WINDHOEK – Friends of slain Zimbabwean taxi driver Talent Fambaune, who was cold-bloodedly shot dead in the wee hours of yesterday, said he migrated to Namibia in 2018 in search of a better life.
WINDHOEK - First Lady Monica Geingos says society must understand the relationship of landlessness, farmworkers and their children and why many end up in correctional facilities.
WINDHOEK- New legislation is needed to enable the widespread establishment of communal grazing areas, local management’s institutions and grazing management plans to incentivize sustainable rangeland management.
WINDHOEK – The Swapo leadership in Otjozondjupa Region yesterday suspended with immediate effect six party officials – including governor Otto Ipinge – pending pronouncement by the political bureau of the party.
WINDHOEK - United Nations (UN) resident coordinator in Namibia Rachel Odede yesterday announced a contribution of N$15 million (USD1 million) to help more than 700 000 people estimated to be food insecure due to drought in the country.
WINDHOEK - Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Christine //Hoebes has commended Russian President Vladimir Putin for taking the initiative to host the first Russia-African Summit schedule for October in Sochi on the Black Sea.
WINDHOEK – Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste yesterday said a report prepared by independent consultants on a more suitable business model for the national airline has been completed.
WINDHOEK – Statistics released by the Employment Equity Commission (EEC) indicate that 36 822 employment contracts were terminated during the 2017/18 financial period.
WINDHOEK - White employees who comprise only 0.4 percent of the country’s workforce accounted for 29 percent of positions at management levels, according to the 2017/18 Employment Equity Commission (EEC) report tabled in parliament last week.
WINDHOEK - Following a public outcry over its recent dismissal of 86 employees, the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) is willing to reverse this decision, Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua said in his state of the region address.
ONGWEDIVA – Ink had barely dried on a ministerial letter yesterday confirming Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo as the designate Omukwaniilwa of Ondonga, when his uncle Konis Kalenga, who is also a
WINDHOEK – The ongoing court case against Air Namibia by now defunct European-based Challenge Air, which is demanding N$400 million, continues to wreak havoc on the national airline’s liquidity to the extent that it is affecting regional and domestic flights and frustrating domestic travellers.
WINDHOEK - Mexican billionaire investor Alberto Baillères is adamant that he has receive government approval to purchase the multi-billion-dollar game reserve despite Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila’s insistence that no such consent was yet granted.
WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob, addressing hundreds of Swapo supporters during the celebration of the party’s 59th anniversary at Katima Mulilo, advised the country’s citizens against tribalism which he described as “worrying and of great concern”.
WINDHOEK – Twenty-nine years since Namibia’s first democratic election, fragments of apartheid remain in the workplace, Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Erkki Nghimtina has
WINDHOEK – The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation will commence a project of profiling all 31 Namibian diplomatic missions in New Era newspaper, Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah confirmed yesterday.
WINDHOEK - A shortfall of N$87,3 million is anticipated in monthly payments of liberation struggle veterans’ allowance due to a huge number of former fighters retiring from active service.
KEETMANSHOOP - Political and traditional leaders from the Nama community have slammed the fact that their vernacular language is not offered on a high level in Namibian schools.
WINDHOEK - Livestock worth N$3.5 million have been stolen between April 2018 and March 2019 on farms and villages in the Omaheke Region, Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele has revealed.
WINDHOEK – New Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Mike Kavekotora, who was elected at an elective convention over the weekend, says he has his eyes firmly set on becoming Namibia’s president after national elections slated for November.
OTJIWARONGO - Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Doreen Sioka recently handed over income-generating equipment valued at just over N$311, 000 to 25 needy Namibians from Otjozondjupa Region.
WINDHOEK – The trial of former Air Namibia cabin crew member Percival Mensah has experienced a setback once more, causing the trial to be postponed from May to June.
RUNDU - Residents of Rundu are now seeking divine intervention and have organised a prayer day today for the town’s administration which is in chaos with constant disunity amongst the council members which has now brought operations in the Rundu Town Council to a standstill.
WINDHOEK - One of the five men accused of breaking into the residence of Walvis Bay businessman Hans-Jorg Möller and shooting him to death when he came to the defence of his wife is asking the High Court to release him on bail as he fears for his life.
WINDHOEK – The country’s two largest civil servant unions have told Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila that they do not have a problem with a one-off two percent voluntary contribution by civil servants to the drought coffers, provided that civil servants agree to it themselves.
WINDHOEK – Former Vice-President Nickey Iyambo, who died recently at the age of 83, will be buried tomorrow at Heroes Acre next to the grave of former Robben Island prisoner Peter Iilonga.
WINDHOEK – A large crowd of tertiary students staged a peaceful demonstration in Windhoek on Wednesday, demanding from the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) and the minister of higher education that all qualified and eligible students be funded to further pursue their studies.
Supreme Court Acting Judge of Appeal Theo Frank was removed from any involvement in the pending appeal of Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein against a decision by the Windhoek High Court to stay the implementation of the provisions of the NamibRe Act, pending the outcome of a constitutional challenge against the provisions of the Act.
The Ministry of Public Enterprises said last week it is busy with the development of a performance management framework for all public enterprises (PEs), which will be supported by a fully-fledged electronic integrated performance management system.
National Council Swapo Member of Parliament Damian Nakambare, who is also Nkurenkuru Constituency Councillor, has proposed that the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources considers amending some of its fishing rights requirements to ensure that all Namibians – irrespective of their social status – can freely apply for fishing rights.
