|Kaiyamo, Elia George - Swapo|
|Elia Kaiyamo was a Swapo organiser inside Namibia before independence. He served on the movement’s Windhoek branch executive from 1980 to 1986 and was its secretary from 1984 to 1986. He played a key role in the emergence of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) as a militant workers organisation supporting Swapo in the late 1980s when he was the federation’s organising secretary. He was also a well-known teacher in Katutura, although for a spell the authorities shifted him to Karibib because of his political activities.
His grassroots credentials are emphasised by the fact that he calls his Katutura home the “people’s house” (questionnaire, 2004).
Kaiyamo spent much of the 1990s working as a diplomat in Russia, Germany and Austria, but in 1999 was placed at the safe position of number 50 on Swapo’s list of candidates for the National Assembly. His position was not safe in 2004 when he was placed at number 55 on the party list, but he just scraped into the National Assembly (NA). He is the Chairperson of the NA’s Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social and Community Development.
Kaiyamo is the Chairperson of the Namibia Library and Information Council and has urged Namibians to join libraries to promote a reading culture across the country. He speaks five languages used in Namibia – English, German, Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, and Nama-Damara.
|: Born on January 10 1951 at Ondobe in the Ohangwena region. Lives in Windhoek.|
|MA in International Relations, Pacific Western University, Los Angeles, USA (1992-94). BA Hons (History), University of Namibia (1990-92). BA (History, German, Politics) University of Cape Town, South Africa (1988-89).|
|Member of the National Assembly since 2000. Desk Officer at Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-99). Namibia’s representative in Vienna, Austria (1996-97). First Secretary at Namibian Embassy in Germany (1994-95). First Secretary at Namibian Embassy in Moscow, Russia (1991-94). Deputy Principal, A Shipena School, Katutura (1990-91). Teacher, Ebenhaizer Primary School, Karibib (1986-87); Katutura Secondary School (1977-86); Herero Higher Primary School, Katutura (1976-77)|
|Education, gender, health and labour|
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