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Michaela Hübschle

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Michaela Hübschle (* 21 September 1950 as Michaela Kuntze in Otjiwarongo, South West Africa) is a Namibian politician and former Deputy Minister of Prisons and Correctional Services.

Education and profession

After attending school in her hometown, Hübschle studied at the University of Pretoria in South Africa from 1970 to 1973. She completed her studies with a B.A. degree. She then worked as a translator for the German Embassy in Pretoria until 1976. Hübschle then left for the Federal Republic of Germany and was active in the environmental movement there. In 1984 she returned to what was then South West Africa and did public relations work for various projects in Katutura, a township in Windhoek.

Since 2000, Hübschle has been chairwoman of Criminals Return Into Society (CRIS), an organization she founded, which has been called Change since August 2009. The society is committed to start-up and livelihood support for ex-prisoners and in the field of vocational support.[1] It also organises the Guildhall, an informal forum of leading figures from government and politics.

Political career

Hübschle was a member of the Namibian Constituent Assembly and a member of the National Assembly for SWAPO from 1990 to 2000. In 1995, Hübschle was appointed Deputy Minister of Prisons and Correctional Services. She held this post until 2000. During her tenure, she advocated for free condom distribution to prisoners for AIDS prevention. However, this view did not gain acceptance in the government, as it was seen as support for sodomitic acts.

Hübschle was not re-nominated as a candidate for the 2000 general election after she had voiced criticism the year before over the mistreatment of prisoners in connection with the Caprivi conflict.[2] She had also demanded that the SWAPO leadership apologise for the mistreatment of prisoners during the liberation struggle.

In 2007, in an essay co-authored with SWAPO politician Shapua Kaukungua in The Namibian newspaper, Hübschle accused the party leadership of poor internal party democracy and interference in regional and local elections.[3] As a result, the party broke with SWAPO.

In the 2009 parliamentary elections, Hübschle ran for the opposition Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), of which she is a member of the central committee.[4] However, she did not succeed in entering parliament.

In 2017, Hübschle again became a SWAPO member.[5]

Private

Hübschle’s parents were the German-Namibian farmer Eberhard Kuntze and the writer Lisa Kuntze.
Hübschle was married to the former head of the Namibian Veterinary Authority, Otto Hübschle, who died in 2008 at the age of 63. The marriage produced two children,[6] including the director Tim Hübschle.

Literature

  • Who’s who of Southern Africa. Ken Donaldson, Johannesburg 1992, OCLC 7083249, p. 549 (limited preview in Google search).
  • Graham Hopwood: Guide to Namibian Politics. 2nd edition. Namibia Institute for Democracy, Windhoek 2007. ISBN 99916-797-5-8

Individual references

  1. Allgemeine Zeitung of 20 August 2009(Memento of 11 April 2016 in the Internet Archive)
  2. Die Zeit No. 48/1999; Allgemeine Zeitung of 4 October 2010.(Memento of 18 July 2012 in the Web archive.today)
  3. Namibia Plus Online, 16 July 2007.(Memento of the Originals august 28, 2008 on the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this note.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/www.namibiaplus.com
  4. Allgemeine Zeitung, 22 September 2009.
  5. Hübschle returns home to SWAPO; Allgemeine Zeitung, 11 October 2017 (retrieved 22 May 2018)
  6. Allgemeine Zeitung of July 17, 2008; New Era, July 28, 2008.