WINDHOEK, 06 APR – Former Namibian Ambassador to the United States of America, Martin Andjaba was sworn in as Minister of Presidential Affairs at State House on Friday.
Andjaba now occupies the post after his predecessor, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, was relieved by President Hage Geingob due to ill health in February 2018.
The swearing-in ceremony was conducted by Chief Justice Peter Shivute and was attended by Andjaba’s family, Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and Attorney-General Albert Kawana, amongst other ministers and senior government officials.
Speaking at the occasion, Geingob said Andjaba’s swearing-in meant that he is being converted from a diplomat to a politician, “which is a very difficult task”.
“But knowing your abilities and your tactfulness, we hope this office will be well executed,” he said.
The Head of State also reiterated to Andjaba that his administration works in the team spirit of “Harambee”, which is Swahili for “pull in the same direction”.
“So regard the State House as your home now from where we are trying to build the Namibian nation. Your role is to coordinate in whatever we do – team work,” Geingob noted.
Speaking to the media after the ceremony, Andjaba said his new appointment is a great honour for him personally and his family.
“I know the expectations of this office and also the people that I will be working with, but I am ready and prepared to serve the president and the people of this country to the best of my ability,” he said.
Andjaba became a parliamentarian in February. He is a seasoned diplomat, who has been the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations since September 1996.
Prior to this, he served as the Namibian Government Chief of Protocol since 1990.