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Oshikoto prioritises financial transparency ….internal audit committee coming

The Oshikoto Regional Council has set aside N$1 000 000 for the Rural Sanitation Project. The regional council revealed this during its Annual Plan and Review Workshop for the 2020/21 financial year that was held at Tsumeb from 25-29 April. For the 2020/21 financial year, the Oshikoto Regional Council procured materials for the construction of toilets at a cost of N$700 000 from which 40 VIP toilets were to be constructed. A number of Rural Development Projects were also implemented through initiatives such as micro-Eengodi, Okankolo and Olukonda were implemented in order to provide potable water to communities in these…
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NDF soldier threatens to kill family

Tujomajo Kasuto A member of the Namibian Defence Force Member (NDF) was arrested on Monday after he threatened to burn the house, kill his mother, children in his homestead and then take his own life at Elondo village in the Omusati region. According to Omusati Regional Crime Coordinator Moses Simao, the suspect, the 36-year-old Amulungu Petrus is an NDF member at Ruacana military base and the case docket has been forwarded to Gender Based Violence (G.B.V) in the Police to investigate it further. Meanwhile in a separate incident also on Monday at Onamulunga village in the Outapi Constituency Kristof Tulimefimbo…
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LPM ordered to reinstate, pay legal cost of councillors

LPM ordered to reinstate, pay legal cost of councillors

Staff Reporter The Landless People’s Movement has lost its case in the High Court against two of its Mariental local authority councilors on Friday, April 29. LPM wanted an earlier judgement to reinstate Daniel Gariseb and Rogetha Haack reversed. Gariseb and Haack were recalled from the council in February last year without any formal hearing for allegedly siding with Swapo councilors against their party decisions. The LPM in its application opposed the 24 September 2021 default judgement that declared the decision to recall the two as councilors as unconstitutional, unlawful and null and void. The September 24 judgement was granted…
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NEFF’s action a bold class conscious progressive step in support of workers

Only after the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) raised the illegal employment of some Chinese nationals boldly by entering the premises of Cheetah Cement were these nationals deported. It is any wonder if the NEFF had not taken the bold action they did, if this matter would have come to the attention of the authorities that be, let alone if it would eventually have culminated in the deportation of the said workers? Not only this but this company is supposed to be operating under Namibian laws has been violating the very laws of its host countries without impunity. This goes…
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Schlettwein must be serious

Schlettwein must be serious

The anticipation and expectations created by the 1991 and 2018 Land Conferences among the landless and land owners alike, cannot be over emphasised. The fears of the land barons, including those not living in the country, were and remain expropriation. The landless want to be resettled some to engage in farming and others simply to have a place to call home. When it comes to land and its distribution, there are competing priorities and interest. The government must balance these and ensure that land distribution takes place strictly within the confines of the law to ensure that peace and stability…
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Jonathan Sasha wants to change the world

Jonathan Sasha wants to change the world

Jordan Sinvula Meet Konatham Sasha. He is a writer, a director, a playwright, a journalist, a photographer, a comedian and an activist. He has staged a play called ‘Die Stoep’ at the National Theatre of Namibia and splits his time between being on stage and making us all laugh, and working with the Positive Vibes NGO to change societies and people's lives for the better. I recently caught up with him at a comedy show he performed in at Brewers Market and got to ask him a few things that might help us get to know him a little bit…
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Bank Windhoek turns 40 years

Bank Windhoek turns 40 years

Martin Endjala Leading financial institution Bank of Windhoek has been a pivotal cog in the financial sector and has been flying the Namibian flag both national and internationally with its footprints. Today marks the 40th birthday of this Namibian bank, which was launch in April 1982. As a wholly owned Namibian financial services provider, the bank is catering for the needs of Namibia and its people. Bank Windhoek plays a critical role in the economy. It employs about 1,561 Namibians with a branch footprint of 53 and 149 Automatic Teller Machines. The Bank also supports various communities in which it…
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Namibia’s international reserves healthy

Tujoromajo Kasuto Despite a drop in the Southern African Customs Union revenue by 22 percent in 2021 to N$16.6 billion from N$21.4 billion in 2020, as well as the redemption of Namibia’s first Eurobond of N$7.2 billion, the foreign reserve position of the country increased by 38.5 percent over the course of 2021 to a level of N$43.9 billion at year end. The growth in foreign reserves during 2021 resulted mainly from the International Monetary Fund’s Rapid Financing Instrument loan amounting to N$3.9 billion, an inflow of N$1.5 billion from the African Development Bank also a loan, and the N$6.8…
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PDM throws Dienda under the bus for spousal consent remarks

PDM throws Dienda under the bus for spousal consent remarks

Tujoromajo Kasuto The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) has distanced itself from the parliamentary remarks made by its Deputy Chief Whip Elma Dienda on the 27th of April, that there was no such thing as ‘’spousal rape’’ while contributing to discussions on the Combating of Rape Amendment Bill in the National Assembly. According to the party, these are her personal opinions, not those of the PDM. McHenry Venaani, President of the PDM, emphasizes that his party ‘’accepts and appreciates rape to be understood as the unlawful insertion of the genitalia or any other object into another person without their consent, and…
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City owed over N$1 billion

City owed over N$1 billion

Staff Writer The City of Windhoek has revealed that residents, government ministries and businesses collectively owe the council N$1.2 billion. According to City spokesperson Harold Akwenye, the city has handed over defaulters to Redforce Debt Management for collection. “Residents, businesses and governments owe N$1.2 billion in total, of which N$460 million has been handed over to Redforce for debt collection,” confirm Akweenye. Earlier this year the government asked local authorities to charge those who can pay while it tries to find the funds to settle the debt for water supplied during the Covid-19 state of emergency from local authorities, who…
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