Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) executive director Graham Hopwood yesterday said government needs to initiate an economic relief package to shield the poor during the far-reaching coronavirus crisis.
Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) executive director Graham Hopwood yesterday said government needs to initiate an economic relief package to shield the poor during the far-reaching coronavirus crisis.
OMUTHIYA – The outgoing special advisor to the governor of Oshikoto Erwin ‘Nation’ Nashikaku whose term ended on 20 March says he would like to see the right people with the requisite skills being placed into right positions to propel the country forward.
OMUTHIYA – Eleven people perished on the country’s national roads, with two more deaths recorded in Oshikoto on Friday in addition to that of the other nine that perished in the horrendous Okahandja-Otjiwarongo road on Thursday while passengers were headed home.
The authorities yesterday once again reminded residents of affected towns in Erongo as well as Windhoek, Okahandja and Rehoboth to strictly adhere to the lockdown rules as government intensifies the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak. Government has come up with strict measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including imposing a 21-day lockdown, which begins tomorrow.
Chairperson of the Editors’ Forum of Namibia (EFN) Frank Steffen has welcomed the media being classified as an essential service by health advisor in the presidency Dr Bernard Haufiku – during the 21-day lockdown starting midnight today. Previously media was not regarded as an essential service.
Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi was evasive yesterday on what possible action the August House would take after a war of words broke out between Landless People’s Movement leader Bernadus Swartbooi and labour minister Utoni Nujoma.
President Hage Geingob yesterday thanked world leaders for their congratulatory messages after the country’s Pear Jubilee Independence celebration and his inauguration, saying that Namibians appreciate the kind words and thoughts of the international community.
In light of the 21-day lockdown starting on Friday in Khomas and Erongo regions when only essential services will be operating, New Era Publication Corporation (NEPC) CEO Christof Maletsky said whether the media are regarded as essential services or not, they should regard themselves as essential.
MANGETTI - In its efforts to boost the much-needed security at the conservancy, N≠a Jaqna conservancy management committee member Lara Diez said they have added 12 new guards to help curb poaching that of late has seen a rapid increase at the park.
Law enforcement officers will be deployed at critical roadblocks and on the streets as government yesterday announced a lockdown of Erongo and Khomas regions from midnight 27 March until 16 April in order to curb the further spread of the coronavirus after positive cases hit seven.
The Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) has warned businesses not to take advantage of consumers by price gouging during the coronavirus outbreak. NaCC CEO Vitalis Ndalikokule has urged the general public to be vigilant and file complaints regarding price gouging related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) says the party leadership was consulted before the appointment of its president, Esther Muinjangue, as deputy health minister. Muinjangue was on Sunday named as deputy health minister by President Hage Geingob.
Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Petrus Unengu last week admitted the confessions of two of the remaining people still on trial in the long-running high treason trial at the High Court situated at the Windhoek Correctional Facility.
Emma Theofelus was having a lazy Sunday afternoon at home when she received a surprising rare phone call from State House. The call led to a chain of events that would change her life forever as it was indeed to confirm her appointment as one of the eight presidential nominees for the National Assembly as well as to serve her nation in a deputy minister capacity.
A 19-year-old Namibian man who arrived in the country on 18 March tested positive for Covid-19, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula confirmed late yesterday. “Specimens were taken and sent to a laboratory, and the results returned positive.
Despite much speculation, Air Namibia has set the record straight regarding its operations and interpretation of Cabinet resolutions on measures to strengthen Namibia’s preparedness and response to the Covid-19. The national airline has reiterated it is in full conformity with government’s resolutions.
On Namibia’s 30th independence anniversary, President Hage Geingob launched a new N$30 commemorative banknote, issued by the Bank of Namibia (BoN). The once-off print commemorative banknote is the first of its kind to be issued by BoN, with the sole purpose to celebrate Namibia’s 30th independence anniversary.
The 96 members of the National Assembly, with voting powers, were sworn in on Friday for the next five years until 2025. Reappointed Vice president Nangolo Mbumba was also sworn in, but will now have to resign from parliament after he was installed as vice president on Saturday.
