• May 30th, 2020

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High-risk Walvis Bay under total lockdown

Walvis Bay Urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge yesterday welcomed President Hage Geingob’s decision to place the coastal town under tighter Covid-19 restrictions with immediate effect, saying it was a proactive and applaudable move by government. Geingob yesterday announced Walvis Bay will revert to stage one lockdown, meaning individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances, such as seeking medical care, food and medicine for seven days to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Schools will remain closed, while public gatherings should not exceed more than ten people. 

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Kawana spews venom at newspaper report

Fisheries minister Albert Kawana yesterday dismissed, as untrue, a newspaper article claiming the ministry has already issued fishing rights to the same old holders at the expense of new applicants. An angry Kawana said the article, which carried in a weekly newspaper, was “political propaganda that emitted elsewhere”.  “There is no truth in the article. The same newspaper wrote about me a few weeks back that I was chased out of Cabinet meeting. That was a lie and this again is blatant lies. 

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Coastal rapists lurk in dunes

Police in Erongo region have cautioned women to consider their overall safety, especially when alone and seeking solitude in high-risk areas. This comes in the wake of an incident in which a 29-year-old resident of Kuisebmund was brutally raped on Monday morning while praying in the dunes at Walvis Bay.

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Blaze leaves mother and baby homeless

A five-month-old baby slept outside in a tent for the past two nights with its mother after their shack was razed to the ground on Sunday.  They will spend more frigid nights outside, as the mother, employed as a cleaner, is unable to immediately rebuild the shack from her meagre income. Two other children of 40-year-old Rosalia Andjelu are temporarily accommodated by their neighbours.  

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Commentators bemoan allocations to critical areas

While economic analysts conceded that yesterday’s budget by finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi is aimed at reinvigorating a domestic economy ravaged by Covid-19, they emphasised the necessity to look beyond the financial and social effects of the pandemic and stressed the need to put more money into productive areas.  This is despite the fact that the prevalence of Covid-19 has brought about considerable uncertainty on the domestic economic outlook and has induced a significant downturn on economic activities and public revenue, with elevated public debt as a consequence.  

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Fishcor’s Nghipunya in bail bid

One of the men accused of conspiring with those implicated in the fisheries bribery scandal to divert N$75.6 million from the State-owned National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) for their benefit has approached the court for bail consideration. 

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Let’s emulate Geingob - SA MP

The Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentarian, Leon Schreiber, has called on the South African government to emulate President Hage Geingob’s decision to ban the procurement of new vehicles for government ministers and public office bearers until 2025. The DA is the South African official opposition party. 

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Arrest warrant issued for murder accused

AN arrest warrant has been issued for a 48-year-old man who yesterday failed to show up for his scheduled judgement hearing in the Windhoek High Court. Jan Moses Uamunika is charged with murder for the alleged killing of Rehoboth farmer Joseph Adriaan Shorty Barth, who was 69 years old at the time of his demise in 2017.

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Nampost denies its courier transports alcohol

Namibia Postal Holdings Ltd has strongly dismissed suggestions its courier service is involved in the transportation of liquor during the lockdown. Nampost spokesperson Wilson Ashikoto made these remarks following an enquiry after this publication learnt through the Oshikoto regional police that courier vehicles were among those transporting illicit alcohol and other counterfeit products.

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Gawanas rekindles abortion debate

Namibia’s Bience Gawanas, who has been elected to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) board of trustees, said the country should continue the debate on whether abortion should be legalised or not. Gawanas was at the weekend elected to the IPPF board.

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Four nabbed for stock theft

OMUTHIYA - The police on Saturday through an undercover operation managed to apprehend four stock theft suspects. They have been allegedly terrorising farms in the vicinity of Tsumeb over the past months. 

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56 arrested for violating Covid-19 regulations

A total of 56 individuals, including well-known musicians, were part of people arrested in Windhoek over the weekend for contravening the Covid-19 state of emergency regulations. Khomas police chief Commissioner Joseph Shikongo confirmed to New Era yesterday that some of those detained paid a fine of N$2 000. 

