|Minister of Mines and Energy|
8 February 2018
|Prime Minister||Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila|
|Preceded by||Obeth Kandjoze|
|Minister in the Presidency in charge of the National Planning Commission|
21 March 2010 –8 February 2018
|President|| Hifikepunye Pohamba |
|Prime Minister||Hage Geingob |
|Preceded by||Helmut Angula|
|Succeeded by||Obeth Kandjoze|
|Governor of the Bank of Namibia|
1 January 1997 –25 March 2010
|President|| Sam Nujoma |
|Prime Minister|| Hage Geingob |
|Preceded by||Jaafar Ahmad|
|Succeeded by||Ipumbu Shiimi|
|Born||17 March 1958|
Omusheshe,Oshana Region,South West Africa (now Namibia)
|Alma mater|| University of the Witwatersrand |
University of Wales
Thomas Kavaningilamo Alweendo (born 17 March 1958 in Omusheshe,Oshana Region) is a Namibian politician who has been Minister of Mines and Energy since 2018. In 1997,he became the first Namibian Governor of the Bank of Namibia when he replaced Jafaar bin Ahmad of Malaysia.
In 2010,Alweendo was appointed to lead the National Planning Commission. When Hage Geingob took office as president in March 2015,he confirmed Alweendo in his position.In a cabinet reshuffle in February 2018,Alweendo became Minister of Mines and Energy,swapping positions with Obeth Kandjoze.
Alweendo earned a bachelor's degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom.
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