• October 24th, 2020

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Relief for the tourism industry

Players in the tourism industry can now heave a sigh of relief after the government yesterday announced the relaxation of Covid-19 restriction, including the removal of the five-day mandatory test for international visitors.

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Nudo sends Kandorozu packing

The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) yesterday announced it has severed ties with long-serving Okakarara constituency councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu whom the party accused him of de-campaigning ahead of next month’s regional council and local authority elections. 

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Church blames alcohol for gender violence

The restrictions around the sale of alcohol, which were imposed during the Covid-19 state of emergency, should be adopted in order to fight sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the country, the Coalition of Churches and Organisations on Ethical Social Justice said yesterday.

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Technical committee to tackle SGBV

Young activists leading the #ShutItAllDown movement say their demands remain unchanged and that they still want President Hage Geingob to declare a state of emergency over sexual and gender-based violence, which is rife in the country. 

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RA hits back at local contractor

The Roads Authority yesterday claimed representatives of a local and Chinese contractor had mutually entered into an agreement with it to allow the authorities to make payments directly into an account nominated by the two parties for a road construction contract. 

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UN agency feeds thousands

The United Nations agency, World Food Programme (WFP), says it has so far spearheaded a N$3 million project that ended in August this year by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance to vulnerable communities in Namibia. 

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Construction firm takes on RA

A local construction company has threatened to sue the Roads Authority (RA) if it does not immediately address issues it has with the manner in which the entity is making payments directly into the account of its Chinese joint venture partner for a road construction contract. 

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4 000 masks for Rundu traders

RUNDU – Industrialisation minister Lucia Iipumbu on Saturday donated 4 000 face masks and 400 face shields to be shared amongst informal traders of the Rundu open market and Tandaveka open market to protect themselves and their customers from Covid-19. 

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Electoral Tribunal dismisses AR application

The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement was dealt a hard blow by the Electoral Tribunal in Windhoek yesterday when their application in which they sued the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) for failing to implement continuous voter registration, as required by law, was dismissed with costs.

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BIG could cost up to N$13 billion

A proposed universal Basic Income Grant (BIG) for every Namibian can only be sustainably implemented if government finds the funds for the initiative from existing sources, as the country cannot afford to increase either the budget deficit or its public debt. 

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MP zooms in on plight of hawkers

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian Johannes Martin has taken to parliament the plight of street vendors, saying despite them being an integral part of the country’s urban economy, they are living in uncertainty and insecurity.

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Ten battle to replace Kandorozu

The race to replace long-serving Okakarara constituency councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu has intensified after ten aspiring National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) candidates availed themselves for elections in the upcoming party primaries set for next week. 

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Vatuva laid to rest at Omungwelume

ONGWEDIVA – The first commissioner of the northern region and first governor of Oshana, region Silvanus Vatuva, was hailed as a dedicated teacher, freedom fighter, businessman, farmer, family man, philanthropist and a friend to all.

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Venaani labels  Swapo MPs ‘cowards’ 

Leader of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani has labelled Swapo parliamentarians “cowards” after the ruling party MPs shot down a motion he wanted to table in parliament on Wednesday to discuss the unfolding political situation in neighbouring Zimbabwe. 

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N$500 basic income grant proposed

The Basic Income Grant Coalition of Namibia has again called on government to start pushing for the urgent implementation of the universal basic income grant (BIG) through which a proposed cash payment of N$500 will be paid to people aged 19 to 59 every month. 

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Coastal estate agent guilty of theft

Windhoek High Court acting Judge Eileen Rakow last week convicted coastal estate agent Erwin Sprangers on five counts of theft by conversion and one count of money laundering but acquitted him on a count of fraud over N$6.7 million he stole from Democratic Republic of Congo army general Francois Olenga. 

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Church, ministry differ on Covid burials

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) has demanded government bury persons who succumbed to the novel coronavirus in a dignified manner, including providing coffins, especially to the less fortunate whose families may not be in a position to afford them. 

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Fishcor, Seaflower in messy divorce

WALVIS BAY – A war of words has erupted between the interim board of the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) and its Walvis Bay-based Seaflower Pelagic Processing (SPP) over the controversial partnership, which also resulted in a recent court challenge. 

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Murder suspect failed to disclose doctor’s note

A superintendent responsible for the section where murder accused Marcus Thomas is held at the Windhoek Correctional Facility told the court yesterday the American never disclosed to them a letter in which a private doctor recommended for him to be put in isolation pending a Covid-19 test. 

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LPM against poll delay 

KEETMANSHOOP - Regional council and local authority elections should go ahead as scheduled by the Electoral Commission of Namibia, the Landless Peoples Movement’s election director, Ziggy Isaacks has said. 

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Virus precautions hit campaign plans

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has posed a profound challenge for the delivery of elections in many countries this year, has led to questions over Namibia’s readiness to safely and securely hold its regional council and local authority polls in November this year. 

