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The overall budget for the now phased-out public enterprise ministry has increased to N$791 million for 2022-23 from N$734 million, representing an increase of N$57 million from the previous financial year. Supporters of the Ovaherero paramount chief claimant and academic Mutjinde Katjiua, who yesterday petitioned the line ministry, have blamed government for squabbles within the Ovaherero community. Urban and rural development executive director Nghidinua Daniel says the suspension of a Swapo councillor serving on the Gobabis local authority is unlawful. Trade Union Congress of Namibia secretary general Mahongora Kavihuha says this year’s May Day celebration comes at a time when labour movements are facing stagnated salaries amidst skyrocketing prices of goods and services. Former information deputy minister Engel Nawatiseb has urged the upcoming Swapo congress, slated for November, to choose a “dynamic young leader” to take the ruling party to great heights. President Hage Geingob has sent a message of congratulations to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa on the occasion of that country’s Freedom Day celebrations, marked annually on 27 April. Anti-Corruption Commission director general Paulus Noa this week implored members of the parliamentary committee on constitutional and legal affairs to demand accountability from government offices, ministries and agencies. Despite the importance attached to Workers’ Day celebrations globally by organised trade unions, commentators are of the view that the day has lost its significance locally. President Hage Geingob has urged young Swapo cadres to fight tribalism, sexism, racism and xenophobia, and to bring all Namibian youth together. Outgoing Swanu president Tangeni Iijambo has hailed his chosen successor Evilastus Kaaronda, the newly elected Swanu president, saying he is the perfect person to lead the country’s oldest political party to greater heights. Over 100 war veterans, who receive between N$2 500 to N$5 000 monthly, are setting up camp to force government to increase their allowance. Ngumaheruka ko tjihavero otjo Presidenda yo Swanu ya Namibia, Tangeni Iijambo, matja ingwi eye ngwa keke otjo mu mu yarukirepo mo tjihavero ihi, Evalistus Kaaronda, ngwa toororerwe oupe otjo Peresidenda, onguriye kaparukaze oku hongorerapo otjira oku tjitwa po ndondo yarwe yo kombanda. Otjombinde constituency councillor Wenzel Kavaka has vowed to visit all villages with immigration officials and deport “any illegal immigrants”, whom he blames for the increase in cattle theft in the constituency and the Omaheke region at large. Gobabis mayor Elvire Theron has described the town’s N$42.5 million debt to NamPower as the “biggest headache”. Founding President Sam Nujoma believes Namibia is ready for a female head of state, while saying the ruling Swapo needs to be transformed into a modern political party that deploys people based on merit. Founding President Sam Nujoma has advised government to consider returning to the negotiating table with Germany over the contentious 1904-08 Nama-Ovaherero genocide agreement reached last year. Angry Epukiro farmers flocked to the constituency’s police station yesterday to express their dissatisfaction over dockets involving livestock theft that allegedly went missing from the station. The National Unity Democratic Organisation Youth League’s elective conference is finally set to take place this weekend after postponements due to internal squabbles. National Unity Democratic Organisation president Utjiua Muinjangue has said the Ovaherero people are and remain the spine of the 57-year-old political party. Political and economic experts have weighed in on Friday’s protests in Windhoek’s China Town, which resulted in the arrest of political leaders and activists and the injury of journalists and bystanders.