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  • 07/08/19--16:00: I won't quit
  • I won't quitI won't quitConvicted education minister to fight on Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa does not intend to resign after being found guilty of corruption. Not even a guilty verdict could dim education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa's confidence yesterday.

    The former Hardap governor was found guilty of corruption by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg. She will be sentenced on 24 July.

    But she has no plans to resign from public office, saying that “it is not over yet”. She arrived at court a few minutes late, dressed in a white dress with golden accessories and waving at her supporters. Several senior government officials joined Hanse-Himarwa's family and friends who were by her side to support her.

    They included her deputy, Anna Nghipondoka, deputy executive director in the education ministry Charles Kabajani, the deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Loide Kasingo, and Hanse-Himarwa's trusted ally, National Council member Margaret Mensah-Williams.

    After the verdict was delivered, Hanse-Himarwa consoled her supporters. Walking past the public gallery, she asked them, “Why are your faces so pale?”

    Many supporters embraced her to express their sympathy but she told them to pull themselves together because “this is not the end”.

    During a brief media interview she said the guilty verdict was “the view of another human being,” and the opposite of her view.

    “For me this is not the end. It is going on. Of course a guilty verdict… if you are guilty of an offence then it is obvious that it will have an impact on your career, but that is not even the end,” she said.

    Hanse-Himarwa was found guilty of corruptly using her former office as Hardap governor for gratification, and for removing two Mass Housing beneficiaries from a waiting list to make way for two of her relatives.

    She insisted repeatedly that she had never met the two relatives, adding that one of them was only a distant relative. But the court pointed out that the “distant relative” was in fact her niece.

    Hanse-Himarwa and her counsel, Sisa Namandje, also insisted that the Anti-Corruption Commission was bent on building a case against her, so much so that they would have fabricated witness statements.

    In his judgment yesterday, Judge Christie Liebenberg said the State had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Hanse-Himarwa's version of events was false. “It was duly established that the accused, as governor of the Hardap Region, clearly abused the power and authority vested in her office when insisting that the list of beneficiaries under the MHDP be amended to her satisfaction, thereby ensuring that at least one of her family members benefit directly from her actions. The accused's actions were intentional and constituted a chargeable offence under the Anti-Corruption Act (ACA),” Judge Liebenberg ruled.

    Big blow

    Political analyst Ndumba Kamwanyah says Hanse-Himarwa's conviction was bad news for her in the court of public opinion.

    “It is not a good time for any politician to be found guilty of corruption in Namibia now. We find ourselves in an era where there is increasing public anger against corruption, and huge demands for politicians to prosecuted for corruption. Therefore, no doubt, she will be subjected to harsh public vilification,” he said. However, the damage to her political career would be only temporary, he said, adding that a guilty verdict does not do much political damage in Namibia.

    “We have seen previous cases where people in the Swapo Party [who were] found guilty were openly welcomed and embraced by the party. Perhaps what would damage [her] is a jail term or if President Hage Geingob relieves her of her ministerial duties,” Kamwanyah said. When approached for comment, Swapo Party secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa said she did not follow the court case and could not comment.

    “I am very much sorry, I do not know the story you are talking about,” she said.

    Article 47 of the Namibian Constitution states that nobody may become a member of the National Assembly if he or she has been convicted of a crime for which the sentence exceeded 12 months in prison, unless the prison term expired at least 10 years before their election.


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    Mom sues for N$500k over newborn's deathMom sues for N$500k over newborn's death A mother who claims her newborn baby died because of medical negligence at the Engela state hospital in October 2017 is suing the health ministry for more than half a million dollars in damages.

    Peelina Shiwovanhu Nghikumwa (40) states in her particulars of claim that she was admitted to the Engela State Hospital on 20 October 2017, but that staff refused to provide her with assistance or medical attention while she was in labour.

    Instead, she claims she was “mocked by the personnel for the pain she was enduring and was ordered to 'walk off' the pain.”

    She claims that she had to deliver the baby on her own because the hospital staff refused to attend to her.

    The court papers state the baby “literally fell from the plaintiff's womb, hitting the floor and as a result died instantaneously.”

    The baby's death was widely reported in October 2017.

    Namibian Sun reported at the time that Nghikumwa planned to sue the health ministry for her daughter's death, noting that she had proof that the baby had been born alive and died from head injuries shortly thereafter.

    At the time she said the night nurses on duty at the maternity ward had ignored her cries for help.

    She told Namibian Sun that the nurses only responded after her baby had fallen onto the floor.

    In November 2017, Namibian Sun confirmed that an inquest into the baby's death had been opened by the Ohangwena police at the behest of senior hospital management who wished the matter to be investigated.

    Nghikumwa, who is being assisted by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) in her High Court application, accuses the nurses, health workers and medical practitioners of having acted negligently and of having failed to ensure the safe delivery of her child.

    She claims that staff at the Engela State Hospital should have foreseen that their failure to act would lead to damage to the patient and her baby.

    She is claiming N$500 000 in damages for the emotional and psychological shock and trauma, inconvenience and discomfort she suffered.

    She is also claiming damages amounting to N$15 000 for the baby's funeral expenses.

    Nghikumwa is claiming an additional N$50 000 for future medical expenses in relation to psychological assessments and counselling.

    Her legal team charges that the hospital staff failed in several ways to provide the necessary care Nghikumwa had the right to receive and expect. The hospital is accused of failing to provide life-saving intervention in an emergency situation, failing to provide effective patient advocacy to enable the patient to receive the healthcare she needed, and failing to establish and maintain an environment in which the physical and mental health of the patient was promoted.

    The case was postponed to 9 September for a mediation referral and the filing of further case papers. Corinna van Wyk of the LAC is acting on behalf of Nghikumwa, while the government, which has filed a notice to defend, is represented by Lindrowski Tibinyane, a government attorney. High Court Judge Herman Oosthuizen is presiding.


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  • 07/09/19--16:00: Hockey chases Olympic dream
  • Hockey chases Olympic dreamHockey chases Olympic dreamNamibia face six nations on the road to qualification for Tokyo 2020 The senior national women’s hockey team have shifted their focus to the upcoming continental qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. LIMBA MUPETAMI

    Namibia’s senior national women’s hockey team face a tough task ahead, as they battle it out for a place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    They will come up against six other countries in the Africa qualifier, which will be held in South Africa from 12 to 18 August.

