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Maybe I’ll sell my teeth, Hishoono says  ……As court orders N$250 000 payment

Maybe I’ll sell my teeth, Hishoono says ……As court orders N$250 000 payment

Eba Kandovazu INDEPENDENT Patriots of Change (IPC) member Abed “Bishop” Hishoono sarcastically said he would be selling his teeth to raise the N$250 000 he was ordered to pay First Lady Monica Geingos in damages for defamatory remarks he made towards her. Hishoono, who during the trial said he was unable to pay the N$350 000 Geingos was initially demanding for damages made the remarks briefly after the case was finalised by Judge Orben Sibeya. Hishoono said he could not afford the N$350 000 as he still has loans to pay off, following his wedding last year in October. He…
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A surge of animal attacks in river regions

A surge of animal attacks in river regions

Martin Endjala THE Zambezi and Kavango regions, have of late been reporting a surge in human wildlife conflicts and since January two people were killed by wild animals and two others were severely injured. The separate incidents involved hippos and crocodiles. Last Friday, a 59-year-old man died after he was attacked by a hippo in the Ikaba area in the Zambezi Region. In another attack, a 32-year-old woman survived a crocodile attack in the Thipanana village in Mukwe constituency, according to Nampol spokesperson Chief Inspector Elifas Kuwinga. This incident happened on Monday. Last month, a five year-old girl also survived…
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PDM unhappy with Iran’s scholarship offer seeking consideration by Swapo

PDM unhappy with Iran’s scholarship offer seeking consideration by Swapo

Eba Kandovazu A SCHOLARSHIP invitation letter by the the embassy of Iran offering 25 bursaries annually to Namibians did not sit well with the Popular Democratic Movement(PDM) as Iran also requested the information to also be shared with the ruling party, Swapo. PDM said that it is unacceptable that the scholarship information sent to the Ministry of International Relations be forwarded to the ruling party, Swapo for consideration and “appropriate action”. PDM Secretary for International Relations and Member of Parliament, Vipuakuje Muharukua says the extension of the invitation to Swapo is tantamount to meddling in the internal political affairs of…
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Shortage of magistrates hampering finalisation of cases

Shortage of magistrates hampering finalisation of cases

Eba Kandovazu THE Executive Director in the Office of the Judiciary, Bernhardt Kukuri says that more Magistrates are needed in the country to ensure the speedy finalisation of cases. Namibia currently only has 104 magistrates. Kukuri stated that more courts need to be built in the country to fast track the slow finalisation of cases and the backlog of cases at courts. Currently, Namibia only has 37 magistrate courts and 35 periodical courts. Kukuri was responding to queries after President Hage Geingob expressed disappointment in the slow turning wheels of justice at the opening of the Legal year today. Geingob…
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Swapo has enough land to build a hospital – Shaningwa

Swapo has enough land to build a hospital – Shaningwa

Eba Kandovazus The Swapo Party has the capacity to build a hospital, instead of transforming its headquarters in the Capital into a top notch health facility as demanded by some. The secretary general said this during her annual address to the Swapo Party staff member. Sophia Shaningwa said the party’s headquarters opposite the aging and dilapidated Katutura State Hospital, has become the subject of public comment with some suggesting that it be transformed into a state of the art hospital. She said the building has not been constructed to accommodate a hospital with doctors’ surgeries. Shaningwa however, said that the…
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NDF passenger bus collides with pick-up

NDF passenger bus collides with pick-up

Eba Kandovazu THE Namibian police are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving after a Namibian Defence Force (NDF) bus carrying 30 soldiers collided this morning with a pick-up while reportedly trying to avoid a head-on collision with an incoming truck. The accident happened between Arandis and Usakos. According to Nampol Erongo spokesperson Inspector Ileni Shapumba, the NDF truck was transporting soldiers to Luderitz for rotational duties. The 54-year old driver of the bakkie sustained serious injuries but is in a stable condition. He was traveling alone. The driver of the bus, aged 42 escaped with minor injuries. “Two…
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Constitution remains a  “straight jacket in socio-economic terms”  …as it marks 32 years anniversary

Constitution remains a “straight jacket in socio-economic terms” …as it marks 32 years anniversary

Tujoromajo Kasuto POLITICAL analysts had a number of comments about the implementation and overall pursuit of equal rights for all, with some claiming that the constitution has become a socio-economic straight jacket, 32 years after its adoption on February 9, 1990. According to political analyst and historian Henning Melber, a constitution is the legislative framework for a society, and that in democracies guided by the rule of law, such as Namibia, the constitution is never set in stone, but must reflect a value system that is subject to change. "As a normative framework, constitutions fall short of day-to-day political and…
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Suspended Swapo coordinator wants Helmut amendments ditched

Eba Kandovazu A host of demands by a suspended member of Swapo to set aside the provisions of the Swapo Party constitution that deal with the qualification for candidature for election to the top four of the party. The changes to the party constitution now referred to as Helmut Angula amendments that were adopted in 2018 requires a Swapo Party member to have served 10 years continuously on the Central Committee to be eligible for nomination to run for the top four party position, namely that of the President, Vice President, Secretary General and the deputy. Reinghold Shipwkineni, was the…
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Nurses contradict mom’s version in death of newborn

Nurses contradict mom’s version in death of newborn

Tujoromajo Kasuto A civil suit for alleged negligence leading to the death of a newborn baby has been set down in the High Court of Namibia for a four-day hearing in June. The mother of the newborn Peelina Nghikumwa is suing the Minister of Health and Social Services for N$565 000 after her baby died as a result of alleged negligence at the Engela State Hospital in 2017. The case was heard in the High Court yesterday by Judge Herman Oosthuizen who postponed the matter to June. According to court documents, the baby fell on its from the mother’s womb…
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IPC’s Hishoono alleges close family ties to Monica Geingos

IPC’s Hishoono alleges close family ties to Monica Geingos

Eba Kandovazu IT has emerged in court today that Independent Patriots of Change (IPC) office-bearer Abed “Bishop” Hishoono and First Lady Monica Geingos are not complete strangers. The First Lady is suing Hishoono for N$350 000 for defamation. The court heard that Hishoono’s father was accommodated by Geingos’ father during his visits to Oranjemund. This came to the fore, as Judge Orben Sibeya wanted to know why Hishoono didn’t use his father to extend an apology to Geingos through her father on his behalf for the defamatory comments he made against her. Hishoono was adamant in court today that the…
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