• November 17th, 2019

Front Page News

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NID workshop empowers civil society

WINDHOEK – The Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID), in partnership with the US Embassy in Namibia, conducted a Civil Society Support Program (CSSP) for local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the end of September to the start of November at the House of Democracy. 

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Rapist to appear in court on Tuesday

WINDHOEK – A 50-year-old man previously convicted of murder and rape and who confessed to abducting, kidnapping and raping a five-year-old girl in his latest case will make his second appearance in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. 

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Swimmers prepare for final Long Course Gala

WINDHOEK - The final instalment of the Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala for the year will take place this coming weekend at the Western Suburbs Municipal Pool in Windhoek. The event will see contestants from Aqua Swimming Club, Dolphins Swimming Club, Marlins and Phoenix, compete in 850 events.

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EVMs petition: Magufuli yet to respond to Venaani 

WINDHOEK - Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani yesterday said he was still waiting to hear from Sadc chairperson and Tanzanian President John Magufuli over an urgent meeting he had requested to discuss concerns on the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Namibia’s general elections.

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Dillish testifies in tax fraud trial

WINDHOEK - Local socialite and businesswoman Dillish Mathews this week had her turn in the trial of two Namibians and 12 Angolans accused of defrauding government to the tune of over N$210 million through false tax refunds on purchases exported from the country. 

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Sadc winning battle against malaria 

WINDHOEK - Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) has recorded success in the battle against cases and deaths related to malaria, thanks to interventions by member states. This has resulted in a substantial reduction of mortality attributed to the infectious disease. 

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Presidency defends Nicanor’s appointment

WINDHOEK - Press secretary in the Presidency Alfredo Hengari has angrily hit back at those criticising President Hage Geingob’s appointment of former Keetmanshoop Urban councillor Hilma Nicanor as special advisor on veterans’ affairs in the Office of the Vice-President.

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//Garoëb denies Swapo link

WINDHOEK - A scheduled meeting, which never materialised yesterday between President Hage Geingob, Founding President Sam Nujoma and Damara leader Gaob Justus //Garoëb, may have fuelled speculations that the latter was defecting to the ruling party. //Garoëb, in an interview with New Era, dismissed reports linking him to Swapo, saying he was a committed United Democratic Front of Namibia (UDF) member even though he quit active politics in 2013. 

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Police K9 unit makes a difference

WINDHOEK – The Namibian Police Canine Unit – in short K9 Unit – that is tasked with detecting crimes, explosives, drugs and criminals amongst others, has its existence founded on the Namibian Police Act, 19 of 1990 Section 13, which spells out its mandate.

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Frenzied knife killer jailed for 30 years

WINDHOEK - The man who stabbed his girlfriend and mother of his now eight-year-old daughter a shocking 27 times with several knives in front of her four-year-old son in what he described as a moment of weakness was yesterday sentenced to 30 years imprisonment.

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Youngster concedes guilt after guilty verdict

WINDHOEK - A young man from Leonardville who was merely 17-years- old when he slit the throat of his two- month pregnant girlfriend on Monday admitted during cross-examination in the High Court in his mitigation and aggravation of sentence hearing that he indeed killed the deceased.

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Shaningwa disowns Itula as a Swapo member

WINDHOEK – Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa says the party accepts that independent presidential candidate Dr Panduleni Itula, with effect from the date of his registration with the Electoral Commission of Namibia, has irreversibly ex-communicated himself as a Swapo member. 

Are we voters or political fans?

As national elections loom - slightly over a month before the nation goes to the polls to decide who is going to lead the country into the next five years - we should, as a nation, ask ourselves a fundamental question: Are we voters or fans of political contestants in the elections?

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Otjozondjupa strategises for safer roads

OTJIWARONGO - Government officials and stakeholders from across the Otjozondjupa region gathered on Tuesday to discuss road accident reduction measures in the region in light of the festive season when road accidents and deaths are most likely to increase over the holiday season

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Swapo, NDP sign pledge to behave

WINDHOEK - Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) said yesterday that it will forge ahead with the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for 27 November despite the refusal of opposition parties to sign the code of conduct yesterday. 

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The expectations of //Kharas voters

KEETMANSHOOP - With the Presidential and National Assembly elections slated for later next month, New Era engaged some  //Kharas residents on what issues will motivate them to renew their democratic mandate as well as their expectations from the party that they intend casting their vote.

