|1st Vice President of Namibia|
21 March 2015
|Minister of Veteran Affairs and Marginalised People|
|Preceded by||Ngarikutuke Tjiriange|
|Minister of Safety and Security|
8 April 2008 – March 2010
|Preceded by||Peter Tsheehama|
|Succeeded by||Nangolo Mbumba|
|Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry|
30 March 2005 – 8 April 2008
|Succeeded by||John Mutorwa|
|Minister of Mines and Energy|
31 August 2002 – 30 March 2005
|Preceded by||Jesaya Nyamu|
|Succeeded by||Erkki Nghimtina|
|Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing|
August 1996 – 31 August 2002
|Preceded by||Libertina Amathila|
|Minister of Health and Social Services|
21 March 1990 – August 1996
|Preceded by||Position Established|
|Succeeded by||Libertina Amathila|
20 May 1936 |
South West Africa
|Alma mater||University of Helsinki, (Finland)|
|Occupation||Vice President of Namibia|
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, 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
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.
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. 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
- Nickey Iyambo at Namibia Institute for Democracy
- Suomen Lääkärit 1992, Suomen Lääkäriliitto, Helsinki, Finland
- Shinovene Immanuel and Theresia Tjihenuna, "Emotional transition", The Namibian, 23 March 2015.
- "Ministeri Nickey Iyambolle myönnettiin Suomen Leijonan ritarikunnan 1. luokan komentajamerkki". Embassy of Finland in Windhoek. 13 April 2011.
- "Namibians honoured by President". New Era. 28 August 2014.
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