Former Otjozondjupa governor Samuel Nujoma and Dr Kaire Mbuende, a former ambassador to the United Nations, are two of the five diplomats appointed by President Hage Geingob on Wednesday.
Former managing director of Air Namibia Andreas Guibeb, and one of the country’s first permanent secretaries in the then ministry of foreign affairs (renamed International Relations and Cooperation), is now deployed to Germany.
That position became vacant in March 2015 after Neville Gertze was appointed here at home as chief of protocol.
Monica Nashandi, a former high commissioner to the United Kingdom and who served as executive director in the private office of former president Hifikepunye Pohamba, will now head the mission in Ethiopia and at the African Union.
Theresia Samaria, who is not new in the diplomatic world either having formerly served as the high commissioner in Botswana and Sweden until 2010, was posted to Tanzania and replaces Japhet Izaaks who is redeployed to Egypt. Former Erongo and Otjondjupa regional governor Samuel Nuuyoma will represent Namibia in soccer crazy Brazil.
President Geingob told the newly appointed ambassadors and high commissioners that traditional niceties are over and urged them to work hard in bringing more investments to the country.
“Poverty must be eradicated and you must play your part to bring some contributions (resources) and investors. You are not just going to sit there. We would like to see you organised and lead a business delegation to Namibia,” said Geingob.
The new heads of mission promised to bring investors.
Mbuende, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said all the countries where they will serve have long-standing relations with Namibia.
“We undertake to further enhance our existing relations for the benefit of the people of Namibia and of those friendly countries,” said Mbuende.