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Date set for Fishrot accused bribery trial

The Windhoek Magistrate’s Court is scheduled to hear the trial of former Investec Asset Management Namibia managing director James Hatuikulipi and two accomplices for allegedly attempting to bribe an officer and steal evidence in an ongoing corruption case.

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Masule case not urgent – PM

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has denied, in the strongest terms, that anything untoward unfolded in her setting aside the promotion of Anti-Corruption Commission investigator Phelem Masule to the position of chief of investigations and prosecution. 

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Unam opts for online learning

The University of Namibia has opted to continue with online learning for the time being despite the government announcing last week that tertiary institutions may continue with contact classes during the current stage three of the Covid-19 state of emergency.  

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Governor calls for calm amid Okahandja tension 

Otjozondjupa governor James Uerikua has appealed to residents of Okahandja who might be affected by the pending land eviction to remain calm, saying his office is working directly with the municipality in the implementation of the accelerated land delivery programme in an orderly and organised manner.

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Geingob mourns ‘trailblazer’ Vatuva

ONGWEDIVA – President Hage Geingob has eulogised the founding governor of Oshana region Sylvanus Vatuva as a trailblazer and dedicated public servant who played a key role in assisting the central government dismantle apartheid Bantustans and setting up administrative structures in Oshana.

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Schools safe to reopen, ministry insists

The executive director of the ministry of education Sanet Steenkamp said they have done thorough research before advising President Hage Geingob to consider reopening schools for face-to-face learning from 7 September, including in Windhoek, which is now considered the epicentre of the coronavirus. 

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Tashia Travel: Coping with the loss of travel

Travel has been the fuel for most of my life. From the moment I first took off for boarding school in Stellenbosch at 13 years old, I’ve defined myself by where I’ve been and where I’m going. My mind and soul are filled with memories of places, people, enchantments, disasters and discoveries. 

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‘Conflicted’ Gaomab explains Seaflower board resignation

WALVIS BAY – Interim board chairperson of the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) Heinrich Mihe Gaomab has defended  his resignation from the Seaflower Pelagic Processing (SPP) board. Gaomab and another board member Ruth Herunga resigned from SPP this week, citing a conflict of interest as the Walvis Bay-based company is suing the government for outstanding fish quotas. 

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Media union on the cards

A soon-to-be launched union that will champion and promote the interests of media practitioners in the country has promised to restore trust in the local media, which they say has been waning in recent years.

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Tsumeb runs out of land

The Tsumeb municipality is considering approaching Weatherly Mine Namibia for a portion of land as the local authority looks at expanding its town boundaries to meet the ever-increasing demand for urban land. 

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SADC summit goes virtual

President Hage Geingob and other regional leaders will today virtually participate in the 40th ordinary SADC summit in response to ongoing public health concerns around hosting large gatherings. 

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ECN rolls out voter education

The chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Namibia, Advocate Notemba Tjipueja, says the electoral authority will ensure that special arrangements will be considered to allow people to vote beyond polling places, like those under quarantine and in health facilities who have tested positive for Covid-19.

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Esau, son-in-law soldier on for bail

After having been dealt a hard blow in the lower court in July, former fisheries minister Bernard Esau and his son-in-law Tamson ‘Fitty’ Hatuikulipi have now approached the High Court appealing the court’s decision to deny them bail.

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LPM condemns rights violations in Zimbabwe

The Landless People’s Movement has added its voice to the chorus of growing condemnation of the unfolding political unrest in Zimbabwe where multiple accusations of violations of human rights have been reported against the government and Zanu-PF functionaries. 

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A cry of sorrow and grief

First Lady Monica Geingos has penned an emotional letter expressing her heartfelt condolences to the mother of two-week-old Charmaine Moss, who died last week after she was allegedly sexually violated by her own father. 

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Top spy joins ACC 

A top official at the Namibia Central Intelligence Service has been named as the new executive director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) following a surprise reshuffle of accounting officers yesterday.

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PDM to screen aspiring candidates

Ngaringombe said the party will allow all PDM members, supporters and sympathisers willing to serve their communities on a local or regional level to apply for nomination through an open application process that will be advertised through the movement’s social media platforms and print media. 

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Esau, ‘Fitty’ to hear bail fate

During oral submissions yesterday, their lawyer Richard Metcalfe said Esau and Tamson have proven they are worthy of being released on bail. Metcalfe submitted that Esau had an opportunity to evade the hands of justice between the period of his first arrest on 23 November 2019 and second arrest on 27 November the same year. 

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Elephants instil fear among Kabbe residents

“The situation has caused panic in the entire community as they can’t move freely, the elephants move in groups which make it difficult for people to move between villages in search of daily needs such as food, hospital visits and normal schooling for lower grades that opened in recent weeks,”