Elia Kaiyamo

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The Honourable
Elia George Kaiyamo
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration
In office
21 March 2010 – 21 March 2015
President Hifikepunye Pohamba
Prime Minister Nahas Angula
Hage Geingob
Personal details
Born (1951-01-10) 10 January 1951 (age 66)
Ondobe, Ohangwena Region
Political party SWAPO
Alma mater University of Cape Town
University of Namibia
Pacific Western University

Dr Elia George Kaiyamo (born 10 January 1951) is a Namibian politician. A member of SWAPO, Dr Kaiyamo was an internal organizer and teacher for SWAPO prior to independence. He served in the Cabinet of Namibia as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration from 2010 to 2015. On 2 September 2016, President Hage Geingob appointed Dr Kaiyamo as Ambassador-designate to the People's Republic of China. [1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born at Ondobe in Ohangwena Region, Kaiyamo earned a B.A. from the University of Cape Town in 1989. He earned another B.A. from the University of Namibia in 1992. In 1994, Kaiyamo earned a M.A. in international relations from Pacific Western University in Los Angeles, California in the United States.[2]


Kaiyamo worked at various schools in Katutura, the blacks-only township of Windhoek from 1976 to 1987. He was also an organizer for SWAPO during this time period. In 1988-1989, Kaiyamo studied in Cape Town towards a bachelor's degree. Kaiyamo returned as Namibia became independent and became assistant principal at A Shipena High School in Windhoek. Lasting in that position until 1991, he left education to work for the Foreign Ministry of Namibia. Kaiyamo worked in Europe at various Namibian embassies, including in Russia, Germany and Austria from 1991 to 1997. From 1997 to 1999, Kaiyamo served as desk officer at the Foreign Ministry. He was selected to represent SWAPO in the National Assembly in 2000 and subsequently re-elected in 2005 and 2009.[2] Kaiyamo was appointed Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration in President Hifikepunye Pohamba's new cabinet on 21 March 2010.[3]


  1. ^ http://www.namibiansun.com/news/geingob-rings-diplomatic-changes
  2. ^ a b Elia Kaiyamo at Namibia Institute for Democracy
  3. ^ Inambao, Chrispin (23 March 2010). "Few changes as ministers appointed". New Era. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16.