Albert Kawana

Calls to impeach President wishful – Kawana

Calls to impeach President wishful – Kawana

Tujoromajo Kasuto and Martin Endjala Albert Kawana, Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security, has called the media and social media critics ‘’polluted and malicious’’ for claiming that the Namibian President had any role in the Phala Phala Farm theft. This comes after critics accused police of violating Namibian laws following the arrest of some Namibians and a South African national accused of stealing from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm in the Limpopo Province and the alleged abduction and questioning of David Immanuel in Namibia by South African authorities. The Minister in the National Assembly stated…
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5.83 billion needed for civic, crime prevention duties

5.83 billion needed for civic, crime prevention duties

Martin Endjala The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security Albert Kawana has requested about N$5.83 billion to be allocated to carry out its mandate. Kawana made this request in yesterday’s National Assembly session, when tabling the MHASS budget motivation. The MHASS is mandated to manage national population register, facilitate lawful migration, provide international protection and support asylum seekers and refugees, as well as to ensure internal security, by maintaining law and order, and provision of safe custody, rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders. “It is against this background that vote 39 is divided into 11 programs”, Kawana stated. A…
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Fatal Swapo rally car accident being investigated

Fatal Swapo rally car accident being investigated

Eba Kandovazu AN accident in which a two- year-old boy was run over by a Swapo Party vehicle while campaigning for the party at Katima Mulilo, is being investigated and a case number has been registered with the police. A culpable homicide case has been registered and a warning statement has been taken from the 29-year-old driver, as well as his drivers license. Landless People's Movement (LPM) Member of Parliament (MP), Utaara Mootu, recently questioned the Minister of Safety and Security, Albert Kawana, whether or not Swapo paid the family for the disappearance of the case at Katima Mulilo police…
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Geingob appoints new ministers

Geingob appoints new ministers

Staff Writer President Hage Geingob has moved Home Affairs Minister, Frans Kapofi, to the Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs as Minister replacing Peter Vilho who resigned from the position amid allegations of illicit proceeds in an undeclared Hong Kong bank account. Vilho served as minister for a year and a month, after he was appointed by Geingob in March 2020. Kapofi will be replaced by Albert Kawana as the new Home Affairs Minister. Urban and Rural Development Deputy Minister, Derek Klazen, has been promoted to head the Fisheries Ministry. Former Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Maureen Hinda-Mbuende, bounces back as…
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New 213 applicants awarded fishing quota

New 213 applicants awarded fishing quota

Andrew Kathindi The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Albert Kawana, has announced that 213 new applications for fishing quotas were approved by the Government. This number represents 71 percent of all the successful applicants. According to the ministry, 298 applications were successful out of the initial 5, 176 submitted in 2018. The main beneficiaries for the quotas are applicants in the Khomas region with 11 percent with Erongo with 9,9 percent. Kavango East and Kavango West regions were the lowest with 0,6 percent and 0,4 percent applications approved respectively. "It will also be shown that, unfortunately, some regions did…
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Govt raises paltry N$8.4m from quota auction …as second auction is slated for November

Govt raises paltry N$8.4m from quota auction …as second auction is slated for November

Andrew Kathindi Government said it will require bidders to prove financial stability in their next round of fishing quota auctions in November after only managing to secure N$8.4 million from an initial N$627.9million worth of bids. Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi said that even though most of the successful bidders of the auction, which took place last month, had requested for an extension to settle their dues, most of them did not keep their payment commitments as they were expected to settle their allocations by 2nd September 2020. “In the future, punitive measures will be introduced including requirements for payment guarantees…
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Nothing wrong with Marine Act changes – Kawana

Nothing wrong with Marine Act changes – Kawana

Andrew Kathindi Fisheries minister, Albert Kawana maintains he still supports the actual amendments made to the country’s Marine Resources Act of 2000 that was perverted by those accused in the Fishrot scandal. He qualifies his support by saying the problem was that the controversial legal changes were eventually used for corrupt practices. This comes as Former Fisheries Minister, Bernard Esau in cahoots with former Justice minister Sackey Shanghala, quickly pushed to have the Marine Resources Act amended in 2015, giving Esau powers to allocate fishing quotas to Fishcor, which in turn ended up in the hands of Icelandic fishing company,…
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Govt strikes deal with NovaNam

Govt strikes deal with NovaNam

Staff Writer Government on Tuesday evening struck a deal with NovaNam Fishing Company, where it agreed to allocate additional quota to the Luderitz based company, allowing 1,800 of its permanent workers who had been sent on forced leave to return to work. Fisheries minister, Albert Kawana confirmed the development but was tightlipped on the details of the agreement. “We have allocated them an additional quota and the workers should be able to return to work,” he told the Windhoek Observer. NovaNam Managing Director, Edwin Kamatoto could not be reached by the newspaper for comment and calls made to his mobile…
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We did our best – Kawana

We did our best – Kawana

Staff Writer Fisheries minister, Albert Kawana maintains his ministry did its utmost best to ensure that everyone was catered for when it allocated the new fishing rights. “We received 5,176 applications and it was impossible to give everyone quotas but we ensured that different groups were catered for, from the youth, regions, women and war veterans,” the minister said. “We had to consider broad-based allocation and we absolutely ensured that we catered for all the various groups.” As part of their submissions, applicants were to be judged on a scorecard system to determine their contribution to socio-economic development. The criteria…
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Govt in jobs for quotas deal

Govt in jobs for quotas deal

Andrew Kathindi The government has entered into a job for fishing quotas agreement with six companies on condition they absorb over 1,300 unemployed fishermen. The unnamed companies are set to benefit from 19850 metric tons of horse mackerel and 5816 metric tons of hake broken into weight and freezer as part of the agreement struck. Although additional details remain sketchy, the agreement is aimed at creating additional capacity for the six companies, allowing them to absorb employees who lost their jobs as a result of the Fishrot scandal. “The 1,300 jobs are ready for absorption. This consists of six companies…
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