From a village-boy to a minister- Peya Mushelenga

Newly appointed minister of urban and rural development, Peya Mushelenga, has given credit to his rural upbringing for the successes he has achieved especially now that he has become minister in one of the important portfolios.

Mushelenga was speaking at the international relations ministry staff meeting where he bid his former staff members good bye as he begins his new mandate in the new portfolio.

The minister gave gratitude to his late parents as well as those that he grew up around.

“It will, therefore, be amiss if I do not mention that I am truly grateful to my late parents and maternal grandparents who also double as my godparents, for the values and norms that they have imparted onto me and indeed the sense of discipline that they have instilled in me, including giving me a hiding, whenever the occasion so demanded. I am further indebted to the men and women from our neighbourhood whose wisdom nurtured my upbringing,” he said.

He also took time to thank former international relations minister, Utoni Nujoma and the outgoing minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah for granting him guidance.

He said he was proud of the various milestones his former ministry had achieved while cautioning that Namibia is faced with unresolved regional problems as the nation assumes the chair of the Sadc this year.

“But I have no doubt in my mind that the President and Deputy Prime Minister will navigate the SADC ship through the storms of high sea waves, to the coast of calm waters that bring hope and assurance to the region. We have, in the past seen Namibia championing causes of conflict resolutions in the region, triumphantly,” said Mushelenga.

He said he was departing from the international relations ministry a happy man, “Knowing that I am leaving behind a contingency of a dedicated leadership and staff of the Ministry.”

“They will continue to drive Namibia’s foreign relations to a prestigious destination, resulting in singing along rhythms of a great song of accomplishment and optimism. I look forward to interacting with you in my new role as Minister of Urban and Rural Development,” he added.

Nandi-Ndaitwah also showered praises at the minister describing his new appointment at urban and rural development as well-deserved.

“Honourable Mushelenga served the ministry for seven years and 11 months. I am deeply grateful for his valuable contribution to the work of the Ministry,” she said.

Meanwhile, she also highlighted some milestones achieved by her ministry.

“We had a number of successful Sessions of Joint a Commissions of Cooperation as well as Political and Diplomatic Consultations in 2017/2018, resulting in the signing of over 30 bilateral Agreements, which in turn had positive social and economic impact on our people.”

"For us, this has created opportunities to further advance infrastructure development, promote joint ventures and expand cooperation in the areas of economy, culture, science and technology, and people-to-people contact,” she said.

She said her ministry facilitated accession to instruments that will prove to be conducive towards the maintenance and further development of Namibia’s tourism, fishing and mining industries.

She also said the ministry will advertise international positions on its website to encourage Namibians to apply and fill the Namibian quota at the AU and UN.