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Elephant found dead in Kavango East

The ministry of environment has started an investigation after an elephant was found dead on a farm in the Kavango East region. According to ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda, the elephant was found dead in a crop field with its tusks intact at farm Nanava within the Linena constituency over the weekend. 

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Schools step up virus precautions 

Several Windhoek schools have stepped up cleaning measures to prevent the potential spread of Covid-19. Teachers and other institutional workers reported for work this past week to help prepare the classrooms for face-to-face learning, as well as to continue with alternative teaching methods. 

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Eiseb farmers cross swords over fence

A disgruntled farmer, Robbie Hoveka, residing in the Eiseb Block, a settlement in Omaheke region, has accused another farmer Barney Karuuombe for using his influence and position to break the law and do as he pleased by cutting down a fenced area meant to prevent livestock from straying to other farms in the area.

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Himbas, San left out of N$750 grant

The majority of OvaHimba and San communities are saying they did not receive the N$750 emergency income grant (EIG) that government paid to people on the basis they lost income and the unemployed since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Ministry rejects request to resume classes 

The education ministry has rejected a formal request by private schools to resume with face-to-face learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The request came days after government announced that face-to-face classes would only resume by 3 August later this year as part of measures to help contain the spread of Covid-19.  

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Worker accused of murdering farmer awaits judgement

A farmworker, who is on trial for allegedly killing his employer on his farm in the area of Rehoboth nearly three years ago, will have to wait to hear the verdict in his case after the court postponed the ruling. Windhoek High Court Judge Eileen Rakow was scheduled to give judgement in the matter yesterday. 

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ECN aware of virus while planning November poll

Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) chief electoral and referenda officer Theo Mujoro said the electoral body is closely following developments around the Covid-19 pandemic with a view to develop mitigating strategies to lessen the virus impact on the upcoming regional and local authority elections scheduled for November.

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City cop charged with rape gets bail

Formal bail application proceedings are not to determine if the applicant is guilty or not but rather to prove if he/she is a good candidate for bail.  These were the remarks of Magistrate Shaatuna Kalla before granting bail to City police spokesperson Fabian Amukwelele (37) last week in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court. 

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Masks not a substitute for other virus measures

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula has warned that the mandatory wearing of masks should not be seen as a substitute for other measures aimed at preventing the transmission of Covid-19. Shangula urged people to continue wearing masks and observe other measures like washing of hands, frequent use of sanitisers and maintaining social distance. 

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EIG applicants besiege finance ministry

While more than half a million needy Namibians were approved for the emergency income grant (EIG) of N$750, hordes of the more than 394 000 unsuccessful applicants continue to inundate the Ministry of Finance with queries as to why they have not benefited from the Covid-19 relief grant.

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Unity vital to confront challenges facing Namibia

The same unity and determination that inspired Namibians to fight against colonialism and apartheid would be critical in overcoming the challenges facing the nation, President Hage Geingob said yesterday. In his Cassinga Day message, the head of state said the struggle for independence was indeed long and bitter. 

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Fishrot accused suffer another setback

An attempt by former Cabinet ministers Bernhardt Esau, Sacky Shanghala and four others implicated in the Fishrot scandal to get their warrants of arrest declared unlawful and subsequently be released from police custody was dismissed by the High Court last week.

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Chinese firm donates food worth N$500 000

China Harbour Engineering Company early this week extended its largess to needy communities in Windhoek Rural constituency by donating food parcels worth N$500 000 comprising maize meal, flour, tinned fish, soup and soap. The official donation handover ceremony to assist the Namibian government to provide for the less privileged was held early this week in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

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Blind, lonely and poor

“I don’t know what I have done to the Lord to go through all this,” agonised a 47-year-old blind woman who narrated her tale of hardship and living alone in a small and dilapidated shack at Mix Settlement located 20km north of Windhoek.

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N$653 million to save jobs

As part of ongoing government efforts the Ministry of Finance on Monday allocated N$400 million, while the Social Security Commission (SSC) gave N$253 million to the National Employment and Salary Scheme for Covid-19 relief measures.

