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Mbumba declares drought state of emergency

Mbumba declares drought state of emergency

Niël Terblanché The severe and continuous drought in Namibia has prompted President Nangolo Mbumba to declare a national state of emergency. The official declaration was published in the Government Gazette on 22 May. “Under Article 26(I) of the Namibian constitution, read together with Section 30(3) of the Disaster Risk Management Act, 2012 (Act. No. 10 of 2012), I declare that, with effect from 22 May 2024, a State of Emergency exists in Namibia on account of the persisting national disaster of drought that exists in all the regions of the Republic of Namibia,” the declaration in the Government Gazette states.…
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Swapo faces eviction from Oranjemund office

Swapo faces eviction from Oranjemund office

Ester Mbathera The Swapo leadership in Oranjemund has until Thursday to settle approximately N$2 million in municipal debts, failing which they risk eviction from their offices. This follows the party's failure to pay a municipal debt since 2020. The party was served with the eviction notice by the town council lawyers, Ileni Velikoshi Incorporated, on 21 May. “Kindly vacate our client’s property within seven calendar days of receiving this letter. If you do not vacate our client’s property within seven days as herein demanded, our client will seek an appropriate ejectment, and you will be responsible for the cost,” reads…
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Government supports Meatco despite losses

Government supports Meatco despite losses

Ester Mbathera The Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises (MFPE) has affirmed its support for the continued operation of Meatco despite the company's ongoing financial struggles. This was said by the ministry’s spokesperson, Johnathan Swartz, in an interview with the Windhoek Observer earlier this week. “Considering the historical hurdles, it's evident that achieving profitability or breaking even will require considerable time. Just like steering a large vessel laden with cargo, swift turns are ill-advised, as they may lead to instability. Instead, a methodical approach is necessary to gradually realign its course towards success,” he said. He added that the interim…
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Mnyupe allays environmentalists’ fear of Green Hydrogen Project

Mnyupe allays environmentalists’ fear of Green Hydrogen Project

Niël Terblanché The Green Hydrogen Commissioner of the Namibia Green Hydrogen Programme, James Mnyupe, has assured that the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism (MEFT) will oversee the development of a Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) for the Southern Corridor Development Initiative (SCDI), which includes the TKNP. This comes after the call for an independent and transparent Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the green hydrogen sector in Namibia by the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE). This call was made on International Day for Biodiversity and directed at the Namibian and German governments as well as the European Union. International…
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Nekundi did make remarks about “political graves” for opposition leaders

Nekundi did make remarks about “political graves” for opposition leaders

Erasmus Shalihaxwe Despite denying that he told Swapo supporters to bury opposition leaders, Windhoek Observer has obtained an audio recording of Deputy Minister of Works and Transport Veko Nekundi clearly stating that he wants to see the ‘democratic graves’ of both Panduleni Itula and McHenry Venaani. He was speaking at a Swapo rally in Emono village, Omusati region, over the weekend. “If we are saying in Emono, where we are, if there is anything breathing opposition parties, it must be buried. On November 27 November when the election results are released, I want to see Itula’s grave here. A grave…
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No tender advertised for new Windhoek District Hospital

No tender advertised for new Windhoek District Hospital

Stefanus Nashama and Ester Mbathera No tender has been advertised for the construction of the much-anticipated new 500-bed Windhoek District Hospital or any other services required. This is despite the ground-breaking ceremony that took place last week. The Central Procurement Board of Namibia (CPBN) spokesperson, Johanna Kambala, confirmed that the board did not receive or handle a tender to this effect. “Please take note that CPBN did not receive any request from the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) to facilitate the procurement of this project,” she said. It is also not clear where the funds will be coming…
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Shanghala regrets not reforming prison conditions

Shanghala regrets not reforming prison conditions

Ester Mbathera Former justice minister Sacky Shanghala says he doesn't wish prison conditions on anyone. He points out the inhumane conditions within the cells, including overcrowding, noise, fights, and illicit drug smuggling, which he says exacerbate health issues. The trial awaiting Shanghala was reflecting on the harsh realities of prison life on Monday when he and his co-accused brought an urgent application to put on hold the transfer of some of them from C Sections to Echo Sections. “Had I known, honestly, in the high position that I occupied before, I probably would have done something about it. It is…
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Swapo yet to confirm participation in presidential discussion

Swapo yet to confirm participation in presidential discussion

Erasmus Shalihaxwe Swapo Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa said the party did not receive the invite to the presidential discussion, and even if it did, there is no assurance of participating. Shaningwa said this on Monday while responding to questions about whether the party will allow its presidential candidate to participate in the presidential discussion taking place in Windhoek on Thursday. The public discussion is organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) to give presidential candidates from all political parties a platform to share their manifestos and plans to address social issues affecting the country. According to a local daily, KAS…
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Shaningwa defends secrecy over talks with China and Angola

Shaningwa defends secrecy over talks with China and Angola

Ester Mbathera Swapo secretary general Sophia Shanigwa declined to divulge the agenda of her recent talks with the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the Chinese Communist Party. Last week, Shaningwa met with MPLA vice president Luisa Pedro Francisco Damiao before travelling to China for further engagements. “My God, Jesus. You think I should report to the media when I am meeting with my sister parties as the secretary general of the Swapo Party,” she said when questioned about these meetings." Shaningwa explained that Swapo operates within a global context, interacting with various nations and political parties.…
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Geingob’s vision to minimise ocean waste comes to fruition

Geingob’s vision to minimise ocean waste comes to fruition

Ester Mbathera Late President Hage Geingob's commitment to minimising seafood loss and waste transformation, with the goal of providing more food from the ocean, has come to fruition. This comes after the launch of the Namibia Ocean Cluster, Africa's first initiative with the mission of maximising the use of all seafood harvested. Supported by the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Action Agenda, this innovative non-profit entity is set to drive significant socio-economic and environmental benefits for the country. Geingob's involvement came from the participation in a high-level panel discussion for a sustainable ocean economy. Pierre le Roux, Seawork's Sales and Marketing…
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