Pohamba announced on Thursday that Namwandi has been appointed as Minister of Education, replacing the late Dr Abraham Iyambo, who passed away earlier this month.
“Please do not disappoint the appointing authority and the nation. My advice to you is very simple – deliver, deliver and deliver,” he advised the Minister, adding that Namwandi is no stranger to Namibians as he worked closely with the late Dr Iyambo.
“Dr Namwandi knows the programmes and projects of the Ministry of Education, which require immediate implementation, and he understands the password “deliver, deliver and deliver”.
To you Dr Namwandi, I want to say this, as the political head of the Ministry of Education, the education sector is now on your shoulders. I have no doubt you are fully aware that you are stepping into the shoes of a giant, the late Dr Iyambo,” Pohamba stated.
At the same time, Pohamba appointed Swapo-Party Member of Parliament Silvia Gonaone Makgone as Deputy Minister of Education, replacing Dr Namwandi.
He explained that the Ministry of Education is a huge institution. Therefore, apart from the capabilities of a minister, the deputy minister should also possess certain qualities.
“I have taken this consideration into account in the appointment of a Deputy Minister. In addition, gender consideration and the policy of inclusiveness have also played a major role in my decision,” he stated.
He described Makgone as a well-educated cadre, with a wealth of experience in the sector of education.
“In my capacity as the appointing authority, I expect Makgone to work as a team with her colleagues, just as Dr Namwandi did before her,” the Head of State said.
In an establishment such as the Ministry of Education, there can be no success without teamwork and coordination with other institutions, he added.
“We can only achieve our objectives if we work hard and become an all-inclusive Government, where every citizen can play a positive role in the affairs of our country,” he added.