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Immanuel Ngatjizeko

Immanuel Ngatjizeko (born 30 May 1952) is a Namibian politician and member of the ruling SWAPO Party. He held five ministerial portfolios from 2003 until his retirement in 2018.

The Honourable

Immanuel Ngatjizeko

MP
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Minister of Presidential Affairs
In office
February 2018 – February 2018
PresidentHage Geingob
Preceded byFrans Kapofi
Succeeded byMartin Andjaba
Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development
In office
March 2015 – February 2018
PresidentHage Geingob
Preceded byCalle Schlettwein
Succeeded byTjekero Tweya
Minister of Safety and Security
In office
December 2012 – March 2015
PresidentHifikepunye Pohamba
Preceded byNangolo Mbumba
Succeeded byCharles Namoloh
Minister of Labour and Social Welfare
In office
2008 – December 2012
PresidentHifikepunye Pohamba
Succeeded byDoreen Sioka
Minister of Trade and Industry
In office
March 2005 – 2008
PresidentHifikepunye Pohamba
Director-General of the National Planning Commission
In office
2003 – March 2012
PresidentSam Nujoma
Preceded bySaara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila
Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy
In office
March 2000 – March 2005
PresidentSam Nujoma
Succeeded byDoreen Sioka
Personal details
Born (1952-05-30) 30 May 1952 (age 67)
Otjohorongo, South West Africa
NationalityNamibia Namibian
Political partyFlag of South West Africa People's Organisation.svg SWAPO
ResidenceWindhoek, Namibia
Alma materUniversity of Fort Hare
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionAccountant

Early life and educationEdit

Immanuel Ngatjizeko was born in Otjohorongo, a village near Omaruru in Namibia's central Erongo Region. He attended the Augustineum Secondary School in Windhoek and then went to study at Fort Hare in South Africa. He graduated with a Diploma in Commerce and Administration in 1976.[1]

After his return to South West Africa he worked at the Council of Churches in Namibia until 1994, heading its Finance Department. He then started working full time for SWAPO, first as Managing Director of its investment company Zebra Holdings, and from 1997 as party Secretary for Finance.[2]

Political careerEdit

Ngatjizeko was a SWAPO party organiser since 1978. He served on the Internal National Executive Committee before Namibian independence. He was elected to SWAPO's Central Committee in 1991, and to the politburo in 2007. [1]

Ngatjizeko has been a member of Parliament since 2000, and member of the Cabinet since 2003 when he was appointed Director-General of the National Planning Commission, a position equivalent to that of a minister.[2][3] From 2000 to 2005 he also served as Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy. In the 2005–2010 Cabinet Ngatjizeko was first Minister of Trade and Industry and from 2008 Minister of Labour and Social Welfare. In the 2010–2015 Cabinet he served as Minister of Labour and Social Welfare until 2012, and as Minister of Safety and Security for the remainder of the legislative period.

Under President Hage Geingob, Ngatjizeko was moved to the post of Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development in March 2015.[4] In a Cabinet reshuffle in February 2018 he became Minister of Presidential Affairs[5] but resigned shortly thereafter and retired due to health issues.[6]

Awards and recognitionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Your MP: Immanuel Ngatjizeko (Swapo)". New Era. 2 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Profile Archived 17 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine from the Namibia Institute for Democracy, 2007
  3. ^ Interview World Investment News, 19 February 2006
  4. ^ "Geingob announces Cabinet", The Namibian, 20 March 2015.
  5. ^ Matthys, Donald (8 February 2018). "President reshuffles Cabinet—Vice President relieved of duties". Namibia Economist.
  6. ^ "Andjaba appointed presidential affairs minister". New Era. 5 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Namibians honoured by President". New Era. 28 August 2014.