    The women’s team is buoyant about their chances of navigating their way through the qualifiers. If they do make the journey to Tokyo, it will be the first time that the team competes at an Olympic Games.

    The Namibians, ranked 42nd in the world will be up against some stiff competition

    They will be up against Ghana (ranked 32nd), Kenya (43rd) Nigeria (48th), South African (15th), Uganda (no ranking) and Zimbabwe (66th) for the sole African spot at Tokyo 2020.

    “Following our recent participation at the FIH Series Finals in Spain we managed to move two places up on the world rankings,” said head coach Erwin Haindura.

    Namibia lost all three matches their matches the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Series Finals in Valencia, Spain.

    “Despite our showing in Valencia we stand a good chance to qualify for the first time. This is going to be very important for the players because the qualifier not only serves as an Olympic qualifier, but also as a Commonwealth qualifier,” Haindura added.

    Two players, Taramarie Myburgh and Dure Boshoff, who was part of the squad in Spain will not accompany the team to South Africa, as they are grade 12 pupils and are thus studying for their examinations.

    A provisional squad is as follows: Magreth Mengo (captain), Petro Stoffberg, Jerrica Bartlett, Sunelle Ludwig, Gillian Hermanus, Kiana-Che Cormack, Danja Meyer, Cele Wessels, Berencia Diamond, Jahntwa Kruger, Emilia Kashopola, Ina Louis, Joane van Rooyen, Armin van Staden, Jocelle Deysell, and Jivanka Kruger.

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    Lombard joins Sensational Zanaco FC Lombard joins Sensational Zanaco FC Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

    Namibian defender Tiberius Lombard has joined Zambian premier League outfit Sensational Zanaco FC from Lusaka Dynamos FC on a two-year deal.

    Sensational Zanaco FC unveiled the player on their social media group yesterday.

    Lombard reached an agreement with the Zambian side on Friday, which has been looking to acquire his services for nearly two years.

    Sensational Zanaco FC have been busy in the transfer market, as they look to boost their squad ahead of the 2019/20 season, which will kick off in August.

    The seven-time Zambia Super League champions posted: “Welcome Tiberius Lombard, former Lusaka Dynamos and Namibia national team central defender.”

    In February 2018, the defender signed a three-year deal with Dynamos, becoming the first Namibian player to play in the Zambian premier league.

    “I had a year on my contract with Dynamos but Zanaco has been on my case for two years and they decided to buy out my contract.

    “I am very happy to have joined this club, because it is a new opportunity for me and it is what I have been looking for,” Lombard said yesterday.

    “This is a team that wins titles and I came here to add value to the team and also play in continental tournaments, because this is a team that does that.”

    Before making his big move to Zambia, Lombard played for Tura Magic during the 2008/09 season when the club was still playing in the Khomas second division.

    He was loaned out to Orlando Pirates the following season, where he got a taste of top-flight action, before returning to help Magic win promotion to the Namibia Premier League (NPL) in 2010/11.

    Lombard’s national team career was dealt a bitter blow after he was left out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) squad, despite playing in the tournament qualifiers.

    The defender was an outstanding performer for the Brave Warriors during the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) in Morocco.

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    Bafana plot Nigeria's downfallBafana plot Nigeria's downfallPositive mentality fuels Afcon belief Bafana Bafana striker Lebo Mothiba says the team fears no one, and if they maintain their positive mentality, they can keep going at Afcon 2019. South Africa's Lebo Mothiba was in outstanding form in the round-of-16 match against Egypt at the weekend, when Bafana Bafana won 1-0.

    Stuart Baxter's charges are now preparing for a massive Afcon 2019 quarterfinal encounter against the Super Eagles of Nigeria today at Cairo International Stadium.

    It is another huge game, which has elicited lots of talking points among soccer fans.

    However, Mothiba, who set up the winning goal for Thembinkosi Lorch, said Bafana Bafana need to maintain their 100% focus and positive mentality.

    “In the match against Egypt, everyone gave 100% effort and focus, and now we need to keep that going.

    “The win over Egypt galvanised the spirits and we are all looking forward to the next game against Nigeria. We need that positive mentality,” Mothiba said.

    “The coach knows what we need to do against Nigeria. The boss is in charge of that; we will follow his instructions. For the match against Egypt, the coach really pushed us and we are ready for Nigeria and want to give everything.”

    Mothiba said the Super Eagles are one of Africa's giants, but he is not sure if they are faster and tactically more astute than Egypt. He, however, said Nigeria must be treated with the utmost respect.

    “In the match against Egypt, we played South African football; we were good when the ball was at our feet, but my role is to hold up the ball for the strikers to arrive in the box.

    “Mine is one-touch and play the ball into space,” he said, explaining how the winning goal was manufactured.

    “The defender thought I would play in front of him for the goal, but I outwitted him. I won't change my style of play - simple and straightforward.”

    Mothiba said he was no under pressure to score a goal for the team, as long as they continue to chalk-up positive results.

    “Scoring is a bonus; goals will come. It is important for the team to win, not to focus on individual awards.”


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    Serena fined for damaging Wimbledon courtSerena fined for damaging Wimbledon court Tennis star Serena Williams was fined US$10 000 by the All England Club for damaging one of Wimbledon's courts with her racket, prior to the start of the tournament.

    Williams was scheduled to face fellow American Alison Riske in the quarterfinals yesterday, but has yet to comment on the fine.

    Fabio Fognini was also fined US$3 000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after a rant during his third-round defeat to Tennys Sandgren.

    The Italian had said he hoped a “bomb” would explode at the All England Club.

    Nick Kyrgios was fined US$8 000 in total for separate unsportsmanlike incidents in his first and second round match.

    The fiery Australian lost to Rafa Nadal in the second round.


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    Ta futitha uuministeli wuundjoloweleTa futitha uuministeli wuundjolowele Omukiintu ngoka a popi kutya okanona ke oka hulitha onga oshizemo shuuhasha moshipangelo shEngela momwedhi Kotomba momvula yo 2017, ota futitha uuministeli wuundjolowele oshimaliwa sha thika petata lyomiliyona.

