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The Gobabis municipality, struggling to provide basic services to residents, is paying six suspended senior managers millions while they sit idle at home, waiting to be charged for over a year. Opposition parties in parliament have expressed solidarity with more than 43 000 “forgotten” civil servants, who last week overwhelmingly voted for a nationwide strike. President Hage Geingob, who this week decided to cancel State visits to Jamaica and Cuba to attend to the potential nationwide civil service strike, has warned against intimidating non-striking workers. The Landless People’s Movement has been rocked by a spate of resignations, with the latest being that of local authority councillor for Mariental Frensis Gawases, who tendered her resignation with immediate effect late last week. Civil servants have been told to “wake up and smell the coffee” after government and unions representing workers reached a wage agreement, which the Public Service Union of Namibia (PSUN) described as “shocking”. Deputy minister for marginalised communities Royal /Ui/o//oo has lamented the exclusion of marginalised groups’ mother tongues from school curricula. Swapo in Omaheke has endorsed Aminuis treasurer Obeth Kandjoze, who also serves as the director general of the National Planning Commission, as one of its delegates to the watershed ruling party congress slated for November. While grappling with pain and grief for losing his wife, speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi yesterday narrated the last moments of his wife Jane. New executive director in the information ministry Audrin Mathe said the majority of government work goes unreported because of a lack of a coordinated information system, but efforts are being made to address such shortcomings. President Hage Geingob on Monday congratulated India on 75 years of independence and said the strong bonds of friendship and warmth that existed between the two countries before independence continued to prevail after Namibia’s independence. Despite President Hage Geingob’s directives for relevant ministries to put shoulders to the wheel and start implementing laws prohibiting illegal fencing in various communal areas, the prohibitive practice persists to the detriment of farmers in communal areas. Caprivi Concerned Group (CCG) has dragged Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi and his defence chief Placid Segokgo to the International Criminal Court over the killing of four fishermen in 2020, by Botswana Defence Force (BDF) members on suspicion that they were poachers. Namibia yesterday accepted the position of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security after it emerged that the country might decline based on financial reasons. Traditional leaders in the Zambezi, Otjozondjupa, and the Kavango East regions are unhappy about the monthly stipend they receive from government. Executive director in the information ministry Audrin Mathe has clashed with Hardap Regional Council (HRC) chairperson Gerson Dausab after he questioned the council’s decision to restrain public servants from serving on committees tasked with coordinating Heroes' Day commemoration set for the region on Friday. Katengo kaCaprivi Concerned Group (CCG) kasotelize mubusi wanaha Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi ni yomuhulu wasisole sahae kwakhuta yetalima zabubangoki bwalifasi (ICC), hala mafu amandui babane mwasilimo sa 2020, mwamazoho amasole banaha Botswana (BDF) kamaikuto akuli neli nebazuma isi kamulao. Baeteleli basizo mwa likiliti za Zambezi, Otjozondjupa ni Kavanga ya Upa babilaezwa kilitifo zebafumana kwamubuso. Kanako yacwale base bakupa muuso kutalima taba yakuekeza litifo zebafiwa. !Hao!nāsi ǂgaeǂgui-aon hîa Zambezib, Otjozondjupab tsî Kavangob Aiǂoas Åkharib hân din ge a ǂkhîo!nâ ǁkhâkoroben ǂhanuba xu ra !khō!oa maridi Åkha. Government yesterday insisted Heroes’ Day commemoration, billed for Mariental in the Hardap region this weekend, has nothing to do with politicking. Despite government promising to end the use of bucket toilets in Namibia by the end of 2017, households in the Kunene, Hardap and //Kharas regions still use the bucket toilet system – five years past the initial deadline.