|Kasingo, Loide Lucky Shoopala - Swapo|
|After nine years as a Deputy Minister, Loide Kasingo was consigned to a seat on the backbenches in 2005 when President Hifikepunye Pohamba did not re-appoint her.
In 1996 Kasingo was appointed to fill Ben Ulenga’s place in the National Assembly (NA) and at the Ministry of Local and Regional Government and Housing when he was made High Commissioner to the UK. She was moved to the Deputy Minister post at Home Affairs in 2000.
Previously she had a strong track record in the unions. She had been a key mobiliser during the late 1980s when the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) was set up and in the 1990s held various positions, including being NUNW Deputy National Treasurer and an executive committee member of the Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu). Before President Sam Nujoma picked her out for a political role, she was a public prosecutor in Windhoek’s courts.
Kasingo is a member of the Swapo Central Committee and a board member of Labour Investment Holdings, which is owned by the NUNW.
Despite her lower profile, she remains a popular figure within the party having been placed at number 11 on the party list in 2004. In May 2005 President Hifikepunye Pohamba appointed Kasingo to the Security Commission – the constitutional body which makes recommendations to the President on top army and police appointments and other security matters. She is also the Chairperson of the NA’s Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs.
|Born on February 17 1954 in the Oshikoto region. Lives in Windhoek.|
|Diploma in Development and Adaptation of Trade Union Material, Turin, Italy (1990). Diploma in Training Methodology for Trade Union Instructors, ILO Centre in Turin, Italy (1987. Various courses, Institute of Marketing Management, South Africa (1983-84). B Juris, University of the North, South Africa (1974-78). Matriculation, Ongwediva High School (1971).|
|Member of the National Assembly since 1996. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs (2000-2005). Deputy Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing (1996-2000). Public Prosecutor, Ministry of Justice (1990-96). National Treasurer, Namibia Public Workers Union (1993-96). Education Coordinator, NUNW (1988-90). NUNW organiser (1986-87). Adult literacy instructor for Namibia Literacy Programme and Council of Churches in Namibia (1980-85).|
|Reformed criminal justice system to include elements of restorative justice and community participation. Reformed labour laws and gender legal issues.|
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