• November 29th, 2020

Kavango East


Farmers give thumbs up to oil drilling

RUNDU – Kavango East farmers who recently raised concerns over the scheduled detailed oil and gas exploration in the region have given the project the greenlight, following a meeting with representatives of the Canadian firm Reconnaissance Energy Africa and mines and energy minister Tom Alweendo.


3 councillors replaced in Kavango East

RUNDU - The recently concluded Swapo primaries in Kavango East saw three seating councillors, Petrus Kavhura for Ndonga-Linena constituency, Ndiyona’s Eugene Likuwa and John Thighuru for Mukwe losing out on the opportunity to stand as candidates of the ruling party for next month’s regional council elections. 


Kavango East vaccinates thousands of cattle

RUNDU – The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, under the directorate of veterinary services, has vaccinated about 20 607 cattle against the foot-and-mouth disease in the Kavango East region, where there are often outbreaks of the livestock disease.


Kavango East open for investors

RUNDU – The governor of the Kavango East region, Bonifatius Wakudumo, has called on local and foreign investors to invest in the region while making reference to the political stability and investment-friendly environment in the region.

Roads, new clinics for Kavango East

RUNDU – Kavango East regional governor Bonifatius Wakudumo, in his inaugural state of the region address, said the region made inroads in infrastructure development and improvements during the 2019/2020 budget circle from the N$414. 1 million allocated by the central government.


Rundu Chiefs donate food parcels to its players

RUNDU - Rundu Chiefs Sports Club, through its recreational centre, recently donated food parcels worth over N$22 000 to its football, volleyball and netball players. The donated food parcels include maize meal, cooking oil, canned fish, sugar packs, and many other items.

Vandals target NamPower HVDC power line

RUNDU – Namibia’s power utility NamPower has appealed to members of the public to safeguard powerlines and facilities by jealously guarding the infrastructure at all times in the wake of two recent vandalism cases in which vandals damaged its Zambezi Link 350kV HVDC line in Zambezi region.

Mavango gokuweka yikorama simpe kuna zeguruka kovadinguli

Rundu – Ministeli zonsitwe, wiza ntani vadinguli muhuyungilipo gwaza, Romeo Muyunda, katente asi mavango gokuwekera yikorama kuna paturuka ngwendi nare nampili ngomu kuna kara kambumburu koCOVID-19, kayininkisire Presidente Hage Geingob ature etokoro asi varugani navenye vemepangero ntani nombunga dopaumwene dahepa kuruganena pomambo ure womazuva 14, kugusako owo ava gava yirugana yohepero ntani yonondja.


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.

Kavango regions set measures to contain Covid-19

RUNDU – Kavango East and West regions have put preventive measures in place, as well as trained health workers and support staff in hospitals and districts as measures to combat coronavirus. This was revealed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services chief medical officer (CMO) for the two Kavango regions, Dr Abiola Adesina.

Service station ‘robbers’ denied bail

RUNDU – Two brothers who are accused of robbing a service station at Rundu last week have been denied bail during their first appearance in the local magistrate’s court. The suspects reportedly robbed the service station and stole N$386 900. They allegeldy also shot and injured a security guard before fleeing.

Rundu mayor sworn in amidst Swapo bickering

RUNDU – Rundu magistrate Hellen Olaiya who was invited by the Rundu Town Council to swear in the mayor and management only managed to install Isak Kandingu who retained his position as mayor, but the swearing-in ceremony of the town’s management was postponed.


Ngandu Festival returns this Easter

RUNDU - The Ngandu Festival, which debuted last year, will once again return this Easter weekend.  Event organiser Andreas Gustav said during the launch last week that the festival aims to create a network for exhibitors and artists. 


Rundu council infighting ‘unhealthy’

RUNDU - The chairperson of Swapo leaders assigned to the Kavango East region, James Sankwasa, has described the infighting at the Rundu Town Council as “unhealthy”, adding residents of the town were suffering the most because of squabbles among councillors.  


