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Uukwangali chief councillor Julius Hamunyera Hambyuka said an application to designate and recognise Eugene Kudumo as Uukwangali chief has been submitted and only awaits feedback from the line ministry. Two teenagers aged 17 and 19 died and four others were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning while playing football at the Kamutjonga village in Mukwe constituency, Kavango East region on Wednesday afternoon. Former Kavango East Farmers Union chairperson Adolf Muremi has been elected as the next Namibia National Farmers’ Union (NNFU) president at their just-elective congress, replacing Jason Emvula, who occupied the position for the last seven years. The Rundu Town Council, the Namibia Housing Action Group, and the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia on Thursday signed an agreement for the formalisation of the Sikanduko and Ngwangwa informal settlements. President Hage Geingob has accorded former Rundu mayor and pioneer veteran of the Namibian liberation struggle Gosbert Lyambai Mandema Sikerete (77) a state funeral. He died on 18 November. Kavango West regional commander Julia Sakuwa-Neo has beseeched newly-promoted Namibian Police officers to exhibit a high level of professionalism, and to dedicate their time to serve and protect the community amidst increasing crime disturbing the peace. A group of elders, pushing for Severinus Siteketa to be crowned as the traditional head (hompa) of Uukwangali Traditional Authority (UTA), have accused the ruling party, Swapo, and regional governor of interfering in the ongoing chieftaincy conflict. Urban and rural development minister has urged men to join the shack dwellers’ federation to be able to build houses and provide shelter for their families as opposed to participating in sports betting and engaging in other irresponsible activities. A school principal who stands accused of abuse of learners and is said to have been ruling the school through fear, is set for a disciplinary hearing next year. Environment ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda has cautioned riverine communities who majorly depend on water-based activities along the Kavango River to be extra cautious. A male teacher and sports coach at Noordgrens Secondary School in Rundu, Henk Bronner, is fighting tooth and nail to be reinstated after he was discharged following corporal punishment allegations. Sibuabui walikolo la silalanda Romeo Muyunda uelelize sicaba sesipila kwamukulela wanuka sesi itinga falimbule kuzwelela mwanuka ya Kavango kutokomela hahulu. The education ministry is excited to welcome learners for the new academic year, executive director Sanet Steenkamp has said. A makeshift school started in the Tumweneni informal settlement at Rundu in 2019 with 230 learners being taught under trees and in tents, on Monday welcomed back learners to a modern structure boasting 12 classrooms. MOST parts of Kavango West have embraced the good rains that have been pouring down lately, but the Tondoro Health Centre had to shut its doors temporarily as the facility was flooded on Wednesday. Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Joseph Shikongo says he is inundated with promotion requests from some senior officers despite their poor performance. The country’s largest meat processing and marketing entity, Meatco, has announced its readiness to buy more cattle from farmers in the Northern Communal Area (NCA), but has maintained that farmers should first meet the set requirements and standards. The Rundu Town Council has failed to follow the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Erastus Uutoni’s 2022 directive to formalise the controversial Tumweneni area. Acting police regional commander for Kavango East, Eino Nambahu says there ia a need to improve police infrastructure starting with the Rundu police station where the holding cells are always surpassing capacity. Johannes Haufiku, an official from the ministry of environment, forestry and tourism was granted bail of N$3 000 when he appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court following his arrest on Thursday evening when he allegedly corruptly used a state vehicle.