The Namibian Government Since Namibia's independence in 1990 the country is ruled by the SWAPO party which can count on a comfortable two-thirds majority in parliament. The government generally gets good marks for its work so far. It is the merit of Sam Nujoma, the first president, SWAPO leader and "Father of the Nation", to have steared the young country onto a peaceful, democratic and moderate political course, which brought Namibia continuous economic growth and the reconciliation of the races. The government put substantial amounts of money into infrastructure of the country and the education of its people. As a result, Namibia can be proud of the highest literacy rate (85%) in Africa. Also commendable is the old age grant, guaranteed and financed by the government, at a moderate rate of national debt.
Photo left: State House in Windhoek Auasblick
Photos right (from left): Ex-President Sam Nujuma, Ex-President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Ex-Prime Minister Nahas Angula
Below (from left): Ex-Prime Minister Theo Ben-Gurirab, President Hage Geingob, Prime Minister Mrs Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila
Nujoma's successor in the office of State President, Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba, elected in 2005, continued this wise policy, Pohamba was a passionate fighter against corruption in Namibia. In 2009 he was reelected for a second term. After him, Hage Geingob became State President in 2015. He is a well respected SWAPO man, who had served in the Nujoma government from 1990 to 2002 already as the Prime Minister.
In the office of Prime Minister in a cabinet of 22 ministers, Hage Geingob was first followed by Theo Ben-Gurirab and from 2005 on by Dr. Nahas Angula, also a SWAPO veteran. He had studied Educational Science in New York and was a member of the cabinet since 2005. In March 2015 Ms. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila became Prime Minister. A studied economist, she had previously been the Minister of Finance.