Kavango West

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Kavango West
The Kavango West Region (dark grey) in Namibia
The Kavango West Region (dark grey) in Namibia
Country Namibia
 • Governor Sirkka Ausiku[1] (SWAPO)
Time zone South African Standard Time: UTC+1

Kavango West is one of the fourteen Regions of Namibia. Its capital is Nkurenkuru. The Region was created in 2013 when the Kavango Region was split into Kavango East and Kavango West.

In the north, Kavango West borders the Cuando Cubango Province of Angola. Domestically, it borders the following regions:

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 is subdivided into eight electoral constituencies:[2][3]

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, the new Regions of Kavango East and Kavango West have been created.[3]

The first Governor of Kavango West was Samuel Mbambo, former Governor of Kavango Region and sitting Governor of Kavango East.[2] On 27 April 2014 Sirkka Ausiku, formerly Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, was appointed.[4] He kept his position in 2015 in president Hage Geingob‍‍ '​‍s new government.[1]


The region is characterised by an extremely uneven population distribution. The interior is very sparsely inhabited, while the northernmost strip, especially along the Kavango River, has a high population concentration.


  1. ^ a b "President announces governors". The Namibian. 10 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Haufiku, Mathias (22 August 2013). "Kavango awaits second governor". New Era. 
  3. ^ a b Nakale, Albertina (9 August 2013). "President divides Kavango into two". New Era. 
  4. ^ "New broom in new region". The Namibian 28 (76) (NAMPA). 28 April 2014. p. 2. 

Coordinates: 18°15′S 18°55′E / 18.250°S 18.917°E / -18.250; 18.917