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President appoints ancestral land commission

WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob has announced the establishment of the long-awaited Presidential Commission into Claims on Ancestral Land Rights and Restitution, calling on the commission to practice urgency, impartiality, professionalism and fairness in the execution of its mandate.

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Swapo, defiant councillors reach compromise

WINDHOEK – Swapo Secretary-General Sophia Shaningwa yesterday said decisions to recall party councillors at Rundu and Okahandja – which were reversed this week after a marathon party meeting - were taken collectively by the party leadership and not arbitrary by her, as is widely asserted.

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Philanthropic Nghaamwa renovates classrooms

ONGWEDIVA -Governor of Ohangwena, Usko Nghaamwa continues to demonstrate his generosity to educate Namibian children when he came to the rescue of Ndilula Naikaku Primary School in Eenhana Circuit, where he renovated a block of three classrooms recently blown-off by a storm.

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Zambezi to revive sedentary river ferry

KATIMA MULILO - Inhabitants of Kabbe North and Kabbe South usually stranded during the rainy season at settlements along the Zambezi will heave a sigh of relief after the regional government announced it will soon revive the river transport that has been inactive for years.

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Mutorwa mum on /Uirab’s NAC appointment

WINDHOEK – Despite recent media speculation that the CEO of the Namibia Ports Authority (NamPort), Bisey /Uirab, has been tipped to take over at the helm of the beleaguered Namibia Airports Company (NAC), neither the NAC chairman, Dr Leake Hangala, nor the line minister, Minister of Works and Transport John Mutorwa, were willing to confirm the appointment. 

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Heavy rainfall pounds Zambezi Region

KATIMA MULILO – For several days last week, heavy rainfall drenched the Zambezi Region for the first time, it has received good rains since the beginning of the rainy season. The Meteorological Services of Namibia said 48.8 millimetres was recorded at Mpacha Airport alone on Thursday. 

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Rumpf a ‘rare gem’

WINDHOEK - Late liberation struggle veteran, Ambassador Hanno Rumpf, was a rare gem, distinguished diplomat and a tireless advocate, who fought against injustice and for freedom and independence of his country.

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Withdrawal of Rundu councillors unlawful, says law firm

RUNDU – The withdrawal of three councillors of the Rundu Town Council by the Swapo Party of Namibia was not done procedurally in that their party  purported to do so without having afforded the councillors  an opportunity to be heard before such decision was made and without following the due process of law, says their lawyer,  Kadhila Amoomo.  

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Venaani wants action on deadwood MPs

WINDHOEK - Leader of the official opposition PDM, McHenry Venaani, has called for action against non-participation in parliamentary debate by some MPs, saying the house currently has parliamentarians who have virtually been warming up parliamentary benches over the past four years.

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Unam dismisses eight employees

WINDHOEK - The University of Namibia (Unam) has revealed it has dismissed eight of its employees since last year, resulting from various cases of theft under false pretence, fraud, corruption, maladministration, absenteeism, misrepresentation or breach of trust.

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Swapo recalls defiant Rundu councillors

RUNDU – The ruling party Swapo yesterday swiftly swung the axe on three of its local authority councillors at Rundu who defied directives from its secretary general Sophia Shaningwa who, together with the politburo of its central committee, had given a directive for the status quo to remain.

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Sadc backs Zim govt, slams external forces

WINDHOEK – Southern African Development Community chairperson, President Hage Geingob of Namibia, yesterday identified “external forces” as among agents hell-bent on destabilising Zimbabwe where recent social strife led to loss of lives. He also called for the unconditional lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe. 

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Geingob requests update on Zim, DRC situations

WINDHOEK - Namibian President, Hage Geingob, who is also the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Chairperson, has called on his counterparts in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to update the Africa Union (AU) on the political developments in their countries. 

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Still in the blocks, NDP begs for donations

WINDHOEK – Former police officer Lukato Martin Lukato, the only member consistently associated with the National Democratic Party (NDP), is back with appeals for donations and demands for the country’s electoral laws to be amended to allow all registered political parties to receive a monthly fee from the National Assembly.

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Hepatitis E could be endemic - Shangula

WINDHOEK -The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday expressed fear the persisting spread of Hepatitis E to new locations and failure to contain it despite control measures in place could result in it becoming endemic in Namibia. 

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City postpones reinstatement meeting

WINDHOEK – A special City of Windhoek (CoW) meeting slated for yesterday to discuss President Hage Geingob’s directive that suspended City of Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise and City Police Chief Abraham Kanime be reinstated has been postponed indefinitely.

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Unam vet school undergoes accreditation audit

WINDHOEK – The Veterinary Council of Namibia is expected to conduct an audit towards the end of this year to determine whether the University of Namibia’s School of Veterinary has complied with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) requirements as well as Namibian health legislation.

