WINDHOEK, Feb. 12 – Former Secretary General of Swapo Party Nangolo Mbumba was sworn in today as vice-President of the Republic of Namibia at State House, replacing Nicky Iyambo who opted to quit due to health concerns.
Mbumba, a former Cabinet member during both Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba’s administrations, was questioned by the media if his appointment was a ‘reward’ for supporting president Hage Geingob during last Congress, and he strongly dismissed the notion, adding that the President appointments are on merit as he supported Geingob like any other member of the Party.
When questioned if he will use his position to further advance his business interests, Mbumba replied with a smile, saying he had already declared all his assets and that his interests will solely focus on being Vice President and conducting government affairs only.
The swearing ceremony was conducted by Chief Justice Shivute who was accompanied by Cabinet ministers and Mbumba’s family. New Ministers and Deputy Ministers will be sworn in tomorrow at State House. – Robert Maseka