22 February 2013

Namibia: Pohamba Confirms Namwandi

NEW Education Minister David Namwandi has promised the nation that he will deliver after he was promoted to fill the position left vacant by the death of former Minister Abraham Iyambo three weeks ago.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba announced the appointment yesterday. Former principal, teacher and administrator Silvia Makgone was appointed as deputy minister of education.

Namwandi said he felt humble and honoured.

Pohamba admitted that he had sleepless nights thinking of a replacement for Iyambo.

"I went through the list of those fellow citizens who closely worked with the late Dr Iyambo," he said. President Pohamba repeatedly used the phrase "deliver, deliver and deliver" in his speech, saying Namwandi knows the programmes and projects of the ministry that require immediate implementation. "He understands the password," Pohamba said.

"You are replacing a comrade who earned himself high respect, not only from the appointing authority but also from the Namibian nation and beyond, when it comes to delivery."

"From this day on, the hopes and aspirations of our nation are placed on your shoulders to deliver quality education, please do not disappoint the appointing authority and the nation," Pohamba said. Namwandi has a diploma in Business Administration and is a founder of the International University of Management (IUM).

With two years to go before the end of his last term, Pohamba said service delivery would be the centre of his presidency.

With regard to appointing the deputy minister, Pohamba said despite her youthful age, Makgone is well educated and has a wealth of experience.

Makgone described her position as a huge responsibility and said she is looking forward to rewarding the faith put in her by the head of state.

She was in born in September 1963 at Aminuis in the Omaheke Region. The mother of two daughters has five tertiary qualifications in the areas of education and human resources. Among her qualifications is a BA degree completed in 1990 and a BEd degree, completed in 1995.

She recently handed in her thesis for a Masters Human Resource Development degree (MTech HRD) at Unisa.

Makgone started her teaching career in 1987 at Mokganedi Tlhabanello Senior Secondary School. In 1996 she was promoted to principal at Mokaleng RC Combined School. She continued her role as principal at various other schools until 2005, when she took the post of deputy director of administration at the Omaheke Regional Council until 2009.

Makgone has been a Swapo member of parliament appointed by the president since 2010 and has been making progress within the party ranks.

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