    Peelina Shiwovanhu Nghikumwa (40) okwa popi kutya okwa taambelewa moshipangelo sha tumbulwa momasiku 20 gaKotomba omvula yo 2017, ihe aapangi oya tindi oku mu kwathela omanga a li moshitheta.

    Pehala oya kala taye mu popi nokumu yola omolwa uuwehame moka a li taya mu lombele opo a ka ende ye a kuthe po uuwehame.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa pulumutha okanona ke kuye mwene molwaashoka aapangi oya tindi oku mu kwathela. Oombaapila dhompangu odha popi kutya okanona oka gwile pevi omutse okuza moshivalelo shayina sha etitha eso lyako.

    Eso lyokanona hoka olya li lya holoka miikundaneki pethimbo ndyoka.

    Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun, osha Ii sha lopota pethimbo ndyoka kutya Nghikumwa ota pangele okufutitha uuministeli molwaashoka oku na uumbangi kutya okanona ke andola oka valwa nomwenyo na oka hulitha sho ka ehama momutse sho kiidhengepo.

    Okwa popi kutya aapangi oye ke mukwathela owala sho okanona kiidhenge po.

    Nghikumwa, ngoka ta yambidhidhwa koLegal Assistance Centre (LAC) meindilo lye lyOmpangu yoPombanda, ota gandja uusama kaaniilonga moshipangeo kutya oya ndopa okugwanitha po iilonga yawo mepulumutho lyokanona ke.

    Okwa popi kutya aaniilonga mboka oya kala ye shi shi kutya endopo lyawo okugandja ekwatho kuye otashi vulu okutula moshiponga omwenyo gwe nogwokanona ke.

    Ota pula a futwe oshimaliwa shooN$500 000 omolwa uululume wopamadhilaadhilo nehaluko oshowo oshimaliwa shooN$15 000 mefumbiko lyokanona ke.

    Ota pula woo oshimaliwa sha gwedhwapo shooN$50 000 shiifuta yomonakuyiwa yuunamiti wopamadhilaadhilo oshowo ehungomwenyo.

    Epulakeno lyoshipotha shoka olyuundulilwa komasiku 9 gaSepetemba. Corinna van Wyk gwoLAC, ota kalelepo Nghikumwa, omanga epangelo tali kalelwa po kuLindrowski Tibinyane, hahende gwepangelo. Omukwateli gwoshipotha shoka komeho, omupanguli mOmpangu yoPombanda Herman Oosthuizen.


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    Itandi thigi po iilonga - Hanse-HimarwaItandi thigi po iilonga - Hanse-HimarwaA longitha pambambo oonkondo dhe onga ngoloneya Ominista yelongo oya holola kutya ke na ohokwe okwiikutha miilonga konima sho a monika ondjo moshipotha shuulingilingi. Ngoloneya nale gwoshitopolwa shaHardap, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa okwa monika ondjo mOmpangu yoPombanda, kOmupanguli Christie Liebenberg.

    Otaka pewa egeelo lye momasiku 24 gaJuli nuumvo.

    Nonando ongaaka, ke na oompangela dhokuthigapo iilonga onga ominista yelongo.

    Okwa thiki pompangulilo a zala ohema ontokele nokukala ta minike aayambidhidhi ye.

    Aanambelewa yamwe po mepangelo oya wayimine ofamili yaHanse-Himarwa nookuume ke mboka yali ya yi oku ke mu yambidhidha.

    Maanambelewa moka omwa kwatelwa omunambelewa omukuluntu melongo, Anna Nghipondoka, omupopi megumbo lyOmutumba gwoPashigwana Loide Kasingo, omunambelewa omukuluntu muuministeli welongo Charles Kabajani, oshowo kuume kaHanse-Himarwa oshilyo shOmutumba gwoPashigwana, Margaret Mensah-Williams.

    Konima yetokolo ndyoka lya ningwa, Hanse-Himarwa okwa lombwele aayambidhidhi ye opo kaya uve nayi ta popi kutya olugodhi inalu hula natango. Hanse-Himarwa okwa monika ondjo melongitho pambambo lyombelewa ye nale onga ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaHardap, nokulundulula omusholondondo gwoonakumona omagumbo mopoloyeka yoMass Housing, mboka a pingenepo nofamili ye.

    Okwiipopile kutya ina tsakanena naakwanezimo mboka ta popi kutya gumwe omukwanezimo gwe gwokokule ihe ompangu oya mono kutya omukwanezimo ngoka ta popi, okamwanagona. Hanse-Himarwa nomukalelipo gwe, Sisa Namandje, oya popi kutya Okomisi yoAnti-Corruption Commission oya kala ya halelela oku mu tululamo oshipotha na oya ngongopo omahokololo gaagandji yuumbangi. Metokolo lye ndyoka a gandja mOmaandaha, Omupanguli Christie Liebenberg okwa popi kutya epangelo olya gandja uumbangi mboka tawu tothamo kutya omaipopilo gaHanse-Himarwa ogiifundja.

    “Osha hololwa nokutulwa polweela kutya omupangulwa okwa longitha oonkondo dhombelewa ye pambambo onga ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa opo omusholondondo gwoonakupewa omagumbo mopoloyeka yoMHDP gu lundululwe muuwanawa we, nomukwanezimo gwe a mone uuwanawa okuza momaihumbato ge ngoka. Omaihumbato ge ogeli oshimbuluma kohi yOmpango yoAnti-Corruption Act (ACA),” Omupanguli Liebenberg a popi. Omunongononi gwonkalo yopolotika, Ndumba Kamwanyah okwa popi kutya emoniko lyondjo lyaHanse-Himarwa oshi li onkundana ombwiinayi momeho goshigwana nomaiyuvo goshigwana.

    “Kashi shi ethimbo ewanawa omunapolotika a monike ondjo moNamibia ngashiingeyi. Otatu iyadha methimbo moka ongeyo yoshigwana kombinga yuulingilingi yi li pombanda oshowo omaindilo ogendji taga ningwa koshigwana opo ku pangulwe aanapolotika mboka taya longo uulingilingi. Kape na omalimbililo ota kala ta nyenyetelwa koshigwana.”

