Nickey Iyambo

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Nickey Iyambo
1st Vice President of Namibia
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 March 2015
President Hage Geingob
Minister of Veteran Affairs and Marginalised People
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 2010
President Hifikepunye Pohamba
Hage Geingob
Preceded by Ngarikutuke Tjiriange
Minister of Safety and Security
In office
8 April 2008 – March 2010
President Hifikepunye Pohamba
Preceded by Peter Tsheehama
Succeeded by Nangolo Mbumba
Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry
In office
30 March 2005 – 8 April 2008
President Hifikepunye Pohamba
Succeeded by John Mutorwa
Minister of Mines and Energy
In office
31 August 2002 – 30 March 2005
President Sam Nujoma
Preceded by Jesaya Nyamu
Succeeded by Erkki Nghimtina
Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing
In office
August 1996 – 31 August 2002
President Sam Nujoma
Preceded by Libertina Amathila
Minister of Health and Social Services
In office
21 March 1990 – August 1996
President Sam Nujoma
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Libertina Amathila
Personal details
Born (1936-05-20) 20 May 1936 (age 79)
South West Africa
Nationality Namibia Namibian
Political party Flag of South-West Africa People's Organisation.svg SWAPO
Children 4
Residence Windhoek, Namibia
Alma mater University of Helsinki, (Finland)
Occupation Vice President of Namibia
Profession Medical Doctor
Religion Lutheran

Nickey Iyambo (born 20 May 1936) is a Namibian politician and physician who is the first and current Vice President of Namibia since 2015. A member of SWAPO, Iyambo has been a member of the Cabinet of Namibia since independence in March 1990. He was the Minister of Health and Social Services from 1990 to 1996, Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing from 1996 to 2002, Minister of Mines and Energy from 2002 to 2005, Minister of of Agriculture, Water and Forestry from 2005 to 2010,[1] and he was Minister of Veterans Affairs in President Hifikepunye Pohamba's second Cabinet from 2010 to 2015. As Vice President, he continues to head the Ministry of Veterans Affairs.

Early life and education[edit]

Iyambo was born in Onayena, Oshikoto Region. He earned four separate degrees from University of Helsinki in Finland, beginning with a MSc in 1969. In 1970, he earned a MA in political science, a BA in medicine in 1974 and MD in medicine in 1980.[2]

Career[edit]

Iyambo was Namibia's first Black postmaster from 1962 to 1963 but fled into exile with SWAPO in 1964. He was amongst the earliest SWAPO members to go into exile and helped establish SWAPO's close relationship with Julius Nyerere's Tanzania.

Alongside President Hage Geingob, Iyambo was sworn in as Vice President of Namibia on 21 March 2015, becoming the first person to hold that title.[3] As Vice President, he continues to head the Ministry of Veterans Affairs with two deputy ministers: Alexia Manombe-Ncube and Royal /Ui/o/oo.

Awards and honours[edit]

2011: On 18 March 2011 President of Finland Tarja Halonen conferred Iyambo the rank of Commander, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland.[4]

2014: On Heroes' Day 2014 he was conferred the Most Brilliant Order of the Sun, First Class.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nickey Iyambo at Namibia Institute for Democracy
  2. ^ Suomen Lääkärit 1992, Suomen Lääkäriliitto, Helsinki, Finland
  3. ^ Shinovene Immanuel and Theresia Tjihenuna, "Emotional transition", The Namibian, 23 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Ministeri Nickey Iyambolle myönnettiin Suomen Leijonan ritarikunnan 1. luokan komentajamerkki". Embassy of Finland in Windhoek. 13 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Namibians honoured by President". New Era. 28 August 2014.