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Alleged killer of 13-year old refuses to testify

WINDHOEK - The man accused of the brutal rape and murder of a 13-year-old Rachel Vanessa Boois in the Omdel location of Henties Bay during the period 3 to 4 May 2014 refused to testify in his own defence after Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Alfred Siboleka dismissed his application for discharge.

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Pupils squat on school ground

OMUTHIYA - Grade 12 learners at Omuthiyagwiipundi Secondary School in Oshikoto region, who are currently sitting for the year-end national examinations, have opted to squat in tents on school ground as temporary means to bridge the distance they travel from their homes.

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Man gets 25 years for murder

WINDHOEK – A 23-year-old man, who admitted that he killed his girlfriend and mother of his minor child by hitting her with an axe on her head, was sentenced to an effective 25 years in prison yesterday by Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Kaijata Kangueehi.

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The curious case of missing EVMs

WINDHOEK - The Electoral Commission of Namibia is battling a crisis of credibility following reports that suggested that electronic voting machines (EVMs) ‘loaned’ to Swapo in 2017 have still not been returned to the ECN.

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Itula slams use of EVMs

WINDHOEK - Presidential hopeful Dr Panduleni Itula has taken issues with the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), saying they are not suitable for elections in a democratic country like Namibia. 

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Resignations spark by-elections

WINDHOEK - At least five by-elections will be held within 90 days following the resignations of Swapo-affiliated regional councillors who opted to contest parliamentary seats on the party ticket in the upcoming National Assembly election.

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How Kora loot left Namibia

WINDHOEK - The Namibia Tourism Board CEO, Digu //Naobeb has detailed the breakdown of payments of well over N$23 million, paid to a company belonging to Ernst Adjovi, the controversial owner of the Kora All-Africa Music Awards. 

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NBC announces sweeping austerity

WINDHOEK – National broadcaster NBC yesterday announced a slew of austerity measures – including switching off live cameras from parliament and abolishing four of its four TV channels from today – due to the dire financial situation the company finds itself in.

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New Nantu leaders reveal plans

WINDHOEK – Newly elected Namibian National Teachers Union (Nantu) secretary general Loide Shaanika said the union will commit its energies to address love affairs between learners and their teachers that have resulted in some of the learners being impregnated.

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Woman and her former lover guilty of murder

WINDHOEK – Rachel Rittmann, the woman dubbed the ‘Gobabis Delilah’ and her former lover Rhyno du Preez were both convicted of murder read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act yesterday for killing her husband, 35-year-old Rudolph Henry Rittmann. 

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Namibia’s AfCFTA tariff sacrifice scrutinised

WINDHOEK - Experts agree that revenue to be sacrificed in the reduction of trade tariffs by 90 percent, as prescribed by the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), is negligible due to the current low level of trade between Namibia and the rest of the continent. 

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One person charged in GIPF debacle

WINDHOEK – Prosecutor General (PG) Martha Imalwa yesterday confirmed that one person – whose identity she withheld – has been charged under the Insolvency Act and also with fraud into the missing millions of the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF).

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Vessel fire investigation underway

WALVIS BAY – Financial Director of Seawork Fish Processors Jurgen Sander, whose vessel caught fire and ultimately caused the death of one of their employees, said in a short statement on Monday that they are still not able to provide further information with regards to the incident.

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Mass housing programme on track

WINDHOEK - Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, has confirmed that the mass housing project is still in full swing, as only one component of the project involving government providing finance and employing a contractor is on hold.

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City faces cash flow problems

WINDHOEK - The City of Windhoek strategic executive head of finance Jerome Davis has warned that the city is facing cash flow problems that requires creativity, cooperation and political will from the executive and senior management teams to resolve.

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MET throws lifeline to nearly 70 hippos

WINDHOEK - As a mitigation measure, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has drilled a borehole to pump water into drying up ponds to save about 68 stranded hippos that are fighting not only for territorial space but also survival in the Chobe River. 

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Help us graze in Angola, Geingob asked

ONGWEDIVA - Livestock farmers in Oshana Region want the Namibian government to engage Angola authorities on a possibility of allowing them to graze their cattle in, and export meat products into, Angola. The farmers argue that the available grazing areas in the north are densely populated with livestock – and

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50-year-old admits  raping minor

WINDHOEK – “I could not insert my penis into her ‘cookie’ as it was too small. I just inserted one finger into her.” This was part of the chilling confession of the 50-year-old convicted murderer and rapist who is accused