After a challenging five years, rocked by weak economic growth, unemployment and an internal rebellion within the ruling party, President Hage Geingob will be looking at securing a rock-solid legacy as he starts serving his final term tomorrow.
RUNDU – In the wake of some complaints, the Executive Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, has ordered schools to stop the forceful and unlawful cutting of learners’ hair along with the subjective banishment of learners from school for refusal to cut their hair.
President Hage Geingob has given the clearest indication yet that he will not consider appointing members of the opposition to his Cabinet, while admitting he was finding it difficult who to name in his new executive for the next five years.
ONGWEDIVA – Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga and the Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma handed over the first ever land hold titles to residents of Onawa Township in Oshakati, Oshana region yesterday.
All the lawyers for the accused in the massive tax refund fraud trial in the Windhoek High Court indicated to Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Kobus Miller Tuesday that they will bring a section 174 discharge application on behalf of their clients.
The government yesterday announced a raft of new measures to curb the further spread of coronavirus, as President Hage Geingob declared a national emergency on the global pandemic. “As emphasised in my statement of 14 March, the health of Namibians is the priority. Covid-19 is a public health emergency, considering the threat posed to the lives of the Namibian people,” said Geingob.
Opposition politicians and commentators have largely welcomed the decision by President Hage Geingob to downsize the number of ministries from 26 to 19. Geingob has merged at least five ministries, while he has also elevated the Namibia Investment Promotion Development Board into the Presidency.
Despite the uncertainty among hundreds of drivers who showed up at the NaTIS in desperate search of vehicle licences and other services, it’s offices in Windhoek managed to open its doors to the public yesterday late in the day after securing protective clothing to prevent the potential spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
President Hage Geingob has done away with several ministerial positions in a reshaped executive aimed at cutting costs. The new cabinet will include 19 ministries, while two ministers will serve under the Presidency. Geingob yesterday said he was trimming the structure to achieve better alignment among sectors.
NKURENKURU – There was a huge sigh of relief for Sikarosompo Primary School in Kavango West as the school officially received temporary accommodation and cooking structures constructed by Good Samaritans who reacted to the plight of learners.
KEETMANSHOOP – Water minister Alpheus !Naruseb said it was only through key negotiation strategies and the unreserved commitment by the line ministry, contractor and engineer that the successful completion of the Neckartal Dam could have been realised.
As the fear of coronavirus infections spreads across the world, local authorities yesterday decided to close down all public and private schools until 14 April as ordinary Namibians scramble for face masks and hand sanitisers to help contain the further spread of the virus after a Romanian couple in Windhoek tested positive at the weekend.
The Shambyu circuit in Kavango East recently held its annual teacher’s award ceremony at Shambyu Secondary School. Over 50 teachers from various schools in the circuit were recognised and celebrated for scoring over 70% for the 2019 academic year.
ONANDJOKWE – Expectant mothers at the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital in the Oshikoto region are calling on the authorities to provide them with a more habitable shelter.
Despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) this week declaring coronavirus a global pandemic, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula says securing the country’s borders will not stop the spread of the virus.
One of the many recommendations made by President Hage Geingob’s High-Level Panel on the Namibian Economy (HLPE) is that Namibia implements its comprehensive national policy on climate change released in 2011.
The creation of a national employment task force, a national internship programme, the allocation of free land in urban areas, the adequate leveraging of public assets and the appointment of a government-owned holding company to run affairs of commercial parastatals are but some of the recommendations made by President Hage Geingob’s High-Level Panel on the Namibian Economy (HLPE).
The two newly elected regional councillors for Otjiwarongo and Opuwo Rural have promised to serve the electorate and improve service delivery in their respective constituencies.
Four Icelandic journalists who uncovered what is now known as the Fishrot scandal and which led to the arrest and detention of former fisheries minister Bernhard Esau, his justice counterpart Sacky Shanghala and five others have been awarded the Union of Icelandic Journalists’ 2019 Bladamannaverðlaun for Best Investigative Reporting for their coverage of the bribery saga.
Karel Cloete, the Anti-Corruption Commission senior investigator in the tax fraud investigation said that during their investigations it came to light at least N$2 billion worth of invoices were presented to Aveshe Consulting – the firm contracted by government to pay out tax refunds on purchases made for export – by several Angolans with the help of unscrupulous Namibians.
