ONAMUNGUNDO – An infamous politician who claims to have formed a political party to contest the 2019 elections, Kennedy Iilonga was escorted from a community gathering at Ondonga Palace by security guards on Friday.
WINDHOEK - The SOS Children’s Village in Khomasdal had its 34-year-old aging water system repaired with funding of N$88,184 from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China through its ambassador Zhang Yiming and N$36,816 availed by a Thai businessman, bringing the total donation to N$ 125 000.
WINHDOEK – The job security of an administrative officer employed at the Language Centre of the University of Namibia (Unam) is under threat after the institution of higher learning told her she was ‘employed by mistake.’
WINDHOEK - Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi, was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Bath in London recently. Katjavivi, the founding Vice Chancellor and one of the pioneers of the University of Namibia, was honoured for his immense contribution to higher education in Namibia and the SADC region.
WINDHOEK - The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has started reviewing the current design of the Etosha National Park fence to reduce the cost of construction, which may have contributed among other factors to the delay in completing the fence.
WINDHOEK - Parliament is determined to get rid of the existing 143 obsolete laws after the Minister of Justice Sacky Shanghala tabled the long-awaited Repeal of Obsolete Laws Bill (Bill No 21 of 2018) in the National Assembly recently. The Bill provides for the repeal of certain obsolete laws and for incidental matters.
WINDHOEK – The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has been on a warpath against the establishment of a Peugeot plant in Namibia, saying this development is potentially in breach of regional trade rules.
WINDHOEK – Khomas regional governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua yesterday condemned the charismatic churches operating in Namibia that discourage HIV positive members from taking their antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) prescriptions.
WINDHOEK- Cabinet has approved a total allowable catch (TAC) for the upcoming horse mackerel and deep-sea red crab fishing season.
WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob has accorded the late retired colonel Matias “Mbulunganga” Ndakolo, who passed away last week Tuesday in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, a state funeral.
WINDHOEK – Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Namibia donated N$20 000 to the family of Herman Cornelius, an 11-year-old boy suffering from hydrocephalus. This is to be used for his medical treatment.
WINDHOEK- President Hage Geingob says late Swapo vice-president Brendan Simbwaye is one of the individuals who personified the character traits of heroism by sacrificing his own safety - and ultimately his life - for the freedom of Namibia.
WINDHOEK - Braam Cupido - the Legal Aid lawyer of Rhyno Richardo du Preez, 35, who allegedly plotted with Rachel Rittmann, 47, to kill the latter’s husband in August 2013 - yesterday withdrew as the defense counsel of Du Preez citing conflicting instructions in the Windhoek High Court.
WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob yesterday outlined some of the highlights of Cabinet business for the year 2018, during which 19 deliberative and decision-making meetings were held and taking 260 decisions.
KEETMASHOOP - With most residents living in fire prone reed houses at Aussenkehr, Karasburg West Constituency councilor, Paulus Ephraim, says the plan is now to allow residents to build shacks on designated places in the serviced area.
OMUTHIYA -The National Housing Enterprise (NHE), in what looks like an early Christmas gift, will as of next week start handing over housing units to prospective first-time buyers, with Oshakati being first inline. The handover will be taking place in Ekuku in Oshakati on Friday.
WINDHOEK - Namibia is listed the seventh country among the most child-friendly countries on the African continent by African Child Policy Forum, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Wilhencia Uiras informed the African Partnership to end violence against children.
WINDHOEK - Swapo Secretary-General Sophia Shaningwa yesterday confirmed that the proposed age requirement for high positions in the party, such as president, was reduced - throwing a lifeline to younger party members who may have ambitions to contest for such positions.
WINDHOEK - Rachel Rittmann, 47, the Gobabis woman accused of plotting with her lover, 35-year-old Rhyno Richardo du Preez, to kill her husband in August 2013 yesterday denied all the charges against them in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Christi Liebenberg.
WINDHOEK - Despite a failed attempt by Swapo Regional Coordinator for Oshikoto, Armas Amukwiyu to have unity of common purpose in the party as an extra-ordinary item on the agenda at the Swapo congress on Friday, the youthful politician is adamant that all is not well in the ruling party.
WINDHOEK - The fuel price will go down by one dollar per litre for petrol and 40 cents per litre for diesel on December 05, 2018, bringing some much-needed relief to Namibian consumers who are reeling from slow economic recovery and increasing inflation.
WINDHOEK – Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua, who was re-elected to serve a fifth term yesterday, has called on councillors and management at the City of Windhoek to set aside their personal differences and pull in one direction. Kazapua said failure to do this will divert the city’s focus on service delivery to the masses.
