Ministry of Veteran Affairs (Namibia)

The Ministry of Veteran Affairs was a department of the Namibian government, responsible for the social and economic support of veterans of the Namibian war of independence, and for the custody of Namibian independence war history. It was established in 2006.[1] The first veteran affairs minister was Ngarikutuke Tjiriange, until then minister without portfolio.[2]

The ministry was disbanded in 2015; The portfolio of veteran affairs fell to the office of the vice-president. In 2020 veteran affairs were added to the Ministry of Defence which was renamed Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MODVA). The current defence and veteran affairs minister is Frans Kapofi.[3]


All veteran affairs ministers in chronological order are:

# Picture Name (Birth–Death) Party Term start Term end
Minister of Veteran Affairs
01 Ngarikutuke Tjiriange 1943–2021 SWAPO 2006 2010
02 Nickey Iyambo 1936–2019 SWAPO 2010 2015
Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs
03 Peter Vilho 1962– SWAPO 2020 2021
04 Frans Kapofi 1953– SWAPO 2021

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Veterans Affairs in the Office of the Vice President / Background". Government of Namibia. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  2. ^ Brigitte Weidlich, " War vets get own Ministry", The Namibian, October 5, 2006. Archived 5 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Tjitemisa, Kuzeeko (22 April 2021). "Geingob shuffles his pack … Kapofi gets defence, Klazen promoted". New Era. p. 1.