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Court denies bail to Global Fund shooter

WINDHOEK - The man who caused terror in the Windhoek central business district (CBD) when he fatally shot his former boss and wounded the woman who did his appraisal, causing him to lose a well-paid job at Global Fund, made his first court appearance yesterday in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court. 

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Two women shot by disgruntled workmate

WINDHOEK - Chaos reigned in the Windhoek Central Business District (CBD) yesterday afternoon after a man disgruntled over what is said to be a demotion and consequently a reduced salary and remunerative perks killed a female colleague and wounded another at their office.

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Over 100 new network sites for 081Every1 project

WINDHOEK - Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) announced 111 new sites as part of the ongoing phase one of the 081Every1 project, are scheduled to go live by the end of March when phase one is completed.  At a press briefing held yesterday, the company announced 41 sites of phase one were commissioned and on air since December 2018; while civil works for 64 sites have been completed, and for 47 sites progressively ongoing to beat phase one’s deadline – the end of March.

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AR to challenge squatters law after activist’s bail

WINDHOEK – The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement, whose leader Dimbulukeni Nauyoma was granted N$500 bail after he was arrested on Friday, yesterday said it will challenge the constitutionality of some sections of the Squatters Proclamation of 1985, which it says is an extension of the apartheid machinery.

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We won’t be used by politicians – Nanso

WINDHOEK - Despite widespread speculation that the Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) is driven by political ambitions at the expense of students’ interest, the student body’s leadership has dismissed such claims saying they reject being used by politicians to achieve any of their narrow ulterior motives.

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AR activist Nauyoma likely to appear in court today

WINDHOEK - Khomas regional police crime investigation coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Abner Agas said Affirmative Repositioning (AR) activist Dimbulukeni Nauyoma who is facing three charges including obstructing an officer to execute his official duty is likely to appear in court today.  This will depend on the doctor who admitted him in hospital.

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D-day for alleged serial rapist in March

WINDHOEK - A Swakopmund resident who allegedly raped a 14-year-old and another woman in the spate of five days after being released on bail on a previous rape charge will hear on March 6 whether his claims of consent will get him off the hook on four of the charges of rape.

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Rundu urged to refrain from illegal water connections

RUNDU - Acting CEO of the Rundu Town Council, Sikongo Haihambo has urged residents at the town’s informal areas to refrain from illegal water connections saying this illegality has affected the town negatively and in the end all residents suffer when all the water taps run dry due to council not affording to buy water for the town.

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379 nabbed for drunk driving

WINDHOEK - A record 379 motorists were arrested for drunk and driving on the B1 and B2 roads during the just ended festive season. This is out of a whopping 91 200 drivers screened during this period of merrymaking and excesses. 

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Ship passengers impressed with coast

WALVIS BAY - Tourists visiting Walvis Bay on a day trip Wednesday were in awe of the town’s beauty and tourism activities. German national Winfried Lamm, arriving aboard one of the four passenger ships that docked at Walvis, said Namibia takes his breath away every time he visits the country.

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Unemployed youth scramble for 40 rail jobs at Ondangwa

ONDANGWA - Hordes of unemployed youth yesterday flocked to TransNamib’s Nehale lyaMpingana Railway Station to scramble for about 40 labourer jobs available to repair the railway line from Ondangwa to Oshikango on a six month contract. The applicants, who had gathered to submit their application forms through the fence, had to endure rain showers but soldiered on.

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Lower GDP pushed public debt up 17% in 2018

WINDHOEK - Lower than expected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the last three years has resulted in higher public debt. In the Ministry of Finance’s Fiscal Strategy 2015 the public debt, excluding guarantees, for the 2017/18 financial year was projected to be 26.4 percent of GDP but in fact reached 43.3 percent of GDP in 2018, representing an increase of 16.9 percent.  

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Pension funds hit at estates amendment Bill

WINDHOEK- The pension fund industry is calling for inclusive and wider consultations before government amends the Administration of Estates Act of 1965, which could collapse some of the industry’s players. These concerns follow amendments which have been made to certain parts of the Administration of Estates Act, 1965 (Act No. 66 of 1965) but did not address issues relating to the administration of the Guardian’s Fund and safe custody and record keeping of the Offices of the Master of the High Court.

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CoW councillors deny hand in relative’s City Police jobs

WINDHOEK – Three councillors at City of Windhoek have dismissed claims that unqualified relatives were recruited in City Police with their assistance. At a press conference last week, Nudo City representative Josef Kauandenge availed a list of 11names of people allegedly related to ruling party Swapo councillors employed in the Windhoek City Police.

