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Damara and San traditional authority leaders have welcomed with open arms news of their inclusion into the genocide deal reached with Germany over the mass killing of Namibians more than 100 years ago. Former South West Africa National Union (Swanu) president Rihupisa Kandando has refuted claims by current party president Tangeni Iijambo that the country’s oldest political party was ‘deadwood’ during his era. More details have emerged from negotiations between Namibia and the German government over the Ovaherero and Nama genocide committed here during colonial rule more than a century ago. Opposition leader McHenry Venaani has called on government to consider building a new state hospital alongside the 50-year-old Katutura Intermediate Hospital to help fight infectious diseases such as the prevailing Covid-19. European Union ambassador to Namibia Sinikka Antila has called on the country’s administrators to avoid administrative bottlenecks and to speed up implementation of programmes on the ground. Analysts say they expect the envisaged parliamentary debate on government’s deal with Germany over reparations for the 1904 to 1908 genocide of Ovaherero and Nama people to be fiery. Health minister Dr. Kalumbi Shangula has called for speedy burials as Covid-19 deaths near the 1 000 mark and surpasses the figures of the disease estimates projection model that indicated that Namibia would have recorded 834 deaths during 2020 and 2021. A German opposition party has bemoaned the N$18 billion genocide deal reached with Germany over the mass killing of Namibians more than 100 years ago. The signing and implementation of the N$18 billion genocide deal reached by the Namibian and German governments will lead to civil strife, if not new genocidal war, former Cabinet minister Kazenambo Kazenambo has warned. TransNamib chief executive officer (CEO) Johny Smith sits down with New Era’s Kuzeeko Tjitemisa toshed more light on the embattled rail transporter’s triumphs and struggles. Late reverend Willem Konjore has been hailed for his fairness and impartiality, and praised for his uncompromising stance on principles. German-speaking Namibians have warned disgruntled individuals against threats of farm grabs targeting German-speaking landowners in the country, saying they too are local citizens, equal before the law and with equal rights and responsibilities. Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) leader Dr Panduleni Itula yesterday urged government to put politics aside and legalise the use of Ivermectin, a drug used to treat parasites in animals, to treat Covid-19 patients. The commonly used antiparasitic Ivermectin is being touted as a miracle cure for Covid-19 by doctors and campaigners the world over. United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili yesterday visited President Hage Geingob to brief him on the two-day UNWTO regional conference on brand Africa. Leaders from various politicalparties have paid tribute to William Eric Getzen, better known as Mburumba Kerina, who gave Namibia its name. Swapo regional coordinators yesterday said former Cabinet minister Kazenambo Kazenambo’s comments about President Hage Geingob, in which he labelled him an “idiot, a coward and an illiterate”, were unacceptable. The country’s oldest political party has urged the Ovaherero and Nama chiefs to put aside their animosity and work together to reject in unison the N$18 billion genocide reparations agreement reached between the Namibian and German authorities. Omaheke governor Pijoo Nganate is concerned that not adhering to protocols at funerals contributes to a surge in Covid-19 cases in the CattleCountry’ Swapo has paid glowing tribute to the late Ovaherero Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro as well as former Namibian Defence Force chief John Mutwa. A total of 89 bodies are yet to be claimed at police mortuaries countrywide.