Making the announcement on Thursday, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said he had sleepless nights thinking of a replacement for Iyambo, because the education sector is too important to be left without a political head for an extended period.
“I went through the list of those fellow citizens who closely worked with the late Dr Iyambo. I am now in a position to inform the nation about the decision that I have taken regarding this matter.
In this regard, I have, in terms of Article 32 sub-article (3)(i)(bb) of the Namibian Constitution, decided to appoint Dr Namwandi, the current Deputy Minister, as Minister of Education,” said Pohamba.
Namwandi worked closely with the late Iyambo in the education sector.
At the same time, Pohamba appointed Swapo-Party Member of Parliament Silvia Gonaone Makgone as Deputy Minister of Education.
Before she became an MP, Makgone was the Deputy Director of Administration at the Omaheke Regional Council.
She also was a teacher and former principal in several schools in the Omaheke Region.