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School owner takes own life after letter of complaint

ONGWEDIVA – A 57-year-old man and owner of a northern-based private school committed suicide by hanging himself on Monday morning, barely two days after parents authored a strongly-worded letter in which they complained about the state of the school as well as the continuous payment for services not rendered during the Covid-19 lockdown period. 

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Tombo brewers seething over ban

The governor of Omusati region, Erginus Endjala, says the amended state of emergency Covid-19 regulations that allow outlets to sell liquor containing less than 3% alcohol has led to confusion among small business owners who also sell liquor such as the traditional brew tombo. 

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Ready for business

Kapana delight… The ministers of health, urban and rural development, as well as the City of Windhoek yesterday briefed vendors at the Oshetu Open Market in Katutura before reopening for business.

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African swine fever kills 61 pigs 

Health authorities in Omusati yesterday said 61 pigs have died from African swine fever following an outbreak in the region, affecting nearly 200 animals. Omusati State veterinarian Josephat Peter confirmed the outbreak, saying a local farmer reported the first case on 17 March. 

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Govt to airlift over 200 stranded in SA

Government will evacuate over 200 citizens from neighbouring South Africa, where confirmed Covid-19 cases have hit over 4 500 and 87 deaths as at yesterday afternoon. Air Namibia will carry out the mission, its spokesperson Paul Nakawa confirmed yesterday. 

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Under-age girls ‘sold’ to suspected paedophile

Child trafficking is on the increase in parts of drought-hit Opuwo and Ruacana, where some desperate parents who are not registered for any State grants are said to be swapping their daughters for money to survive. This resulted in the arrest of a South African national, Kenneth Karner (66), for human trafficking and child sex.

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US gives N$100 million for Covid-19 response

US Ambassador Lisa A. Johnson announced last Friday that the government of the United States of America is providing N$100 million to help Namibia fight the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought to a halt the country’s economic and social activities as it has done globally.

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SMEs to sew face masks

RUNDU - Four tailors who also in the past benefited from equipment donation from the ministry of trade and industrialisation were on Friday given textile materials to enable them to sew face masks to sell to Namibians in their localities to curb the spread of Covid-19. Profit is meant for the upliftment of the beneficiaries.

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Farmers stuck with produce without market

Most small-scale farmers in Namibia are stuck with surplus of fresh produce because there is currently no market for them to sell their products as a result of Covid-19, which has led to closure of many retail businesses and restricted the movement of people.

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Police lay down the law

The Namibian Police have vowed its readiness to ensure law and order is maintained during the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19. President Hage Geingob on Tuesday announced that government has banned, with effect from today, all necessary transport and movement of people throughout the country until 4 May as part of measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

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Enforcing the law

No mercy… The Windhoek City Police yesterday set up a number of roadblocks in an effort to dissuade movement as part of measures to stem the spread of Covid-19. Government this week announced the current lockdown would be extended nationwide until 4 May 2020. Traffic officers dished out warnings and requested those who are essential service providers to always have their permits on them. Photo: Emmency Nuukala

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Ndeitunga warns against misinformation 

Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga has strongly warned some pastors who this week went viral on social media urging other Namibians not to accept the state-initiated N$750 once-off grant to cushion the recipients from the economic impact of the effects stemming from the far-reaching initial 21-day lockdown period.

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Shangula: Worst is yet to come 

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula has warned there is worse still to come before the country turns the corner against the Covid-19 outbreak. Speaking yesterday at the Covid-19 communication centre in Windhoek, Shangula reiterated even though there is a public irritation at the government’s stay-at-home advice, a full lockdown was necessary to contain the spread of the virus and save lives of Namibians. 

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Informal sector needs help to operate under lockdown

The announcement by President Hage Geingob that informal traders would be allowed to operate under strict conditions until the country emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown on 5 May has been met with appreciation. However, a small business expert has cautioned that the sector will need special assistance to operate under strict conditions. 

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Tourism plunges over coronavirus

The Covid-19 outbreak has brought the N$26 billion local tourism and hospitality industry to its knees. The sector employs thousands of people who are now forced to sit at home due to the strict lockdown regulations imposed by government. Namibia has so far 16 confirmed cases of Covid-19. 

