|Konjore, Willem - Swapo|
|Willem Konjore was a key figure in the independent education movement prior to independence, when church schools were set up at communities in the south, such as Khoichas, Berseba and Gibeon, to offer an alternative to apartheid-influenced ‘Bantustan’ education. He remains the manager of the school he spearheaded in the 1980s, at Khoichas near Keetmanshoop.
In 2005 President Hifikepunye Pohamba appointed Konjore as Minister of Environment and Tourism. He had previously been the Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly from 2000 to 2005.
Konjore has been as Swapo member since 1976 and has worked to promote the party in the Karas region. He is also a churchman, being a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church since 1979.
He is the Chairperson of the Council of the University of Namibia. According to the Register of Members’ Interests in the National Assembly (2003), he is a director of Southern Namibia Hake Fishing Industries in which fellow parliamentarian David Boois also has shares.
Konjore is the great grandson of legendary Namibian freedom fighter Jacob Marengo, who was killed fighting the British and the Germans in 1907.
|Born on July 30 1945 at Kais in the Karas region. Lives at Vaalgras, Karas region.|
|Theological training, Diocese of Keetmanshoop and Mariental (1976-79). Teacher training, St Joseph's College, Döbra (1966-67).|
|Minister of Environment and Tourism since 2005. Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly (2000-2005). Member of the National Assembly since 1990. Member of the Constituent Assembly (1989-90). Manager of the Ecumenical Community School at Khoixas (1990-present). Principal and Manager of Ecumenical Community School at Khoixas (1983-90). Principal, Khoixas Primary School (1972-76). Primary school teacher and Deputy Principal of Tses Nowak Primary School (1968-72).|
|Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Private Bag 13346, Windhoek; tel: (061) 284 2111; cell: 081 124 9974|