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Landless People’s Movement leader Bernadus Swartbooi has blasted the national budget deliberations underway in the National Assembly, labelling the debate as a mere shadow of what an actual budget engagement should be. President Hage Geingob has advised acting Ovaherero paramount chief Vipuira Kapuuo to ensure that customary laws are duly observed in the designation of the next Ovaherero traditional authority leader. Leader of the official opposition McHenry Venaani has said upon closer inspection, the budget and its theme are merely smoke and mirrors as very little is allocated to activities and institutions that would truly benefit the youth bulge of the country’s population. Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) member of parliament (MP) Mike Kavekotora has said he was really disappointed when going through finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi’s budget statement that nothing new or inspiring was contained in the budget, apart from the theme. Minister of Information and Communication Technology Peya Mushelenga, has called for the development of a framework for cooperation between investigators and prosecutors to overcome challenges associated with criminal investigations and ensure an expedited criminal justice process. One must appreciate without any bias that benefits for the youth in this year’s budget are not glued to the allocations on the youth ministry budget vote, but it is cut across several ministries, deputy minister of works Veikko Nekundi said last week. The third eldest son of the late Ovambanderu Chief Munjuku II Nguvauva, Tjozohongo Eben Nguvauva, has been chosen to succeed his half-brother, the late Kilus Munjuku III Nguvauva, who succumbed to Covid-19 late last year. President Hage Geingob will this afternoon deliver his annual State of the Nation Address amid escalating prices of consumer goods, rampant unemployment and a struggling economy. President Hage Geingob yesterday assured the nation that his administration has made considerable progress in job creation, decreasing poverty, addressing the housing crisis and strengthening infrastructural development. President Hage Geingob’s state of the nation address (SONA) has drawn praise from commentators and opposition leaders who hailed the government’s efforts in strengthening the social safety net. Geingob announced an increase in disability grants from a monthly N$250 to N$1 300. In commemoration of World Health Day yesterday, President Hage Geingob paid glowing tribute to the country’s frontline workers, particularly healthcare workers and men and women in uniform, who have made tremendous sacrifices in ensuring they save citizens’ lives. O mu zandona o u tjatatu mo u nene mo va zandona vo Mbara o mu yaruke Munjuku 11 Nguvauva, Tjozohongo Eben Nguvauva, wo zo mbura o 53, wa urikwa oku pingena erumbi re, omuyaruke Kilus Munjuku III Nguvauva otjo mbara yOvambanderu. President Hage Geingob has thanked opposition parliamentarians for their input and orderly behaviour during last week’s state of the nation address. Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani has questioned President Hage Geingob’s state of the nation address last week, saying it was riddled with inconsistencies between noble-sounding promises and the reality on the ground. Political parties are seemingly embarking on early campaigns by aggressively coming out of their cocoons to snap up potential members as the political landscape heats up ahead of the 2024 general elections. Acting public enterprises minister Iipumbu Shiimi has debunked rumours of TransNamib’s liquidation, maintaining the state-owned railway firm is a crucial entity in the country’s logistics hub and will not be liquidated. The Anti-Corruption Commission has entered the fray in the parliament corruption scandal that broke over the Easter weekend. Defence minister Frans Kapofi has said his ministry’s N$5.8 billion budget allocation allows for flexibility in the development of the country’s defence force. Government has warned non-exclusive bargaining agents against flooding workplaces, saying that doing so is illegal and could result in legal consequences if one side chose to do so. Works minister John Mutorwa says his ministry is facing a N$57 million budget shortfall to pay for office accommodation to ensure government institutions have facilities to operate from.