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Acting chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia chief Immanuel /Gaseb has said he will next week Thursday have a meeting with urban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni to discuss the vacant chairperson position of the council. Tributes poured in yesterday for veteran broadcaster and renowned historian Alexander Jarimbovandu Kaputu, who died in the early hours of yesterday after a long illness. He was 69. Government has gazetted a far-reaching cost-containment for public office-bearers which will include ministers and their deputies sharing an off-road official vehicle unlike in the past when they were each allocated a 4x4. Outspoken Landless People’s Movement (LPM) parliamentarian Henny Seibeb has alleged the move by the country’s power utility to disconnect power supply in various village councils in the //Kharas and Hardap regions was politically motivated. Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders in the Kunene region have started distributing 200 bales of hay as immediate aid to the drought-stricken farmers, party’s presidential spokesperson Inaa Hengari has said. Agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein has said the devastating drought that has gripped the Kunene region as well as some parts of Erongo has touched the country at large. Urban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni has urged the ruling party, Swapo, and the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) to bury the hatched in the public interest and ensure that there is a functional management committee on the //Kharas Regional Council. The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) has added five new members to its national executive committee (NEC), bringing the total number to 21, the party’s spokesperson Nghiningiluandubo Kashume has said. !Hū-omkhâis ministeri, Calle Schlettweini ge ge mî, ǁkhō-khōsa ǀkhurub mâsib hîa Kunene ǀkharib tsî ǀnî !âgu Erongo ǀkharib diga !oa!oaxase !khōhâb ge !hūba ǀgaisase a tsâǀkhāsa. ǂHanub ge ǂhanusise go xoaǁgui, marina sâus !nâ nî hui ǀgaugu hîa ǂhanub berodi di ǂaitani-aon, ministern tsî ǁîn !nakaǂnôan nî ǁîn 4x4 autoga nēsisa xu sîsenūs !aroma ǀgoragusa !khōǂgā hâse. In the effort to revive one of the country’s oldest political parties, Swanu of Namibia yesterday confirmed the appointment of trade unionist Evilastus Kaaronda to the position of secretary general. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has said the German government has shown willingness to revise the offer of reparations to Namibian communities over the genocide in colonial Namibia more than 100 years ago. Members of parliament who continuously portray a lack of decorum in the National Assembly (NA) should be taken to task, local commentators have suggested. Veteran broadcaster and renowned historian Alexander Jarimbovandu Kaputu, who died last week at Otjinene in the Omaheke region, will be laid to rest next Saturday at a farm near Ovitoto, family spokesperson Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana said. President Hage Geingob has paid glowing tribute to the late Tanzanian president John Magufuli, describing him as a true servant of the people. On the eve of Namibia’s 31st independence anniversary, New Era’s Kuzeeko Tjitemisa caught up with information minister Peya Mushelenga to reflect on some achievements and challenges facing government after 31 years of freedom and democracy. Namibia’s 31st independence anniversary should reflect the country’s ability to unite as a nation, which was previously divided on ethnic and racial lines under one roof, says National Assembly Speaker Peter Katjavivi. Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (Manwu) secretary general Justina Jonas-Emvula has urged the government to engage unions more on issues related to the plight of workers. According to the trade unionist, government boasts with all the expertise to deal with workers’ issues. To protect its border, Namibia has increased the presence of defence and security personnel along the border in the Zambezi region, international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said last week. President Hage Geingob has called on Namibians to take ownership of the future of the country, reminding citizens that to get to the country’s destination of a well-developed nation, every Namibian must play a role.