More than 150 brewers, beer enthusiasts and industry experts recently gathered in Cape Town for the African Beer Cup. More than 140 different beers from 11 African countries entered this prestigious competition.
Brave Warriors assistant coach, Collin Benjamin, heaped massive praise on Namibia’s courageous performance in their 2-1 loss to Malawi late yesterday during their 2019 Cosafa Cup Group B decider, but admitted that lack of experience had a hand in their defeat.
Visiting Tanzanian President John Magufuli, on a rare trip abroad, yesterday expressed unhappiness with the fact that trade between his country and Namibia for the past five years was only worth a paltry N$360 million.
President Hage Geingob led tributes for two Swapo councillors Lotto Kuushomwa and Samson Nghilumbwa who died separately yesterday morning.
An investigation by the Bank of Namibia (BoN) into the business model of Jamalife Helpers Global has determined that the business contravenes section 55A of the Banking Institutions Act. As a result, the Bank has directed Jamalife Helpers Global to cease their operations and to repay all monies obtained from the public within a period of 21 days.
Capricorn Group and its subsidiaries are committed to the principles of sound corporate governance which are characterised by discipline, transparency, accountability and responsibility. The Group advocates the fight against corruption, which is one of the biggest threats that societies face today.
After a year absence, Namboer Auctioneers with the assistance of various livestock organisations, last week Wednesday hosted the comeback of the hugely popular livestock auctions in the evenings with a loud bang.
Young footballer Ryan Nyambe, whose loyalty to Namibia came into question after his recent inclusion into the Brave Warriors squad for this year’s African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, says he had already assured the coaching staff of his availability prior to the team’s dramatic qualification in March.
Chinese ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming says no country in the world “can afford to pursue development with its doors closed” because the global economy is interdependent, and that countries have so much to gain through openness as opposed to trade warring.
Mushelenga threatens to suspend entire Rundu Town Council
The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) on Wednesday met President Hage Geingob to present him with a detailed document on urgent contemporary issues, challenges and concerns currently being experienced by students and trainees.
Air Namibia on Friday confirmed the suspension of the Windhoek to Lagos Accra route as of Friday, May 24, 2019. The national airline no longer flies to Ghana or Nigeria after introducing the West African route at the end of June 2018.
WINDHOEK – Namibia’s Minister of Sports, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni says the high unemployment rate amongst the youth across the South African Development Community (Sadc) region remains a very explosive situation and a cause for concern.
SWAKOPMUND – Rio Tinto will accelerate the closure of its Rössing Uranium mine to June 2020 if the N$1.5 billion sale of the mine to China National Uranium Corporation (CNUC) is not approved by the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC). The mine has about 1000 employees and a lifespan stretching to 2025.
WINDHOEK - International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibia and Russia remain special friends and their friendship needs to be nourished and maintained, not only at the political level but through other platforms as well.
MARIENTAL - The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has called on Namibian citizens to show solidarity with one another during the current crippling drought that the country is facing.
WINDHOEK - Mexican billionaire investor Alberto Baillères, worth N$122 billion ($8.3 billion) according to Forbes, is finalising a sale agreement with the owners of Erindi private game reserve.
WINDHOEK - City Police Chief Abraham Kanime said the upliftment to his suspension has been long overdue and at the same time costly. Kanime’s sentiments come after City of Windhoek council voted on Tuesday evening to lift his suspension.
WINDHOEK - Approximately US$5.4 million or the equivalent of N$77 million of Venezuelans funds meant for social programmes are held, frozen and confiscated in international banks, as a result of the economic blockade of Venezuela. The economic sanctions are being spearheaded by the USA government.
SWAKOPMUND - Desert and coastal agricultural researcher at the University of Namibia (Unam)’s Henties Bay campus Allan Mupambwa says that hydroponic could play a key role both in large scale gardening as well as urban gardening at the coast.
OMUTHIYA - Some war veterans that were to benefit from the veterans affairs housing scheme have been reportedly refusing to move into the houses upon completion, an issue that has irked the ministry which says the houses could have been diverted to more deserving individuals.
WINDHOEK - Windhoek East Constituency Councillor Ruusa Namuhuja has urged government to cut spending on State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and allocate such funds to deserving priorities such as drought mitigation schemes, hospitals, schools and housing.
SWAKOPMUND - The concept of sustainable utilisation of marine resources remains key, but the optimal exploitation of the blue ocean economy needs collective collaboration between Namibian and international stakeholders in exploring this untapped gem.
OSHAKATI - The Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on Thursday sentenced former teacher Immanuel Mutikisha to three years imprisonment for attempting to bribe a police officer to get rid of a docket.
WINDHOEK – Cabinet has endorsed the monkfish total allowable catch (TAC) to be set at 7 200 metric tons for the 2019/2020 fishing season, which is slightly lower than last year.
OMUTHIYA - As the dust refuses to settle on the compensation issue between the Omuthiya Town Council and community, the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Dr Peya Mushelenga has resolved to set up a committee to investigate the matter thoroughly.
OSHAKATI - A commotion over a laptop at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on Tuesday afternoon led to the unveiling and arrest of the suspected fake intern doctor who has been stationed illegally at the hospital for the past two weeks.
WINDHOEK - Newly proposed banking legislation will limit foreign ownership to 75 percent while the remaining 25 percent should be allocated to qualifying Namibian nationals.
