Vice President of the Republic of Namibia
The Vice President
Nangolo Mbumba (born 15 August 1941) is a Namibian politician who is the current Vice President of Namibia. A member of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), Mbumba has headed a number of Namibian ministries: Agriculture, Water and Rural Development (1993-1996), Finance (1996-2003), Information and Broadcasting (2003-2005) Education (2005–2010), and Safety and Security (2010-2012). In 2012 he became the Secretary-General of SWAPO serving until 2017.
Born in Olukonda, Oshikoto, Mbumba graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in the United States with a BSc in 1971. Two years later in 1973, he graduated from the University of Connecticut with an MSc in biology.
After graduating from university in Connecticut, Mbumba began teaching at Harlem Preparatory School in New York City. Leaving New York in 1978, he returned to Africa and began work as Head of the Science Department at the Namibia Education Centre in Cuanza Sul, Angola. In 1980, he was promoted to the post of Principal of the Centre, lasting in that position until 1985.
Mbumba won the election for SWAPO Secretary-General at the 2012 SWAPO congress, a position that is considered the third seat in the SWAPO party structure. He won with 352 votes against Utoni Nujoma's 244 and pledged before the election that he would resign from his ministerial position if successful. On 4 December 2012, Immanuel Ngatjizeko was appointed to replace Mbumba as Minister of Safety and Security in the Cabinet reshuffle that followed the congress.
When Nickey Iyambo, Namibia's first vice president, was removed from the position on the ground of poor health, President Hage Geingob appointed Mbumba as successor.