Hompa Kassian Shiyambi dies

RUNDU - The traditional leader of the vaGciriku traditional community Chief (Hompa) Kassian Shiyambi has passed on. Shiyambi died at the age of 82 on Sunday afternoon around 14h00 at Nyangana District Hospital in Ndonga Linena Constituency in Kavango East Region.


NPF to fight for ex-SWATF members 

RUNDU - National Patriotic Front of Namibia (NPF) on Friday launched its election campaign in Rundu, saying they will mobilise former South West Africa Territorial Force (SWATF) members to vote for the party. NPF will contest the National Assembly election later this month.


MICT implements austerity measures

RUNDU - The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) has resolved to suspend the provision of all government public address systems services, recording studios, video coverage and production after hours, during weekends and public holidays countrywide.

Nkurenkuru, DBN land deal in limbo

NKURENKURU - The Nkurenkuru Town Council has since 2018 been waiting for the approval of the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD) for it to enter into a joint-venture partnership with the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) to service 333 residential plots.


Mushelenga denounces nepotism, corruption

RUNDU - Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, says Namibians must denounce nepotism and corruption such as employing or favouring people because they are from a certain ethnic group or are related to them. Most importantly, they must reject racism.


Lion scare in Kavango East

RUNDU - Officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) are investigating reports that there are lion tracks traced in the areas of Ncaute and Naingopo where there are communal farms under the

Bank Windhoek opens revamped specialist forex  branch

WINDHOEK - Bank Windhoek opened its revamped specialist foreign exchange (forex) branch situated in Independence Avenue on Tuesday in Windhoek. The newly renovated branch, which includes Bank Windhoek’s new look and feel, offers forex customers a pleasant banking experience in line with the bank’s new brand identity. 

Banker commits suicide over lover

RUNDU - A 30-year-old banker at Bank Windhoek Rundu branch reportedly committed suicide by hanging in the early hours of Tuesday at around 06h00 at Sauyemwa location, Rundu District, indicating in a suicide note that his lover should give reasons for his action.


Weather office planned for Rundu

RUNDU - The Ministry of Works and Transport, has handed over the site to its regional office for Meteorological Services in Rundu that has been standing incomplete to be renovated and completed in conformity with the minister’s wish.


Mpungu villagers without water

RUNDU - Mpungu villagers in Mpungu Constituency in Kavango West are enduring a shortage of water. Their livestock are  also affected as their community borehole constantly breaks down and relies on dinging earth dams known as “matope.”


MET office at Ndiyona to close down

RUNDU - The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is closing down its Ndiyona settlement sub-office in Ndiyona Constituency in Kavango East and the three staff members  at the office will be relocated to Buffalo core area in the Bwabwata (West) National Park in Mukwe, Kavango East.


Rundu acting CEO throws in towel

RUNDU - Rundu acting CEO Sikongo Haihambo on Tuesday tendered his resignation citing the absence of a management committee due to deep-seated differences among Swapo councillors who persistently declined nominations and thus is “making his work difficult to execute especially now that the town is in a heap of issues”.


Ousted Rundu mayor rejects nomination

RUNDU - Rundu still needs a member of the council to be sworn in to complete its management in order to be fully functional, however the two Swapo councillors, former Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo and former deputy mayor Ralf Ihemba say they are fine as ordinary members of council for now.

Epangero kuna tura elikwamo lyomagwanekero komeho, yimo ana kutanta Nawatiseb

Rundu – Ruha ronombudi nomapukururo Ministeragona Engel Nawatiseb katente asi epangero kuna mosirugana mulyo gomagwanekero nokutara asi yinke nawa nawa yakaramo mokutara asi yikambekeko keekonomi lyosirongo nokovatungimo. Ruha our kuna tara asi dogoro papa yinke eyi vasikisamo ndi yaza mosirugana kutunda mo 1992, yimo ngoso ana kutanta murugani gwanare kosayitunga zaNew Era. 


Chinese murder suspects denied bail

RUNDU - Two Chinese accused in the recent murder of their employee Haushiku Andreas Muyevu at Andara village in Mukwe Constituency that sparked looting were on Tuesday denied bail when they made a routine court appearance in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court.