WINDHOEK - The 22-member High Level Panel on the Namibian Economy (HLPE), chaired by veteran economist Johannes Gawaxab, has been tasked to help create N$15 billion (US$1 billion) worth of investment in the next two years. Eos Capital Managing Director Gawaxab is deputised on the panel by Nangula Uaandja, Country Senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
WINDHOEK - When Debmarine Namibia’s N$7 billion (US$468 million) vessel is completed by the Dutch-based shipbuilder Damen Shipyards, it will represent the largest-ever investment in the global history of marine diamond recovery.
WINDHOEK - The Presidential Commission into Claims on Ancestral Land Rights and Restitution held its first meeting from 6 to 10 May,
WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob yesterday told a group who claim they were kept in detention by Swapo during the liberation struggle to accept that any such act was part of the war that Namibia underwent.
WINDHOEK – The Lesotho government has granted Namibian businessman Knowledge Katti and his Mosotho partner Thabo Ntai a licence to cultivate, manufacture and supply cannabis, in line with the kingdom nation’s laws. The licence is valid for ten years and is renewable on an annual basis.
WINDHOEK- Although constrained by a limited budget, the National Council standing committees achieved an implementation rate of 76 percent of the planned activities from which nine reports were tabled and adopted.
RUNDU - The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is closing down its Ndiyona settlement sub-office in Ndiyona Constituency in Kavango East and the three staff members at the office will be relocated to Buffalo core area in the Bwabwata (West) National Park in Mukwe, Kavango East.
WALVIS BAY - Swapo vice-president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has reiterated the ruling party’s position that members aspiring to stand as independent candidates in elections must first quit the party.
WINDHOEK - Following months of anxiety among defaulting students at the University of Namibia (Unam) over being allowed to sit for their exams, the university management has decided to allow such students to write exams which started this week.
WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob – who also heads Namibia’s ruling party Swapo - has added his voice to the loud thunders of congratulations for his South African counterpart, the African National Congress (ANC) and SA President Cyril Ramaphosa, following their victory in the just-ended elections.
KEETMANSHOOP - New Era recently engaged youth leaders from various political parties in the //Kharas Region so that they could share on the challenges they face and on what remedial interventions should be implemented to address these demands.
HENTIES BAY - Former president of Namibia, Sam Nujoma says government should consider prioritising and fast-track the implementation of a large-scale seawater desalination plant that would provide water for the country.
WINDHOEK- The Speaker to the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi, has emphasised that travelling for members of the National Council forms part of the mission to achieve the mandate of the institution.
WINDHOEK - Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and the Deputy PM Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah yesterday implored regional governors not to let anyone die of hunger as a result of the drought that was declared a state of emergency by President Hage Geingob on Monday.
WINDHOEK - The ruling party Swapo yesterday distanced itself from the independent candidate in the upcoming Ondangwa Urban Constituency by-election, after social media posts suggested she was a ‘Swapo independent candidate’. Photos of Angelina Immanuel were accompanied by Swapo colours, with a call to vote for her.
SWAKOPMUND - A German company, Blueplanet Investment, will tackle Hepatitis E through a pilot project that will be launched in the Democratic Resettlement Community (DRC) in Swakopmund, with environmentally friendly products they produce in Frankfurt.
WINDHOEK - Following a successful session of the joint commission of cooperation (JCC) between Namibia and Guinea (Conakry) in Windhoek this week, the two countries signed three bilateral agreements in the areas mining, agriculture, and tourism.
WINDHOEK - National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) Utjiua Muinjangue and Josef Kauandenge who are set to join Parliament later this year have promised to bring “fire and fury” to the National
WINDHOEK – Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa has blamed the Office of the Attorney General for taking too long in solving cases of illegal occupation of government flats, which he described as a thorny issue that needs to be resolved as soon as possible.
RUNDU - Rundu acting CEO Sikongo Haihambo on Tuesday tendered his resignation citing the absence of a management committee due to deep-seated differences among Swapo councillors who persistently declined nominations and thus is “making his work difficult to execute especially now that the town is in a heap of issues”.
WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob has expressed concern over the cost and security implications of holding large ivory stocks and has reiterated the country’s stance towards legal international trade of ivory, from which proceeds –
WINDHOEK – Following the declaration of a national state of emergency with respect to drought by President Hage Geingob on Monday, the government-owned Agricultural Bank of Namibia (Agribank) said yesterday that it will announce by the end of this week a range of initiatives to support its customers affected by drought.
OSHAKATI - The persistent drought affecting the entire country is expected to worsen in Oshana Region’s Uuvudhiya grazing area where more than 500 000 cattle mainly from Oshana, Oshikoto, and Omusati regions compete for grazing and scarce water resources.
WINDHOEK- Government, through the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, will utilise a total amount of N$746 million - of the N$1 billion loan the African Development Bank (AfDB) advanced to Namibia - to upgrade, renovate and construct education physical facilities
WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob yesterday declared the current drought affecting 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas a national disaster.
OMUTHIYA - The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS- Free, Mentored and Safe (Dreams) project was launched in Oshikoto Region, in September 2018 in an effort to change or improve the livelihoods of children/ learners. This program is mainly targeting adolescent girls and women.
KEETMANSHOOP - “It is my vision to build a legacy of research, innovation and development at this institution,” said professor Kenneth Matengu, the current vice- chancellor of the University of Namibia (Unam) during a stakeholders’ engagement meeting held in Keetmanshoop recently.
WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob’s dream of seeing Ongombo West farm producing flowers full throttle and exporting to overseas market - as was the case during its ownership under the evicted Wiese prior to 2005 – is being complicated by the 99-year lease of the farm to its current occupants.
WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob has said the late Mvula ya Nangolo – the veteran journalist who died recently and was laid to rest on this year’s Cassinga Day – was a man who relied on planned implementation rather than coincidences.
WINDHOEK – The major challenge being experienced in higher education is that the funding allocation to this crucial sector has not been commensurate with the significant growth of programme offerings, student numbers and infrastructural expansion needed at higher education institutions.
WINDHOEK - Lukas Nepela Nikodemus, the man charged with the murder and burning of two young women at a rubbish dump in Pionierspark suburb in Windhoek, stuck to his story that he did not kill the deceased and was framed by a person called Bennie when he testified in his own defense during Monday and Tuesday this week in the Windhoek High Court.
WINDHOEK – An alarmed President Hage Geingob yesterday met with the top brass of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Safety and Security, Namibian Police and Namibia Defence Force, to seek clarity on the much-publicised allegations of brutalities by soldiers against civilians last weekend.
WINDHOEK – State-owned enterprises collectively owe a massive N$43 billion in debts, which equals 25 percent of GDP. What worries Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste even more is that commercial SOEs, from which the government expects to receive dividends, collectively received N$1.2 billion from Treasury in bailouts for the 2017/18 financial year.
WINDHOEK - Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa yesterday confirmed she is scrutinising an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) docket alleging the role supposedly played by ministers Katrina Hanse-Himarwa and Alpheus Naruseb in allocating a resettlement farm to Hanse-Himarwa’s son.
WINDHOEK - The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) and other minority shareholders in Ohorongo Cement are unsure about the strategic intentions of a predominantly Chinese company, International Cement Group (ICG), which is set to become Ohorongo’s majority shareholder.
KAMANJAB - The country’s rhino and elephant populations have more than doubled and it’s all thanks to a well-managed natural resource management programme, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism has revealed. Sikopo said, “Our elephant population has more than doubled from 7500 in 1995 to about 24000 today.”
WINDHOEK – A government report released yesterday has painted ‘terrible year’ ahead after poor rains, with government urged to implement the drought relief measures without delay in order to provide help to desperate communities.
WINDHOEK- Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) Managing Director Zelna Hengari has been placed on suspension following allegations that she contracted the company to a public private partnership (PPP) with Sun Karros Lifestyle Safaris without necessary approval.
WALVIS BAY – An employee of the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (Nimt)’s Tsumeb campus, who appeared in the Karibib Magistrate’s Court yesterday for illegal possession of ammunition found in his car, is under questioning and may soon be charged in connection with the cold-blooded killings of the institute’s top two bosses a week ago.
OMUTHIYA – The business community of Omuthiya operating in the town’s sandwiched informal area is irked by actions of a Chinese businessman, Zhou Jianbin, who stands accused of using human faeces as manure for his backyard garden.
WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) reaffirmed his administration’s commitment in fighting against poverty, social inequality and corruption.
WINDHOEK – Ganja Users of Namibia (GUN) and scores of Namibian Rastafarians on Saturday protested against the prohibition of cannabis, appealing to Namibian authorities to emulate South Africa and other countries that have decriminalised the recreational and other use of dagga.
WINDHOEK - A former police officer from Gobabis, convicted of stabbing his two sons to death in April 2014, was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment by Judge Dinnah Usiku yesterday.
WALVIS BAY – Several persons of interest, mostly employees of the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (Nimt), have been questioned since Monday by the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region in connection with the brutal murders of the institute’s executive director and his deputy on Monday morning.
WINDHOEK - Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Namibia (ELCRN) who are aggrieved by the process used to determine the new bishop of the church vowed on Tuesday this week that they will leave no stone unturned to challenge the current process of electing bishops adopted by the current leaders of the church.
SWAKOPMUND – The Namibian police have launched a nationwide hunt for the killer of the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (Nimt) executive director Eckhart Mueller and his deputy Heimo Hellwig, who were heinously killed on Monday.
KATIMA MULILO – Oshilongo Energy Shell filling station in Katima Mulilo is facing serious financial challenges that could lead to rentrenchment of some of its 20 employees. As of late last year, the filling station would go for days without fuel, while employees’ salaries have also been numerously delayed.
RUNDU – The Ecumenical Church in Rundu’s Queens Park location has been ordered by the court not to have overflows of members outside the church building as this necessitated the use of speakers that nearby residents say are noisy.
WINDHOEK - The Governor of Otjozondjupa Region Otto Ipinge has declared Tsumkwe Constituency a special area that needs special developmental attention.
SWAKOPMUND – The mystery surrounding the sensational killings of Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (Nimt) executive director Eckhard Mueller and his deputy Heimo Hellwig was compounded by the fact that there was no arrest as of late yesterday.
WINDHOEK – State House said it would not comment on “speculative gossip on the part of the public” regarding the alleged suicide of a State House official and his alleged involvement in the illegal installation of an elevator at a government property.
ONAMUNGUDO – The battle for the throne of Ondonga traditional community reached unprecedented heights yesterday as two warring factions each crowned its own leader as the omukwaniilwa.
WINDHOEK - Three judges of the Namibia Supreme Court dismissed an appeal the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) lodged against a judgment of the Windhoek High Court refusing a final interdict against The Patriot newspaper and its editor Mathias Haufiku from publishing a story relating to properties it owns.
WINDHOEK - Burundi’s long quest to become the 17th member of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) has reached an advanced stage, as the regional body’s evaluation team will next month (May) visit the eastern African country for inspections on whether it meets the requirements before being admitted.
