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Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila
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4th Prime Minister of Namibia
Assumed office
21 March 2015
President Hage Geingob
Deputy Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah
Preceded by Hage Geingob
Minister of Finance
In office
2003 – 21 March 2015
President Sam Nujoma
Hifikepunye Pohamba
Preceded by Nangolo Mbumba
Succeeded by Calle Schlettwein
Director general of the National Planning Commission of Namibia
In office
President Sam Nujoma
Succeeded by Immanuel Ngatjizeko
Personal details
Born (1967-10-12) 12 October 1967 (age 55)
Otamanzi, South West Africa (now Namibia)
Nationality Namibia Namibian
Political party Flag of South West Africa People's Organisation.svg SWAPO
Alma mater Lincoln University

Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila (born 12 October 1967) is the Prime Minister of Namibia, in office since 21 March 2015. Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is a member of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO). She has been a member of the National Assembly of Namibia since 1995 and served as Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2015. She is the first woman to serve as Prime Minister of Namibia.

Early life and education

Saara Kuugongelwa was born on 12 October 1967 in Otamanzi, South West Africa (present day Namibia). She went into exile with SWAPO in 1980 at the age of 13 and left for Sierra Leone in 1982 at the age of 15. She attended Koidu Girls Secondary School from 1982 to 1984 and Saint Joseph's Secondary School from 1984 to 1987. From 1991 to 1994, she attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, United States, where she graduated with a MSc in financial economics.

Private life

Kuugongelwa is married to businessman Onesmus Tobias Amadhila.

Awards and recognition

On Heroes' Day 2014, she was conferred the Most Brilliant Order of the Sun, Second Class.

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