President Hage Geingob has recalled two ambassadors and appointed another to be the founding ambassador of Namibia’s mission in Algeria. Geingob recalled Wilfred Emvula from the United Nations and Ringo Abed from China and in the process ending their sojourn abroad.
It is not known which roles the two diplomats will take up upon their return to Namibia.
Although by yesterday the presidency did not release the names of those who will be posted, The Patriot has it on good grounds that Geingob will today appoint Paulina Shingenge, who formerly served as ambassador in Zimbabwe and will be Namibia’s first envoy at the recently opened mission in Algiers.
Former parliamentarian, Dr Elia Kaiyamo, will take over the reins in China while former chief of protocol Neville Gertze takes over at the mission at the United Nations.
After being replaced as chief of protocol by Leonard Iipumbu last month, Gertze was appointed as deputy permanent secretary within the international relations ministry. He did not last long in that position and now finds himself back in the diplomatic circles.
Abed was appointed by Pohamba, however his term was not renewed when it ended in June.
As for Shingenge, she was the head of department for bilateral relations and cooperation.
As President, it is within Geingob’s powers to accredit, receive and recognise ambassadors, and to appoint ambassadors.
Elia George Kaiyamo is a Namibian politician. A member of SWAPO, Kaiyamo was an internal organiser and teacher for SWAPO prior to independence. He served in the Cabinet of Namibia as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration from 2010 to 2015.
Born at Ondobe in Ohangwena Region, Kaiyamo earned a BA from the University of Cape Town in 1989. He earned another BA from the University of Namibia in 1992. In 1994, Kaiyamo earned a MA in International Relations from Pacific Western University in Los Angeles, California in the United States.
Kaiyamo worked at various schools in Katutura, from 1976 to 1987. He was also an organiser for SWAPO during this time period.
In 1988-1989, Kaiyamo studied in Cape Town towards a bachelor’s degree. Kaiyamo returned as Namibia became independent and became assistant principal at A Shipena High School in Windhoek. Lasting in that position until 1991, he left education to work for the foreign ministry of Namibia.
Kaiyamo worked in Europe at various Namibian embassies, including in Russia, Germany and Austria from 1991 to 1997. From 1997 to 1999, Kaiyamo served as desk officer at the foreign ministry. He was selected to represent SWAPO in the National Assembly in 2000 and subsequently re-elected in 2005 and 2009. Kaiyamo was appointed Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration in President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s new cabinet on 21 March 2010.
Gertze began his work with the Namibian Ministry for Foreign Affairs after graduating from university in 1989, serving in the Asia-Pacific division.
After a diplomatic posting to the Namibian Embassy in Washington, he served as a personal aide to the Namibian Foreign Minister, as Commercial Councellor for South Africa and as the Namibian High Commissioner for Malaysia and Thailand in Kuala Lumpur (from 2003 to 2008). In 2009, he took over the role of Ambassador to Berlin, where he has worked since.
Gertze was educated at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, from 1985 to 1989.