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Former opposition leader Katuutire Kaura, who succumbed to Covid-19 related complications on Sunday at the age of 81, will be buried at Ongombombonde in the Okakarara area next week Saturday. The Nama and Ovaherero representatives yesterday petitioned Germany’s new foreign minister Annalena Baerbock, calling her to restart what they termed as “failed German-Namibia intergovernmental negotiations on the genocide of their ancestors”. “It appears TI has its peculiar way of ranking countries, particularly sub-Saharan countries. Their perception on corruption does not solely focus on factual corruption data and how corruption is being dealt with by respective countries. Their focus seems to be largely on economic, human rights and other basic rights,” Otjozondjupa governor James Uerikua says the regional leadership is working on secretive strategies to tackle the rampant stock theft, which has seen farmers losing livestock valued at over N$600 000 during the first 19 days of January this year. The minister responsible for agriculture, water and land reform Calle Schlettwein has cautioned staff against “cheap favours”, which often lead to corruption. Residents of Rehoboth have questioned the signing of a US$6.5 million letter of guarantee, by the town’s deputy mayor for a private company. The Landless People’s Movement has proposed N$5 billion per year to be injected by government into the agricultural sector as part of the plan to create jobs and rebuild the country’s economy post-Covid-19 pandemic. The land question, Neckartal Dam, genocide and challenges faced by local authorities were some of the issues on the agenda during talks between President Hage Geingob and a high-level delegation from the Landless People’s Movement led by its leader Bernadus Swartbooi yesterday. The Landless People’s Movement has called on President Hage Geingob to halt the country’s resettlement programme, describing it as skewed and in favour of the well-connected. An expert who has worked on social protection programmes in over 40 countries says Namibia can afford the basic income grant. The dispute between the warring factions of the Ovaherero Traditional Authority over the paramount chieftainship may end soon, with the National Unity Democratic Organisation leadership set to intervene. An alarming number of rape cases has forced the justice ministry to amend the country’s combating of rape law, which would see perpetrators receive stiffer sentences. Information minister Peya Mushelenga on Tuesday addressed the second annual Africa Digital Finance Summit currently underway in Nairobi, Kenya. Opposition politicians and political analysts yesterday criticised finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi’s budget speech, claiming the budget is not pro-youth and that young people were invoked by Shiimi as rhetorical agents to expedite appeals in the political theatre. The recent Opuwo Rural and Katima Mulilo Urban constituency by-elections cost the Electoral Commission of Namibia a whopping N$2.5 million. The Institute for Public Policy Research has called on lawmakers to ensure the draft Cybercrime Bill ensures that the protection it aims to provide is balanced, reasonable, and achieved through constitutional means while upholding the principles of the rule of law. National Unity Democratic Organisation member of parliament Utjiua Muinjangue has called on fellow legislators to consider introducing enforceable gender quotas to boost female representation in parliament. International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah hopes the recent discovery of oil off the Namibian coast will not bring instability but shared prosperity to all citizens. Visiting United States of America deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Akunna Cook, says companies are eager to collaborate with the government and private sector to achieve its goal of making economic diplomacy a cornerstone of the US-Namibia-Africa relations. The Emir of the state of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has hailed Namibia’s governance architecture, saying the country is among the best on the continent and that they are confident their investment will be in good hands.