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Opposition parties in the National Assembly have threatened court action against Swapo over the composition of parliamentary committees after parliamentarians failed to agree on the nomination of members. Nombunga politika dakara asi mpombongarero zanavenye kuna lipakerere omu dina kutjilisa mbunga zaSWAPO asi tavazi kompanguro morwa mavango nye aga gakara gonokomitiyee omu mbunga zaSWAPO vana hara kugusa mavango nagenye vakare vanasipundi novanasipundi gona morwa ngesi awo kuna kuoma asi kapi yina wapa omu vana litumbura velike. The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) yesterday unveiled its Covid-19 draft mitigation strategy, which outlines specific plans that would be implemented to lessen the impact of the global coronavirus crisis ahead of this year’s regional council and local authority elections. Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) acting CEO Dr David Uirab says there is absolutely no reason to test everyone for Covid-19 to be able to manage the pandemic. For the past three months nearly 400 local companies have given notice of their intention to retrench a total of 5 748 workers, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt economies across the world. The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) last Thursday apportioned blame on Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi on how he handled the issue of the founding president, Sam Nujoma, who was called a ‘thug and liar’ in parliament. National Unity Democratic Organisation’s (Nudo) party has banned its veteran leader Vetaruhe Kandorozu from actively participating or contesting for any leadership positions within the party for two years, after he was found guilty of having de-campaigned his party during last year’s elections. President Hage Geingob has reminded governors that their duty in the regions is to defend government programmes but not to act as “petitioners” who are there to complain about what the central government has done or not done. Political analyst Hoze Riruako believes the newly established Independent Patriot for Change (IPC) if approved by the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) will erode the support base of established parties in the country. The country’s official opposition, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani exhorted the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) members to nominate competent and selfless energetic leaders to represent the party in the upcoming regional and local authority elections. President Hage Geingob yesterday expressed condolences to his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa following the passing of Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South African anti-apartheid icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Tributes have poured in for struggle stalwart Jason Angula, who died this week and was known for his political and social activism. Mbunga mpatanesi zopaveta Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) mpitisili gwazo katente asi vahepa kukatura vakandiindate vana kara nononkondo mokurugana posiruwo esi kavakere nmeponmgo lyawo lyombunga zaweo zontjima ntjima omu kavatanterere asi vahepa kukahorowora vantu ava navakavakarerapo moukansela wondango zonodoropa ntani wonomukunda momahoroworo ogo gana kuwiza. The City of Windhoek says residents will massively benefit from the smart city concept once fully operationalised, including access to a faster and cheaper internet service. Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) president Mike Kavekotora yesterday said the party was troubled by the alleged bribery scandal implicating his two senior party leaders. President Hage Geingob has strongly implored Swapo parliamentarians to stick to addressing issues in the National Assembly instead of resorting to personality clashes. The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) feels to curb disinformation and fake news on poll results on social media, the commission has taken a conscious decision to create and appoint a new corporate communication manager to develop a communication strategy and coordinate its response to the negative impact of fake news and misinformation. “Nowadays, it is the topical frontpage news of our daily newspapers and the weekly tabloids. There is no day or week that passes by without corruption cases being reported on. It is now the biblical “daily bread” of our nation, The country’s dairy producer across the country last week Wednesday met in Windhoek to discuss strategies for surviving the current economic situation as well as possible ways to save the industry. Newly-appointed Meatco’s board chairperson, Johnnie Hamman, has promised to make the country’s premier meat processing and marketing entity, great again by improving the relationship between the cooperation and its producers.