WINDHOEK - Piet Kondjele Nakanene, 33, a Walvis Bay resident was sentenced to an effective 80 years’ imprisonment on convictions of two counts of housebreaking with intent to rape, three counts of attempted rape, one count of rape and two counts of attempted murder.
WINDHOEK - Telecommunication giant MTC has confirmed the 2019 edition of the highly acclaimed Namibian Annual Music Awards (Namas) will take place come rain or high water. There has been growing concerns among local artists, as there was no announcement made for them to submit their work before the usual deadline of 01 December every year as customary.
KEETMANSHOOP - //Kharas Regional Governor Lucia Basson, has urged those in leadership positions to come up with solutions to problems affecting residents in their areas so that they could improve the lives of ordinary citizens.
WINDHOEK – News has emerged from New York that Russian billionaire Rashid Sardarov has teamed up with an international accommodation chain to bring the first Habitas hotel in Africa to Namibia.
SWAKOPMUND - Rio Tinto’s decision to sell its stake in Rössing to China National Uranium Corporation (CNUC) mitigates further job losses in the mining sector as the strategic mine was set to cease operations within the next seven years.
WINDHOEK - Aminuis Constituency Councillor Peter Kazongominja feels that had the long-overdue proposed Constituency Development Fund Bill, which was tabled in the National Council in 2015, been passed, the region could have had funds to contain the worsening and persistent famine in his drought-stricken area. With the prolonged drought in Aminuis Constituency in Omaheke Region, more than 300 livestock have died as farmers watch their animals helplessly succumb to famine.
WINDHOEK - Couples wedded outside the police zone (north of the redline) will be given an opportunity in the new marriage law to change their marriage status on whether they will be married out or in community of property.
WINDHOEK – President Hage Geingob told new ambassadors, high commissioners and permanent representatives-designate whom he commissioned at State House yesterday to promote, protect and place Namibia’s national interest above all else.
ONGWEDIVA – The Oshakati Town Council is without councillors after Swapo Party recalled its newly instated councillors for allegedly defying an order to install the town’s former mayor Onesmus Shilunga as chairperson of the management committee.
OSHAKATI – Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Bernard Haufiku announced that the ministry will absorb the current unemployed medical staff as part of the massive recruitment of about 1000 vacancies.
KEETMANSHOOP – About 60 unemployed youth who have erected a tent in front of the //Kharas regional governor’s office on Friday vowed to remain where they are until they see the Prime Minister Saraa Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
WINDHOEK – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services Ben Nangombe is of the view that if harnessed properly, the private sector can assist in transforming public institutions, including healthcare.
A new marriage law will be enacted soon that will see all marriages, regardless of whether they occurred north or south of the redline, treated in the same way, in community of property, unless the spouses decide otherwise.
SWAKOPMUND - A key witness of the Jandre Dippenaar defence team is currently being investigated by the Namibian Police in Erongo after a case of assault by threatening was lodged against the said witness by state witness Johan Joubert.
WINDHOEK – Auditor General Junias Kandjeke has reported that Ministry of Land Reform’s Land Acquisition and Development Fund has failed to account for deeds of sale for farms worth N$14 million, bought by government in 2017 for resettlement purposes.
SWAKOPMUND - Swakopmund resident Sam Imene says more intensive safety training should be made mandatory for all people working at mines – including employees of sub-contractors.
WINDHOEK – Road accidents are costing the country’s economy N$1.3 billion, says Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa. This was according to a study commissioned in 2016 by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) and carried out by audit firm Ernst and Young.
SWAKOPMUND - The new Insolvency Bill, for which consultations are currently underway, will encourage Namibians not to be scared to take risks when it comes to business opportunities and to make use of all available legal instruments to protect their livelihoods.
WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare plays a critical role in coordinating and implementing the country’s blueprint on wealth redistribution and poverty eradication in collaboration with other ministries, public enterprises and agencies.
KEETMANSHOOP – The Keetmanshoop municipality is working towards upgrading its ageing water network system with the help of a N$12 million grant from the local French embassy.
KEETMANSHOOP – Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has explained the difficulties endured historically by ‘struggle kids’ for whom government has designed targeted programmes to help them integrate into the Namibian society.
WINDHOEK - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says it is investigating claims that Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua has abused his official municipal credit card by buying meat, KFC meals and alcoholic beverages at a casino for personal use.
WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Collins Parker yesterday refused an urgent application by suspended City of Windhoek CEO Robert Nandaa Kahimise to be reinstated immediately, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing against him.