Many students at the University of Namibia (Unam) have expressed their disappointment towards management for allegedly failing to pay the service provider for the internet connection on campus. This, the students argue, is despite the fact they have paid their internet connectivity fee of N$500 during registration.
Swapo vice-president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has condemned in strongest terms the latest insults hurled at President Hage Geingob saying that such insults are aimed inciting public hatred, tribalism, hostility and violence against the President.
Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has said although sub-Saharan Africa as a whole has not experienced rapid rates decline of malaria to equal with the global progress, the SADC region has registered stronger progress in the prevention and control of malaria.
The Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, hosted the commemoration of Commonwealth Day at the Namibian parliament yesterday. In line with outlined commonwealth protocol, the Speaker, read the Queen’s statement that called for a common future through a united front.
Nurses and patients at Katutura State Hospital on Friday described President Hage Geingob’s surprise visit as a “shock” but said they knew something big was coming when they were asked to thoroughly clean the medical facility as early as 05h00.
NamWater CEO Abraham Nehemia has declared that with the recent good rainfall received in the three main supply dams feeding water to the central areas including Windhoek, Gobabis and Karirib - the drought experienced over the past few years is over for now.
After the Hardap Dam level decreased, several faulty aspects needing attention in terms of rehabilitation were recently identified.
As Namibia joined the rest of the world to commemorate International Women’s Day, President Hage Geingob took the lead and lauded Namibian women for undertaking a courageous journey towards gender equality, urging more urgency and action.
Tributes poured in yesterday for Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, the former United Nations secretary general who mediated Namibian independence from South Africa. De Cuéllar, who died Wednesday at the age of 100, considered the 1990 independence of Namibia as his greatest accomplishment as secretary general.
The public have been warned about an email circulating under the name of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, regarding the alleged distribution of funds from the European Development Fund.
To avert utility services being cut off at public schools, the acting minister of education Martin Andjaba says they have engaged service providers, specifically the City of Windhoek, to install pre-paid meters for water and electricity usage at public schools.
An irate High Court Acting Judge Kobus Miller yesterday issued a warrant of arrest for Anti-Corruption Commission senior investigator Karel Cloete for failing to show up for his scheduled witness testimony in the tax fraud trial underway in the Windhoek High Court.
A total of 73 cases of alleged unprofessional conduct were reported against law enforcement officers during the now-ceased ‘Operation Kalahari.’
Pan African Women’s Organisations (PAWO)’s new president Eunice Iipinge says the 10th congress has decided Namibia will no longer host its regional office. The office will instead move to Angola and the headquarters will remain in South Africa.
ONGWEDIVA – Flood-hit areas in northern Namibia are bracing for further downpours, while a hydrologist has advised people to prepare for the worst as water levels continue to rise.
City of Windhoek Mayor Fransina Kahungu yesterday confirmed that the city council had agreed to extend the employment contract of the City Police chief Abraham Kanime, a decision she said was taken at an extraordinary council meeting last Thursday.
While some countries in sub-Saharan Africa are finally taking steps to repatriate citizens from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said Namibia would not evacuate its nationals.
RUNDU – The Rundu Intermediate Hospital is making arrangements to conduct a pauper burial this month to get rid of some of the corpses that have not been identified and remained uncollected and unburied in the hospital mortuary for over five years.
The dismissed CEO of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NASFAF), Hilya Nghiwete, has filed an urgent application with the Windhoek High Court to interdict the Fund’s board from implementing its decision to fire her pending the finalisation of a labour complaint she lodged with the Labour Commissioner and ordering that the status quo remains in respect of her employment contract prior to the decision to fire her.
Namibia and Botswana last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will enable Impalila Island and Kasika residents in the Zambezi region to use border passes to enter Botswana.
ONAMBANGO – The leader of the Ondonga Traditional Authority Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo has urged Namibians to give their full support to allow President Hage Geingob to serve his two full terms as head of state.
OMADHIYA – A 12-year-old girl has abandoned school in order to take care of her younger siblings. Esther Haimbodi from Omadhiya village in Oshikoto region decided not to go back to her paternal grandmother’s house where she was living, after she discovered that her mother had abandoned her six siblings between the ages of two and 16.
