Cabinet of Namibia

The Cabinet of Namibia is an appointed body that was established by the Chapter 6 (Articles 35-42) of the Constitution of Namibia. It is mandated to include the following positions: the President of Namibia, the Prime Minister of Namibia and any positions that the President so appoints.[1]

All cabinet members also sit in the National Assembly. This situation has been criticised by Namibia's civil society and the opposition as creating a significant overlap between executive and legislature, undermining the separation of powers. The seniority of cabinet members generally relegate ordinary MPs to the back benches.[2]

Lists of Cabinets of NamibiaEdit

Current Cabinet (2015–)Edit

The current Cabinet was announced on 19 March 2015. The position of Vice-President was established for the first time, as well as five ministries with two Deputy Ministers each. While the deputies are not Cabinet members their double appointments still significantly increased the number of top positions in public administration.[3][4]

A major Cabinet reshuffle occurred in February 2018 when two ministers were fired, the vice president retired on health grounds, and several other rotations took place.[5] In the wake of the February Cabinet reshuffle the number of deputy ministers was reduced again to one per ministry, with the Office of the Vice-President the only exception. This move was announced as a cost-cutting measure.[6][7]


This Cabinet was appointed in 2010. The SWAPO congress end of November 2012 resulted in "one of the biggest Cabinet reshuffles the country has seen since independence".[14]


Below is a list of the cabinet of the Republic of Namibia from appointment in 2005 until replacement in 2010:



  1. ^ The Constitution of the Republic of Namibia
  2. ^ Sasman, Catherine (22 March 2013). "Mbumba's presence in Cabinet under spotlight". The Namibian. Archived from the original on 2013-04-13. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  3. ^ Immanuel, Shinovene; Mongudhi, Tileni (20 March 2015). "Costly Democracy". The Namibian. pp. 1–2. Archived from the original on 10 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Deputy ministers announced". New Era. 20 March 2015.
  5. ^ Matthys, Donald (8 February 2018). "President reshuffles Cabinet—Vice President relieved of duties". Namibia Economist.
  6. ^ Immanuel, Shinovene; Shapwanale, Ndapewoshali (19 February 2018). "Presidency keeps 3 deputies". The Namibian. pp. 1–2.
  7. ^ Nakale, Albertina (14 February 2018). "Deputy ministers reduced". New Era.
  8. ^ Shikongo, Arlana (11 July 2019). "Geingob gives Andjaba education portfolio". The Namibian. p. 1.
  9. ^ a b Iileka, Sakeus (14 November 2019). "Disgraced ministers resign". The Namibian. p. 1.
  10. ^ Nakale, Albertina (21 December 2018). "Haufiku mum on his 'advisory' appointment". New Era. p. 1.
  11. ^ "Swartbooi resigned, not fired – Kapofi". New Era. 14 December 2016.
  12. ^ "President appoints new deputy for lands". The Namibian. 15 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Andjaba appointed presidential affairs minister". New Era. 5 April 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Shipanga, Selma; Immanuel, Shinovene (5 December 2012). "Transition team picked". The Namibian. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  15. ^ Duddy, Jo-Mare (8 April 2013). "Karuaihe-Martin tipped for top finance job". The Namibian. Archived from the original on 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  16. ^ Immanuel, Shinovene (22 February 2013). "Pohamba confirms Namwandi". The Namibian. Archived from the original on 2013-04-13. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
  17. ^ a b Pohamba appoints 2 deputy ministers Archived 2012-01-07 at the Wayback Machine The Namibian, 21 January 2011
  18. ^ Namibia’s new Cabinet announced Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine 22 March 2010; The Namibian
  19. ^ Hopwood 2007, Entry for Immanuel Ngatjizeko.
  20. ^ Kuvee Kangueehi, "Cabinet Shake Up", New Era (, April 9, 2008.
  21. ^ Hopwood 2007, Entry for Raphael Dinyando.
  22. ^ Hopwood 2007, Entry for Kazenambo Kazenambo.
  23. ^ "Stefanus Mogotsi nimmt Kapias Stelle ein" [Stefanus Mogotsi takes Kapia's position]. Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). 24 October 2005.
  24. ^ Hopwood 2007, Entry for Angelika Muharukua.
  25. ^ Background Note: Namibia United States Department of State, update July 2008
  26. ^ Hopwood 2007, Entry for Pohamba Shifeta.