WALVIS BAY – Pilchard catching Walvis Bay-based fishing company, Etosha Fishing Corporation has been forced to retrench 19 of its employees and also to dispose three of their vessels due to poor catches in foreign waters.
WINDHOEK - The Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) needs an estimate of N$4.2 billion to provide a coordinated regional response action to meet the immediate humanitarian needs and early recovery actions following the devastating tropical cyclone Idai that hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
WINDHOEK - While other members of the Aandonga community were in attendance of yesterday’s memorial service of their late leader Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, lawyers for two factions fighting over the crown were at each other’s throats in the Windhoek High Court.
WINDHOEK – A number of patients requiring dental treatment at the Katutura State Hospital were turned away this week due to a shortage of gloves at the equipment-strapped public health facility.
WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob during his four-day visit to Portugal for the Horasis Global Meeting was centered on building investor confidence and promoting Namibia as a country with a favourable business environment and destination of choice for international businesses and investors.
WINDHOEK – Dishonest Namibian Traffic Information System (Natis) officials who dubiously sell licenses to unqualified drivers and black drivers in general are contributing immensely to road accidents in Namibia, Swapo MPs charged in the National Assembly yesterday.
WINDHOEK - The Namibia National Student’s Organisation (Nanso) has welcomed the appointment of its president Ester Simon by President Hage Geingob to serve on the High level Panel on the Namibian Economy, which was announced last week.
WINDHOEK - Namibian police Inspector-General Sebastain Ndeitunga said the recent N$4.6 billion budget allocation to the police will not be sufficient to meet demands such as procuring new vehicles, uniforms, operations and administration.
WINDHOEK - A 42-year-old woman, who allegedly consulted a traditional doctor after suffering from headache, died after she was given traditional herbs to drink.
WINDHOEK – The cardiac unit at the Windhoek Central Hospital has successfully attended to 104 patients requiring open heart surgery, 318 open-heart and related procedures were conducted at the unit.
CASCAIS, PORTUGAL - Namibia is ruling out dropping its currency peg with the South African rand “unless something very drastic happens,” given the close trade links to its larger neighbour and the drive by the world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds to recover from a two-year recession.
OMUTHIYA - The Executive Director in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Social Welfare, Welhencia Uiras, has refuted claims that the ministry is planning to suspend social grants offered to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) due to financial woes.
NYEGE - Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Kornelia Shilunga, says government has devised mechanisms to cope with the current economic situation and one of the mechanisms is to cut costs and only to spend where there is dire need.
WINDHOEK - The lack of proper coordination between the courts and the Mental Health Care Centre, a subdivision of the Windhoek Central Hospital, contributes to the delay in the mental observation of trial-awaiting offenders.
WINDHOEK – The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has called on the party’s top brass to urgently institute disciplinary measures against former lecturer at the Swapo Party School, Dr Panduleni Itula, who is purported to have written that Swapo members may stand as independent candidates for the Namibian presidency.
WINDHOEK - Two members of the Ondonga Traditional Authority and possible successors to the late Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas will bring an urgent application in the High Court on Thursday this week for an order interdicting and restraining Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo from appointing a successor to the deceased or taking over in that capacity.
SWAKOPMUND – Swakopmund businessman, Norbert Sadlowski, who has displayed a replica of the Reiterdenkmal at his Alstadt restaurant, is accused of being insensitive towards the suffering of Namibians at the hands of the Germans during the colonial times.
WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob will travel to Cascais, Portugal, to attend the annual Horasis Global Meeting - one of the world’s foremost discussion forums offering an ideal platform to explore and foster cooperation, impact investing and sustainable growth, the presidency said in a statement.
WINDHOEK - Suspended Windhoek City Police chief Abraham Kanime plans to approach the High Court to compel City of Windhoek to set a date for his delayed disciplinary hearing after the matter degenerated into a game of ping-pong between the Windhoek City Council and the CEO Robert Kahimise.
WINDHOEK - A former police officer convicted of stabbing his two sons to death in April 2014 and two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Correctional Facility by Judge Dinah Usiku wants the court to show him mercy.
WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg, who is presiding over the corruption trial of current education minister and former governor of the Hardap Region Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, yesterday questioned her on various aspects of her testimony to get clarity. First he wanted to know from Hanse-Himarwa what her duties were as the Hardap Governor.
WINDHOEK – Swapo secretary for information Hilma Nicanor says there is no way the millions spent on renovating the house of the Founding Father Sam Nujoma would have addressed poverty, adding that the government already has programmes in place to address such challenges.
WINDHOEK - Otjombinde Constituency Councillor Katjanaa Kaurivi, who made history in 2015 when he stood and won an election for the first time in the country’s history as an independent candidate, says he is ready to stand again as an independent candidate in next year’s regional council elections.
RUNDU - The Agricultural Business Development Agency (AgriBusDev) will lease out the Ndonga-Linena irrigation project in Kavango East, Orange River irrigation project (ORIP) at Aussenkehr in the south of the country and the Kalimbezi irrigation project in Zambezi which produces rice.
WINDHOEK - The Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) last Friday arrested a chief customs official employed by the Ministry of Finance for allegedly soliciting two bribes amounting to N$9 000 from an importer of goods into Namibia.
WINDHOEK- Ovambanderu Chief Kilus Munjuku III Nguvauva has joined the ranks of mourners paying homage to his ‘father-figure’ the Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, remembering him for his “generosity and wise counsel” during the time of trials and tribulations.