    Kombinga yiilonga ye, Kamwanyah okwa popi kutya eyonagulo ndyoka olyo pakathimbo owala, ta popi kutya emoniko lyondjo ihali yonagula opolotika moshilongo.

    “Otwa mona iipotha ya yooloka moka aantu mongundu yoSwapo mboka ya monika ondjoka ya tambulwa mongundu nomaako gaali. Shoka tashi vulu okuyonagula onkalo ye yiilonga ongele a tulwa modholongo nenge Omupresidende Hage Geingob e mu kutha miilonga onga ominista,” Kamwanyah a popi.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo, amushanga gwoSwapo, Sophia Shaningwa okwa popi kutya ina landula oshipotha shoka na ita vulu okutya sha.

    “Ombili unene, kandi shi ehokololo ndyoka to popi.”

    Ontopolwa onti 47 yEkotampango lyaNamibia otayi popi kutya kape na omuntu ta vulu okuninga oshilyo shOmutumba gwoPashigwana moNamibia, ngele okwa monika ondjo nokupewa egeelo lyoomweedhi dhi vulithe 12 mondholongo, ongele egeelo ndyoka lya pu ongushu muule woomvula 10 omanga inaku ningwa omahogololo.


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    Omahogololo mOshakati East ga pita koOmahogololo mOshakati East ga pita ko Omunambelewa gwomahogololo moshikandjohogololo Oshakati East, mokakomisi koElectoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), Efraim Iiyambo, okwa popi kutya oongundu dhopolotika dha yooloka odha holola ohokwe okushangitha aakalelipo yawo momahogololo ngoka guukansela.

    Esiku lyahugunina lyokwiishangitha Omaandaha goshiwike shika twa taalela. Oongundu ngaashi Swapo, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), All People's Party oshowo omuhogololwa gumwe iithikamena oya koleke koNamibian Sun kutya otaya ka kutha ombinga momahogololo ngoka taga ningwa momasiku 24 gaAguste nuumvo. Omahogololo ngoka otaga ningwa sha landula eso lyakansela gwoshikandjohogololo shoka, Lotto Kuushomwa, ngoka a hulitha momasiku 27 gaMei nuumvo. Pethimbo lyomaishaingitho gomahogololo ga gwedhwa po ngoka ga ningwa omwedhi gwa piti, aantu ya thika pe 1 441 oyiishangitha omanga aantu yeli po 17 000 yeli nale momusholondondo gwaahogololi moshikandjohogololo Oshakati East, pahapu dhaIyambo.

    Pau Pau Kathanga gwoAffirmative Repositioning (AR) movement okwa popi kutya oya shangitha nale omuhogololwa iithikamena, Fiina Kuutondokwa. Kuutondokwa omunamimvo 41 okwa za momukunda Iikuku na oha longele omina muumbugantu woshilongo. Kuutondokwa okwa koleka kutya ota kutha ombinga momahogololo ngoka onga omuhogololwa iithikamena.

    Omukwatakanithi gwongundu yoSwapo moshitopolwa shaShana, Samwel Nelongo okwa popi kutya omunamimvo 64, Abner Shikongo okwa hogololwa opo a ninge omuhogololwa gwongundu yoSwapo. Okwa popi kutya Shikongo okuli omulongiskola keithano na okwa li woo omukomeho gwelongo.

    “Shikongo okwa kala oshilyo shongundu yoSwapo uule wethimbo ele na okwali omukwatakanithi gwongundu moshitayi sha Amutenya Gwangwali. Okwa longa woo onga oshilyo shokomitiye yomayambulepo moshikandjohogololo pethimbo lyelelo lyaKuushomwa. Otwe mwiinekela kutya otaka e ta omayambulepo ngoka ga pumbiwa moshikandjohogololo,” Nelongo a popi. Ongundu yoAPP oshowo PDM oya popi kutya itaya holola manga omadhina gaaakalelipo yawo.

    Ngoka ta longo pehala lyomupresidende gwongundu yoCongress of Democrats (CoD), Elago Amuthenu okwa popi kutya otaya ka kundathana ngele otaya kutha ombinga nenge itaya kutha ombinga momahogololo ngoka. Pethimbo lyomahogololo ngoka ga ningwa momvula yo 2015, mokati kaahogololi 17 630 mboka yiishangitha okukahogolola, aahogololi owala 5 881 yahogolola moshikandjohogololo Oshakati East. Kuushomwa okwa li a sindana omahogololo ngoka nomawi 5 559 a landulwa kuDaniel Andreas gwoPDM ngoka a zimo nomawi 241.

    Natangwe Shiwayu gwoRally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) okwa zi mo nomawi 81.


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    Mount View looks forward to matric farewellMount View looks forward to matric farewell Oryx Properties Limited has donated N$5 000 to Mount View High School for organising the school's first matric farewell.

    The school is on the outskirts of Windhoek and its pupils are from an underprivileged community.

    Jacqueline //Gowases, a language teacher at Mount View High School, thanked Oryx Properties, Gondwana Care Trust and the Windhoek High School family who came on board to make the preparations a success.

    “We are extremely excited and will surely put it to good use,” she said.

    //Gowases added that people from all over had made donations to assist with the children's dresses, jewellery and shoes for the occasion.

    A grade 12 learner, Eva-Lisa Uushona, could not hide her excitement when asked how she felt about the upcoming matric farewell.

    “I cannot wait to dress up, I have already started counting down to the big day,” she said.

    The event will be held on 3 August at Heja Lodge just east of Windhoek and the theme is 'Black and Gold'.

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    Napha had no say in elephant huntNapha had no say in elephant huntWas not involved in arrangements Napha has invited the public to join a discussion slated for next week to share information from reliable sources and to discuss and confer. The Namibia Professional Hunting Association (Napha) has stated the organisation played no part in the decision making in connection with hunt of a 50-year alpha elephant bull in Namibia that sparked widespread outrage.

    In a statement released this week, Napha president Danene van der Westhuyzen said despite contrary information, the organisation as a “stakeholder and not a decision-maker had nothing to do with any decision-making in conjunction with minister Pohamba Shifeta and the Dallas Safari Club on whichever cause”.

    Moreover, she said Napha has “no information as to the happenings, decisions or justification of this hunt”.

