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The police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after an officer from the Rehoboth police station died instantly after the driver of the patrol vehicle he was travelling in lost control and overturned. The national water utility has in recent months insisted on its pound of flesh for water supplied during the Covid-19 state of emergency from local authorities who opened taps in informal settlements. Urban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni implored the private sector to expeditiously find pragmatic solutions to the many challenges in the housing sector. The Presidency this week insisted the creation of the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB) was not a duplication of the functions of the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade. The mayor of the City of Windhoek Sade Gawanas last week travelled to Bremen, Germany, to strengthen and deepen their collaboration on the implementation of solid waste management. The government has decided to increase the benefit amount for the disability grant for children under the age of 18 from N$250 to N$1 300 effective from 2023/2024 to strengthen support for children with disabilities. The leader of the Independent Patriots for Change Panduleni Itula yesterday asked government to review its policy on royalties for natural resources. The City of Windhoek management committee is facing a possible vote of no confidence after being accused of undermining the council for failing to implement its resolutions. Members of the San community say they are being exploited and forced to work on farms without receiving the monthly payment. The Outapi Town Council has dismissed accusations made by some businessmen that the local authority has the highest rates and taxes in the country, thus discouraging business opportunities. Gender minister Doreen Sioka has expressed shock over the murder-suicide incident involving her personal driver and bodyguard. Last week, authorities in Khomas reported a 58-year-old police officer Elia Sheetekela fatally shot his girlfriend Asteria Shikalepo before taking his life. The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Namibia has drafted a national programme of action from the country review report to address the governance challenges identified here, such as gender-based violence. About 16 babies are among the 74 unclaimed bodies at police mortuaries where officials conduct post-mortems. Residents of various compounds in Windhoek’s Wanaheda are adamant they will not move out of the houses with supposed collective ownership status despite having received eviction orders from apparent new owners. The Namibia Bus and Taxi Association secretary general, Pendapala Nakathingo, says they are disturbed by taxi hijackings, which have been on the increase in Windhoek. The Namibian police have cautioned the public to be vigilant, as they have unearthed a possible human trafficking syndicate that lures young Namibians to the Middle East under the guise of job opportunities. About 92% of the overall gender equality, poverty eradication and child welfare ministry’s budgetary allocation for this financial year has been allocated to social protection services. The urban and rural development ministry will revise and amend two laws that govern the affairs of traditional leaders and traditional authorities due to many discrepancies. Abed Nghipandulwa, who has been surviving on an oxygen machine for the past eight years, is fighting for his life at home because of a lack of electricity. President Hage Geingob has once again condemned infighting among traditional leaders, saying they should emulate the unity of the Ondonga Traditional Authority for them to be useful.