With cases of coronavirus rising worldwide, former minister of health Bernard Haufiku has advised Namibians against travelling to Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe unless absolutely necessary.
The lawyers, who are instructing a South African advocate in an urgent court application matter involving former cabinet minister Bernhard Esau and his co-accused in the unfolding Fishrot scandal, have accused the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of abusing its power and acting above the law.
OKAPUKU – A mother of a 17-year-old boy living with disability has expressed shocked that her child is being abused and harassed by some of the teachers at a local school, resulting in the teenager taking a break from school.
Secretary to Cabinet George Simataa yesterday explained that the reported N$50 000 paid to South African lawyer Tembeka Ngcukaitobi was for his services during the 2018 second national land conference, where the charismatic public speaker and activist delivered a research paper.
Information deputy minister Engel Nawatiseb has criticised those calling on Namibians to boycott the Independence Day celebrations, saying it is “tantamount to treason”.
City of Windhoek councillors are expected to meet today to extend the employment contract of City Police chief Abraham Kanime until such time a suitable candidate is found. Talk about a contract extension comes weeks after Kanime had formally asked to go on early retirement on 30 April. Kanime turns 60 on 19 May this year.
President Hage Geingob is of the view men should play prominent roles in tackling the epidemic of domestic violence. He also said there is a need to re-educate the boy child that being told culturally to be strong does not mean they must kill women.
The Namibian anti-graft agency yesterday issued a summons against the charismatic South African lawyer Tembeka Ngcukaitobi over a reported N$50 000 that was paid to him in October 2018 from State-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor).
SWAKOPMUND – Southern African Customs Union (SACU) executive secretary Paulina Elago says African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries will have to acquire new investments in the transformation of production processes that utilise environment-friendly technologies.
New Swapo parliamentarian Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun has called on fellow legislators to end the blame game and work hand-in-hand as lawmakers to improve the current status of the country’s ailing economy.
WALVIS BAY - Industrialisation minister Tjekero Tweya on Monday lashed out “at the powers that be” for enforcing restrictive government policies that do not inspire investor confidence.
In order to ensure Namibia’s natural resources wealth benefits all, the High-Level Panel on the Namibian Economy has identified there is a need for a framework to regulate such proceeds to benefit the majority and not individuals.
The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has defended its decision to only fund students who got admitted through mature entry at public institutions of higher learning while leaving out those pursuing studies at private universities.
Namibia yesterday welcomed a decision by the European Union to ease sanctions imposed by the powerful bloc on four Zimbabwean officials, including vice president Constantino Chiwenga.
The Popular Democratic Movement Youth League (PDMYL) has called on Namibians to boycott the 30th Independence Day celebrations, saying the ruling party has failed to deliver on the promises it made in 1989.
High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg said that there is currently an alarming increase of ‘white-collar’ crime in Namibia and that in sentencing, courts are entitled to take judicial notice of the increasing prevalence of such offences in its jurisdiction.
ONGWEDIVA - The Swapo top brass in Oshana will convene today to deliberate on the actions of a local businessman who locked the regional headquarters offices at the weekend in an apparent protest move against the party’s regional coordinator.
Minister of international relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has explained the planned launch of the genocide history mobile exhibition, saying it was a response to concerns that many Namibians are ignorant to the atrocities committed by the Germans, especially to the Ovaherero and Nama people at the beginning of the 20th century.
WALVIS BAY – Vena Makena, a skipper of one of the Hangana Seafood fishing vessels that assisted in the 24-hour search of the Resplendent captain Carlo Gordon after the vessel sunk on Tuesday afternoon, said going fishing feels like going to war.
Electricity is no longer a luxury but a necessity, said Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu. She said this during a ceremony marking the electrification of 1 200 homes in Otjomuise extension 6 and 7 and the Havana informal settlement extension 1 and 3.
WALVIS BAY – Captain of the Resplendent hake trawler Carlo Gordon that sunk on Tuesday afternoon off the Namibian coast was hailed as a selfless hero by his crew members, family and friends yesterday.