    On 25 June, the elephant bull, known to many fans around the globe as 'Voortrekker' was killed by a trophy hunter after the environment and tourism ministry declared the elephant a problem animal based on alleged complaints of the community in the area of Omatjete.

    The ministry later confirmed that a hunter had paid N$120 000 for the permit to kill the elephant, of which N$20 000 went to the Game Product Trust Fund and the rest to the community.

    The killing of the elephant, who was dubbed an iconic and significant tourist draw-card, has elicited widespread protests with thousands criticising government's decision to allow the animal to be felled by a hunter.

    Napha on Tuesday invited the public to join a discussion slated for next week “to share information from reliable sources, and to holistically and rationally confer and fight for the nature we all want to protect”.

    The hunting organisation underlined that the uproar around the death of Voortrekker showed the public's “utmost love and protection of Namibia's wildlife”, as well as a “growing consciousness of the wildlife and habitat loss that the world at large is facing”.

    Van der Westhuyzen added that there is however a “general misunderstanding about the role of conservancies as well as protected areas, and a general ignorance ecology overall”.

    She said it appears the public “would rather choose the selective protection of individuals at the cost of a species in its entirety”.

    She said Napha recognises it is not possible to eradicate all human wildlife conflict but that the conflict has to be managed optimally, as well as recognising that people and wildlife live in an interconnected and dynamic environment.

    The Napha statement took aim at “ill-informed and unfounded facts being distributed widely through various social and media platforms”, apportioning blame and creating alarm.

    Van der Westhuyzen said hunting promotes a “tendency to want to preserve nature”.

    Nevertheless, in several letters of protest addressed the environment ministry, it has been pointed out that instead of declaring the elephant a problem animal, funds would have been easily raised to fix the alleged damage caused by the animal.

    In one letter, addressed to the ministry, it is stated “Voortrekker has never endangered the life of any person and in this current year where Namibia is experiencing one of the driest years ever, his only sin was to break a few pipes to get some water to drink. The international community and people like myself would have gladly assisted with a fund to fix whatever damage he has done.”


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    MTC helps drought-stricken farmersMTC helps drought-stricken farmers MTC has thrown its weight behind the farming community, amid the devastating drought.

    The telecommunications firm yesterday donated N$250 000 to the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) and N$400 000 to the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU).

    During the handover ceremony, MTC board chairperson Elvis Nashilongo said these dreadful times affect farmers on a daily basis and the nation remains confronted by escalating numbers of dying livestock, which is an evident threat to food security.

    “MTC has never shied away from playing its part when it comes to corporate social responsibility, and today we want to make another contribution geared towards assisting farmers, through the farmers' unions, to get over this difficult period. We want to encourage the two farmers' representatives to put this donation to good use, and in the best interest of the most disadvantaged farmers,” Nashilongo said.

    The ongoing and prolonged drought in the country is affecting the production of arable crops and animal feed, which increases input costs and could potentially give rise to low food outputs.

    According to Nashilongo, this support is aimed at increasing the availability of fodder resources for livestock, one of the main challenges faced by farmers dealing with the impacts of the drought.

    MTC manager of corporate affairs, communications and sponsorships, John Ekongo, said they are committed to playing their part to ease the burden on drought-stricken communities.

    “When encountered with the signals of these extreme climatic events, we were spurred into action to offer our support to this very crucial industry and assist our farmers in coping in these dire straits. Our action today is formed on the basis of MTC being the largest ICT solutions provider,” said Ekongo.

    He said Namibians must understand that drought affects us all. He added the donation complements other efforts by MTC, including the SMS and Connect for Good Campaign, which is running from 31 May until 31 August.

    Under this campaign, 10 MTC customers, on a daily basis, stand a chance to win a fuel, groceries or a farm implements voucher to the value of N$3 000 each, in addition to a monthly draw of N$10 000 for 16 customers.

    The vouchers are redeemable at Agra, Kaap Agri, Shoprite and selected service stations.

    MTC has also made another donation of N$100 000 towards the Winter Knights project, which takes care of the most vulnerable members of society during winter.

    “It is important to keep our people warm during this winter, especially knowing that a number of our young and old citizens find themselves homeless,” said Ekongo.


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    Maintaining winter egg productionMaintaining winter egg productionMany factors must be accounted for While shorter days will decrease egg production, farmers are in a position to ensure that layers perform optimally during winter. Poultry is affected by seasonal changes. During winter, birds tend to consume more feed and drink less water, while the opposite is true in summer. Weather changes, particularly cold months, can affect the productivity of birds. Laying birds are more susceptible as the rate at which they produce eggs drops drastically, disrupting cash inflows. Poultry farmers are therefore advised to plan properly to safeguard their profits during this challenging time. The most common concern for many poultry farmers is determining how to maintain constant egg production during the winter season to sustain profits and take advantage of high egg prices in winter.

    It should be noted that under natural conditions egg production is highest during summer and lowest in winter. This is because the longer days in summer expose birds to lengthier periods of daylight, which stimulates egg production.

    On the contrary, the shorter winter days depress egg production. Day length or lighting periods are therefore crucial as lighting affects the anterior pituitary gland, which stimulates or depresses egg production. However, the ultimate success or failure of an egg enterprise relies heavily on the flock management skills a farmer possesses.

    This article seeks to articulate aspects that poultry farmers should be aware of when approaching the winter season and how best to maintain optimum egg production during the winter season.

    Shorter days

    Research shows that sunlight directly influences egg production in laying birds. Therefore, longer days of sunlight can enhance maximum egg production. Generally, laying birds require 16 hours of lighting to lay well. Farmers are therefore advised to add artificial lighting facilities to supplement natural light. It is however worth noting that despite the importance of lighting to laying birds, farmers are advised not to leave lights on all night, as laying hens need to sleep and rest for optimum production.

    To this end, it is recommended that artificial light be turned on in the early hours (for example, 02:00) to ensure a 16-hour lighting period and eight hours of darkness for resting. Lighting can be controlled manually or where possible, a timer can be installed that can switch off and on as necessary.


    Moulting refers to the natural process of the shedding of feathers and regrowth. Once the amount of daylight reduces, it signals to the bird that it is time to rest and replenish. In general, the natural time for moulting is April and May, to allow laying birds to regrow new feathers to insulate the body during the cold winter season. Laying birds that go through the moulting process divert nutritional elements e.g. protein, energy etc., to feather regrowth instead of laying eggs. This leads to a decline or total halt in egg production.

