Secretary for Labour

Cde. Loide Kasingo (Head)

Loide Lucky Shoopala Kasingo (born 17 February 1954) is a Namibian politician and prominent trade unionist. A member of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), Kasingo has been a member of the National Assembly of Namibia since 1996 and was a deputy minister from 1996 to 2005. She has served as Deputy Speaker of Parliament since 2010. Kasingo rose to prominence as a key figure in the late 1980s as part of the National Union of Namibian Workers, a SWAPO-affiliated trade union.

From 1989 to 1985, she was an adult literacy instructor for the Namibia Literacy Program and the Council of Churches in Namibia. Following independence in 1990, Kasingo continued as a high-level member of NUNW in various functions. When she was chosen by President Sam Nujoma to replace Ben Ulenga in the National Assembly and as Deputy Minister of Local and Regional Government and Housing. Kasingo was a public prosecutor from 1990 to 1996 for the Ministry of Justice in the Windhoek courts. From 2000 to 2005, she was the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs. Upon the election of Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2004, Kasingo was removed as deputy minister.

Despite her demotion, she was ranked eleventh on SWAPO's list of candidates for the National Assembly, virtually guaranteeing her a place on the body, albeit as backbencher. Kasingo has been Deputy Speaker of Parliament since 2010. She is also Vice-President of the Pan African Parliament since May 2012.