The Russian government applauded President Hage Geingob for the constructive role and the respect he enjoys in Africa and international affairs. Chairperson of the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko said this yesterday during a courtesy call to Geingob at State House.
The Windhoek City Council is to provide a total of 20 000 heads of households in Windhoek’s informal settlements with acknowledgment of occupation certificates and lease agreements this year.
The case of former Cabinet ministers Bernhard Esau and Sacky Shanghala and four of their co-accused was postponed yesterday to 23 April for further investigations when they made a very short appearance before Windhoek magistrate Philanda Christiaan, in a filled to the brim B court.
Windhoek High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo postponed the ruling in a trial within a trial regarding disputed recordings obtained by the Anti-Corruption Commission of conversations between former acting MD of Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) Daniel Nghiwilepo and a former registry clerk at the finance ministry to 15 June because of the complexity of issues raised.
WALVIS BAY – Visibly traumatised crew members of the Hangana Seafood-owned Resplendent yesterday struggled to hold back tears as they recalled the final moments of the hake trawler, which sank off the Namibian coast on Tuesday.
The Namibian government has acquired two farms measuring 7 587 hectares for over 1 500 Batswana of Namibian descent who have shown a willingness to return to their native country, the land reform minister Utoni Nujoma announced yesterday.
Ovaherero Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro on Tuesday met President Hage Geingob to raise his concerns over a number of issues including what he termed the marginalisation of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority allegedly by the government.
The two men who were arrested for allegedly trying to bribe one of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigators in the Fishrot scandal abandoned their application to be released on bail yesterday due to “classified developments”.
ONDANGWA – The US embassy yesterday extended its food assistance programme to six more regions that will see over 46 000 drought-stricken Namibians benefiting in the coming months.
Suspended CEO of the embattled State-owned fishing company Fishcor Mike Nghipunya was arrested yesterday in connection with the unfolding Fishrot bribery scandal. Nghipunya was taken in after questioning by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
A supervisor at the Olof Palme community garden at Goreangab, Nestor Kalola, has called on the City of Windhoek to avail more land to the residents, saying it will help improve the living standard of inhabitants in the informal settlements.
In response to widespread concerns by hordes of Namibian students studying in China who feel they have been abandoned by the government, international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has at this stage not recommended mass evacuations of foreign nationals from China.
OSHAKATI - Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga has teared into disrespectful youth who resort to social media to insult national leaders.
Following the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement’s declaration to have 2 October as Genocide Remembrance Day in honour of the Ovaherero and Nama who died at the hands of German colonial forces between 1904-1908, Nudo has also come on board in support of the idea.
President Hage Geingob yesterday assured Namibians that no member of Cabinet or the Legislature would be allowed to meddle in the affairs of the Judiciary.
Namibia is among the ‘low risk’ countries in Africa to contracting the coronavirus disease, World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses said yesterday.
Independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula, who last week declared President Hage Geingob as a legitimate head of state, has once again launched another legal bid to have the Supreme Court review its judgement of last week, which upheld the results of last year’s presidential vote.
Parents are too embarrassed to talk about sex with their children, while low levels of education, limited information and access to contraceptives, as well as traditional norms were some of the contributing factors to high rates of teenage pregnancy in Namibia.
Vice President Nangolo Mbumba says African countries should strengthen systems, processes and institutions as a means to provide effective governance and ensuring the African Union is more responsive to conflicts.
Home affairs minister Frans Kapofi has warned officials in his ministry to refrain from “selling their country to foreign nationals”. According to him, some home affairs officials were reportedly working in cahoots with illegal immigrants.
One of the State witnesses in the trial of two American citizens accused of the assassin like murder of Andre Heckmair in Windhoek in 2011 testified yesterday that the accused were very much interested in the victim’s whereabouts.
The unavailability of Vas Soni, the senior counsel representing prominent Windhoek lawyer Dirk Conradie and his long-time friend Sara Ngenohani Damases slightly delayed the resumption of their high profile corruption trial in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Thomas Masuku
WALVIS BAY - The authorities have once again seized horse mackerel trawler Heinaste just days after a court ordered for its release.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has started conducting nationwide inspections of all gambling and casino operations to create a database of licensed and unlicensed businesses.