    The moulting process can last up to eight weeks; however, it can be prolonged to 12 weeks and beyond in poor layers. Thus, vitamin supplementation and proper feeding (including high-quality feed and balanced diets) are recommended to accelerate the moulting process.

    Low temperatures

    Low temperatures can cause an overall lower laying rate and a decrease in the total number of eggs produced per hen. It should be noted that colder weather demands more energy from birds. Thus in winter, most of the feed goes to energy production to keep the bird's body warm, rather than egg production. Farmers refer to this scenario as 'feeding with no return'. Farmers are therefore advised to feed high-quality feed and increase the feeding allowance per bird by at least five grams. Under normal conditions, the feeding allowance per bird is 110 to 120 grams. The allowance therefore can be increased to 125 grams per bird.

    Increasing feeding the allowance can be seen as an additional cost; however, it is a worthy investment in order to maintain constant egg production.

    In conclusion, farmers should take note that there are other factors that can contribute to a decline in egg production. Such factors include aspects such as age, inconsistent water supply, poor diets, sickness and more.

    However, naturally reduced egg production is a common challenge in winter, irrespective of the good health of a bird.

    It is therefore vital for farmers to reduce cold stress by providing vitamin supplements (e.g. stress pack, Vitaforte), ensuring proper feeding, maintaining 16 hours of lighting and supplying fresh water for their poultry birds consistently. This is key to maintain constant egg production throughout the entire laying period and ensure a consistent and reliable supply of eggs to customers.

    *Emilie Abraham is a technical officer within Agribank's Agri Advisory Service Division

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    Company seeks eviction of 20 tenantsCompany seeks eviction of 20 tenants There is an interesting matter before High Court Judge Boas Usiku where Endobo Properties is applying for an order to evict 20 tenants from a property at Tsumeb.

    In September last year, Endobo filed its particulars, attaching a customer age analysis dated 13 June 2018. The total outstanding rent for the 20 tenants amounted to N$248 815 with N$189 795 of that outstanding for 120 days or more, the bulk of it dating back to March 2016 through to February 2018.

    According to the document, the biggest defaulter is the fourth defendant, Gustav Gariseb, trading as Longa Engineering, with N$46 205, with N$39 880 owed between March 2016 and January 2018.

    The other defendants, from one to 20 save for the fourth, are Petrus Nambundu, Selma Alpheus, Martin Martino, Masonde Viwangu, Basilium Kaguwo, Johannes Ndyamba, Christolene Kambamba, Selonika Upingasana, Bernhard Hikumua, Fillip Louis, Fillipine Gomusas, Immanuel Shilonda, Efat Pejamatjike, Lucia Sabatha, Norman Filiyati, Helarius Goseb, Andreas Thimbunga, Martino Mbimbi and Sara Haseb. Endobo told the court that it is the owner of the property at 103 President's Avenue, listing the transfer deed number, adding that “the aforementioned Endobo Properties (Pty) Limited was converted to a close corporation in 2007 and the transfer deed was endorsed accordingly”.

    Attaching the rental contract, Endobo said that according to the terms of the document, it could terminate the lease if rent was not paid when due, amongst others.

    “Should the lease be terminated, the lessee undertakes to vacate the premises on or before the termination date” and if not, Endobo has the right to enter the premises and remove the lessee's property, placing it in storage.

    Endobo told the court that 20 defendants were all in breach of their rental obligations, most starting from February 2016, according to the age analysis. Endobo asked the court to cancel all the relevant lease agreements and to evict the 20 defendants from the property. It also asked for costs. In their plea, the 20 defendants, represented by Sylsken Makondo, say that the property, at the time of transfer to Endobo, was not owned by Ongopolo Mining and thus, there was no legal cause for the transfer to be effected.

    In the alternative, they say the 1977 Rents Ordinance allows for a notice period of one year for a business and three months for a residence “when a lessor gives notice to a lessee to vacate”.

    Interestingly, they include in their plea, a section from the ordinance which states that “the period of notice as required by this section shall not be applicable where the lessee of business premises has done material damage to such premises, or has indulged in conduct which constitutes a nuisance to the residents or occupants of adjoining or neighbouring premises, or is in arrears with the payment of rent of the said premises.”

    They add also that they did not consent to a shorter notice period as provided for by the ordinance.

    Alternatively, the defendants say that Endobo was not the lawful owner when the lease agreements were signed and executed and thus, they are entitled to resist eviction. They asked for the claim to be dismissed with costs.

    The matter is set to go to trial. Francois Erasmus appears for Endobo.


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    Trouble brews over Witbooi coronationTrouble brews over Witbooi coronationNew kaptein 'government sanctioned' The dust is refusing to settle in the /Khowese clan despite the coronation of a new gaob. The Witbooi Royal House in Gibeon has rejected the coronation of the newly installed ninth kaptein, Gaob Hendrik Ismael Witbooi, saying he is government sanctioned.

    They also insist their customs and traditions were disrespected.

    Speaking on behalf of the royal house, Reverend Penias Topnaar said they do not accept the coronation and will ask the High Court to review it.

    Topnaar also issued a statement in which he said the elders of the Witbooi Royal House and the descendants of the legendary Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi have not ceded their powers to identify, nominate and designate a kaptein of the /Khowese traditional community.

    “It is regrettable that for the first time in the history of the /Khowese people an installation of a kaptein would be dictated by a government in an independent republic, which did not happen during the colonial regime,” he said.

    Witbooi's coronation took place this past weekend after a High Court bid to halt the process was dismissed by Judge Thomas Masuku on Friday morning. The urgent application was brought by the new kaptein's cousin and former Namibian high commissioner to Zambia, Salomon Josephat Witbooi, his mother Anna Jacobs, Elizabeth Kock, Christina Fredericks and Topnaar.


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    RDP slams electronic voting machinesRDP slams electronic voting machines The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) says it will not hesitate to boycott Namibia's upcoming elections if necessary to object the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs).

    At a press conference held yesterday, newly elected RDP secretary-general Brunhilde Cornelius called on all Namibians, especially the youth, to ensure they are registered to vote in the November elections.

