By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT in-waiting Dr.Hage Geingob has officially announced his cabinet ministers and ministries on Thursday.
Dr.Geingob who will be sworn-in as Namibia’s third president, on March 21 at Namibia’s 25th independence anniversary, told journalists at a Press Conference how his government is structured when he will succeed the out-going Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Geingob administration will be headed by the newly appointed Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, former Finance Minister and Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, as Deputy Prime Minister and International Relations.
Four brand new ministries have been added to answer to socio-economic concerns of the people, which are the Ministry of Poverty Eradication, Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Ministry of Public Enterprises and Ministry of Economic Planning and Director General.
Other changes were the re-naming and split of the current Ministry of Education to the new Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and Ministry of Higher Education,Training and Innovation, respectively.
Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development is now called the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, new Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Job Creation replaced the current ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.
While, the Ministry of Land and Resettlement was renamed as Ministry of Land Reform, and new Ministry of Sport, National Service and Youth, replaced the Ministry of Youth, National Services, Sport & Culture.
However, four portfolios of a deputy minister in the ministries of works, defence, public enterprises and mines were still vacant at the time of his announcement.
The new cabinet is composed of the following
Deputy Prime Minister and International Relations
Deputy Minister International Relations
Minister of Finance
Minister of Industrialisation
Pieter van der Walt
Minister of Higher Education and Innovation
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture
Minister of Mines
Minister of Public Enterprises
Minister of Poverty Eradication
Reverend Aino Kapewangolo
Minister of Defence
Penda ya Ndakolo
Minister of Health
Dr Bernard Haufiku
Minister of Justice
Dr Albert Kawana
Minister of Home Affairs
Minister of Land Reform
Minister of Urban Development
Minister of Agriculture
Minister of Sport, National Service and Youth
Minister of Works
Minister of Gender
Minister of Tourism
Minister of Information and Communication Technology
Minister of Safety and Security
Minister in the Presidency
Minister of Economic Planning and Director General