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*marriage application, objection, publication on cards *deals same-sex marriages a blow Prisons the world over are notorious for their endemic sexual abuse. Despite this, prisoner rape is not well-understood and does not receive the serious attention it warrants. As the 2024 elections draw closer, the Swapo-led government finds itself stuck between a rock and hard place, to either submit to veterans’ demands or risk suffering at the polls. The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that between July and September this year, approximately 579 000 people in Namibia are estimated to be facing high levels of acute food insecurity and requiring urgent humanitarian assistance. The suspension of the Engineering Council of Namibia’s registrar has unveiled a raft of allegations of impropriety about the embattled official, as well as how the institution is managed. Employees of Parishi Diamond, an Indian-owned diamond polishing company, are accusing the company of various grievances, including exploitation, unfair treatment, ritual practices and low wages. While youth wings have long been seen as incubators for future party leadership, commentators have cast doubt on their effectiveness, accusing them of being dormant and not effectively representing the interests of young people. The fear of losing divergent views and freedom of expression have surfaced, following the conglomeration of Future Media and TribeFire Studios, which will bring together six of Namibia’s media brands under one roof. Deodat Dirkse, the secretary general of the Nama Traditional Leaders Organisation (NTLA), has accused the Namibian government of not being alive to Germany’s attempts to recolonise Namibia through a green hydrogen deal. Despite various attempts by the anti-redline activist’s lawyers for the public to get involved and contribute to the legal battle to remove the embattled veterinary cordon fence, only N$2 200 has been collected so far from the public. Swapo legislator Jerry Ekandjo’s private member’s bill, which deals with changes to the Marriage Act, including the prohibition of same-sex marriages and any acknowledgment of such unions in Namibia, has sailed in both chambers of Parliament. After almost two years of relentless efforts to recoup their monies, a group of distressed ex-fishermen marched to prominent lawyer Norman Tjombe’s office Tuesday, demanding answers. Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani has once again voiced his concerns regarding government’s response to the housing crisis, stating that it has been inadequate. Mueteleli wakopano ya Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani ufitisize pilaelo yahae kuamana ni kalabelo yamubuso kwabutata bwamandu, mi uli muuso hakuna ze ueza. Popular Democratic Movement leader, McHenry Venaani expressed disappointment after his proposed private member’s bill on free sanitary pads was opposed in parliament. While significant progress has been made in green hydrogen production in Namibia, including the US$10 billion Hyphen Hydrogen Energy’s agreement with the government, scholars and members of civil societies have voiced concerns over the “green hydrogen frenzy”. In an era where climate change poses a global challenge, Namibia is emerging as a champion in fighting the discourse, offering innovative solutions in the realm of decarbonisation through green hydrogen. Some local authority councillors in the Omuthiya Town Council are alleging “political intimidation” among council members, which is purportedly used to sway decision-making in the town. Spokesperson in the Presidency Alfredo Hengari has warned the civil society to resist the temptation of becoming unelected politicians. The stench of the biggest corruption scandal in the country, dubbed Fishrot, continues to linger as more people and more companies have become entangled in it.