President Pohamba appoints governors

09 Dec 2010
Windhoek – Namibia’s Presidential Affairs Minister Albert Kawana this week announced the appointment of Regional Governors by President Hifikepunye Pohamba.   Namibia recently amended the Special Advisors and Regional Governors Amendment Bill. Under the law regional Governors are appointed by the head of state, unlike previously when governors were elected by Regional Councils. The newly appointed governors will act as administrative heads with some political powers in running the affairs of their respective region. The ruling party Swapo’s motivation was that the Act will lessen the heavy load of responsibilities on the shoulders of governors by delinking them from the functions of the regional councils.   Samuel Nuuyoma who previously headed the Erongo region will head the Khomas Region as its new governor. Former Khomas region governor Sophia Shaningwa will be heading to the northern part of the country in the Omusati Region. The Erongo region will now be under regional Governance of Cleophas Mutjavikua former Secretary General of the Mine workers Union of Namibia.  Ambassador Joshua Hoebeb who is the former Namibian High Commissioner to Botswana will become Governor of the Kunene Region, the only region which has had an opposition party Governor since the first regional election in 1994.   The Karas Region will now run by Bernadus Swartbooi a former special advisor in the office of the Prime Minister. Swartbooi will replace Dawid Boois. Oshana Region Governor Clemence Kashuupulwa, Hardap region’s Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Penda Ya Ndakolo of Oshikoto Rigion, Ohangwena Region’s Usko Nghaamwa and Laura McLaod- Katjirua of the Omaheke Region will remain Governors in their respective regions.  The Governors of the Otjozondjupa, Kavango and Caprivi Regions are yet to be announced.