The Kavango East Region (red) in Namibia
|• Governor||Samuel Mbambo (SWAPO)|
|Time zone||South African Standard Time: UTC+1|
Kavango East is one of the fourteen Regions of Namibia. Its capital is Rundu. Because of its rather higher rainfall than most other parts of Namibia, this region has agricultural potential for the cultivation of a variety of crops, as well as for organised forestry and agro-forestry, which stimulates furniture making and related industries.
The region also contains the western half of the Caprivi Strip.
The Fourth Delimitation Commission of Namibia, responsible for recommending on the country's administrative divisions suggested in August 2013 to split the Kavango Region into two. The president Hifikepunye Pohamba enacted the recommendations. As a result, two new Regions of Kavango East and Kavango West have been created.
There is a particular dearth of north-south roads in the Region, apart from the Rundu-Grootfontein main road. Rundu has a small airstrip to accommodate medium-sized tourist or cargo aircraft in daylight only. The poor condition of the roads and the long distances had a negative effect on tourism; this situation was improved by the completion of the Trans–Caprivi Highway. A major highway connecting Rundu to western Kavango and the Ohangwena Region is under construction.
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- Haufiku, Mathias (22 August 2013). "Kavango awaits second governor". New Era.
- Nakale, Albertina (9 August 2013). "President divides Kavango into two". New Era. allafrica.com.
- "Regional Council Election Results 2015" (PDF). Electoral Commission of Namibia. 3 December 2015. p. 6.
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