Namibian president fires two Cabinet ministers


JOHANNESBURG – Namibian President, Hage Geingob, on Thursday, fired two Cabinet ministers — Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Sport, Youth and National Service Minister Jerry Ekandjo.

“By virtue of the powers vested in him by Article 32 (6) of the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, President Dr. Hage G Geingob has relieved Honourable Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Honourable Jerry Ekandjo of their duties as ministers,” the Namibian Presidency said in a statement.

“These terminations of service are with immediate effect.”

Iivula-Ithana and Ekandjo served in government since Namibia’s independence in 1990.

Geingob sent Iivula-Ithana and Ekandjo letters on Thursday informing them of their termination of tenure.

In the letter, released by the Presidency, Geingob praised them for their service to the country and the roles they played in the country’s fight for independence.

“The termination of your appointment, should in no way be interpreted as a blight on the immense personal sacrifices, as well as the immeasurable contribution you have made in the interest of the Republic of Namibia, during our struggle for independence, as well as after independence. These are feats for which the people of Namibia shall always hold you in the highest regard,” he wrote in the letters.

“I wish you success in your future endeavours.”

Iivula-Ithana and Ekandjo are part of Namibia’s ruling party Swapo Party of Namibia. They formed part of the unsuccessful Team Swapo slate that stood against Geingob and his team for the ruling party’s four top positions in November.

Ekandjo ran against Geingob for the position as president, with Iivula-Ithana as his running mate.

Iivula-Ithana served as home affairs minister since 2012, and has previously served in various cabinet portfolios including as justice minister; deputy wildlife,  conservation and tourism minister; youth and sport minister; and lands, resettlement and rehabilitation minister.

Ekandjo served as youth and sport minister since 2012. He also served in various cabinet positions including as deputy minister of local government and housing; home affairs minister; minister of lands and resettlement; and minister of regional and local government, housing and rural development.

– African News Agency (ANA)