A 27-year-old Ombili woman has had her kidney and spleen removed after she was unintentionally shot and wounded alongside her friend by a man on Sunday afternoon.
Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said the ongoing upgrading and construction of the Etosha National Park fence will no longer go through the tendering process, arguing middlemen pocket huge money while they do shoddy work for the government.
The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) and National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) have called for the immediate sacking of Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer, Theo Mujoro, and the five commissioners.
President Hage Geingob will be sworn in for a second term next month after the Supreme Court yesterday upheld the results of last year’s presidential vote in a unanimous judgement.
Scores of prospective landowners assembled at Rocky Crest’s Extension 4 when the City of Windhoek conducted an information session regarding the availability of 274-serviced erven on site yesterday.
The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the November 2019 disputed elections by refusing to annul the presidential elections because a verifiable paper trial was not used.
President Hage Geingob yesterday strongly cautioned his cabinet ministers that they will no longer conduct business as usual, warning that the bar of performance would be set high this time around.
Namibia has become the first Southern African Development Community (SADC) country to stop granting visas to Chinese nationals as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus outbreak that has become a global health emergency with the death rate increasing daily.
Former education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa convicted on one charge of corruptly using her office for gratification has vowed this is not the end after Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg dismissed her application for leave to appeal her conviction in the Supreme Court.
Defence ministry executive director Peter Hafeni Vilho has hit back on allegations levelled against the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) by the Society of Advocates of Namibia that there is blurring of mandates with the Namibian Police.
Gender equality and child welfare minister, Doreen Sioka says there is a need to create awareness to highlight issues surrounding child abuse, violence against children and exploitation in light of a recent incident in which a child was murdered and her body burnt.
WINDHOEK – The Namibia National Student’s Organisation (Nanso) has written a letter to the acting education minister Martin Andjaba seeking clarity on increasing incidents of beating of learners for refusing to trim their hair.
ONANDJOKWE - Following the widely circulated video depicting the deplorable conditions of the Onandjokwe hospital’s maternity ward, the executive director in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe says a new contractor will be appointed to complete the work of the maternity ward.
RUNDU - Festus Shikerete, the senior traditional councillor of the Gciriku Traditional Authority, has warned the Gciriku community to refrain from spreading fake news regarding the succession of the late Hompa Kassian Shiyambi, who died two months ago, as this could bring confusion.
WINDHOEK – After months of uncertainty, the Namibia Football Association (NFA) has finally moved to appoint a substantive Appeal Committee for the association.
ONGWEDIVA - Following the devastating drought that led to the loss of thousands of livestock, the president of the Namibian National Farmers Union (NNFU), Jason Emvula, has appealed to financial institutions to extend their repayment grace period and drop their interest charges to allow farmers to restock.
WINDHOEK – Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu who recently moved her office to Babylon is of the view that municipality should provide electricity to residents in the informal settlements to do away with illegal power connections.
WINDHOEK – Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming yesterday confirmed that a “few” Chinese nationals had returned to Namibia after the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, but appealed to Namibians to remain calm, reaffirming his country’s commitment to stop the virus from spreading.
WALVIS BAY – At least 120 seamen and their about 600 dependents were left hanging this week after a Samherji-linked fishing vessel allegedly skipped town on Wednesday night.
WINDHOEK – The headship of the beleaguered Namibia Premier League (NPL) were yesterday left kicking their heels in frustration after the league’s want-away principal bankroller MTC rejected its request for funding towards a planned pre-season tournament.
ONGWEDIVA - The councillor of Okaku constituency Gerson Hannu Kapenda has cautioned his residents against crossing floodplains at night, especially after having consumed alcohol.
WINDHOEK – Two women, including a mother accused of killing and then disposing of the body of a nine-year-old girl, made a first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday before magistrate Ndepewa Amadhila.
WINDHOEK – The formulation of a long-term solution for Namibia’s unending water woes through the construction of a desalination plant to serve the coastal and central regions is likely to require an investment of no less than N$10 billion.
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WINDHOEK – Swapo was yesterday racing against time to have its candidate for the upcoming Otjiwarongo constituency by-election registered before today’s deadline.
