Daily Observer

PDM opposed Sindano’s appointment to ECN on procedural grounds

PDM opposed Sindano’s appointment to ECN on procedural grounds

Martin Endjala The Popular Democratic Movement has reiterated that its disapproval of one member of the Electoral Commission was not based on tribal considerations nor on the individual, but rather it questioned the manner in which interviews were conducted without MPs present. “As a party, we challenged the procedures and selections conducted in appointing the electoral commission position at a time where no one was allowed at the National Assembly building. And we are not against any individual or trying to be tribalistic for that matter, but we are questioning the shortlisting processes conducted without NA members say,” PDM MP…
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Ohangwena in dire need of ICU facilities

Ohangwena in dire need of ICU facilities

Obrein Simasiku The Ohangwena Region is in dire need of Intensive Care Units, as it struggles to provide standard health services to the satisfaction of its people. Currently, the region transfers most of its patients to the Oshakati State Hospital. This situation, according to Governor Walde Ndevashiya, is further exacerbated by a shortage of transport, combined with an aging fleet of ambulance. Ndevashiya said this during his State of the Region Address (SORA). Ndevashiya added that a lack of accommodation for medical specialists at Engela District Hospital, is also hampering effective health service delivery in the region. "The Region relies…
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Double digit growth in livestock exports<br>…but prices of beef and mutton drop in May

Double digit growth in livestock exports
…but prices of beef and mutton drop in May

Staff Writer Cattle slaughtered at local abattoirs increased by 3.4 percent year on year in May 2022, while sheep slaughtered increased by 12 percent, goats increased by 90.7 percent, and pig slaughtered increased by 12.8 percent According to a report by Simonis Storm economist Theo Klein in May 2022, live cattle exports increased by 35.9 percent year on year, sheep by 47.5, and goats by 9.8 percent and South Africa was the only country to which live cattle was exported to. ‘’During May 2022, South Africa will receive 99 percent of all live sheep and live goat exports. In terms…
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Utoni requests ILO aid in employment creation

Utoni requests ILO aid in employment creation

Staff Writer Namibia has requested the International Labour Organisation, ILO for assistance to create jobs. Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation, Utoni Nujoma made the call at the 110th ILO conference in Geneva. Nujoma says the assistance by ILO will help Namibia to make a tangible impact in employment creation which may bring hope to the youth. Namibia’s development has been severely constrained by structural unemployment. However, strategies for socio and economic development with some significant progress, including in the areas of education, social protection and infrastructural development have been implemented, but the area of employment creation continues…
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Power outage at hospital during surgeries

Power outage at hospital during surgeries

Staff writer Surgeries were performed with flashlights yesterday at the Katutura State Hospital as the referral health facility experienced powers shortages in some parts. Medical Superintendent, Doctor Nelago Amagulu confirmed the power blackout, saying it lasted for some minutes, but said some surgeries had to continue being done while the power was being restored. “They were some surgeries that were being performed when the power blackout happened and they had to be continued with alternative lighting,” she said. According to Amagulu the earth cables were cut by people who vandalized and informed us that they turned the generator to manual…
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Another chance for Helmut amendments

Another chance for Helmut amendments

Martin Endjala The Swapo National Conference for July 1 and 2 will be revisiting the Helmut amendments that have been deferred on more than two occasions at the top Swapo Party leadership meetings in the last two months. This was revealed by the party’s secretary general, Sophia Shaningwa at the conclusion of the district coordinators workshop in Windhoek over the weekend. Shaningwa says that this year requires all party structures and their leadership to adhere to the rules and procedures as well as to the Party Constitution, ahead of the party’s congress as well as the policy conference. “The party…
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PM at 2.5 trillion dollar Brussels investment summit

PM at 2.5 trillion dollar Brussels investment summit

Tujoromajo Kasuto Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is in Brussels, Belgium, today and tomorrow for a two-day European Development Day conference to dialogue on the Global Gateway Africa – Europe Investment Package. The conference is part of the Global Gateway Strategy and includes N$2.5 trillion (€150 billion) investments aimed at supporting infrastructure development in Africa. Kuukongelwa-Amadhila said that ‘’seeking a better and deeper understanding of the Package, and developing approaches and solutions to ensure that the Package contributes to the development of more diverse, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient economies that are also human-centred in their approach. It is critical that we…
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LPM still the launch its election campaign

LPM still the launch its election campaign

Martin Endjala The Leader of the Landless People’s Movement Bernadus Swartbooi has emphasized that the lack ofstructural components within some political parties is the reason why they are not doing well in terms of service delivery and cohesion. Swartbooi says that many of them lack this component, while pointing out that they do not think and act as a team. He further advised that learning each other is an important component in building a party. Therefore, he is not bothered by other political parties 2024 election campaign launch. The LPM leader made these remarks at a briefing today in Swakopmund,…
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Amushelelo’s wife claims being stalked

Amushelelo’s wife claims being stalked

Martin Endjala The Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters have registered a case of allege harassment of the wife of Michael Amushelelo, Juliet Amushelelo. In a media statement, NEFF said that Juliet was allegedly followed by four men in a black vehicle. The men allegedly abandoned their mission when they realised that the victim became aware of being trailed. Her husband in awaiting trial in detention after he was refused bail for his involvement in protest at China Town last month. Juliet was also detained but was released with other fellow protestors and her husband and Dimbulukeni Nauyoma are the only ones…
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AMTA grain smuggling suspect denied bail

AMTA grain smuggling suspect denied bail

Obrein Simasiku An Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) employee in the Zambezi Region, who was nabbed on allegations of corruption on Friday, was today denied bail in the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court. The suspect James Masule Walubita (49), was arrested on Friday and his case has been postponed to 27 July for further police investigation. Walubita allegedly solicited monies amounting to N$280 000 by diverting about 80 tons of maize grain from AMTA silos and selling it to a private miller(s) for his own benefit. “The Anti-Corruption Commission received a tip-off from the Whistle-blower against Walubita who allegedly embezzled AMTA…
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