Joel Kaapanda

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Joel Kaapanda
Minister of Information and Communication Technology
In office
Succeeded by Tjekero Tweya
Personal details
Born (1945-06-12) 12 June 1945 (age 73)
Ovamboland, South West Africa
Nationality Namibian
Political party Flag of South West Africa People's Organisation.svg SWAPO
Occupation Politician

Joel N. Kaapanda (born 12 June 1945) is a Namibian politician.[1] A member of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), Kaapanda was a member of the National Assembly of Namibia from November 2002 to March 2015. He served in the Cabinet as Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing from 2002 to 2005 and as Minister of Information and Communication Technology from March 2005 to March 2015. Previously he was Namibia's first High Commissioner to India from 1995 to 2002.[2]


In the 1970s, Kaapanda began his career as a primary school teacher at Nambula Combined School, Omusati Region before joining SWAPO in exile as a political officer in the People's Liberation Army of Namibia from 1978 to 1981. From 1981 to 1986, Kaapanda was the leader of SWAPO students in Hamburg, Germany.

On Heroes' Day 2014 he was conferred the Most Brilliant Order of the Sun, Second Class.[3]


  1. ^ Profile at
  2. ^ Profile at Namibia Institute for Democracy, 2007
  3. ^ "Namibians honoured by President". New Era. 28 August 2014.