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National Unity Democratic Organisation parliamentarian Josef Kauandenge has expressed dismay at what he describes as meagre salaries paid to local authority councillors, saying it deters them from performing their work effectively. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called upon the non-state actor stakeholders to join hands with government in coming up with programmes to address social challenges facing vulnerable members of society. National Unity Democratic Organisation’s parliamentarian Josef Kauandenge has moved to discuss the signed Namibia-Botswana Boundary Treaty of 2018. Defence minister Frans Kapofi has categorically refuted allegations by a Popular Democratic Movement parliamentarian that only those who offer sex to high-ranking navy officials are promoted. President Hage Geingob has urged Commonwealth nations to work together, embrace multilateralism, and promote dialogue as a method of preserving world peace and security. The plight of pensioners, who are abused by either family members or vendors, was taken up by a National Unity Democratic Organisation president Utjiua Muinjangue in the National Assembly last week. The Affirmative Repositioning Movement’s chief activist, Job Amupanda, has urged members of parliament to do something useful for their people by passing a bill prohibiting foreign nationals from owning land in Namibia. Urban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni has stated his office is inundated with applications from “tribal chiefs” seeking recognition as traditional leaders by the government. Uutoni told New Era yesterday his office has received numerous applications from various «chiefs” requesting acknowledgement, without revealing the number of chiefs seeking recognition. President Hage Geingob yesterday paid homage to former Zambian president Rupiah Banda, saying his death is a monumental loss to the people of Namibia, both as a staunch advocate for the democracy the country enjoys today and as having been a “true, dependable friend”. Former cabinet minister and renowned Swapo activist Immanuel Ngatjizeko was buried on Saturday in his home village of Otjohorongo in the Omaruru constituency, Erongo region. Ngatjizeko died on 5 March at the age of 69. Retired major general Charles Namoloh has said the battle of Cuito Cuanavale, fought intermittently between 14 August 1987 and 23 March 1988, south and east of the town of Cuito Cuanavale, Angola, paved the way for the liberation of southern African countries. Landless People’s Movement deputy leader Henny Seibeb has been accused of acting with impunity, taking no accountability for his actions and personally attacking those who question him on social media. Cuban ambassador to Namibia Sidenio Ascota Aday has said the heroic battle of Cuito Cuanavale, which culminated in the abolition of the apartheid regime in South Africa and the independence of Namibia, involved 40 000 soldiers from Cuba, Angola, and Namibia, which included more than 500 tanks, thousands of artillery, and 1 000 anti-aircraft weaponry. Dancing and singing supporters and sympathisers of the Independent Patriots for Change gathered at the Goreangab soccer field in Windhoek and at an open space opposite the ABC Centre in Ondangwa to officially launch the party’s campaign for the 2024 Presidential and National Assembly elections earlier this week. President Hage Geingob has thanked Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for providing material and financial support to Namibia to ensure the country’s participation in the World Expo Dubai 2020. Gobabis town councillor and deputy mayor Nonna Goreses has refused to vacate office, saying the Swapo party’s Gobabis district executive committee which recommended her suspension does not have powers to suspend or recall any member, or those deployed by the party. Swapo parliamentarian Tobie Aupindi has said the agreement between Namibia and Russia on mutual legal assistance in criminal cases is a “big win” for Namibia. Multiple inconsistencies in the recruitment and promotion of safety and security personnel were discovered by the auditor general’s office during the 2020 financial year. Urban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni insisted yesterday that he was still consulting on what steps to take as tension reached boiling point at the embattled Grootfontein municipality, where a power struggle has raged for months. Outgoing public enterprises minister Leon Jooste, whose term as Cabinet member ended yesterday, has issued a warning about the state of affairs at the country’s top beef company Meatco, saying it is in “huge trouble”.