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Government avails agricultural implements to farmers

ON A M U T A I – T h r o u g h t h e Namibia Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project (Namsip) the government will give agricultural implements to farmers as part of its efforts to improve household food security and nutrition, job creation, household incomes and the lives of people living in rural areas through increased agricultural production.

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American museum closes viewing of Namibian human remains

SWAKOPMUND - The American Museum of Natural History last week turned down a request week by the Namibian Genocide Association led by Laidlaw Peringanda to inspect and verify the origin of some human remains kept in the museum. The New York-based museum has at least eight remains of people of southern African descent.

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Namibia congratulates DRC poll winner Tshisekedi

WINDHOEK - International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has congratulated Felix Tshisekedi, 55, the leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s main opposition party, who has been declared the provisional surprise winner of the December 30 presidential election in the vast central African country.

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SA manganese trucks stuck at Lüderitz

LÜDERITZ - Trade Port Namibia (Pty) Ltd, which started transporting manganese from South Africa for exportation to China via the Lüderitz port since December 30 2018, has been instructed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to clean up its mess at the harbour.

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We will protect local businesses: Iindji

ONGWEDIVA – The Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI)’s northern branch chairperson Tomas Iindji, in his New Year message, said it remains the prerogative of the chamber and government to prioritise the interest of the local businesses and guard them against unfair competition attacks.

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Zambezi farmers hopeful despite dry spell

KATIMA MULILO - Crop farmers in the Zambezi Region remain hopeful they will be able to plough their fields despite the persistent lack of rainfall and the low ground moisture which continues to leave their fields dry and unsuitable for ploughing which mostly involves ox-drawn ploughs.

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American, Chinese trade war hits Namibia

KEETMANSHOOP - There is a saying when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers and this is what has happened to Namibian grapes as bigger American grape producers have grabbed Namibia’s European market share because the Americans cannot sell their grapes to China.

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20 952 students fail Grade 10

WINDHOEK - Out of 44 863 candidates who sat for Grade 10 full-time examination this year at 731 schools, 23 911 learners, representing 53.3 percent have qualified for admission to Grade 11 for 2019 compared to 22 363 (55.3 percent) in 2017.

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China rescues SOS children’s village

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.

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Speaker honoured for his contribution to education

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.

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President meets security chiefs

WINDHOEK - President Hage Geingob on Wednesday met the leadership of the Namibian Police, Namibia Central Intelligence Service and Council of Defence to discuss various matters related to security and defence matters of the country.

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Shanghala moves to repeal 140 obsolete laws

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. 

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Setback for wife accused of mariticide

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.

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Befitting Xmas gifts await Oshakati residents

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.  

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Namibia listed seventh most child-friendly country

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. 

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Rittmann denies murder of husband

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. 

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Re-elected Kazapua calls for unity

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.

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2019 NAMA edition still on track

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.

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Aminuis councillor pushes for drought funding

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.

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Road crashes cost economy N$1.3b a year

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.

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Kameeta defends relevance of his ministry

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. 

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Bill to empower minister to fire boards

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.

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SADC welcomes Madagascar’s provisional poll results

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.

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Geingob calls for leaner AU

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. 

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27 VTC trainers sent to Zimbabwe

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. 

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Zambezi waterfront future remains bleak

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. 

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Food imports remain sky-high

WINDHOEK - During the 2017/18 financial year Namibia imported an astronomical 96 percent of its fruits, 96 percent of wheat, 60 percent of pearl millet and 40 percent of white maize from foreign countries. 

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Pokolo allegedly disappears with N$565 000

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.

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Venaani ‘willing to serve’ Damaras 

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.

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Domestic violence appeal dismissed

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.

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Norman Tjombe reacts

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?

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Govt moves to curb bureaucracy

WINDHOEK - In its effort to curb bureaucracy and to accelerate provision of service delivery, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told parliamentarians on Wednesday that government has turned to the application of e-governance.

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SADC countries should brace for Ebola

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. 

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Govt committed to fight GBV - PM

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”.

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National pension fund still on cards

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.

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New police station operates under tree

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.

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Govt to recruit 240 medical graduates

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.

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Hanse-Himarwa wanted things done her way – witness

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. 

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Rhino suspects accuse police of brutality

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.

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Alleged serial rapist denied bail

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.

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Witness folds under questioning in  Hanse-Himarwa case

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.

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Nuyoma shares secret of GIPF turnaround

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.

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Teachers’ unions threaten litigation

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.

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Why some retirees are not retired - PM

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.

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Horasis invites Geingob as guest of honour

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.

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Salionga appointed as permanent judge

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). 

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Schlettwein identifies triple economic threat

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. 

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Swapo to remunerate branch coordinators 

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. 

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City to convene special meeting today over Kahimise

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.

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Bail conditions scrapped in mob murder

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.

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Female CBD vendors claim victimisation by City Police

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. 

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