The President is elected by direct, universal and equal suffrage by the whole country, in an election where the entire Namibia is one constituency. Albeit a unitary State, the Namibian Constitution under Article 102 (1) permits for the division of Namibia into regional and local units.
The appointment of Governors to regions by the President, is to therefore place in those regions, a representative of the President and the central government, to be the political head of a particular region, and in that capacity, to act as the link between the central government and the central Government and the Regional Council, Local Authorities and Traditional Leaders.
I therefore under the powers vested in me by Articles 32 (3) (i) (hh) and 110A (1) of the Namibian Constitution, read together with the provisions of the Special Advisors and Regional Governors Appointment Act, 1990 (Act No. 6 of 1990) as amended, appoint the following individuals as Regional Governors:
1. Hon. Cleophas Mutjavikua – Erongo Region;
2. Hon. Esme Sophia Isaack – Hardap Region;
3. Hon. Lucia Basson – Karas Region;
4. Hon. Samuel K. Mbambo – Kavango East Region;
5. Hon. Sirkka Ausiku – Kavango West Region;
6. Hon. Laura McLeod – Katjirua – Khomas Region;
7. Hon. Angelika Muharukua – Kunene Region;
8. Hon. Usko Nghaamwa – Ohangwena Region;
9. Hon. Festus Ueitele – Omaheke Region;
10. Hon. Erkki Endjala – Omusati Region;
11. Hon. Clemens Kashuupulwa – Oshana Region;
12. Hon. Henock Kankoshi – Oshikoto Region;
13. Hon. Otto Iipinge – Otjozondjupa Region; and
14. Hon. Lawrence Sampofu – Zambezi Region.
In the execution of their constitutional and statutory functions, Governors are expected to consult with the Ministers and Heads of Agencies, and to oversee the exercise of any executive function in those regions.
Governors serve at the pleasure of the President as prescribed under Article 110A (2) of the Namibian Constitution, and as such, they may be reassigned to other regions or removed from office.
Further functions may be assigned to them by the Minister of Urban and Rural Planning. As the appointing authority, the President, from time to time, will also assign further functions to the Governors, and in respect of such further functions and assignments from the Minister of Urban and Rural Planning, they are expected to report to both the Minister and to the President.
The conditions of employment of Governors are perked at the level of a Deputy Minister.
Each Governor has also been issued with the Terms of Reference to which they must abide:
• To act as the political head of the region;
• To be the link between the central Government and the Regional Council, Local Authorities and Traditional Leaders in the region;
• To act as the representative of the central Government in the region;
• To oversee the exercise of any executive function of Government in the region, in consultation with the Minister of any Office/Ministry/Agency;
• To deliver a State of the Region Address once every year in accordance with Article 110A (5) and (6) of the Namibian Constitution;
• To investigate and report on any matter relating to the region if requested to investigate such matter by the President or the Minister of Urban and Rural Planning;
• To keep abreast of developments relating to the region and to bring any matter to the attention of the President or the relevant Minister if deemed advisable;
• To settle or mediate any dispute or other matter that might arise in the region;
• To coordinate with the Chairperson of the Regional Council and Members of the Management Committee and other Councilors on such matters which are relevant to the functions of the Regional Council;
• To coordinate the functions and activities relevant to Local and Traditional Authorities in the region; and
• To perform any other duties that may be assigned by the President, the Minister of Urban and Rural Planning, and as may be consulted with the President, by any Member of Cabinet, Director-General or the Attorney-General.