SWAPO 2017: Could Geingob be Swapo’s best foot forward?

Swapo 2017

What Have They Done Series

This is the first part in a series where The Villager will analyse what each of 11 Swapo Party top four candidates have achieved ever since they joined politics. The Villager is doing this because the outcome of the Swapo Party elective congress next month will have a bearing on the future of the country. We also welcome readers' views on the leaders. If you have any views, write to the editor at editor@thevillager.com.na or news@thevillager.com.na 

Could Geingob be Swapo’s best foot forward?

Positions Held


·        Assistant Representative for Swapo in Botswana

·        The United Nations Institute for Namibians  director

·        Swapo Chief Representative to the Americas 

·        Swapo petitioner at the United Nations, 1964 – 1971

·        Headed the Swapo Elections Directorate in 1989

·        Chaired the Constituent Assembly Nov 1989 to Feb 1990

·        First Prime Minister 1990

·        Attended UN General Assembly sessions 1965 to 1971

·        Swapo Chief Whip in the National Assembly.

·        Chairman of the Standing Committee on Economics, Natural Resources and Public Administration

·        Trade and industry minister



·        As the director of UNIN, he established relationships with various institutions of higher learning in Europe, such as the University of Warwick, University of East Anglia, and the University of Sussex, for example.

·        Led team that came up with Namibia's Constitution regarded as one of the best in the world

·        Formulated policies for the Namibian public service to ensure a vibrant and professional civil service as Prime Minister. He also oversaw the formulation of the public service charter.

·        As Chairman of the Standing Committee of Economics, he was at the helm of oversight over ten economic ministries. He advocated sound interactions, briefings and feedback between the Committee and line Ministries.