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Opposition lawmakers vented their anger at Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Wednesday after she delivered a ministerial statement outlining the government’s efforts in fighting corruption and the measures the authorities had taken to address the problem. Land reform minister Calle Schlettwein said two farms offered to the State by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and her husband Onesmus Amadhila were deemed suitable for resettlement purposes, saying the couple did not receive preferential treatment from government. Swapo President Hage Geingob at the weekend accused young people of driving the tribalism agenda, a worrisome trend that he said will tear the country apart. The Swapo politburo has resolved to remove trial-awaiting former Cabinet ministers Bernhard Esau and Sacky Shanghala from its top decision-making structures. Opposition parties say they expect President Hage Geingob to reassure the nation on government’s fight against corruption as well as how the country will navigate its way through an economy, which like many, has been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Landless People’s Movement leader Bernadus Swartbooi has threatened to deal with the country’s power utility, NamPower, if they go ahead with plans to cut off defaulters’ electricity supply in the south. The Ovaherero community in the Omaheke region are mourning the passing of respected Great General Field Marshal Festus ‘Majoor’ Kamburona of the cultural red flag army who died last week. Kamburona died in a Windhoek hospital. He was 91. The National Assembly yesterday witnessed a brawl between security forces and parliamentarians belonging to the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) never seen before in the August House. President Hage Geingob yesterday reiterated his administration was committed to alleviate poverty even though there were strong reservations of implementing a universal basic income grant (BIG), which he said would be entirely misplaced. The Namibian government, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation are ready to host this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) despite Covid-19 challenges, the international body’s representative in Namibia has said. Namibia will today ship a consignment of 350 tons of charcoal worth N$2 million to the United States of America (USA). President Hage Geingob says the government is expected to upgrade 1 480 kilometres of the country’s road network to improve access and mobility for Namibians across the country. The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation is finding itself in a precarious situation, with a massive budget cut in the current financial year threatening its sustainability. The Powers, Privileges and Immunities Parliamentary Committee is expected to meet today to look at a complaint involving the conduct of Landless People’s Movement leaders Bernadus Swartbooi and Henny Seibeb, who last week disrupted a joint sitting of parliament. Ndu ya Milao Labune netalimani ni misunga mwahala babeleki basilelezo, ni limembala zandu ya milao kuzwelela kwa kopano ya LPM, ili taba yesika bonwa kale mwandu ya milao. While State House insists President Hage Geingob is seized with the matter of appointing a new defence minister, some commentators believe the delay in naming Peter Vilho’s replacement could be down to careful vetting. The Basic Income Grant (BIG) Coalition of Namibia has criticised new poverty eradication measures announced by President Hage Geingob during last week’s State of the Nation Address. Namibia yesterday retained its top position in Africa, 24th in the world, on Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) Press Freedom Index. National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) secretary general Josef Kauandenge this week said all is in place for the party’s long-awaited central committee meeting to take place on Saturday in Windhoek. The Presidency has been allocated over N$609 million in the 2021/22 budget, which is N$118 623 million more than the revised figures of the previous financial year.