|4th Prime Minister of Namibia|
21 March 2015
|Preceded by||Hage Geingob|
|Born||(1967-10-12) 12 October 1967
Southwest Africa (now Namibia)
|Alma mater||Lincoln University,
Name : Kuugongelwa-Amadhila Saara
Personal : Born on 12 October 1967, Omusati Region
Education : MSC in Financial Economics
Career : Economist at Office of the President 1995 -1995;
Director General of National Planning Commission 1995 -2003;
Minister of Finance 2003-2015
Profile for the Prime Minister of the Republic Of Namibia
Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, entered the political limelight at the age of 27 when she was appointed the Director General of the National Planning Commission in 1995. In 2003 she was appointed as the Minister of Finance.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila’s tenure at the Ministry of Finance would be remembered for her ambitious fiscal targets of limiting government spending. She presented the country’s first ever budget surplus in 2006/07 and 2007/08. During her tenure the country employed serious fiscal discipline.
Born on October 12, 1967 at Otamanzi in Okahao, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila went into exile in 1980 at the age of 13, and continued with primary education at Koidus Girls Secondary School in Sierra Leone in 1984, before completing secondary education at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Sierra Leone in 1987.
She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Economics at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, USA in 1994. After returning to Namibia, she started working as a Desk Officer in the Office of the President for a few months in 1995, before she was assigned the role of Director General at the National Planning Commission.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is credited as being a quick learner, having to learn walking the tight ropes within a few months at the helm of the National Planning Commission and for having to take over the country’s purse at a time when revenues were down due to declines in taxes from diamonds and other mining sectors.
Born in Otamanzi, Omusati, Kuugongelwa went into exile with SWAPO in 1980 at the age of 13 and left for Sierra Leone in 1982 at the age of 15. She attended Koidu Girls Secondary School from 1982 to 1984 and Saint Joseph’s Secondary School from 1984 to 1987. From 1991 to 1994, Kuugongelwa attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, United States, where she graduated with a degree in economics. (The part of post above is taken from Namibia G. Official Website)
Kuugongelwa returned to Namibia following graduation from Lincoln and took a position as a desk officer in the Office of the President under President Sam Nujoma. At the age of 27 in 1995, Kuugongelwa was named Director General of the National Planning Commission. She was appointed as Minister of Finance in 2003.
On Heroes’ Day 2014 she was conferred the Most Brilliant Order of the Sun, Second Class.
Alongside President Hage Geingob, Kuugongelwa was sworn in as the 4th Prime Minister of Namibia on 21 March 2015. She is the first woman to hold the position.
In May 2016 Kuugongelwa took part in “A Conversation with The Right Honourable Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia,” a moderated discussion with Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project, the Wilson Center Africa Program, and the Constituency for Africa. She has spoken about gender equality on numerous occasions, including during the Mali Prime Minister Modibo Keita’s visit and in a speech (read by Christine Hoebes on her behalf) at the 10th Namibian Women’s Summit where she stated that it would take 70 years to close the gender pay gap across Africa.