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Government imposes nationwide virus lockdown

Government has banned, with effect from 18 April, all unnecessary transport and movement of people throughout the country until 4 May to combat the further spread of Covid-19. Last month, government imposed a 21-day partial lockdown of Rehoboth, Windhoek, Okahandja and Erongo regions. This lockdown was due to lapse on 17 April. 

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Alcohol back-door sales boom despite lockdown

“We are receiving calls every day from people who desperately want to buy alcohol. We were sold out the first week after the lockdown. Our stock was bought out by our regular customers who were buying in bulk. We are empty,” said a bar owner selling alcohol backdoor in Eveline Street.

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Landlord evicts family for not paying rent

Failure to pay rent due to businesses closing abruptly last month because of coronavirus resulted in a family of four being evicted by their landlord from a corrugated iron sheet shack in Katutura on Thursday morning. The family failed to pay their rent of N$1 000 for March.  

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Media in the the pandemic era

The media plays a critical role during any pandemic, as it becomes the primary source of information and public communication; however, there are some concerns on how information is currently shared during the lockdown. 

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Geingob names eight new regional governors

Former Swapo Party Youth League spokesperson Neville Andre was yesterday appointed as the governor of Erongo, as President Hage Geingob named eight new regional heads yesterday. Apart from replacing Cleopas Mutjavikua at Erongo, Geingob also dropped the governors of Oshikoto, //Kharas, Omaheke, Kavango East, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa and Hardap regions, while reappointing six of them.

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Stadium shelters the homeless

About 246 people without shelter from Khomas region were temporarily relocated to makeshift accommodation at Katutura Youth Complex and Khomasdal Soccer Stadium during the duration of the entire lockdown affecting Khomas and the Erongo regions.

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Tombo brewers feel heat over booze ban

OMUTHIYA/ONGWEDIVA – The strict regulations imposed by authorities to help curb the spread of Covid-19 has not only crippled major businesses but tombo brewers in the north of the country are also feeling the heat. Many enjoy the traditional home-brewed beer, despite its considerably high volume of alcohol.

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Stay at home, Shangula reiterates

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula has appealed to Namibians to adhere to the partial lockdown as well as regulations imposed by government to fight Covid-19. Shangula yesterday encouraged individuals to take responsibility for measures, such as regular hygiene practises, self-isolation and social distancing. 

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Airport loan deal approved

Finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi is expected to finalise a loan agreement with China for the upgrading and expansion of the Hosea Kutako International Airport after the Asian giant gave the go-ahead for a “special financial package”.

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Star of the Week : Namibian government

Our Star of the Week is the Namibian government that on Wednesday authorised the stimulus package of N$8.1 billion that will help qualifying households, formal and informal businesses, the tourism sector, travel, aviation and construction sectors to prevail during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Govt unveils N$8.1bn stimulus package

Government has prepared an economic stimulus package totalling a massive N$8.1 billion to confront the expected coronavirus economic fallout. The much-anticipated announcement was made by finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi at State House yesterday. 

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‘Let us not risk this virus’ - Basson

KEETMANSHOOP – //Kharas regional governor Lucia Basson opines there is a need for all stakeholders to mobilise and coordinate efforts and put in place proper strategies to constantly comply with guiding regulations to combat further spread of the coronavirus.

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Geingob appoints Pinehas as CDF

President Hage Geingob yesterday appointed Air Marshal Martin Kambulu Pinehas, the commander of the Namibian Air Force, as the new chief of the defence force (CDF) with effect from today. Pinehas replaces Lieutenant General John Mutwa, who has been beset by ill-health since the beginning of last year.

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Chinese vessels cleared of illegal fishing

WALVIS BAY – A flotilla of six Chinese vessels, seized and initially accused of illegal fishing in the fishing in the vicinity of Henties Bay, were cleared of any illegality and were given clearance to leave the country and continue with their voyage to China. 