    Cornelius said the party was on record as saying that it had no confidence in the use of EVMs, which it labelled an “Indian cheating machine.” “What we have observed is that the EVMs are not fair, not credible and not transparent. The 'Indian cheating machine' makes no provision for the use of a voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT),” she said.

    Despite these concerns, the public had been told that the machines were efficient, reliable and faster than counting paper ballots.

    She claimed that even the Swapo Party, “the owner of this suspicious electoral process, rejected the EVMs at their congress in 2017. Why? Because the system cannot be trusted in the way of allocating the voter to the candidates or parties.”

    Cornelius said the RDP, together with “likeminded parties”, would leave no stone unturned to stop the use of EVMs in Namibia's electoral system. She added that at “an appropriate time, RDP will not hesitate to boycott the elections if the use of EVMs is not stopped.”

    The secretary-general appealed to all RDP members and the public in general to ensure they make use of the supplementary voter registration being done this month.

    She said instead of posting complaints on social media, the youth should help bring meaningful change to the political landscape of the country by registering and voting. She said the RDP was aware of frustrations among Namibians who have threatened to boycott the elections. “To those, RDP has this to say: The more you deny yourself a right to vote, the more unemployment and poor quality education remain the same. The health sector will continue to deteriorate, lack of housing will remain the same and corruption will remain rampant.”

    She added that those who don't vote would ensure that people continue to live on dumpsites.

    Cornelius emphasised that change can only come through voting.


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  • 07/09/19--16:00: A birthright for a song
  • A birthright for a songA birthright for a song Like the proverbial biblical Esau who sold his birthright to his younger brother Jacob for a bowl of steaming hot lentil stew, Namibia still finds herself guilty of giving away her prized jewels for next to nothing.

    A case in point would be our mining resources and so too would be what has been happening with our timber.

    It is in this light that we must view a call by the Muzokumwe Volunteers Association (MVA) for timber factories to be built, so we can halt the practice of selling centuries-old trees for peanuts.

    MVA chairperson Paulus Mbangu said at the weekend that timber from the two Kavango regions should not be sold cheaply to the Chinese market, but should rather be processed inside the country to create employment for local youth.

    Youth unemployment in Kavango East stands at about 63%, while in Kavango West it is currently at about 47%.

    “We have timber, a lot of timber that can enable us to come up with timber factories, unlike the tendency that we just picked up that there are some who want to sell timber like vetkoek at a price of N$300,” Mbangu said.

    As has been succinctly argued over the years, Namibia's economic growth is largely dependent on investments in the primary sector (raw materials), specifically in mining.

    The country has for years been urged to change its focus to the secondary and tertiary sectors, if its resources are truly to benefit ordinary citizens.

    We must pay more than lip service to value-addition and beneficiation as drivers of employment.

    We cannot be left to the mercy of ailing commodity prices, a situation that continues to push our employment rate higher and higher.

    It is critical that we do more than just talk about value-addition, if we are to truly move towards being a self-reliant. What we can ill-afford is to continue shipping our raw materials at low cost to those who sell it back at massive profit.

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    Chilling testimony in bail applicationChilling testimony in bail application Ernst Lichtenstrasser, who is charged with the murders of Namibia Institute of Mining Technology (NIMT) executive director Eckhart Mueller and his deputy Heimo Hellwig was not threatened or influenced by the police to confess to the killings.

    This is according to investigating officer Inspector Reinhardt Maletzky, who said Lichtenstrasser was of a sound and clear mind when he confessed to the murders and that he had done so voluntarily.

    Maletzky's testimony in the formal application brought by Lichtenstrasser in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court was led by State advocate Antonia Verhoef.

    The investigating officer presented strong evidence against Lichtenstrasser.

    Maletzky, who served as a police officer in Okahandja for 32 years, said he and a 10-member team had investigated the NIMT murders. Lichtenstrasser, who is under heavy police guard, is charged with the execution-style shootings of Mueller and Hellwig in April in front of the NIMT training centre in Arandis.

    “The accused confessed to the murders and was not influenced. We've helped him repeatedly to contact his lawyer,” Maletzky testified on Monday.

    Lichtenstrasser claimed in his bail hearing evidence last month that he confessed to the killings carried out on 15 April because the police had threatened to arrest his wife.

    “I wanted to protect my wife and therefore confessed to the murders,” the 58-year-old native Austrian maintained during his evidence.

    Yesterday, Maletzky told the court that Lichtenstrasser posed a threat to all NIMT employees adding that investigations are also at a “sensitive stage”, as more people would be investigated. “There is a high probability that more arrests will follow,” Maletzky said.

    “It is true that there are no eyewitnesses to the killings, but the evidence against the defendant is very strong,” Maletzky said.

    He told the court that the murder weapon was found buried in the desert, “by chance” at the place where Lichtenstrasser had suggested to the police during his confession.

    Moreover, ballistics on the casings found at the murder scene and others found at a shooting range near Outjo where Lichtenstrasser regularly practiced, as well as at his flat in Otavi, all match.

    To further compound matters, Maletzky said Lichtenstrasser had threatened Mueller long before the murders. He had allegedly warned him to “sleep with his eyes open”.

    Lichtenstrasser had testified after prosecutor Verhoef presented five reasons why he should remain in custody.

    These included that Lichtenstrasser is a flight risk and that it was neither in the interest of justice nor the public that he be granted bail. “The allegations are very serious,” she said.

    Lichtenstrasser's lawyer Trevor Brockerhoff led his evidence.

    The suspect admitted he was part of a NIMT concerned group that questioned management and Mueller's leadership.

    He said all the group members had “strife” with Mueller, and not only him.

    Although he denied the allegations, Lichtenstrasser admitted he was in the vicinity of Arandis “somewhere in the desert” on 15 April.

    He said he had a quarrel with his wife in Tsumeb the previous day and told her he was going to “Jason”, a former NIMT employee who currently resides in Swakopmund.

    He rummaged through the safe and packed a .38 Special revolver and ammunition, and then proceeded south.

    Due to pain in his shoulder he took strong painkillers along the way and “somewhere between Usakos and Arandis” he stopped and slept next to the road due to “fatigue and confusion”.

    “I woke up confused on Monday (the day of the murders) and for safety reasons I drove a little further into the desert, where I fell asleep again,” he said.

