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Sophia Shaningwa is a Namibian politician who has served as Minister for Urban and Rural Development since 21 March 2015 in President Hage Geingob's administration. In 2017 Shaningwa became the Secretary-General of the Swapo Party.

Shaningwa was appointed Governor of Khomas Region in 2004. She later served as Governor of Omusati Region. In 2014, she was elected to the National Assembly. She had previously worked at the National Housing Enterprise and served as Windhoek West councillor.

Shaningwa was conferred the Most Distinguished Order of Namibia: First Class on Heroes' Day 2014.


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