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Rally for Democracy and Progress leader Mike Kavekotora believes remedial measures are required to address high levels of inequality prevalent in the Namibian society before the situation reaches boiling point. New Popular Democratic Movement parliamentarian Maximalliant Katjimune says government should prioritise employment creation, particularly for the country’s young people. Various commentators have lauded parliamentarians in the National Assembly for passing the long-awaited Access to Information Bill. Institute for Public Policy Research director Graham Hopwood yesterday said the passing of the Bill was a “step forward in the country’s democracy”. A political commentator says the current electoral system makes it difficult to hold parliamentarians accountable, suggesting there is a need to consider limiting their term in office to two and a half or three years, instead of the current five. There appears to be hope on the horizon for the northern communal areas, currently cut off from the rest of the country and some lucrative markets for their livestock, if assurances by Meatco are anything to go by. Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters’ national coordinator Kalimbo Iipumbu yesterday said his party is pondering the next course of action when South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa touches down in Windhoek in the coming weeks. Kubonahala kuba nisepo kwabalimi babafumaneha mutulo wanaha, ili kanako yacwale bakauhezwi kwanaha kaufela hala litekiso zanama, haiba manzwi akampani yaMeatco inge atalelezwa. !Kharagagu mîǂgā-aon ge !haosi ǂnûs ǁanina koasa ge mā, !Haosi ǂNûs !nân ge nē kaise !onkhao hâse ra !gawaǀîhe ǂAnsa ǀGoragus ǂHanumā!âsa a !khō!gâsa. Direkteri, ǂHaitsi Xoaǁguigu Ôa!nâs ǂNûiǂgās dib, Graham Hopwoodi ge ǂoa ge wekheb Wunstaxs ai ge mî, nē ǂHanumā!âs di !khō!gâs !gâi xū-i ase !hūb di demokrasis !aroma īsa, ǁîs hîa ǂansa !hūǁîna hā-ūbas, mîǂgāba !hūb !nâ ra ī xūn !nâ ūhâsa mâbasa. The Affirmative Repositioning has confirmed it will drag the labour ministry to court over the pending registration of the movement’s workers’ union. President Hage Geingob yesterday extended condolences to the family and the entire Nama community following the passing of chief Simon Petrus Kooper of the Kai-// Khaun tribe at Hoachanas. Land reform minister Calle Schlettwein has moved to debunk assertions that foreigners under the draft Land Bill will be allowed to lease communal land for 99 years, saying no foreigner, nor Namibian, can own land under a freehold title on communal land. Members of parliament (MPs) have urged the home affairs ministry to grant citizenship to Angolan immigrants who arrived in Namibia in 1976, just after their nation got independence. Parliamentary delegates to the Pan-African Parliament, led by deputy speaker Loide Kasingo, have congratulated Zimbabwean senator and president of the Zimbabwe Council of Chiefs, Fortune Charumbira, on his election as PAP president. The family of late Ovaherero paramount chief Vekuii Rukoro has warned acting traditional authority leader Vipuira Kapuuo and 16 others against coming anywhere close to arrangements concerning the unveiling of the departed chief’s tombstone. President Hage Geingob has reiterated that the current wave of African leaders believe in democratic processes, systems and institutions, and are not big men who impose their will on the people. ReconAfrica’s controversial oil exploration activities in the Kavango regions have been officially endorsed by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources, which is chaired by former Cabinet minister Tjekero Tweya. The ministry of home affairs is attempting to recuperate N$2.3 million in duplicate payments to suppliers who rendered services to the government. International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has encouraged heads of diplomatic missions assigned to Namibia to explore the country, saying it is a vast country with cities, towns and villages that are all unique in their own special way. New Popular Democratic Movement parliamentarian Charmaine Tjirare has accused national leaders of having lost moral compass in a hard-hitting maiden speech. President Hage Geingob has eulogised late Angolan stateman Jose Eduardo dos Santos as an “outstanding revolutionary” who dedicated his life to the pursuit of freedom, justice and equality.