|Muharukua, Angelika - Swapo|
|Angelika Muharukua declared her pride at being the first Himba to become a Deputy Minister in May 2004, when she replaced Marlene Mungunda at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Welfare.
Muharukua’s promotion was part of the reshuffle that followed the sacking of Hidipo Hamutenya and Kaire Mbuende. She retained the post in the retitled Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare when President Hifikepunye Pohamba appointed his first Cabinet in March 2005.
She joined Swapo in 1979, but was a political unknown until President Nujoma placed her on the party list for the 1994 National Assembly (NA) election. It was no coincidence that her arrival on the political scene coincided with growing controversy over the proposed hydropower project at Epupa in the Kunene region. Muharukua supported the project, which would have flooded the Himbas’ traditional land in the Epupa area.
Her political career has been built on Nujoma’s benefaction. In 2002 he named her as one of his six picks for the Swapo Central Committee, after she was not elected on to the body at the party congress. Again in 2004, she was one of Nujoma’s ten choices for the Swapo party list for the NA election.
She is a director of Ozohi Fishing, in which she owns 900 shares, according to the Members’ Register of Interests in the NA (2003). She also owns the De Gaulle property, where she farms cattle.
|Born on January 12 1958 at Opuwo in the Kunene region. Lives at Opuwo, Kunene region|
|Tailoring and leather craft course, English language course at Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN).|
|Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare since 2005. Deputy Minister of Women Affairs and Child Welfare (2004-2005). Member of the National Assembly since 1995.|
|Water issues and rural development|
|Tel (061) 216330, Cell: 081 256 3721|