Secretary for Legal affairs

Cde. Albert Kawana (Head)

Born at Katima Mulilo in Zambezi Region, Kawana entered into Namibian politics while in exile in Zambia. He graduated in 1979 from the United Nations Institute for Namibia (UNIN) with a diploma in Development Studies and Management. He moved onto the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, where he received his L.L.M. in 1983 and Ph.D. in 1988. Following graduation, Kawana moved back to Zambia, where he became a lecturer in the final years of UNIN from 1988 to 1990.

Kawana led Namibia's legal team in the Kasikili Island dispute, which was argued before the International Court of Justice. The court eventually sided with Botswana. Following Namibia's independence in March 1990, Kawana moved back to Namibia to become the first Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, where he worked until 2000. Chosen by SWAPO to the third National Assembly in 2000, he immediately was promoted to the position of Deputy Minister of Justice.

Following the 2004 general election, Kawana was promoted to head the Justice Ministry, becoming the first Permanent Secretary to advance to the top post of a Ministry since independence. In 2005 he became Minister for Presidential Affairs, serving until 2015. Kawana was also included in President Hage Geingob's Cabinet, appointed in March 2015, as Minister of Justice.

During a Cabinet reshuffle in February 2018 he swapped positions Sacky Shanghala and became Attorney-General, also in the rank of a minister. Kawana became Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources after the 2019 Namibian general election. In a cabinet reshuffle in April 2021 he was moved to the Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security ministry.


Cde. Evelyne Nawases-Taeyele (Deputy)