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Namibia Gets First Female PM

Tileni Mongundhi | The Namibian   in  ·
March 15, 2015
SAARA Kuugongelwa-Amadhila decided to abandon her ambitions of becoming a medical doctor, hoping to become a central bank governor one day, but little did she know what life had in store for her, nor did she know that she would one day be at the helm of government.
President-elect Hage Geingob’s decision to announce Kuugongelwa-Amadhila as the next Prime Minister means she will add one more ‘first’ to her list of records and accomplishments and distinguished career in government.She became the first woman Director General of the National Planning Commission and the youngest at the age of 27. She was also the first female finance minister; the first to record a surplus in the 2006/7 financial year; the longest-serving finance minister so far and soon to become Namibia’s first female Prime Minister.

Her glowing career is not only credited to her government roles but also her work for the ruling party. When she became the Swapo secretary for economic affairs, she inherited a party business empire that was on its knees. Those in the know gave the example of Kalahari Holdings that was N$30 million in the red when she took over, but now the party’s largest company is worth more than N$200 million.

But it would appear that a glowing career as finance minister was not the only thing President-elect Geingob looked at when he opted for Kuugongelwa-Amadhila as Prime Minister.



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