Pohamba Shifeta

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The Honourable
Pohamba Shifeta
Minister of Environment and Tourism
Assumed office
21 March 2015
Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism
In office
4 December 2012 – 21 March 2015
Preceded by Uahekua Herunga
Succeeded by Juliet Kavetuna
Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture
In office
21 March 2005 – 4 December 2012
Succeeded by Juliet Kavetuna
Personal details
Born (1968-03-27) 27 March 1968 (age 49)
Ongenga, Ohangwena Region
Nationality Namibian
Political party Flag of South West Africa People's Organisation.svg SWAPO
Alma mater University of Namibia
Occupation Politician
Profession Political Scientist

Pohamba Penomwenyo Shifeta (born 27 March 1968) is a Namibian politician who has served as Minister of Environment and Tourism in the Cabinet of Namibia since 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Shifeta was born at Ongenga in Ohangwena Region. He has been active in the SWAPO-led National Union of Namibian Workers and Namibia National Students Organisation since 1988. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Namibia in 1996. He has also been involved in the SWAPO Party Youth League.[1]

Political career[edit]

Shifeta was first elected to the National Assembly of Namibia in 2004 as a SWAPO candidate. He was appointed as Deputy Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture in March 2005, and he retained his position after the 2009 general election. In a December 2012 Cabinet reshuffle, after the fifth SWAPO congress, Shifeta was moved to the post of Deputy Minister of Environment, working under Uahekua Herunga.[2]

In President Hage Geingob's Cabinet, appointed in March 2015, Shifeta was promoted to the post of Minister of Environment and Tourism.[3]


  1. ^ Pohamba Shifeta at Namibia Institute for Democracy
  2. ^ Shipanga, Selma; Immanuel, Shinovene (5 December 2012). "Transition team picked". The Namibian. 
  3. ^ "Geingob announces Cabinet", The Namibian, 20 March 2015.