Otto Herrigel

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The Honourable
Otto Herrigel
Minister of Finance
In office
21 March 1990 – April 1992
President Sam Nujoma
Preceded by position established
Personal details
Born (1937-06-27)27 June 1937
Walvis Bay
Died 13 May 2013(2013-05-13) (aged 75)
Nationality Namibia Namibian
Political party Flag of South-West Africa People's Organisation.svg SWAPO
Spouse(s) Karin Herrigel
Children 2
Alma mater University of Heidelberg
University of Basel
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer

Otto Herrigel (27 June 1937 – 13 May 2013) was a Namibian lawyer, businessman, and politician. He served as Namibia's first Finance Minister between 1990 and 1992.

Herrigel was born in Walvis Bay and grew up in Swakopmund. He studied economics at University of Heidelberg, and in 1971 obtained a doctoral degree from University of Basel, his thesis was about the demographic and economic development of South-West Africa since 1921.[2]

A member of SWAPO since before Independence of Namibia, Herrigel worked as lawyer, businessman, and farmer, before he was appointed Namibia's first Minister of Finance on 21 March 1990. Prominent businessman and then-Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Harold Pupkewitz commented "Dr Herrigel [is a] man of decision-making abilities and sound judgement".[3] Herrigel resigned in 1992, reportedly due to differences with president Sam Nujoma over fiscal policy and the procurement of a presidential aircraft. Afterwards Herrigel was on the board of the Bank of Namibia (1998-2008), and on the board of directors of TransNamib (2001-2002).[4]

Herrigel and his wife Karin raised two GDR kids as foster children, children that were removed from their parents and brought up in the German Democratic Republic.[4]


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  2. Eriksen, Tore Linné; Moorsom, Richard (1989). United Nations Institute for Namibia (ed.). The Political Economy of Namibia: An Annotated Critical Bibliography. Norwegian foreign policy studies. 69. Nordic Africa Institute. p. 127. ISBN 9789171062970.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Torreguitar, Elena (2009). National Liberation Movement in Office: Forging Democracy With African Adjectives in Namibia. European University Studies; Political Science. 567. Peter Lang. p. 398. ISBN 9783631579954.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Menges, Werner (17 May 2013). "Former Finance Minister Otto Herrigel dies". The Namibian.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>