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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. The government spent over N$2 million on state and official funerals in the last financial year, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has said. Around 500 workers at the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, the country’s national broadcaster, are expected to embark on a nationwide strike today at 14h00, Namibia Public Workers Union has said. In a surprise turn of events, President Hage Geingob yesterday named his trusted lieutenant Frans Kapofi as new defence minister, replacing Peter Vilho, who resigned under a cloud earlier this month. National Council, the upper chamber of the country’s bicameral Parliament, was allocated a total budget of N$88.4 million for the 2021-22 financial year, marking a reduction of about N$12.9 from the previous financial year. Almost half of the N$62.7 million Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) budget has been earmarked for the investigation of 20 ongoing high-profile cases that will be prioritised by the anti-graft agency this financial year. The coronavirus pandemic caused 11 210 job losses from 983 employers during the last financial year, labour minister Utoni Nujoma has said. The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will receive N$58 million to refurbish its old studio equipment as well as upgrading its network to deliver quality content to the public. Vipuakuje Muharukua wears multiple hats: He is a full-time politician, lawyer, farmer and dedicated husband and father to his young family. New Era’s Kuzeeko Tjitemisa sat down with the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian in this tell-all interview.