the education ministry in two.

University of Namibia Dean of Students Ida Kandjii-Murangi is also tipped to be appointed to one of the education ministries.

Former Managing Director of Namcor Obed Kandjoze is a shoe in for the mines and energy ministry while party insiders say Dr. Bernard Haufiku will be the new minister of health and social services.

These same sources predict that former deputy minister of environment and tourism Leon Jooste will become executive director of the State Owned Enterprises Governance Council.

The re-called ambassador to Germany Willem Gertze is said to be in line to be the next head of protocol at the ministry of foreign affairs.

Long-serving Secretary to Cabinet Frans Kapofi will reportedly remain very close to the presidency, whilst Charles Namoloh will become the next minister of foreign affairs.

Geingob has seemingly identified one of his personal nominees for parliament Bishop Zephania Kameeta to address the burning question of poverty alleviation, although it remains unclear, in what capacity he will perform the assignment.

Five weeks ago, the Windhoek Observer reported that Nickey Iyambo was likely to become Namibia’s first vice president while Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila will be the country’s first female prime minister.

Sources at the time also mentioned that Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and John Mutorwa were in the running for the deputy prime minister position.

In addition, sources said Peter Katjavivi would become the next speaker of parliament and that Asser Kapere, Loide Kasingo and Evelyn Nawases-Taeyele were likely candidates for the deputy speaker of parliament position.
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