President of the Republic of Namibia
Seal of the Presidency
Presidential standard
Nangolo Mbumba
since 4 February 2024
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceState House of Namibia
Term length5 years, renewable once
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Namibia
Inaugural holderSam Nujoma
Formation21 March 1990
DeputyVice-President of Namibia
SalaryN$ 1,822,064 (US$ 99,241) annually[1]

The President of the Republic of Namibia is the head of state and the head of government of Namibia. The president directs the executive branch of the Government of Namibia, as chair of the Cabinet and is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, according to the Constitution of Namibia.

Term limits

As of 2021, there is a two-term limit for the president in the Constitution of Namibia. The first president for whom the term limits applied was Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2015.[2]


If the presidency falls vacant and the president is unable to perform the duties, then the following officials are inline for succession for the remaining presidential term:[3][4]

  1. Vice President of Namibia
  2. Prime Minister of Namibia
  3. Deputy-Prime Minister of Namibia
  4. a person appointed by the Cabinet.

Before the constitution was amended in 2014 to add the office of vice president, the prime minister was first in the line of succession.

List of officeholders

Political parties
  South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO)

  Denotes acting president


Died in office

No. Portrait Name
Elected Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Sam Nujoma
(born 1929)
21 March 1990 21 March 2005 15 years SWAPO
2 Hifikepunye Pohamba
(born 1935)
21 March 2005 21 March 2015 10 years SWAPO
3 Hage Geingob
21 March 2015 4 February 2024[†] 8 years, 320 days SWAPO
Nangolo Mbumba
(born 1941)
25 January 2024 4 February 2024 10 days SWAPO
4 4 February 2024 Incumbent 100 days


Nangolo MbumbaHage GeingobHifikepunye PohambaSam Nujoma

Latest election

Main article: 2024 Namibian general election

See also


  1. ^ "The highest and lowest paid African presidents – Business Daily". Business Daily. 27 December 2020.
  2. ^ Cook, Candace; Siegle, Joseph. "Circumvention of Term Limits Weakens Governance in Africa". Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
  3. ^ 2014 amended Constitution, Elkins, Zachary, Tom Ginsburg, James Melton. Constitute: The World's Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare,, accessed February 3, 2024
  4. ^ "Chapter 5 – The President | Namibia". Retrieved 1 February 2024.