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Cops slapped with murder charge

Cops slapped with murder charge

Martin Endjala Three police officers were arrested this week on a charge of murder, following the death of 59-year-old Negumbo Embashu, a former Police Officer who was reportedly shot by the cops-turned-suspects,Moses Titus (38), Abisayi Julius (67) and Sam Iikela (39). Oshana Acting Regional Commander Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa in an interview with the Windhoek Observer confirmed that the suspects appeared in court on charges of murder and their case has been postponed to 17 May 2023. Kashuupula stated that the three police officers were responding to a call where the deceased was said to be causing a disturbance. Embashu…
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Plans to revive Ondangwa Trade Fair in full swing

Plans to revive Ondangwa Trade Fair in full swing

Stefanus Nashama The Ondangwa Annual Trade Fair is set to resume this year, two years after it was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This confirmation was made by Ondangwa Mayor Paavo Amwele, who added that the fair is slated for May, marking its 10th year anniversary. Amwele said that the Trade Fair’s main objective is to raise funds in order to boost enterprises, empower business people and communities to network, market and promote their products and services and to ensure that they target business sustainability. He has since expressed disappointment and empathy towards SMEs for the financial losses they made…
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Opposition blasts Swapo MPs for ‘absenteeism’ in parliament

Opposition blasts Swapo MPs for ‘absenteeism’ in parliament

Martin Endjala The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) deputy leader Henny Seibeb has called out Swapo Members of parliament, alleging that they rarely attend sessions, leading to a lack of finalization of motions. Seibeb an interview with this publication alleged that instead, the MPs choose attend to their personal ambitions at the expense of the nation, while they were needed to be in the chamber finalizing tabled bills and motions. Seibeb made the remarks following President Hage Geingob’s speech during the official opening of the 7th session of the 7th Parliament yesterday, where he said that the non-finalization of the High…
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Critical time for home owners as repo rate hikes

Critical time for home owners as repo rate hikes

Martin Endjala The Bank of Namibia (BoN) today announced an increase of the repo rate to seven percent by 25 basis points. The repo rate increased from 6.7 percent. BoN Governor Johannes !Gawaxab stated that the decision to increase the repo rate is mainly to continue anchoring inflation expectations and safeguarding the peg arrangement, as well as the comprehensive review of global, regional and domestic economic developments. The Governor also said that the notion by a number of members of public that the Central Bank increasesthe repo rate willy-nilly is “very” wrong, as the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) makes decisions…
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Opposition blasts Swapo MPs

Opposition blasts Swapo MPs

Martin Endjala The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) deputy leader Henny Seibeb has called out Swapo Members of parliament, alleging that they rarely attend sessions, leading to a lack of finalization of motions. Seibeb an interview with this publication alleged that instead, the MPs choose attend to their personal ambitions at the expense of the nation, while they were needed to be in the chamber finalizing tabled bills and motions. Seibeb made the remarks following President Hage Geingob’s speech during the official opening of the 7th session of the 7th Parliament yesterday, where he said that the non-finalization of the High…
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Fishrot suspects finally get trial dates

Fishrot suspects finally get trial dates

Hertta-Maria Amutenja The suspects in Namibia’s biggest fishing corruption scandal, notoriously known as Fishrot, will finally go to trial in October 2023, three years after their arrest in 2019. The announcement was made today at a pre-trial conference in the Windhoek high court. Judge Kobus Miller is presiding. The suspects are former Justice Minister Sakeus Shanghala, former Investec Asset Management Managing Director James Hatuikulipi, employee Ricardo Gustavo, former Fisheries Minister Bernard Esau, his son-in-law and James’s cousin Tamson Hatuikulipi, their cousin Pius Mwatelula, former Fishcor Chief Executive Officer Mike Nghipunya, a former Deputy Director in the Otjozondjupa regional Council Otniel…
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“There is a plot for me to be killed” – Amushelelo

“There is a plot for me to be killed” – Amushelelo

Stefanus Nashama Local activist Michael Amushelelo says he no longer feels safe after receiving death threats.Amushelelo said this is after he posted various allegations against police Inspector General Joseph Shikongo. “My fellow Namibians, due to the death threats I have received, I have decided not to be foolish nor naïve. My enemies are real and they are powerful. I am limiting my movement especially at large crowds because that’s when I am literally an easy target,” these were the words that Amushelelo posted on his Facebook page. The activist said the threats started since he outspokenly made remarks regarding an…
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CoW workers demand improved conditions

CoW workers demand improved conditions

Martin Endjala The City of Windhoek’s temporary workers have downed tools, demanding for permanent employment saying that they are tired of working on temporary contracts for over 30 years without benefits and better salaries. Their monthly salaries are reportedly N$3 300. The workers are claiming that their employer has been treating them unfairly as they continue to extend their contracts after every six months when their contracts expire. Their protest began yesterday. Today, they told the media that that they can no longer allow this to go on, as they too, deserve to live decent lives and this can only…
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MEFT Employee Nabbed for Poaching

MEFT Employee Nabbed for Poaching

Hertta-Maria Amutenja The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism has identified its employee Otto Jan Uirab as the suspect in the poaching incident that occurred last week. He is charged alongside Nedbank employee, Harold Xarageb, and two other suspects Gaeb Franklin and Veldskoendraer Neely. The suspects were arrested on suspicion of illegally hunting a blue wildebeest in the Dan Viljoen Park near Windhoek last week. They have since appeared in the Katutura Magistrate’s court.A case has been opened with the Otjomuise Police station and the suspects were remanded in custody until the May 2023. The suspects were arrested at the…
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President calls on MPs to uphold their promises

President calls on MPs to uphold their promises

Martin Endjala President Hage Geingob has called on parliamentarians to uphold the promise to deliver a better life for all Namibians by working together in unison. Geingob made the call at the official opening of the 7th session of the 7th Parliament for the year 2023 today in Windhoek. At the same time, he highlighted that several bills will be attended to during the course of the year. He noted that some of the bills listed for tabling during this year are such as the High Court Amendment Bill, Magistrates Court Amendment Bill, Divorce Bill, Child Justice Bill, Ombudsman Bill…
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