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The Central Procurement Board of Namibia (CPBN) has taken decisive action to address the ombudsman’s report, which questioned its recruitment of 14 new staff, finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi said in parliament last week. The new British High Commissioner to Namibia, Charles Moore has commended the country’s meat processing company, Meatco, on its resilience and expressed hopes to further bolster ties with the corporation. Government has surpassed a target during the 2019/2020 financial year, which compelled it to purchase at least 39.7 million hectares of farmland for resettlement purposes. A strike appears imminent at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation after the labour commissioner last week issued a certificate of non-resolution to the ongoing dispute pitting a union representing NBC workers and the national broadcaster’s management. Namibians from all occupations at the weekend bade farewell to veteran broadcaster and historian Alexander Jarimbovandu Kaputu who was laid to rest on Saturday near Ovitoto in the Otjozondjupa region. It is not yet known whether there are any Namibians dead or injured in the deadly insurgent attack on Palma in Mozambique. The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has started the process of identifying replacements for the current commissioners whose term lapses towards the end of this year. Namibiab ǂhanub ge sī!nâheǁkhāse ge ǀaweǁguihe 2019/20ǁî marikurib !aroma, ǁama nîse 39.7 miljun hektarga ǂgari!hūdi !aroma nî sîsenūhese ge !nāǂam. !Hūde ǀgoraǂgāsa ǁkhawa kō!gâs !ereamsa tani hâ !âb, ministeris !hūdi dis !nâs ge ǀgam !nāra ǀaweǁguisa hektargu xa a !nāsase ǀhûǁarebese ǂgari-ais !hū!âde ge ǁama. Fisheries minister Albert Kawana has warned government will deal harshly with new entrants in the fishing sector who use names of vulnerable citizens and charity organisations to gain access to fishing rights without such entities benefiting. Despite the formation of a livestock task force, arrests of suspected cattle thieves and rotation of police officers, illegal cattle theft in the Epukiro constituency continues unabated. Simpe kapi yina divikwa asi koveli vaNamibia kavadogorokere ndi kurema kosihorokwa esi sina kudipaga unene vantu momukunda gwaPalma moMozambique. Social welfare minister Doreen Sioka says the double payment of social grants during November last year was to ensure that beneficiaries are not disadvantaged by the general slowing down of activities during the festive season. National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) parliamentarian Utjiua Muinjangue has expressed concern over the country’s ballooning debt, saying borrowed funds are for consumption and debt servicing – and not for productive means. Republican Party parliamentarian Herlinde Tjiveze has proposed life sentences for rape offenders guilty of sexual assaults on young girls. RDP parliamentarian Mike Kavekotora has warned that the country could suffer a flood of bankruptcies if government does not stop its borrowing habits. Landless People’s Movement parliamentarian Henny Seibeb has decried the allocation of N$1.2 billion to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, describing the allocation as a “joke”. Genocide reparation negotiations between the German and Namibian governments should be placed on hold and a new process started afresh with the goal of reparations, not projects, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani has said. State-owned meat processer and marketer Meatco yesterday announced it was embarking on a restructuring process that will see employees aged 55 and above affected. A local commentator has called for the reopening of an investigation into the controversial Chinese state-owned arms dealer, Poly Technologies, in the wake of the resignation of defence minister Peter Vilho from Cabinet this week. Executive director in the ministry of information Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana has called on local and international businesses to contribute towards the hosting of the World Press Freedom Day. Close to 200 local and international delegates will participate in the event slated from 1-3 May in Windhoek.