Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Kaire Munionganda Mbuende of Namibia

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Mbuende had been imprisoned, tortured, and interrogated by the former South African authorities in Namibia.
Mbuende has played a leading role in building reconciliation and developing new trade across the region.
Kaire Munionganda Mbuende was born on November 28, 1953, in the city of Windhoek, Namibia, to Lydia and Gabriel Mbuende, a devoted and nationally known primary school teacher.
Mbuende was influenced by the leadership qualities of his grandfather at a young age.
Throughout the 1970s Mbuende lived the struggle for freedom in Namibia.
After rising to the position of platoon commander in the training program of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), the military wing of SWAPO, Mbuende was appointed to service as an Information Officer with the SWAPO External Headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia.
Second, Mbuende was charged with boosting crop production that had previously been neglected under colonial rule to render Namibia then "a dumping ground for South African products," Mbuende wrote in the CBB interview.
Finally, Mbuende had to restructure agricultural production to meet local needs rather than only those of South Africa and international markets.
Mbuende had written in a pre-Independence SWAPO position paper that the San societies were particularly disadvantaged by the violence they were subjected to under apartheid.
Kaire Munionganda Mbuende is a male Namibian national.
Mbuende is married and has four children.
Mbuende is also the High Commissioner accredited to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.