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US Under Secretary commends Namibia’s corruption fight

US Under Secretary commends Namibia’s corruption fight

Staff writer The United States Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Uzra Zeya who visited Namibia last week for three days has commended Namibia for its efforts to combat corruption. Zeya met with senior government officials, civil society, and young leaders to discuss joint efforts to address global issues, strengthen democracy, fight human trafficking, assist refugees, and promote regional security. She also discussed joint efforts to combat corruption, fight transnational crime, and strengthen rule of law with the Minister of Justice, Yvonne Dausab, and Prosecutor General Martha Imalwa. “The United States thanks Namibia for taking meaningful steps…
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Namibia in push to legalise homosexuality

Namibia in push to legalise homosexuality

Andrew Kathindi The Namibian Government is forging ahead with plans to terminate a law that has made the practice of homosexuality in the country illegal. The development could see the particular law being overturned before the end of the year. Justice Minister, Yvonne Dausab , confirmed to Windhoek Observer that she has committed to submit draft regulations to Cabinet in two weeks at the deliberative meeting. “After which it will go through the normal law-making process: principal approval from Cabinet, scrutiny from the Cabinet Committee on Legislation (CCL), possible further discussions with the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC), certification…
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Celebrating Women

Celebrating Women

Complied by: Rose-Mary Haufiku and Kandjemuni Kamuiiri In commemoration of International Women’s Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, 8 March, various personalities shared with the Windhoek Observer, their views on this important day. Minister of Justice, Yvonne Dausab “International women's day is an acknowledgement that progress on issues of gender equality and women's empowerment remain in some respect’s lofty ideals. The revolution has stalled. We need more urgency to elevate the struggle for more tangible and meaningful changes in the socio-economic and political space for women.” Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga “The International women's day has a very extraordinary importance…
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Dausab takes up sex offender’s registry legislation

Dausab takes up sex offender’s registry legislation

Andrew Kathindi Justice Minister Yvonne Dausab says a sex offender’s registry will be implemented by March next year, following up on a motion by Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian Winnie Moongo, which lapsed last year. Dausab told Windhoek Observer that her intent to take it up the matter, was to stop repeat offences. “The intention of such a proposed law is to protect our vulnerable communities, including adults from being subjected to future sexual assault and harassment. It is also meant to shame them, so that the victim is not the only one that carries that burden,” she said. “Whether…
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Sex offenders’ registry raises concerns

Sex offenders’ registry raises concerns

Clifton Movirongo As government moves ahead with plans to implement a sex offenders registry while increasing its efforts in stemming the rise in rape and gender-based violence (GBV) cases in the country, Justice minister, Yvonne Dausab said initiatives by organisations such as, ‘I Am Not Next Africa’ (IANNA) Community have the potential of violating other people’s rights. This comes as the organisation has published its own Sex Offences Registry (SOR). “I think even if it is meant as a protest tool, it is potentially affecting the rights of others. It would seem some of the persons listed have not yet…
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GBV protestors demand govt meeting …as questions swell around PM’s promises

GBV protestors demand govt meeting …as questions swell around PM’s promises

Andrew Kathindi Organizers of the protest against gender-based violence (GBV), which has been ongoing since last week, have threatened to continue with “disruptions” should government fail to meet them for an official engagement. This comes after government was forced to implement several new measures in the fight against gender-based violence in a response to a petition handed over to government through the Justice Minister, Yvonne Dausab, on Thursday last week. The organizers have requested to meet government in order to strengthen the measures that were announced by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa in parliament on Tuesday 13 October. “To facilitate such…
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Government promises rafts of GBV reforms

Government promises rafts of GBV reforms

Helena Johannes The government has been forced to implement a raft of new measures to fight Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country as a response to a petition that was handed by protestors to Minister of Justice, Yvonne Dausab last week. Some of the new measures will include the establishment of a Sexual and GBV Offences Court, reviewing of sentencing laws for sex offenders, expedition of current murder and sexual offence trials, reviewing current prisoners in the correctional services system in order to separate known repeat offenders, capacitate forensic investigators and experts and the provision of remote and mobile…
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Rent pressure mounts

Rent pressure mounts

Staff Writer A rent default crisis is looming come month-end. A number of individuals and businesses have been negatively affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus. They will struggle to meet their monthly rent payments. The country’s precarious position will also cause a bulk of homeowners to struggle to service their monthly home repayments. This comes amid mounting job losses due to the government-imposed lockdown to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation is compounded by an already weak economy. Financial services company, Cirrus Capital estimates the country could lose as much as N$2 billion per week. This is due to…
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