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THE Prime Minister is the leader of the administration’s business in the Parliament, coordinator of the Cabinet and advisor and assistor of the President in the execution of the functions of the administration (Article 36 of Constitution).
Nahas Angula (NA) has been in that capacity since 2005. He is Namibia’s first Education Minister and as such, is in an envious position to authoritatively and hopefully and sincerely evaluate what the administration has achieved during the last 21 years and how the future is being presented by Government.
Prime Focus (PF) interviewed the Namibian Prime Minister in an exclusive, wide-ranging discussion on the eve of the country’s 21st independence anniversary tackling issues of Namibia’s austerity budget, unemployment, BEE versus TESEF, GIPF, to current issues as recent as the taxi demo, lessons learnt from Egypt and Tunisia’s uprisings, his presidential ambitions and the discharging of retired Lieutenant General Martin Shalli from the defense forces.
PF: Mr. Prime Minister, thank you very much for doing this. There has been tremendous development in Namibia over the last 21 years. To start with, how have you been able to make a difference in this Government?
NA: In the Swapo Party Government, we work as a team not as individuals. I have been a member of the Swapo Party team since 1973 after my undergraduate studies at the University of Zambia. I was assigned to develop an education system for our members in the liberation struggle.
Since that year until the year of our Independence, 1990, I have been extensively involved with Namibian education. The challenge then was providing education under conditions where resources were limited to exiled Namibians and ensure that Namibians get educated amidst the war. At Independence the challenge was to create a new education system accepted internationally. I became Minister of Education in 1990 and had to use the experience and networks from the liberation struggle to create a new platform for the international community to replace the colonial Bantu education system.
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