Samora Machel Constituency

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Suburb Wanaheda

Samora Machel Constituency (formerly known as Wanaheda Constituency) is a constituency in Windhoek in the Khomas Region of central Namibia. The constituency is located across four northern suburbs of Windhoek: Wanaheda, Greenwell Matongo, Goreangab, and part of Havana. As of 2010 it had 32,000 inhabitants.[1]

Most of the residents of this constituency are formally unemployed and derive their income from informal employment and small enterprises like shebeens and car washes. The impact of HIV/AIDS is high.[1]

Name change[edit]

The area which made up the constituency was named Wanaheda during colonial times and continued to be called it following its independence in 1990. It is an acronym for 'Wambos, Namas, Hereros and Damaras', the four peoples that were living here. In 2003, following governmental and public recommendations, it was renamed in honour of Mozambican President Samora Machel.[2]


The 2004 regional election was won by John Ya Otto Nankudhu of the SWAPO Party with 8,370 votes. Runners-up were Victoria Gawanas of the United Democratic Front (UDF, 594 votes), Fransiska Hipondoka of the Congress of Democrats (CoD, 475 votes), Gabriel Rukero of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO, 380 votes), and Adolf Kaurimuje of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA, 201 votes).[3]

The 2015 regional election were also won by SWAPO whose Fanuel San Shivute gained 8,774 votes. Tuyenikelao Kanyiki (RDP) finished distant second with 1,078 votes.[4]


  1. ^ a b Kapitako, Alvine (12 November 2010). "ELECTIONS 2010: Khomas Region profile". New Era. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Constituency named after John Pandeni in The Namibian, 27 August 2008
  3. ^ Samora Machel constituency Electoral Commission of Namibia
  4. ^ "Regional Council Election Results 2015" (PDF). Electoral Commission of Namibia. 3 December 2015. p. 10. 

Coordinates: 22°31′07″S 17°02′13″E / 22.51861°S 17.03694°E / -22.51861; 17.03694