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President Hage Geingob has declared seven days of mourning for Zambia’s founding father Kenneth Kaunda who died last week at the age of 97. The seven days of mourning will end on Friday 25 June. Descendants of the 1904-1908 genocide in Namibia have vowed to remain united against Germany in their pursuit of reparations for the colonial-era crime as a way to honour the legacy of the late Ovaherero Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro. Under fire ReconAfrica, through its Namibian subsidiary, Reconnaissance Energy has pledged N$15 million in aid to government. Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) chairperson Vipuira Kapuuo yesterday cleared the air surrounding the Ovaherero chieftainship, saying he is now acting chief of the community until a substantive paramount chief is elected. Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said there would be no shortage of oxygen in state hospitals for at least the next three months as the problem has been dealt with successfully. Former Swapo secretary general and ex-Cabinet minister Ngarikutuke Tjiriange, who died suddenly on Wednesday evening, leaves behind an indelible footprint of service, President Hage Geingob has said. President Hage Geingob yesterday paid tribute to Namibia’s special envoy to the Nama-Ovaherero genocide reparations negotiations, Zed Ngavirue, describing him as a highly distinguished son of the country. Omaheke residents should stick to the rules aimed at containing the coronavirus more closely than ever, regional director of health Jeremia Shikulo said yesterday. Cabinet will soon meet to decide on what assistance to offer Mozambique following last week’s agreement by SADC to deploy forces to help quell a bloody jihadist insurgency wreaking havoc in the northern parts of that country over the past three years. The health ministry yesterday said it would give as many Namibians as possible the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while government awaits the arrival of ordered shots. Omahekeb ǁanǂgāsaben ge coronaxoxos khoraǂuisensa ǁkhaubas !aroma hâ ǁgaraga ǀnais ra dīs !gâ-ai noxopa ǀgaisase nî -ǁnâuǀnam, tib ge ǀkharisi ǂurusib direkteri, Jeremia Shikuloba ǁari go mî. Former health minister Dr Bernard Haufiku believes government should enhance public trust in the Covid-19 vaccination programme, including the ability to procure and distribute doses efficiently. The government plans to increase the isolation bed capacity to 2 024 to address the overflowing number of patients in hospitals amid the continuing surge in cases, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula said yesterday. Although housing provision remains a challenge, rural sanitation, road and electricity infrastructure are some of the “achievements” Khomas governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua listed in the past financial year during her state of the region address on Wednesday. The Ovambanderu community has lost an important pillar of strength and voice of wisdom, President Hage Geingob said yesterday, while reacting to the passing of the traditional authority’s chief Kilus Munyuku III Nguvauva. Minister of labour Utoni Nujoma has expressed deep sadness over the passing of prominent businessman and farmer Elliot Hiskia, who died last week Friday aged 74. He died in Windhoek due to Covid-19 complications. Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate for the Opuwo Rural constituency by-election Melchizedek Muharukua comfortably sailed to victory when hescooped more than a quarter of votes cast. President Hage Geingob has described the late former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda as a statesman par excellence. Namibia’s three-time Olympian and chairperson of the country’s Athletes Commission, Gaby Ahrens, says the withdrawal of sprinters Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi from the 400m list of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics by World Athletics should not be viewed as a racial attack on the personae of African athletes. Safety and security minister Albert Kawana last week said the government has deployed 3 000 police officers, 2 500 military personnel, 300 correctional officers and 131 vehicles to man the 10 partial lockdown zones.