WALVIS BAY - Consumer lobbyist Rob Parker says it is high time the government protects Namibians against inferior imported chicken portions from Brazil - not only in terms of health implications but costs too.
WINDHOEK – The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) revealed on Monday it will finalise by the end of this month the recruitment of about 15 000 temporary employees for the 2019 supplementary registration of voters and the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
WINDHOEK – A former police officer accused of stabbing his two sons to death in April 2014 was convicted on two counts of murder with direct intent and two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Correctional Facility, by Judge Dinah Usiku yesterday.
WINDHOEK - Minister of Education Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, yesterday issued a blank denial that she corruptly used her office for gratification or that she gave a “directive” to members of the committee responsible for selecting the
RUNDU – Livestock farmers in the Kavango East Region are ready and waiting for the completion of the N$110 million Rundu abattoir which is currently in the final stages of being done, says the chairperson of the Kavango East Regional Farmers Union (KERFU) Adolf Muremi.
WINDHOEK – Last week’s breakthrough resolution by the European Parliament on Europe’s colonial crimes in Africa is a major shift in the moral compass of that continent, a Namibian academic observed.
WINDHOEK – International University of Management (IUM) founder Dr David Namwandi yesterday expressed shock and disgust at attacks on immigrants in neighbouring South Africa and called on President Hage Geingob in his capacity as the chairperson of SADC to intervene.
WINDHOEK - Namibian Police Regional Commander Commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa said a post-mortem will be carried out today to determine what caused the death of the woman whose headless body was found on the railway tracks near Game shopping centre on Friday.
WINDHOEK - Kae MaÞunÿu-Tjiparuro, who joined New Era Publications Corporation from the Ministry of Information in October 1991 and was present when the newspaper morphed from a bi-weekly to a weekly and subsequently became a daily, has retired.
WINDHOEK- Namibia yesterday became the first African nation to export beef to People’s Republic of China, when it transported the first 21 tonnes of beef to China the world’s largest consumer market.
WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob will today lead a high-level government delegation to the Ondonga Royal Palace at Onamungundo in the Oshikoto to pay homage and respect to the late Omukwaniilwa (King) Immanuel Kauluma Elifas who died in hospital early this week.
WINDHOEK- Namibian’s unemployment rate decreased slightly by 0.6 percent, from 34 percent in 2016 to 33.4 percent in 2018, this is according to Statistician General Alex Shimuafeni who noted unemployment remains “very high” in the Kavango East, Kunene, Omaheke and Zambezi regions.
KEETMANSHOOP - Swapo Party regional coordinator for the //Kharas Region Matheus Mumbala has joined the bandwagon of sentiment within the ruling Swapo that does not entertain having candidates in the party contest the presidential election on the party ticket other than the party president.
WINDHOEK - The decision by the Nust Council to appoint the acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Science and Technology (Nust) has left Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) dumb-founded considering the fact he is not a Namibian, though the youth wing was quick to say it is not against foreigners.
WINDHOEK- While yesterday’s tabling of the national budget of just over N$60 billion for the 2019/20 financial year saw the development portion allocation increased by 42 percent, to N$7.9 billion from N$5.5 billion, local economists’ first impressions are that the budget contained no major surprises.
WINDHOEK - The Ministry of Veteran Affairs has dismissed claims by a war veteran that the ministry neglected his application and has now invited Gottlieb Haufiku to visit its offices so that it could clarify his status.
WINDHOEK – The launch of the 2019 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) officially kicked off and is calling on Namibian artists to submit entries for the 9th edition. The awards, sponsored by MTC and NBC, has availed a massive cash incentive of N$250 000 for the Artist of the Year.
OPUWO - Information on how some resettlement farms are successful while others are non-functional was divulged during a working session between the Kunene Regional Governor Marius Sheya and rural residents of Outjo and Kamanjab resettled on farms in the vicinity of Outjo and Kamanjab farms
WINDHOEK – One of the challenges faced by the country’s mental health care facilities is how to discharge mentally ill patients who committed crimes while mentally incapacitated.
WALVIS BAY - Residents of the Twaloloka informal settlement in Walvis Bay are unhappy that they have to share four bucket mobile toilets among 2000 residents in the area.
WINDHOEK - One of the state witnesses in the trial of eight men still facing charges of high treason, murder, attempted murder, sedition, public violence, and illegal importation of weapons and ammunition, in the Windhoek High Court had to first receive a stern warning from Acting High Court Judge Petrus Unengu to take the oath to tell the truth and nothing but the truth.
WINDHOEK - Omusati businessman Maurus Valombola, 59, who is on trial for the murder of Benhard Kalimbo who was 32 at the time of his demise, was yesterday acquitted on the charge of murder, but convicted of the lesser charge of culpable homicide by Oshakati High Court judge Herman January.
SWAKOPMUND – A delegation from the City of Atlanta in the USA is in the country to explore investment opportunities in the areas of sea and air transport as well as tourism.
Q: Comrade President, the British government on the 25th July, announced that it was appointing what was called a senior diplomatic negotiator on the question of Namibia, with the South African racists. What is the attitude of Swapo to this new initiative?
WINDHOEK - The second state witness to testify in the ongoing tax refund scam trial currently in the Windhoek High Court yesterday identified several SAD 500 forms that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) brought to him to analyse as false.
RUNDU - Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa has appealed to Rundu local authority councillors to stop with their constant bickering and infightings as this would adversely affect development at the river town.
WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob says Namibia and Kenya should work together to capitalise on the economic potential the two countries’ natural resources offer.
