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Vekuii Rukoro

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Advocate Vekuii Reinhard Rukoro (born 1954) is a Namibian lawyer, businessman, and the current Paramount Chief of the Herero people. He also served in Namibia's Parliament and Cabinet, and as attorney-general.


Early life and education

Rukoro was born on 11 November 1954 in Otjiwarongo. He attended primary school in Swakopmund and Karibib, and secondary school at Dobra. In 1980 he started tertiary education and obtained an LLB (Honours) degree from the University of Warwick in 1983, and an LLM degree from the Washington College of Law in 1987.


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Rukoro joined the South West Africa National Union (SWANU) in 1975 and became its secretary-general but left with a group of dissidents in 1978 to form the South West Africa National Union Progressives (SWANU-P). He returned to SWANU, again became secretary-general in 1984, and the party's president in 1989.

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SWANU, like SWANU-P, merged into the Namibia National Front (NNF) prior to the 1989 elections that preceded Namibia's independence. Rukoro became president of the NNF and took the only seat gained by the party. He thus became a member of the Constituent Assembly of Namibia where he was one of the main drafters of Namibia's Constitution.

After Namibian independence in 1990 Rukoro was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice. He served until 1995 when, by then a member of SWAPO, he occupied the position of attorney-general. He entered a business career in 2000 as Managing Director for Sanlam Namibia, chairman of Air Namibia, and CEO of First National Bank (Namibia) (2006–2013). He is the current CEO of Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco)

OvaHerero chieftainship

After the June 2014 death of Kuaima Riruako left the position of the Paramount Chieftaincy of the OvaHerero people vacant, Fanuel Tumbee Tjombe acted for a short time. He died weeks after taking the position. In September 2014, Rukoro was appointed Paramount Chief. In his acceptance speech he reportedly "had to fight back tears".


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