Namibia, Botswana border fence damaged

RUNDU - John Thighuru, who is the chairperson of the Kavango East Regional council and Regional Councillor for Mukwe Constituency that borders Botswana on the south, has revealed the fence between Namibia and Botswana has been laying damaged for some time with no effort to replace it. Mukwe Constituency is in Kavango East Region


Teen accused of infanticide released

RUNDU - A 16-year-old girl who was arrested on Sunday after she allegedly dumped her new-born at Katji na Katji village in the Kavango West Region was released in the care of her guardian when she appeared in court on Tuesday. She faces a charge of murder - alternative culpable homicide.


IUM to help students acquire experience

NKURENKURU - Chairman of the International University of Management (IUM) Governing Council Dr David Namwandi says IUM intends to employ some of its students who are still studying in order for them to acquire the requisite working experience being demanded by employers.


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.  


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.


Govt lifts ban on harvested timber

RUNDU - The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has given traders of timber in Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions permission to resume the transportation of timber to the market but the ministry says only timber that was already chopped down before the recent ban.

Fraud and theft suspect denied bail 

RUNDU - A Namibian who originates from Zimbabwe Nevers Chirimugaha,51 was on Friday denied bail when he made a routine court appearance in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on three counts, a charge of fraud, theft by false pretence, forgery and uttering a forged instrument.


Shack with the interior of a mansion

RUNDU - Somewhere in Ndama settlement some 100 metres north of the Trans-Zambezi Highway is a corrugated iron sheet shack partitioned with a brick wall, boards and once you open the door you are greeted with a truly amazing interior decor and designs that can make your jaw drop.

Lightning strike disrupts Rundu water supply

RUNDU – The breakdown of three of the main water pumps of NamWater at Nkarapamwe, supplying water to Rundu, a town with 85 000 inhabitants, that became dysfunctional after being struck by lightning has directly affected the town’s water supply to several residential areas such as Millennium, Ndama and Kaisosi.

Teen critical after hit and run 

RUNDU - The police in Kavango West are investigating a case whereby a 19-year-old man was bumped along the Rundu-Nkurenkuru B10 main road. The unknown driver failed to report the accident nor render any assistance to the injured victim as is required by law.


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.


Farmers engage govt on suspended timber trade

RUNDU - Chairperson of the Kavango East Regional Farmers Union (KERFU) Adolf Muremi says they have been engaging with the Office of the Environmental Commissioner and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to find an amicable solution to the resumption of trade in timber.


Rundu maternity ward still incomplete

RUNDU - In May 2014, construction of the new maternity ward at the Rundu Intermediate Hospital was started with the aim of improving maternity services in the Kavango East Region. But, four years later, the construction is yet to be finalised and this is due to delays resulting from a dispute between the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the contractor, according to the Permanent Secretary in the health ministry, Ben Nangombe. 

Anthrax kills 32 buffalo in Bwabwata

RUNDU - In an isolated unpleasant incident, a total of 32 buffalo carcasses were picked between September and November in Bwabwata National Park, Kavango East Region. A subsequent investigation ascertained the beasts were killed by the highly contagious anthrax disease.


LAC analyses data on wildlife cases

RUNDU - The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) is currently analysing old and new court cases relating to wildlife crimes with the intention to make recommendations to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to the Office of the Judiciary and to the Prosecutor-General’s Office to boost efficiency.

Food bank launched at Rundu

RUNDU - Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta, launched food bank here at Sauyemwa. Sauyemwa is a recently formalised settlement where poverty is also widespread just like most of Rundu’s recently formalised localities like Ndama to name a few. Out of the 949 beneficiaries that were submitted by the committee, only 811 from Rundu


Pupils clean up Kaisosi 

RUNDU - Friday was a good day in the streets of the recently formalised Kaisosi location as PSI Praktische Solidaritat International (PSI) Kaisosi branch collaborated with learners from Kaisosi Combined School, Sarusungu Combined and Wazungu High School in a clean-up campaign.