WINDHOEK – The private emergency drought aid programme of stalwart Summerdown/Steinhausen rancher Henriëtte le Grange was rocked to its foundation when it was discovered that some of the recipients from the Maltahὅhe area had sold their bales of free lucerne they received for as little as N$20 per bale while their animals are starving to death in one of the worst droughts in history in the South. Lucerne now sells for close to N$120 per bale on average.
WINDHOEK- The current administration of the Federal Republic of Germany under Chancellor Angel Merkel offers the genocide and reparations claim by Namibians for the 1904-1908 injustices committed by Imperial Germany, particularly the genocide against the Ovaherero and Nama, a ‘window of opportunity’, says Namibian envoy on genocide and reparations, Dr Zed Ngavirue.
WALVIS BAY - President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta says Africa will only succeed in propelling Intra-African cooperation if they collectively address issues such as corruption and illegal fishing.
WINDHOEK – Tighten your budget belt and prepare for bundles of price increases, an intensified drought and food insecurity by May.
President Hage Geingob this week sat down with New Era Managing Editor Toivo Ndjebela at State House for an interview that touched on his four-year presidential journey so far, the country’s public debt situation and leading the ruling party Swapo.
WINDHOEK - A former inmate of the Windhoek Correctional Facility who was trying to get back on his feet claims he is destitute after the City of Windhoek property management division confiscated his corrugated-zinc shack about three weeks ago in Agste Laan.
WINDHOEK - A 95-year-old pensioner who last month was allegedly raped and assaulted by a grandson - who then proceeded to kill his two cousins - at Okafitu ka KaTanyange village in the Omusati Region, yesterday narrated the horrifying events.
WINDHOEK – The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar), through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), yesterday handed nutrition equipment valued at N$1 million to the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
WINDHOEK - The leadership of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) yesterday left President Hage Geingob hanging when they failed to show up for a scheduled meeting the union had requested with the Head of State. Normal practice dictates that visitors wait for the Head of State’s arrival in the meeting room.
KEETMANSHOOP - Whereas it is common practice in parts of the world – predominantly in Western society - for couples to get married with or without the consent of their parents, it is a totally different story within Namibia’s Nama tradition.
WINDHOEK- The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) budgetary allocation to peace and security increased from 14 percent to 17 percent, slightly higher than the resources allocation framework by two percent, while the allocation for programmes of regional dimension decreased from 48 percent to 35 percent the same period.
ONHUNO - Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba officially opened the main road (MR 120) that connects the regions of Oshana and Ohangwena on Friday.
WINDHOEK- Lawyers representing the Ovaherero and Nama in the genocide lawsuit have filed a notice of appeal in the United State (US) Court of Appeals, following a dismissed class-action lawsuit filed by the two communities in the US Federal Court in New York for alleged crimes against humanity.
NKURENKURU - Kavango West governor Sirkka Ausiku says some individuals permitted to harvest timber on their farms before the activities were halted, illegally harvested this number of trees in community forests instead of their farms and have sold to buyers using their permits.
WINDHOEK- With industrialisation at the centre stage of the regional integration agenda, the application of Standardisation, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology, (SQAM) principles in promoting competitiveness is essential, as it makes businesses efficient, competitive in terms of price, time to market, safety and environmental compliance.
WINDHOEK – The adverse audit opinion that the Auditor General gave New Era Publication Corporation (NEPC) in the audit report for the year ended 31 March 2017 came about as a result of a wrongly-captured balance on a loan account and a mixup in a Receiver of Revenue statement.
WINDHOEK - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) official investigating claims there were irregularities in the allocation of mass houses at Mariental in 2014 yesterday said several people told him that ex-governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa ordered them to remove two names from the original list of beneficiaries.
AROAB - The administrative governance of Aroab Village Council has a zero-tolerance approach towards squatting and this exemplary approach should be emulated by other settlements, villages and towns in Namibia where there is a proliferation of shacks and the problems they bring about.
OMUTHIYA -Two local authority councillors of Omuthiya Town Council are among thousands of residents that are squatting at Kaniita informal settlement, a situation that invalidates claims that councillors have been awarding plots to themselves.
WINDHOEK - Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday explained the partial suspension of serving of tea and coffee to patients in state hospitals, saying the exercise did not serve its intended purpose.
WINDHOEK - One of the initial beneficiaries of the mass housing scheme at Mariental in 2014 whose name was allegedly removed from the list on instruction of ex-Hardap governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said the house was taken away from her for supporting the opposition.
WINDHOEK - Secretary to Cabinet George Simataa has asked police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga to consider instituting criminal charges against former health executive director Andreas Mwoombola for fraud and corruption.
ONGWEDIVA - President Hage Geingob has appointed the councillor of Ondangwa Urban Constituency Elia Irimari as new governor of Oshana Region.
WINDHOEK- Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi says Members of Parliament can use vernacular languages during proceedings, provided that adequate provision is made for translation.
WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob, in his capacity as chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), recently met former Botswana President Ian Khama over the widely publicised running feud with his successor Mokgweetsi Masisi, reports City Press.
WINDHOEK - City of Windhoek CEO, Robert Kahimise, has approached the Supreme Court in a bid to overturn a High Court ruling that it did not have the jurisdiction to hear an urgent application that he filed against his employers.
WINDHOEK - Another member of the team that was responsible for the selection of the beneficiaries of the mass housing scheme at Mariental in 2014 testified yesterday that education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, unilaterally removed two names from the final list of beneficiaries and replaced it with two names of her own choice.