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French tourist tests positive for Covid-19 in Aus

KEETMANSHOOP – A French tourist who recently visited !Nami#Nus constituency was officially announced as the first person to have tested positive for Covd-19 in the //Kharas region.  Dr Refanus Kooper the acting //Kharas regional health director announced this while addressing stakeholders at an urgent meeting to discuss the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

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Over 40 cases undergo Covid-19 test

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said the State has so far only conducted about 40 Covid-19 tests, despite criticism that limited testing could leave cases undetected. “I don’t have the exact number but I think we have so far tested just over 40 people for Covid-19,” Shangula told New Era upon enquiry yesterday.  

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Over 40 cases undergo Covid-19 test

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said the State has so far only conducted about 40 Covid-19 tests, despite criticism that limited testing could leave cases undetected. “I don’t have the exact number but I think we have so far tested just over 40 people for Covid-19,” Shangula told New Era upon enquiry yesterday.  

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National parks still open to tourists

RUNDU – The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda, says national parks are open for business despite the Covid-19, which prompted President Hage Geingob to issue a directive to all government workers and the private sector to operate from home for the next 14 days, except those providing essential services such as food retail shops.

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Politician heads into full-time farming

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.

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Separate road accidents claim 11 lives

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.

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Stay home, save lives… government urges public to respect virus lockdown

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.

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MPs standoff to be dealt with

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. 

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Media essential in time of crisis – editors

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.

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NaCC warns of coronavirus price gouging 

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. 

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Born-free prepares for ministerial job

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.

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President takes charge

President Hage Geingob at the weekend vowed to honour his social contract with the Namibian people, with a promise to tackle youth unemployment, income disparities and inequalities, and fight against corruption, poverty and hunger. 

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Geingob launches commemorative banknote

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.   

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Members of the 7th National Assembly

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.

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The legacy awaiting Geingob

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. 

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Outrage over forced removal of learners’ hair

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.

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Onawa residents get title deeds

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.

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War on corona

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. 

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Commentators weigh in on trimmed executive

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. 

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NaTIS enforces measures to battle Covid-19

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.

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Corona mayhem

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. 

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Jobs back to centre of agenda… as panel recommends free land allocation in informal settlements

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). 

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Journalists win media award for exposing Fishrot 

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. 

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Invoices worth N$2 billion presented to Aveshe Consulting

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.

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Unam Wi-Fi service offline aggrieves students

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.

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Namibia observes Commonwealth Day

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. 

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Main supply dams fill up

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.

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Geingob pays tribute to iconic diplomat

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. 

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Himarwa farm up for auction

 Agribank has started auctioning off farms belonging to previously disadvantaged Namibians, with the property belonging to businessman Andreas ‘Ghenno’ Himarwa set to go under the hammer next week Thursday.

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Nghiwete drags NSFAF to court

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.

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Girl (12) quits school to take care of destitute family

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.

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ACC accused of abusing its power

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. 

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Malema, OPM enter Fishcor fray 

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. 

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Samherji closes Saga Seafood

WALVIS BAY - Samherji-owned Saga Seafood yesterday announced it would cease operations in the country end of next month. Samherji, through Saga Seafood and the Geysir vessel, employed about 210 fishermen who are now left jobless. 

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Swapo vows to  deal with Amunyela

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. 

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1 200 homes to get electricity

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. 

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Hautoni realises her dream

OMUTHIYA – It only took less than 30 minutes for Namibians to pool resources together for 19-year-old Lavinia Hautoni who was languishing at home without support to further her studies, despite achieving 38 points in grade 12 last year.

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Russia praises Geingob for role in international affairs

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.

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Fishrot court case postponed to April

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.

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Ruling on disputed recordings in Mbok case ‘complicated’

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. 

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Fishrot axe falls on Tate Mike

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). 

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Impossible to evacuate Namibians from Wuhan now - Govt

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. 

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Social grants spent on booze

It has emerged that some San people in the Aminuis constituency are misusing their children’s monthly social grants given by the government as safety nets in eradicating extreme poverty and reducing inequality.

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Nudo backs proposed Genocide Day

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.