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A legal aid lawyer, Eva-Maria Nangolo, is facing backlash over a comment she made on her personal Twitter account regarding the Damara people. Labour minister Utoni Nujoma, has called for urgent action to tackle the country’s persistent unemployment problem. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and Impact Tank Analysis Foundation yesterday inked a deal to collaborate on creating transformative, self-sustaining, digital programmes to accelerate employment in the digital and technology space. Nearly a year has passed since the eviction of tenants of the Endobo compound in Tsumeb during a protracted ongoing legal battle. While some parliamentarians have expressed support for the establishment of the genocide memorial museum, which was proposed by Josef Kauandenge earlier this year, they are urging caution in how the topic is discussed so as not to exacerbate divisions among Namibians. The trade and industrialisation ministry will continue rolling out support programmes and facilities, aimed at helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to establish and expand their businesses. Willem Amutenya has been making waves in the political scene in recent times, with many pundits considering him one of Namibia’s fastest rising politicians. New Era’s Aletta Shikololo sat down with the 35-year-old Amutenya to discuss his political journey, pertinent youth issues, and his vision for the future. Namibia’s National Petroleum Corporation has seemingly reversed its decision to appoint Lionel Matthews as acting managing director. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Social Development and Family Affairs has started its final round of public hearings in the Khomas region on the contentious issue of abortion. The hearings began recently and will continue until the end of the month. Swapo vice president, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, has called on party elders to take action to ensure the party’s survival by passing the torch to the youth. During Saturday’s opening of Swapo Party Elders Council (SPEC) central committee, Nandi-Ndaitwah emphasised that political parties born out of liberation struggles in southern Africa, including Swapo, are under attack. A small group of Namibians founded the South West Africa People’s Organisation (Swapo) on 19 April 1960 to fight for the independence of their country from colonial rule. Sixty-three years later, Swapo remains one of Africa’s most storied political parties, with a legacy of struggle and success that has inspired generations. The Namibian Defence Force is under scrutiny over alleged nepotism in the drafting of around 100 members to attend the Professional Qualified Officer Course currently underway at Rooikop base in Walvis Bay. The families of three people who tragically lost their lives in a motor vehicle accident with police chief Joseph Shikongo are speaking out against what they believe to be a failure by the authorities to provide them with the closure they need. Opposition leader McHenry Venaani has taken a dig at his opponent, Panduleni Itula, and at the same time called for cooperation, saying he must shift his focus away from trivial matters and concentrate on crucial issues to unite the opposition. Ashwell Forbes, a board member of the Namibia Planned Parenthood Association, expressed concern over the rising number of reported HIV/AIDS cases among people aged 10-19 years old, despite an overall decrease in the prevalence of the disease in the country. Ashwell Forbesi, Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (Appa) dib ge ǁîb ǂâiǂhansensa gere gowaǂui, ai!gû ra !gôagu di ǂharos 10-19 kurixa ǂkhamkhoen di HIV/AIDS ǂhīgudi !nâs ǂnamipe, nausa-i !hū!nāsise nē ǁōs !gôaga ǀoro rase ra !nurihe xawe. Prominent South African pastor John Anosike and Namibian-based apostle Jimmy Mwaba are at loggerheads over money raised during a three-day church crusade held in early April. Namibia’s entertainment industry is bubbling with excitement as Luis Munana and Pinehas Shikulo, better known as Zulu Boy, make history by launching their own luxury sparkling wine label, RaZul. In light of the worsening political and military situation in the eastern DRC, President Hage Geingob, the chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, said the region is ready to tackle the shifting dynamics in that country. Minister of Justice Yvonne Dausab has announced new proposed divorce legislation is in the final stages of drafting with hopes for tabling in the National Assembly by the end of the financial year. She said this in response to New Era’s enquiries on the status of the long-awaited Divorce Bill. Dausab tabled the motion to update the divorce law in parliament last year.