WINDHOEK – The Public Enterprises Governance Bill, introduced by Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste last month, seeks among others to give the portfolio minister power to remove public enterprises’ board of directors who fail to achieve corporate governance targets.
WINDHOEK –The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) in partnership with the Chinese embassy in Namibia held an information awareness fair focusing on Hepatitis E.
GABORONE - SADC, which is currently chaired by Namibian President, Hage Geingob, yesterday welcomed the publication of provisional results that were released by Madagascar’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) last week, following the first round of voting in the 2018 presidential election held on 7 November in the island nation.
WINDHOEK - Due to stock theft that has taken on plundering proportions, there is a tense situation in the Omaheke Region with cattle rustlers and farmworkers arming up against one another resembling the old Wild West seen in cowboy movies.
WINDHOEK - Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson and Namibian President, Hage Geingob, is calling for a leaner, efficient and financially self-sufficient African Union (AU), able to deliver on the vision of prosperity and sustainable development for all its citizens.
Cape Town – The Namibian government is committed to becoming a key player to enhance the space of digital transformation to achieve value-driven growth, says Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Engel Nawatiseb.
WALVIS BAY - Murder suspect Nicolaus Kazana Mangundu Hausiku, who is accused of murdering former rugby player and member of the Namibian Defence Force, Hendrik Petrus Coetzee on Saturday afternoon, was denied bail in Karibib yesterday.
WINDHOEK - Notwithstanding an onslaught from defence lawyer Sisa Namandje, Mariental Municipality CEO Paulus Nghiwilepo yesterday maintained that what he told the court on Tuesday – in the ongoing trial of education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa - was nothing but the truth.
WINDHOEK - The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) has sent off 27 of vocational training centre trainers to Zimbabwe as part of their enrolment in higher national diploma qualifications in the areas of wood technology and construction engineering, at that country’s renowned Mutare Polytechnic.
WINDHOEK – First Lady Monica Geingos turns 42 today. New Era reflects on Geingos’ three years in office as Namibia’s First Lady.
KEETMANSHOOP - The Namibia Exile Kids Association (NEKA) has come out guns blazing in defence of government’s deliberate decision to appoint several ‘struggle kids’ to various positions across the country, amidst demonstrations by some communities against the practice.
RUNDU – Accused of murdering his employer in a vicious axe attack, kidnapping the victim’s wife and running away with her in the couple’s vehicle before overturning it near Otjimbingwe, Nicolaus Mangundu Hausiku yesterday appeared in court at Rundu on a separate charge of possession of cannabis, for which he was denied bail.
KATIMA MULILO – The prospect resumption of operations of the state-owned Zambezi Waterfront and Tourism Park (ZWTP) is as bleak as it has been over the past two years when it was temporarily closed down by government, following allegations of mismanagement.
WINDHOEK - The corruption trial of former governor of Hardap Region and current education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, resumed yesterday with another state witness testifying that she demanded to remove the names of non-Swapo members from the beneficiary list for mass housing in Mariental and replace them with names of party members.
WINDHOEK – Chairperson of SADC Council of Ministers and Namibia’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is confident the elections in the DRC will be peaceful, free, fair and transparent.
WINDHOEK - A case of theft has been opened against a former executive of a Lüderitz fishing company after he allegedly disappeared with N$565 000 that he was supposed to pay for a consignment of two trucks of fish destined for Zambia. The money was to be paid through a middleman.
WINDHOEK – While in attendance at the 39th edition of the annual Damara Traditional and Cultural Festival at Okombahe in the Erongo Region over the weekend, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president McHenry Venaani openly declared his willingness to serve the Damara community should the need arise.
WINDHOEK - Two judges of the northern division at Oshakati High Court dismissed an appeal against a sentence of 30 months’ imprisonment on a conviction of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act. The appeal was heard on October 9 already and the judgment given, but the reasons were only released last week.
WINDHOEK - Minister of Justice Sacky Shanghala yesterday said the Maintenance Amendment Bill - placed on the ministry’s website yesterday for public input - will among others seek to blacklist child maintenance defaulters from participating in government tenders.
It might seem to be a good idea provided that it is implemented properly. The one problem I can foresee is that it is mostly corporate entities that tender in the government procurement processes. Thus, would the entire company be prohibited from tendering because one [of] its directors or shareholders has some outstanding child maintenance issues?
WINDHOEK – Dr Michel Kaswa Kayomo, the director of the National Programme against Tuberculosis in the Ministry of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday underscored the importance of Ebola preparedness for all SADC countries.
