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A Walvis Bay bus driver is expected to appear in court today on a charge of murder after he shot and killed a suspected thief he caught breaking into his parked bus. Commentators believe the Independent Patriots for Change acted within their party constitution by giving controversial Swakopmund regional councillor Ciske Smith-Howard the ultimatum to either resign or risk being fired. A case of possible police negligence is being investigated in the Erongo region after a trial-awaiting prisoner escaped from the holding cells at the Walvis Bay police station. Former Swakopmund local authority councillor Elifas Khoaseb and more than 350 people have ditched the Republican Party after a brief stint to re-join the United Democratic Front. Police officers in Oshana region are accused of turning away or ignoring civilians when they approach stations for assistance. A cellular phone that didn’t follow commands by altering a message apparently landed its owner in jail on Friday. Former ombudsman John Walters says the justice system needs to be questioned, especially the issue of bail, to get a clearer understanding as to whether it is equally applied to all who seek bail in Namibian courts. There are currently no punitive measures in place for electrical injuries and incidents in the electricity distribution sector, despite several Namibians being injured or dying while on duty over the years. The fisheries ministry has refuted claims they are spending millions of taxpayers’ money to rent a fisheries patrol vessel. Chaos erupted as tempers flared on Thursday afternoon when residents accused the Walvis Bay municipal council of running the town like a cuca shop and failing to deliver land for affordable housing. The Namibia Revenue Agency has been given 48 hours by Walvis Bay small businesses, street sellers and community activists to take action against their chief customs officer from the enforcement section at Walvis Bay. The murder case against siblings Azaan Madisia and Junior Mulundu, who are accused of murdering the young Walvis Bay resident, Shannon Wasserfall, was transferred to the High Court. The Independent Patriots for Change expelled senior party member and former chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council Ciske Smith-Howard yesterday. Speakers and exhibitors from various African countries will convene for the next three days in Swakopmund for the inaugural Discover Namibia Intra Africa Trade Expo and Africa Summit that will start today at the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Hotel. Beneficiaries of the Build Together housing programme have been encouraged to repay their home loans to the Swakopmund Municipality and also start a small business at their homes to help them repay the loans. The time has come for young people to be focused and proactive in the areas of economic development to match the political independence Namibia achieved with economic emancipation. While local councils with large tracts of unused TransNamib land will have to compete for it on public auction, the struggling state-owned company’s lowest paid employees have an opportunity to buy the houses they have rented for years. ǁNā khoen hîa Build Together ommās proxramma xu !gâi!gâba ge ǀaman ge ra ǂgaoǂgao!nâhe, ǁîn di mîmaisa mātare-oas maridi, Tsoaxubams !Ā!khōmais xan ge huihede sī mātare-oasa. The Namibia Local Businesses Association (Naloba) says the Namibia Ports Authority should not enter into a concession agreement with a foreign investor unless the business community and ordinary Namibians benefit from it. A board member of Erongo Red has distanced herself from the recruitment process of a new CEO, and has warned of legal and financial implications for the electricity distributor should the process not be annulled.