Minister: Hon. Charles Namoloh Minister: Hon. Charles Namoloh

About Minister: Hon. Charles Namoloh About Minister: Hon. Charles Namoloh

Retired Major General Charles Dickson Ndaxu Phillip Namoloh is a diplomat, politician and military figure born on 28 February 1950 in Odibo, Ohangwena Region. He has been a member of parliament since 2005; As a Minister of Defence Force from 2005 to 2012, Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development from 2012 to 2015 and Minister of Safety and Security since 2015.

Namoloh joined politics as a union organizer for the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) in 1971, in Walvis Bay during the Namibian War of Independence. Temporarily fleeing to southern Angola, Namoloh returned to Namibia but was arrested in 1973 for pro-SWAPO activities. After spending time in prison, Namoloh was released to Kwanyama (Ovamboland) authorities to receive lashes for supporting SWAPO. In 1974 he fled with other SWAPO Party Youth League members through Angola to SWAPO bases in Zambia. Rising quickly through the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), Namoloh became the chief of staff of Dimo Hamaambo in 1979. He fought under the nom de guerre "Ho Chi Minh”. Namoloh helped in the establishment the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) following independence in 1990 and worked within the NDF from 1990 to 1995. In 1995, Namoloh was sent to Angola as Namibia's representative. In 2003, the former PLAN commander was sent to New Delhi as a High Commissioner to India.

In 2005, he returned to Namibia and appointed as Minister of Defence Force and a member of the National Assembly. In December 2012, he was appointed as a Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development. He was appointed as a Minister of Safety and Security in March 2015 the position he holds to date.