|Tsheehama, Angura Peter Tshirumbu - Swapo|
|In March 2005 President Hifikepunye Pohamba chose Peter Tsheehama to head the new Ministry of Safety and Security, which oversees the police and prison services. Previously, Tsheehama had been in charge of the national intelligence service since independence, although his title has changed several times. At independence he was Deputy Minister, then a Special Advisor, and from 1999 a Director General.
He was a member of the National Assembly (NA) from 1990 to 1994 and then since 2000. He was number 44 on the party list for the 2004 NA election.
In the early 1970s Tsheehama was a People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (Plan) commander. In his autobiography, President Nujoma refers to Tsheehama leading Plan fighters against SA troops in the Caprivi and opening fire “on the enemy with a DP heavy machine gun” (Nujoma 2001: 321).
In 1974 Tsheehama set up a Swapo office in Katanga, Zaire to receive thousands of Namibians who were fleeing Namibia via Angola following the collapse of the Portuguese empire in Africa. He remained as Swapo’s Chief Representative to Central Africa until he was transferred to Cuba in the late 1980s.
Despite having a parliamentary seat for several years, Tsheehama has mostly kept a low profile. In June 1999 he held a rare press conference after mysterious skeletal remains were discovered near Lüderitz (they turned out to be victims of an influenza epidemic in the early part of the last century). Two months later the Namibia Central Intelligence Service came under fire in the media for not picking up that armed attacks were being planned in the Caprivi region.
Following the launch of the Congress of Democrats (CoD) in 1999, Tsheehama dismissed the new party’s claims that his agents were monitoring CoD members. Although initially reported to have said members of the party were being tailed for their own security, he later denied ever making such comments.
According to the NA Register of Members’ Interests (2003), Tsheehama has 30,000 shares in Gendero, has a financial stake in Namibia Stone Processing, and is the owner of Dornwald Farm cc.
He lists his hobbies as “farming, fishing and watching TV” (CV, 2004).
In 2002 he was not re-elected to the Swapo Central Committee at the party’s Congress.
|Born on March 3 1941 at Onangodhi in the Omusati region.|
|Primary and secondary schooling in Namibia. Further details not available.|
|Minister of Safety and Security since 2005. Director General of the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (1999-2005). Special Advisor on National Security to President Sam Nujoma (1994-99). Deputy Minister for State Security (1990-94). Member of the National Assembly (1990-94 and since 2000). Member of the Constituent Assembly (1989-90). Swapo representative in Cuba (1986-89). Swapo representative to Central Africa (1974-86). Plan commander (early 1970s).|
|Ministry of Safety and Security, Private Bag 13281, Windhoek;
tel: (061) 284 6111.