ONGWEDIVA – Having entered the fourth month without a governor, Oshana Region is still waiting for news in this regard. State House did not have an update when contacted for comment by New Era.
WINDHOEK – After reaching out to 221 drought-stricken farmers and close to 95 000 animals with donations of more than N$500 000, the private emergency drought aid programme of stalwart Summerdown/Steinhausen rancher Henriette le Grange has reached an impasse as the drought situation worsens by the day.
LÜDERITZ- Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources scientists found 27 penguins dead and three sick birds showing symptoms of Bird flu, even with the efforts from the ministry to control the spread of the virus.
WINDHOEK - National Democratic Party (NDP), Namibia Christian Democratic Party (CDP) and Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) are calling on the Namibian nation and stakeholders to hold a national conference to find out a lasting solution to the deteriorating economy.
WINDHOEK- Namibia has been awarded the Best Destination Safari and Wildlife of the Pacific Areas Travel Writers Association (PATWA) award at the Berlin’s Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB) in Germany last Thursday.
WINDHOEK - The Ovaherero Paramount Chief Advocate Vekuii Rukoro yesterday said he is “disappointed” the United States District Court judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by Ovaherero and Nama in the United States Federal Court in New York for alleged crimes against humanity.
OMBOTO - Omboto Primary on Wednesday received educational material, stationary, cosmetics, school uniforms and pots for its school feeding programme from Ehanga Holdings worth N$75 000 in yet another praise-worthy effort to uplift the poor rural school.
Our Star of the Week goes to the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), founded in 1965 for electing the first female president of the party and not only that, Utjiua Muinjangue is the first female political party president of an independent
OMATJETE- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Izumi Morota-Alakija has commended Namibia for having shown its commitment to protecting wildlife, especially given the country’s extraordinary diversity of species and high level of endemism.
WINDHOEK - As the country continues to battle with the Hepatitis E nearly two years after the initial outbreak was declared, some residents of Havana, the epicenter of the disease are struggling to maintain hygiene which is the main underlying cause of the poor man’s disease.
WINDHOEK - Concerned over multi-billion-dollar infrastructure development tenders being awarded to Chinese contractors the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) on Monday had an audience at State House with President Hage to express their concern over the deals.
WINDHOEK - What was intended to be a community lodge to alleviate poverty and create jobs in the sleepy village of Omatjete in the Daures Constituency has become a curse after the millions budgeted for the project vanished into thin air.
WINDHOEK - High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg yesterday denied an application by Rhyno Richardo du Preez, 35, to have his trial separated from that of his co-accused and former lover Rachel Elizabeth Rittmann, 47, after he admitted to killing the former’s husband with her help on August 23, 2013 in Gobabis.
KEETMANSHOOP – Construction of the N$5.7 billion Neckartal Dam in the //Kharas Region is essentially complete but the project’s strength needs to be tested with rainwater – which has been scarce because of prevailing dry conditions.
KEETMANSHOOP – With joblessness and poverty out of hand at Berseba, Tses, Bethanie, Koes and Aroab in the //Kharas Region, government’s monthly social grants in these localities are fast emerging as a vital cog in sustaining their village councils.
SWAKOPMUND - Namibia cannot continue to speak about gender equality and equal representation of men and women in politics and decision-making when its female folk are confined to the margins of such discussions.
RUNDU - Sikongo Haihambo whose contract was extended on Thursday for another six months as the acting Rundu CEO says the town council have started with establishing a buffer zone where shacks and unauthorised settlements will not be
WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development has failed in controlling foreign direct investors (FDIs) who come into the country with their own employees and ignore local graduate youths, said Swanu Youth League president Brian Ngutjinazo.
WINDHOEK - More than half of 2012 and 2013 graduates from three Namibian universities who sought jobs found employment within a period of three to six months, a graduate survey has indicated. This translated into 52 percent of graduates securing salaried employment.
WINDHOEK - Charles Winston Manale, 35, yesterday morning told Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku at the Windhoek Correctional Facility High Court that all the money he stole from Standard Bank Namibia was spent on parties, travelling abroad and clothing for himself, his friends and family.
WINDHOEK - A founder member of the Peter Nanyemba Plan Combatant Veterans Trust (PNPCVT), Nkrumah Mushelenga, says contrary to suggestions that his organisation should have sought the blessing of the Namibian National Veterans Association (NNLVA), there is no need for that.
SWAKOPMUND - The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) yesterday said it would remove Erongo regional governor Cleophas Mutjavikua from its wage negotiation team after an audio recording emerged of him supposedly supporting retrenchments at Husab mine.
GOBABIS – The Minister of Economic Planning and Director-General of the National Planning Commission (NCP), Obeth Kandjoze, said it is devastating that a number of development projects have failed to take off, years after they were
WINDHOEK - A resident of Karasburg who had the body of his victim washed and clothed and put her in their bed after he realised she died as a result of a beating he subjected her to was convicted of murder with direct intent yesterday by Windhoek High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo.
WINDHOEK - A Mariental resident who admitted that he killed 16-year old Estonovia Games near a cemetery at Mariental between October 19 and 21, 2016 before Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku at the High Court situated at the Windhoek Correctional Facility last year is expected to testify in own defense today after the state closed its case yesterday.
MPORA – The Mpora Primary Health Care Clinic that caters to a large number of patients in Kavango West has been without running water since beginning of November last year, posing a health hazard not only to the staff but to patients as well. The staff and patients currently use nearby bushes to relieve themselves.