SWAPO PARTY Secretary General
Nangolo Mbumba (born 15 August, 1941 in Olukonda, Oshikoto) is a Namibian politician and educator. A member of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), Mbumba has been the Minister of Education under Hifikepunye Pohamba since his appointment in March 2005.
Mbumba graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in the United States with a BSc in 1971. Two years later in 1973, he graduated from the University of Connecticut with an MSc in biology.
After graduating from university in Connecticut, Mbumba began teaching at Harlem Preparatory School in New York City. Leaving New York in 1978, he returned to Africa and began work as Head of the Science Department at the Namibia Education Centre in Cuanza Sul, Angola. In 1980, he was promoted to the post of Principal of the Centre, lasting in that position until 1985.
Mbumba officially took a position with SWAPO in 1985 as Deputy Secretary for Education and Culture. Leaving that position in 1987, Mbumba entered the position of Personal Secreteary to SWAPO President Sam Nujoma. Continuing in inter-party positions, including as joint-administrator of Walvis Bay during its handover to Namibia in 1994, Mbumba gradually worked his way up the party. Since 1993, he has been a member of the National Assembly. Also since 1993, Mbumba has held a ministry including Agriculture, Water and Rural Development (1993-1996), Finance (1996-2003), Information and Broadcasting (2003-2005) and since 2005 Education.