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President not endorsing Shifeta

President not endorsing Shifeta

Tujoromajo Kasuto The Presidency today has again come out strongly against a local publication for publishing what it described as false claims about President Hage Geingob having endorsed Pohamba Shifeta as his favourite for the Swapo Vice President Position. The president had been accused by various publications of endorsing or favouring one candidate over the other for the three top Swapo position, namely Vice President, Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General. However, the president has time and again said that he will not endorse anyone and that he will allow democracy to take its course. Despite, his denials the…
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ACC absolves ex-IPC councillor of corruption

ACC absolves ex-IPC councillor of corruption

Obrein Simasiku The Anti-Corruption Commission had absolved the former City of Windhoek councillor Desiree David of any corruption related accusations while serving on the Local Authority. “Investigation could not yield evidence proving that Ms David abused her position or that her application was treated differently from that of other councillors, who had previously applied and allocated erfs [sic]” read the ACC statement issued today. “Therefore, there is no evidence that warrants submission of the docket to the Prosecutor-General for decision to prosecute, and therefore the case file is closed.” David a former member of Independence Patriots for Change was suspended…
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Parliament passes domestic violence amendment bill

Parliament passes domestic violence amendment bill

Martin Endjala The National Assembly has passed the Combating of Domestic Violence Amendment Bill Act No 4 of 2003 on Tuesday, in order to mitigate gender based violence particularly on women and children in the country. GBV cases have caused trauma in many families and continues to increase unabated. With the passing of this bill in the house, parliamentarians have once again demonstrated how urgent they are treating GBV in the country as an emergency. The bill will now be referred to the President for signing and for gazetting to become law. Speaking earlier this year on 22 February 2022,…
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Local slaughter of sheep may increase

Local slaughter of sheep may increase

Tujoromajo Kasuto The slaughtering of more sheep, instead of on the hoof export of these animals, is on the horizon as the Farmers Meat Market Mariental has conducted test slaughtering at the end of August. This could signal the start of slaughtering activities on the basis of promising sheep `numbers according to the Meat Board, it is reported in Simonis Storm Agri monthly report. The comes as Namibia’s local livestock slaughtering has remained predominantly mute over the first half of the year, despite it exceeding levels recorded for the same period in 2021 and decreased by 29.4 percent on average…
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Muharukua wants subsidies for Omahenene crop farmers

Muharukua wants subsidies for Omahenene crop farmers

Martin Endjala Popular Democratic Movement MP Vipuakuje Muharukua has called for 40 percent subsidy for communal crop farming to villages along the Omahenene water canal both in the Omusati and parts of Oshana regions to make them resilient against the harsh weather patterns the northern regions often face. The MP is of the view that these villages have the ability to become food self-sustainable if production subsidies are granted and will improve their livelihoods of people in the affected areas. The villages include Omahenene, Omakuwa, Omangolowani, Epalela, Omindamba, Ishanaputa, Okathakoushango, Olupako, Omuluukila, Outapi, Onambelela, Ombafi, Okeeke, Ongongo and Shitutuma, Oshipanda,…
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Kalahari Holdings makes impact on rural learners

Kalahari Holdings makes impact on rural learners

Martin Endjala The completion of two hostel blocks and a kitchen for hostel dwellers to the Oshamukweni Combined School 34km outside Okongo in the Ohangwena Region at the Shalumbu village has come at a time when enrolment numbers at the remote school is rising. This was said by the principal of the school Werner Nangolo at the handover of the hostel and ablution blocks last weekend. Kalahari Holdings build the hostel blocks and the ablution facility, while a US company, Footsteps for Africa provided the kitchen. The morale of the teachers and learners at the school are high following the…
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Omuthiya council fight reaches boiling point

Obrein Simasiku Long-running boardroom battles dating back to 2020 between the Mayor of Omuthiya and his deputy has resulted in the suspension of the latter. Mayor Johannes Ndeutepo of Swapo and Deputy Mayor Petrina Shiindi from the Independent Patriots for Change, had been at each other’s throats and Shiindi allegedly had been trying to remove the mayor. The fights were taken to and featured on various social media platforms. The fights came to a head on Friday, when Shiindi was served with a suspension letter, where she is stripped of all benefits as a deputy mayor and also asked to…
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Katutura hospital children’s ward refurbished

Katutura hospital children’s ward refurbished

Martin Endjala The dilapidated civil, structural and electrical components of the Katutura State Hospital children’s ward room in 8A was fully revamped and replaced to full functionality at the cost of N$470 000. The refurbishing investment comes through a sponsorship of Vivo Energy Namibia under its Project Play. Project Play was launched today at the handover of the rooms to the Ministry of Health and Social Service, and the company plans to run the project on an annual basis by extending it to other state hospitals in the regions that are in need of childhood development play rooms and as…
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Farm worker kills boss with axe handle

Farm worker kills boss with axe handle

Tujoromajo Kasuto A 26-year-old Namibian man was arrested after killing his employer, Christof Mberitjiua Mungunda,66, by allegedly striking him several times on the head with a wooden axe handle until he collapsedunconscious to the ground.The incident took place on Friday, September 16 around 22h00 at Mberitjiua Post, Otjombinde Constituency in the Omaheke region. According to Nampol’s weekend series crime report, ‘’the suspect then went to the deceased yard, took the car and loaded alcohol and food. It is further alleged that the suspect was informed by his girlfriend that the deceased was still moving and breathing heavily, that is when…
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Omaheke received budget of over $15 million

Omaheke received budget of over $15 million

Staff Writer The Omaheke Regional Council has received a budget allocation of N$15,939,400 for various capital development for the 2022/23 financial year. Senior Public Relations Officer Tauno Iileka said the construction of the Aminuis Constituency settlement offices and Corridor 13 offices are part of the projects to benefit from the budget. “The projects include the construction of Corridor 13 and Aminuis settlement offices at N$5 million and N$3 million respectively. Corridor 13 settlement office is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with possible savings to be re-allocated to other projects. The allocation for Aminuis settlement office…
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