Chief Kaundu welcomes World Food Day event

KAPAKO - Leader of the Mbunza Traditional Authority, Chief Alfons Kaundu has welcomed the announcement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, that Bunya village in the Kapako Constituency in Kavango West will host SADC commemorations for this year’s World Food Day.


Divundu murder accused denied bail

RUNDU - The Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday denied bail to 24-year-old Henog Dihako from Mushashani village in Mukwe Constituency who stands accused of murder, rape and defeating the course of justice, as he tried to conceal the heinous crime against his girlfriend by burying her body in a shallow grave.


Kavango youths urged to maximise recording studio

RUNDU - Tweuya Nelumbu a sound technician in charge of the state-of-the-art recording studio at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) here, is urging youths in the two regions of  Kavango to utilise the recording studio to the maximum as it has been built to assist artist in the regions and beyond.

Man jailed for threatening his parents

RUNDU - Taking a cue from the Ndama massacre that claimed five lives after police officers failed to act following a complaint, the magistrate at Rundu meted out a three-year jail sentence on 29-year-old Johannes Hamutenya from Safari location in the town for threatening to harm his family members.

Rundu, Armstrong settle over botched housing deal

RUNDU – Court mediation has culminated in the Rundu Town Council reaching a settlement with property developer Armstrong Construction to cancel a soured PPP deal that would have resulted in the developer constructing 600 residential houses to alleviate the housing shortage at the river town.

Nkurenkuru, DBN to enter into PPP

NKURENKURU - The Nkurenkuru Town Council is awaiting for the attorney general’s approval to enable it to enter into a private-public partnership (PPP) with the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) to service 333 residential plots for the eventual construction of housing units.

Rundu fugitive evades arrest

RUNDU - New Era has learned that the police in Rundu have been on a hunt to rearrest an inmate who recently escaped from the Rundu charge office holding cells during the early hours of 7 October or during the night of 6 October.

Funeral status of Hilka Leevi undecided

RUNDU - The funeral status of Rundu’s former mayor Hilka Leevi who died at the age of 66 on October 28 is yet to be decided as the committee responsible for deciding on what funeral status to accord her has not yet sat and thus the memorial and burial arrangements are still unclear.


Water crisis at Rundu imperils state hospital

RUNDU - The Rundu Intermediate Hospital is struggling to ensure hygienic hospital conditions as water cuts continue to haunt the town where the town council can’t afford to keep the town’s tap running. The hospital’s dialysis patients are also affected as patients with kidney problems cannot undergo dialysis as the machines need clean water to make them safe and clean.

NGO equips Khwe with life skills

RUNDU - The Namibia Development Foundation (NAMDEF), a non-profit organisation focusing on social upliftment of the disadvantaged communities, recently handed over a fully equipped office facility to the Khwe community in the Bwabwata area at Mutjiku village after a five-year successful project.

Mbambo appeals for Labour Survey support

RUNDU - Kavango East Regional Governor, Dr Samuel Mbambo has appealed to Kavango residents and to the entire Namibian nation to open its doors and provide accurate information to the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) field staff to enable them to produce reliable data for development.

NSA launches 5th labour force survey in Rundu

RUNDU - The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) on Friday launched the 2018 Namibia Labour Force Survey (NLFS) to be conducted countrywide, this will be the 5TH of its kind to be conducted by NSA since its establishment in April 2012. The NLFS survey was launched in Rundu in Kavango East.

Villager killed following heated quarrel

RUNDU - The Namibian Police in Rundu were called to a gruesome crime scene at Gove village some 31 km east of Rundu along the Rundu-Divundu gravel road that runs parallel to the Kavango River where a man had just been killed with a sharp unidentified object in the early hours of Thursday.

Ten ‘negligent’ cops to be grilled over Ndama massacre

RUNDU – Several police officers in Rundu, among them high-ranking officers, have been summoned to an internal inquiry that starts today over their alleged mishandling of a complainant prior to the case in which five family members were killed in cold blood by a relative, Jesaya Gabriel Chuhunda, 20, who is currently in police custody after the court had denied him bail.