    On the Tuesday he decided to drive back to Tsumeb. During the trip he had heard about the killings on the radio and was arrested in Karibib.

    The suspect said he came to Namibia before independence and disapproved of the then apartheid system, which is why he had become a freedom fighter and currently enjoys veteran status. He claimed he gathered information for Swapo during the liberation struggle.

    Magistrate Conchita Olivier postponed the matter to 24 July for her ruling.


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    Education pays N$400k a month for officesEducation pays N$400k a month for offices The Ohangwena education directorate is spending millions a year to rent offices, while the construction of its office complex has been terminated until further notice, due to poor workmanship.

    The Ohangwena region council is not happy with the situation that sees the education directorate fork out N$400 000 a month in rental fees for offices at Eenhana.

    The Ohangwena education directorate moved to Eenhana from Ondangwa in October 2012 and has been renting at the Greenwell Complex.

    In 2016 the education ministry started with the construction of a N$57 million office complex at Eenhana that was expected to be completed this year, but the project has since stalled, with only 20% of the work completed. In his State of the Region Address (Sora), read on his behalf by regional council chairperson Ericsson Ndawanifa, Ohangwena governor Usko Nghaamwa expressed his disappointment over the construction of the education office complex and the Onanghulo clinic.

    “These two projects are draining government of a lot of money, and they continue to do so, especially the education directorate, as staff have been renting offices at a very high price. However, the project has been abandoned and it is still not clear when it will resume,” Nghaamwa said.

    “I am therefore calling upon entrepreneurs to measure their capacities and not just go for any project that comes their way. Government resources are also limited and need to be jealously guarded by patriotic Namibians, as these are public resources that need to sustain the whole nation.”

    Ohangwena regional education director Isak Hamatwi said they are paying N$395 905.05 a month as rental fees.

    Commenting on the construction of the directorate's regional office, he said the contract was terminated by the works ministry as the employer, in liaison with the consultant, who had been supervising the project.

    He said the site had not been abandoned.

    “The termination was due to poor workmanship and all that was said at the SORA,” Hamatwi said.

    Ohangwena chief regional officer Fellep Shilongo said the education directorate's office complex is a capital project that is monitored by central government, and therefore the region cannot comment on any details.


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  • 07/09/19--16:00: Katrina quits
  • Katrina quitsKatrina quitsEducation minister resigns from cabinet President Hage Geingob has accepted the resignation of education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, who was convicted of corruption on Monday. Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa quit President Hage Geingob's cabinet yesterday, a day after she was found guilty of corruption by the Windhoek High Court.

    The former Hardap governor was found guilty of corruption by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Monday. She will be sentenced on 24 July.

    Hanse-Himarwa was found guilty of corruptly using her former office as Hardap governor for gratification, and for removing two Mass Housing beneficiaries from a waiting list to make way for two of her relatives.

    She said yesterday she strongly believes that all Namibians, including public office-bearers, have the right to a fair trial and are innocent until proven guilty.

    “In light of the High Court of Namibia's verdict yesterday (on Monday), I intend to exercise my full legal rights through the appropriate legal channels. I understand the seriousness of the conviction and I am also mindful of the president's strong views on transparency and accountability.

    “In this light, I hereby confirm that I have requested to be relieved of my duties as minister of education, arts and culture with immediate effect,” Hanse-Himarwa said in a bombshell statement yesterday.

    “I wish to thank President Hage Geingob for his forthright and principled leadership. Serving in his cabinet has been an honour and a privilege, from which I have learned immense lessons.

    “One of my observations has been a concerted effort to portray him in a negative light and dilute, disparage and diminish his leadership. I apologise to both him and the Namibian people, as I know this conviction has been a source of disappointment and distress for many who know me.” In his judgment on Monday, Judge Liebenberg said the State had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Hanse-Himarwa's version of events was false.

    “It was duly established that the accused, as governor of the Hardap Region, clearly abused the power and authority vested in her office when insisting that the list of beneficiaries under the MHDP (Mass Housing Development Project) be amended to her satisfaction, thereby ensuring that at least one of her family members benefited directly from her actions. The accused's actions were intentional and constituted a chargeable offence under the Anti-Corruption Act (ACA),” Judge Liebenberg ruled.

    Constitutional oath

    Hanse-Himarwa said yesterday when she was appointed as education minister on 20 March 2015, she “took a constitutional oath to, inter alia, uphold, defend and protect the constitution and serve the Namibian people to the best of my ability”.

    “I have upheld this constitutional oath with the conscientiousness that was required of me. This resignation is within the context of this obligation,” she said.

    “I am immensely proud of what the ministry of education, arts and culture has achieved since my appointment. Due to a committed and hardworking team, we have managed to establish a ministerial culture where mutual respect, cooperation and a singular pursuit of bridging the gaps in the basic education system prevailed.

    “I sincerely thank each and every staff member of the ministry of education, arts and culture for their support and I urge them to remain focused and determined to achieve our shared dream of improving the quality of education in Namibia for all our children,” Hanse-Himarwa added.

    She also thanked her fellow public office bearers “with whom my path has crossed, and I wish them well as their success is their pursuit of success for the Namibian nation”.

    “This has been an incredibly difficult and emotional period for my family and I. Their love and support has been a critical element in my ability to withstand the attacks on my character and numerous unfounded accusations and insults that I have had to endure.

    “The same is true for my extended family, community and friends. I am sincerely grateful for your unconditional love and support.

    “I have received calls from people from all walks of life, including those with who I have had political differences, and I am grateful for their reminders that the Lord is our fortress.

    “My faith remains in Him, and as a believer, I trust in His everlasting love and that He will carry me through these challenging times. I will use this time to reflect and refocus and respectfully request that my privacy be respected,” Hanse-Himarwa added.

    In a statement to the media yesterday, presidential press secretary Alfredo Hengari confirmed that the president had accepted Hanse-Himarwa's resignation, adding that his administration was committed to transparency and the fight against corruption.

    He commended her for the decision and for respecting the rule of law and the institutions of Namibia.

    “President Geingob wishes to thank Honourable Hanse-Himarwa for having served in her ministerial duties the Namibian people with dedication and loyalty,” said Hengari.


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