Monica Nashandi officiated as Namibian Ambassador to the United States

Eileen van der Schyff

The United States of America’s President Donald Trump participated in a credentialing ceremony for the recently appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to the United States, Monica Ndiliawike Nashandi last Friday. The 11 January ceremony took place at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, the same city where the Namibian mission is situated.

Nashandi was the Namibian Ambassador to Ethiopia until President Hage Geingob’s reshuffle of ambassadors heading Namibian diplomatic missions abroad. The reshuffle saw new ambassadors introduced for Namibia’s diplomatic corps and the recalling of several ambassadors.
A brief online search of Ambassador Monica Nashandi’s path of life: she was born on 12 October 1959 in the village of Ompundja in Oshana Region.
As a refugee in 1978, she survived the Battle of Cassinga, a South African cross border strike on Cassinga on 4 May of that year.
She later received military training and joined the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), SWAPO’s armed wing during the Namibian War of Independence. Nashandi graduated with a Diploma in Youth and Development from University of Zambia in 1983 and earned a Master’s degree in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster in 2002 while on a diplomatic posting.
In her diplomatic career Nashandi served as the Namibian Ambassador in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland (1995-1999) and Namibian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland from 1999 to 2005.
Nashandi was removed from the SWAPO candidacy list for the 2009 general elections, because she had not registered to vote. A requirement to be elected a Member of Parliament on a Swapo ticket.

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