WINDHOEK - The Namibian police will propose the amendment of the Liquor Act to make it compulsory for alcohol outlet owners to install Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) at their premises, before the issuance of a licence or renewal of their licences is entertained.
WINDHOEK – The Namibian inter-ministerial committee tasked to facilitate the repatriation process of over 1,500 Batswana of Namibian descent who have shown willingness to return to their native country, visited Botswana last week.
WINDHOEK – Lawyers of City of Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise plan to file an urgent application in the Windhoek High Court today to seek relief against their client’s latest suspension by city council.
WINDHOEK - Following the small business financing void left by the demise of the now defunct SME Bank, the Bank of Namibia (BoN) has stepped in to assist the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) to service this crucial sector of the economy.
WINDHOEK - Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the Namibian Government is committed to fight and prevent violence against women and children and that “no efforts are being spared to ensure full protection of women, children and other vulnerable groups”.
WINDHOEK - Plans by the Social Security Commission (SSC) to set up a contributory pension scheme meant to cater for close to 250 000 beneficiaries not attached to any pension fund is still on the cards, SSC Manager for Communication and Marketing Unomengi Kauapirura confirmed upon inquiry yesterday.
RUNDU - The community of Ndama, the sprawling and one of the biggest informal settlements in Rundu located south of the Trans Caprivi Highway, prompted the police to open a substation under a tree in order to cope with the increased daily crime in the area.
WINDHOEK - The Permanent Secretary of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, yesterday said the additional N$175 million allocated to the health and social services ministry, which received N$6.5 billion in the main budget, will among others be used to recruit health professionals.
WINDHOEK – Swapo president, Hage Geingob has urged his party cadres to bury the hatchet and move on from divisive events of its 2017 elective congress, while also asking those in parliament to respect Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
WINDHOEK - The Ovambanderu community in the Eiseb Block in Omaheke Region are set to challenge the recognition of Chief Turimuro Hoveka of the Hoveka Royal House as a traditional authority in that jurisdiction, New Era has learned.
KHORIXAS – Eighty-nine livestock have been killed by various predators in Tsiseb conservancy in Erongo Region since September last year.
WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob on Thursday told former President of the German Parliament and Chairman of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Foundation, Norbert Lammert that he should not underestimate the intellect of the Namibian government.
WINDHOEK - Presidential Affairs Minister Martin Andjaba says he is concerned about a lack of service delivery across the country that can be detrimental to the nation’s economic growth.
WINDHOEK - The former governor of the Hardap Region and current education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, told members of a team that evaluated and selected the first beneficiaries of the mass housing scheme at Mariental that she was the appointed political leader of the region and thus things should be done her way.
WINDHOEK - Management at the University of Namibia (Unam) has been accused of violating the rules of engagement in the current strike involving thousands of its staff by allowing scab labour since the strike that enters its fifth day today started on Monday.
WINDHOEK- Government yesterday confirmed the recognition of Chief Turimuro Hoveka and his traditional seat the Hoveka Royal House as a traditional authority in the jurisdiction of Eiseb Block in the Otjombinde Constituency in the Omaheke Region.
KHORIXAS - Two youths, Johannes Ndaitwa (28) and Ngakuue Kapazu (30) suspected of poaching a rhino at a safari lodge near Etosha National Park have accused the police of beating a confession out of them, including caning them with a stick, resulting in severe injuries on their buttocks.
WINDHOEK – ‘He must not get bail. Because what he did to me is bad.’ This is what the 10-year-old girl who was genitally mutilated and defiled last week told her father before he left for the Katutura Magistrate’s Court where the man who had raped her appeared yesterday morning.
WINDHOEK - The second witness to testify in the corruption trial of education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, was made to retract his statement that the CEO of Mariental Municipality told him that she (Hanse-Himarwa) removed two names from the beneficiary list for the mass housing scheme and replaced it with two other names.
WINDHOEK - The 25-year-old man who is due to appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court today after he genitally mutilated and defiled an eight-year-old girl last Friday, has 10 other criminal cases pending against him, ranging from rape to attempted rape and assault.
WINDHOEK - The turnaround strategies deployed by Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) over the past five years were highly successful and have shown that with the right combination of factors, organisations can meet challenges head on, CEO David Nuyoma said yesterday.
RUNDU – Water supply to the riverside border town of Rundu has been discontinued due to debts of N$60 million accumulated over a two-year period, compelling residents to flock to fetch untreated water from the Kavango River where a child drowned late yesterday.
WINDHOEK - Minister of education Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, yesterday denied charges that she corruptly used her office – then as governor of Hardap Region - for gratification and placed the onus on the State to prove its allegations against her.