SWAKOPMUND – The East and Southern African Association of Accountants General (ESAAG) should work in unison to strengthen mechanisms to enhance effective and efficient public financial management.
WINDHOEK – One of the two men accused of raping and murdering a young girl between 28 and 29 March 2013 in Windhoek, wanted to fire his lawyer yesterday.
WINDHOEK - While corruption inhibits economic growth, affects business operations, employment and investments and seriously jeopardises infrastructure development, it is more often ordinary working people who suffer the brunt of this dishonest and greedy conduct.
WINDHOEK - A police reservist, who was arrested on Friday for allegedly attempting to bribe an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officer in an attempt to recover ATM cards belonging to two of the six suspects in the bribery fishing scandal, made his first appearance that same day in Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.
WINDHOEK - A 71-year-old man has told of his shock after making the gruesome discovery of a burnt body of a child in Windhoek North on Saturday morning.
OSHAKATI - In its quest to fight cervical cancer the ministry of health has in the last nine months, since the introduction of the Visual Inspection of the Cervix with Acetic Acid (VIA) technique, screened 11 000 women of whom 8 000 were HIV positive.
WINDHOEK - Rachel Rittmann, who was sentenced to life imprisonment last year by Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg for the murder of her husband, 35-year-old Rudolph Henry Rittmann, is seeking leave to appeal the sentence in the Supreme Court.
WINDHOEK – The man arrested this week for allegedly trying to bribe one of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigators in the Fishrot scandal, was denied bail when he made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
WINDHOEK - Namibia remains a tourist destination of choice for many foreign visitors. Over 1.5 million tourists visited Namibia in 2018, compared to roughly 1.49 million visitors who arrived in the country in 2017, the minister of tourism Pohamba Shifeta announced yesterday.
WINDHOEK - Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani yesterday threatened legal action against Icelandic fishing company Samherji should it cease operations in Namibia without reimbursing over 1 000 fishermen who lost their jobs in October 2015 following an illegal strike.
WINDHOEK - Student leaders and political youth movements say they remain resolute in the struggle to ensuring free registration costs at local universities.
WINDHOEK - The state yesterday conceded that evidence it presented at the murder and robbery trial of three people, charged with killing an elderly farmer in the Usakos district, did not sustain a conviction of murder for the only woman accused in the matter.
WINDHOEK - If the Supreme Court nullifies the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections, it may cause untold chaos in the country.
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RUNDU - Parents and teachers have appealed to the authorities to provide additional classrooms as an interim relief measure to the overcrowding at Ndama Combined School at Rundu.
WINDHOEK – Independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula and four others will have to provide strong evidence of electoral manipulation in their bid to have the results of the November 2019 presidential election overturned, say commentators.
WINDHOEK - The country’s official opposition, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), has joined the chorus of some Namibians in rejecting the mooted plans to introduce KiSwahili as an optional language in local schools by next year.
WALVIS BAY - At least 600 learners that were on the waiting list for Grade 1 at Walvis Bay are unlikely to be accommodated, as no extra classrooms were built to accommodate them.
WINDHOEK - With heavy rains being experienced countrywide and into neighbouring countries, the Zambezi governor Lawrence Sampofu confirmed that some parts of the region, especially in the Kabbe South constituency have already been flooded.
WINDHOEK - The Omusati education directorate has thrown more than 900 learners a lifeline after it revoked a directive recalling transferred Grade 9 learners from Grade 10. The directorate made a dramatic U-turn yesterday following public outrage.
WINDHOEK – The state is still opposing the release on bail of a teacher who stands accused of stabbing his wife multiple times and slitting her stomach to death in April last year.
RUNDU - The All People’s Party (APP) say although they have retained their two seats in the National Assembly following the 28 November general election last year, the party’s poor performance was largely attributed to lack of funds.
WALVIS BAY - The Swapo Party pulled out all the stops to rally behind their candidate Sirie Topulathana for the Walvis Bay Urban constituency by-election slated for Wednesday, with Founding President Sam Nujoma endorsing the youthful candidate on Saturday.
WINDHOEK - More than 10 500 learners, out of 24 932, who sat for the Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary Level examination last year, qualify for admission to tertiary institutions for degree courses.
