Author: Kuzeeko Tjitemisa
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Landless People’s Movement leaders Bernadus Swartbooi and Henny Seibeb are challenging a High Court decision that dismissed a case in which they were suing the speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi for kicking them out of the chamber. Swapo member of parliament (MP) in the National Council, Rocco Nguvauva has urged the urban and rural development ministry to embark on a process of proclaiming settlements such as Epukiro Pos 3, Eiseb 10 and Talismanus in the Omaheke region as villages. Former deputy ombudsman Ephraim Kasuto yesterday said the Office of the Ombudsman should be an autonomous body. Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani has once again implored the authorities to release 65-year-old Caprivi treason convict Geoffrey Mwilima on medical grounds. International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah this week said the decision by the Namibian delegation to abstain from the vote on the United Nations (UN) draft resolution on Monday, was not because it is indifferent to crimes against humanity, including genocide. Omaheke has recorded 20 Covid-19 related deaths from January to May this year. President Hage Geingob has refused to entertain requests to intervene in the ongoing Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) strike which has now entered its fourthweek, saying Namibia is a country that adheres to the rule of law and champions effective governance through adherence to processes, systems and institutions. The struggling national broadcaster, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) employees’ strike continues with the majority of employees still on strike, while a sizeable number returned to work late last week, restoring some radio services. Mueteleli wakopano ya PDM McHenry Venaani ukupile hape bamulao kulukulula muuna walilimo zemashumi asilezi kazeketalizoho Geoffrey Mwilima, yana lengilwe mwatolongo kamulatu wabukwenu kamabaka amakulano. President Hage Geingob has marked Africa Day by paying tribute to the revolutionary sons and daughters of Africa, who ignited the spirit of Pan-Africanism and spearheaded the fight for economic and political integration. Ovaherero paramount chief, Vekuii Rukoro has used some blunt language in encouraging his community to take the Covid-19 pandemic seriously, warning that if not taken seriously, the pandemic could bring upon a second genocide upon the community. Omahekeb ge 20 ǁōgu, Covid-19 ǁōs ǀkha !gaeǁaresa ūhâga nē kurib di !Khanna xu !Khaitsâb dis kōse !nuri hâ. Some government-recognised traditional leaders, who also participated in reparations negotiations, have refused to endorse the agreement reached between Namibian and German authorities, making it difficult for government to forge ahead with the deal. “For some people who wish to see my name linked to Fishrot, I have to disappoint you that even if you pray hard enough, your hopes are going to be dashed,” Geingob said. A strike at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) that started some four weeks ago ended yesterday following an agreement between the corporation and union leaders. Newly appointed defence minister Frans Kapofi has dismissed talks that he is among those in the governing party considered as President Hage Geingob’s successor, saying he does not have any ambitions for Swapo’s top leadership position. New Era journalist Kuzeeko Tjitemisa (KT) this week sat with the new defence minister Frans Kapofi (FK) to talk about his new role, political journey, and his ambitions to the country’s biggest office. Newly appointed defence minister Frans Kapofi has advised media practitioners to avoid concentrating on “juicy stories” that sell their papers as such stories always create tension among people. International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah yesterday appealed for “patience” amidst growing criticism over government’s handling of genocide reparations talks. Swanu president Tangeni Iijambo has hit back at criticism from party members after a vote of no confidence was moved against him by the politburo and central committee (CC) as party members seek his immediate resignation and that of the entire leadership.