WINDHOEK - In a rare move, Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) and the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu) leaders has joined hands demanding that the recent tabled Education Bill be referred to a relevant parliamentary committee for further public scrutiny and consultations.
RUNDU - With unemployment taking its toll, leaving thousands of university graduates without jobs, the government allows many pensioners hang on to their jobs after they have turned 60 in the public service and SOEs, which critics say is unfair to youths who cannot not enter the job market.
WINDHOEK- Horasis Chairperson Dr Frank Richter during a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob on the margins of the World Investment Forum (WIF) extended an invitation to Geingob to be the guest of honour at the 2019 Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal next April.
WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Johanna Salionga who is currently presiding over the case of five people accused of a murder-for-hire plot has been appointed as a permanent judge of the High Court with effect from November 01. This year was announced by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
WINDHOEK - In Namibia, 452 people took their own lives in 2017 and this year between April and July, the grim suicide toll was a shocking 131.
WINDHOEK – Former Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) managing director Tobie Aupindi, a rising star in Swapo politics who was yesterday convicted of lying to an authorised officer of the law, could still be poised for a career in politics.
WINDHOEK - When Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein on Wednesday tabled the mid-term budget for 2018/19, there were no adjustments in the projected overall expenditure but he cautioned that the country public’s finance face a triple threat, namely consolidation, lower economic growth and high unemployment.
WINDHOEK - Blind folded, gagged, hands bound, held at gun-point is what a 64-year-old woman went through when three unknown men allegedly abducted her from her home in Windhoek North.
SWAKOPMUND - Local authorities must go back to their founding mandate, which is to serve communities through the provision of affordable land and housing, by partnering with institutions such as the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) and other investors.
WINDHOEK – Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein yesterday presented a dossier of measures that government must take in order to, in his own words, restart the growth engines of the economy, which has been in recession for the last ten-quarters.
OMUTHIYA - All Swapo Party branch coordinators will soon start receiving remuneration for their work at the grassroots. The part believes it is the branch coordinators who canvass support for the party and must thus be rewarded for their work. According to Secretary-General Sophia Shaningwa, the move is one among many resolutions undertaken during the 2017 elective congress.
WINDHOEK - Lawyers representing suspended CEO of the City of Windhoek Robert Kahimise have asked that their client be reinstated as he was suspended illegally.
WINDHOEK – For the umpteenth time, government yesterday moved to clarify and strongly defend its decision to lease four farms, measuring 17 385 hectares, to a Russian company that intends on investing billions into infrastructure, conservation and jobs.
WINDHOEK - Falling Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is in part why many African governments have resorted to international capital markets for the purpose of financing infrastructure and other development needs, President Hage Geingob said in Geneva yesterday.
WINDHOEK – The City of Windhoek’s management committee will today convene a special meeting to officially suspend its CEO Robert Kahimise and to appoint an acting CEO, New Era has learned. Kahimise’s suspension was approved by Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga, following a written request by some members of the management committee to suspend him.
WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku yesterday reserved her judgement on the charge of money laundering that accused Charles Winston Manale, 35, pleaded not guilty to, to February 12 next year.
WALVIS BAY - Urban and Rural Development Minister Peya Mushelenga yesterday said some Namibia mayors live large by grabbing all travelling duties of their local authority councils and thus claim monetary allowances that come with such travels.
WINDHOEK - Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga yesterday approved the request by the City of Windhoek (CoW) management committee to suspend its Chief Executive Officer Robert Kahimise over a study loan he took from the City.
WINDHOEK – A team of experts consisting of an epidemiologist and a risk communication consultant are currently in the country to assist the Ministry of Health and Social Services through the World Health Organisation (WHO) country office with its response to the hepatitis E epidemic.
WINDHOEK – The Katutrura Magistrate’s Court yesterday scrapped two bail conditions imposed on 11 men and women who are charged for their alleged involvement in a mob justice attack that resulted in the death of a 27-year-old Congolese refugee in June.
WINDHOEK - Affirmative Repositioning (AR) leader and land activist Job Amupanda whose office at the University of Namibia was found broken into yesterday morning said the break-in did not surprise him. He maintained that the strange incident does not scare him one bit.
WINDHOEK – A group of female street vendors who normally operate within Windhoek’s central business district (CBD) held a peaceful demonstration on Friday, marching from Shoprite in Independence Avenue to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to hand over a petition addressed to President Hage Geingob.
Lüderitz – TransNamib this week conducted a test on the rehabilitated railway line from Aus by commissioning a train carrying heavy objects to ascertain the durability of the railway line up to the harbour.