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Former youth and sport minister Kazenambo Kazenambo, who passed on Tuesday afternoon, wanted to be buried at Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa region, his cousin Ruben Tjamuaha told New Era yesterday. The battle for the soul of Namibia’s oldest political party Swanu has deepened, with a rival faction passing a vote of no confidence in the current leadership headed by president Tangeni Iijambo. Former Prime Minister Nahas Angula said the late Kazenambo Kazenambo should have been accorded a hero’s funeral. Kazenambo died last Tuesday in a Windhoek hospital. He had battled Covid-19 for weeks. President Hage Geingob has hailed Zambia’s democracy, saying the people gave the newly elected leadership a strong mandate to steer the country to greater heights. Geingob yesterday attended the swearing-in of Zambia’s newly elected president Hakainde Hichilema. President Hage Geingob yesterday honoured front line workers as “modern day heroes” and urged them to continue to work for the wellbeing of Namibians, the protection of the country’s communities and the advancement of the nation despite the challenges they face. Former minister of health Dr Richard Kamwi said in the late Kazenambo Kazenambo, the country’s politics have lost a “voice of reason and clarity”. As the country comes to terms with the devastation of veld fires that continue to decimate tens of thousands of acres of grazing land over the past few months, farmers across the country have now turned to prayer. An Independent Patriots for Change member and last year’s Windhoek local authority candidate late yesterday attempted to walk back a damning resignation letter in which she accused the relatively new political movement of no longer reflecting the values and beliefs it promised the Namibian people. Health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe has objected to an Amnesty International report, which alleges discrimination against the San. Swapo member of parliament Lucia Witbooi has said the genocide negotiations that started some six years back between the Namibian and German governments have produced notable and tangible outcomes. Rally for Democracy and Progress leader Mike Kavekotora says the genocide motion tabled by the late Nudo MP Kuaima Riruako in the National Assembly in 2006 was about restorative justice. President Hage Geingob yesterday said investors in the United States of America showed great interest in investing in Namibia, specifically in the country’s green hydrogen project. Namibia has for the first time been invited to the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting to be held in the Swiss ski resort of Davos in January next year. The Landless People’s Movement’s National Assembly chief whip Henny Seibeb says the N$18 billion offer from Germany is a cleverly crafted deal aimed at crooking the affected communities. The Zambezi Regional Council and Botswana’s Chobe district council have been urged to enter into a twinning agreement which will, among others, enhance cooperation between the two neighbouring countries, international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah told parliament last week. An investigation into allegations of corruption at August 26 Holding Company, a Namibian Defence Force (NDF) subsidiary, is still ongoing, according to minister Frans Kapofi. The minister was responding to questions posed by Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani in the National Assembly last week. Popular Democratic Movement parliamentarian Diederik Vries has accused the governing party of using Swapo members of parliament who are descendants of the Ovaherero/Nama to champion the acceptance of the genocide joint declaration. The country’s largest union federations, the National Union of Namibian Workers and the Trade Union Congress of Namibia yesterday said they were unfazed by the arrival of the Affirmative Repositioning movement’s yet-to-be-registered Revolutionary Union (RU). Labour experts have weighed in on the country’s labour unions, describing the current status of trade unions as weak and poorly organised. Herbert Jauch said the overall status of trade unions in the country is currently weak and concentrated. Popular Democratic Movement parliamentarian Kazeongere Tjeundo has called upon those supporting the N$18 billion genocide agreement to convince parliament as to why they think the deal is justifiable.