WALVIS BAY - The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has been heavily criticised by stakeholders at the coast ahead of next week’s Walvis Bay Urban by-election.
USAKOS - Small miners of Uiba-Oas Small-Scale Miners’ Cooperative situated between Usakos and Arandis say they are struggling to make ends meet as the selling of precious stones is proving to be challenging.
RUNDU – Farmers in the Zambezi Region have nowhere to sell their livestock as the region lacks a functional abattoir.
KATIMA MULILO - Fruit hawkers from the Zambezi Region are petitioning governement to address their plight after the agriculture ministry banned the transportation of mangoes from the region to other parts of the country last year.
WINDHOEK - Economic, trade, scientific and military sanctions imposed by the United States (US) against Iran are set to be holding up the N$150 million tractor assembly plant that has been earmarked for Windhoek.
RUNDU - Drought-affected farmers in the Kavango East and West regions have been implored to capitalise on the good rainfall received in the regions.
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Windhoek - Five candidates who contested the presidential election last month, including Dr Panduleni Itula, who stood as an independent, have approached the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome, which declared incumbent President Hage Geingob as duly elected.
ONGWEDIVA – The Ongwediva town council and the Otjinene village council yesterday signed a cooperation agreement in order to enhance capacity building, economic development as well as tourism and cultural heritage between the two councils.
WALVIS BAY - Government will negotiate with the fishing industry in an effort to secure work for fishermen who lost their jobs during the 2015 illegal strike as well as those who were laid off after Namsov’s quota was slashed.
WINDHOEK – The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has advised President Hage Geingob to remove all tainted politicians, including those that have been convicted but given an option to pay a fine, from the Swapo parliamentary list.
WINDHOEK - Nudo is reportedly threatening to expel its former secretary-general Meundju Jahanika and the party’s constituency councillor for Okakarara Vetaruhe Kandorozu over allegations that the pair de-campaigned against the party during the just-ended general election.
WINDHOEK - Veld fires continue to destroy grazing for livestock and game in the Zambezi region. Regional governor Lawrence Sampofu told New Era yesterday the little grass, which most farmers relied on for the survival of their livestock, have been severely affected, especially in Kabbe North constituency.
WALVIS BAY - Hundreds of people, wearing mostly T-shirts bearing the Namibian flag, rallied yesterday in Walvis Bay to demonstrate against corruption in light of the unfolding ‘Fishrot’ scandal that has implicated former ministers and businesspeople.
WINDHOEK - The chief executive officer of the Namibia Qualifications Authority Frans Gertze was released on N$5 000 bail on Monday following his high-profile arrest for allegedly shooting his wife six times at their Pionierspark home last month.
KALKFELD - For Fabiola Noinxas, quitting her full-time job to care for her paralysed mother in Kalkfeld was a simple choice. After her siblings complained about the responsibility, Noinxas decided to walk away from her chef position at a local lodge to become her mother’s primary caretaker.
ONGWEDIVA - Israel Hatutale, who has been living with the HIV virus for the past 21 years, says the fight against the deadly epidemic can only be a success with the involvement of men.
WINDHOEK- Independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula would need N$600 000 to take the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) to the Supreme Court to challenge the results of the recent presidential election which saw President Hage Geingob emerge victorious with the lion’s share of votes.
KATIMA MULILO - Fruit traders in Zambezi region have accused the ministry of agriculture of crippling their businesses, after the ministry allegedly issued a directive forbidding the export of fruits particularly mangoes from Zambia to other parts of Namibia.
WINDHOEK - Three Angolan women en-route to China were arrested at Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) on Wednesday afternoon, with large amounts of money in US dollars amounting to over N$2 million which they did not declare with officials.
ONGWEDIVA - When he completes a five-year tenure as mayor of Helao Nafidi at the end of 2020 - having been re-elected several times, Eliaser Nghipangelwa - who was re-elected on Tuesday said he will bow out to pave way for an infusion of young blood.
Our Star of the Week is the Bank of Namibia whose Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) granted some marginal relief to local consumers when it announced the repo rate will remain unchanged at 6.50 percent.