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- 10/27/19--15:00: _Executioner defeated
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- 10/27/19--15:00: NamPower donates solar lights to Zambezi learners
- 10/27/19--15:00: Inmate sues for N$6m over exams
- 10/27/19--15:00: 2019 Namibia Sports Awards
- 10/27/19--15:00: Swapo defends Namra election promise
- 10/27/19--15:00: Battle to stop hepatitis E turning endemic
- 10/27/19--15:00: Ghana FA president former sports journo
- 10/27/19--15:00: Taylor beats Prograis in super-lightweight unification bout
- 10/27/19--15:00: Motocross championship thrills
- 10/27/19--15:00: Go Jewels!
- 10/27/19--15:00: NDF 211 Battalion concludes mini-league
- 10/27/19--15:00: Kora - a tale of too many versions
- 10/27/19--15:00: Better ranking to follow
- 10/27/19--15:00: Executioner defeated
- 10/27/19--15:00: Cop training doubled to 12 months
- 10/27/19--15:00: Clinging onto Swapo
- 10/27/19--15:00: Wasn't me – Shanghala on Kora
- 10/28/19--15:00: Walvis Bay junior town council inaugurated
- 10/28/19--15:00: Seating for !Nara Primary learners
- 10/28/19--15:00: Whiz-kids rewarded
- 10/28/19--15:00: MTC Knockout raises N$500k
The NamPower Foundation has handed over 150 solar lights to the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) in Windhoek, which in turn will donate them to learners in the Zambezi Region as part of its advocacy programme on environmental and wildlife protection in the region.
“We want to give the pupils and their parents not abstract solutions to issues arising from climate change and wildlife crime, but rather pragmatic teaching and learning tools, which are relevant to them, and also, the ability to actually change their behaviour in various areas.
“The children will benefit directly by having one solar lantern per household, enabling them to study at home at night, and also enabling them and others to believe and invest in climate change adaptation measures,” said Hans-Christian Mahnke of the LAC.
Since August the LAC has been providing training on climate change and adaptation measures, the ecosystem, biodiversity, wildlife crime and resource management at ten selected schools in the Zambezi Region.
The programme will be expanded to more schools next year. One of the educational topics is the sustainable usage of electricity.
The LAC says in the Zambezi Region, which has the poorest population and weakest infrastructure, 86% of households rely on wood for cooking, according to 2015 statistics.
Only 14% in the Zambezi Region have access to electricity for cooking, while 32% have access to electricity for lightning.
As a result, 62% of the people in the region use candles for lighting, which are ecologically unsustainable and risky. Solar lanterns offer a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution.
Kassian Mukuve Mbathera (41) has been wrestling with the correctional services authorities at the Windhoek High Court since late 2017 when he filed his first civil claim in which he accused prison officers of failing to stick to their promise of registering him for his Namcol exams.
He withdrew his first case in February 2018, but then launched a second suit, asking the court to award him N$620 000 in damages in September 2018.
This October, Mbathera submitted a notice to amend his previous claim from N$620 000 to N$6 million in damages instead, for the humiliation, injury to his self-esteem and reputation, among other damages listed.
He has also amended his initial list of defendants by adding the education ministry as a fourth defendant, alongside the commissioner-general of the Namibian Correctional Services and the minister of safety and security.
In a special plea submitted to court in February, Correctional Services denied any wrongdoing.
They underlined that in fact, officials ensured that Mbathera's examination and registration fees were waived under the scholarships fund granted to offenders.
Furthermore, prison officials drove him to the exam centre on the dates in question.
The defendants further argue that the education authorities should be added to the proceedings as the lack of an admission permit to write the exams was not the responsibility of the correctional services but the education ministry.
Mbathera's amended particulars of claim note that he is currently serving a 19-year prison term for murder, which was handed down in 2015.
In January 2017 he enrolled as a part-time student at Namcol, for English and Biology, while he was still incarcerated at Oluno Rehabilitation Centre near Ondangwa.
He said the studies were aimed at “both self-improvement and as a contribution towards his rehabilitation.”
In February he was transferred to the Evaristus Shikongo prison in Tsumeb. Mbathera said he immediately undertook to inform correctional officers there of his studies.
He claims that while he was verbally assured they would handle his registration, on his behalf, they failed to do so and failed to inform him timeously.
He claims he was told that he was on the list of candidates slated to take their exams, and that as a prisoner he was unable to verify the correctness of the information.
Mbathera says he “waited with excitement” for the date of the exams, unaware that his fees had not been paid, and “undertook intense studies in preparation for the examination”.
On the day he was to write the exams to his “tragic disappointment” discovered his name was not on the list of candidates writing exams.
Mbathera argues that he was denied his constitutional right to education by the prison officials and that following the failure to take the exams he became the “subject of many jokes by the fellow prisoners to his humiliation and indignity.”
The defendants have filed notices to oppose the application and earlier this year lost an attempt to have the case dismissed due a number of technical issues brought to court.
This week the case was postponed to 4 November for a status hearing before High Court Judge Herman Oosthuizen.
Government attorney Jabulani Ncube represents the State.
The 2019 Namibia Sports Awards was an exciting affair in Ongwediva on Saturday. Namibia’ marathon runner Helalia Johannes took both the MTC sports star and the sportswoman of the year awards for her phenomenal work. Here follows the rest of the winners in all 17 categories, which recognised individuals, sports federations, best sports journalist and umbrella bodies.
Lifetime awards were also awarded to Carol Garoes, Vetumbuavi Veii, Bravo Mufeti, Elifas Shivute, Jason Petrus and Carlos Kambaekwa for their contributions to sports over the years. Athletics coach Robert Kaxuxeuna received the Chairpersons Excellence Award.
SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR
Helalia Johannes -Athletics
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Jannie Meuwesen –Archery
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Helalia Johannes - Athletics
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR WITH DISABILITY
Johannes Nambala - Athletics
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR WITH DISABILITY
Lahja Ishitile - Athletics
JUNIOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Delano Muller - Karate
JUNIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Quinn Reddig – Archery
JUNIOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR WITH DISABILITY
JUNIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR WITH DISABILITY
Emilia Iyambo - Athletics
SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR
Beach Volleyball and Namibia Amateur Golf Union
COACH OF THE YEAR
Grant Douglas Dodds – Canoe and Rowing Federation
REFEREE/UMPIRE OF THE YEAR
Fillemon Mweya - Professional boxing
SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Sheefeni Nicodemus - The Namibian
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR
Basketball Artist School and Amateur Wrestling
During his midterm budget review speech last week, finance minister Calle Schlettwein said Namra will only be operationalised in March 2020.
Schlettwein said his ministry is struggling to launch Namra this month, as was the initial promise by government.
Swapo's new manifesto lists operationalising Namra as one of its government's achievements for 2019.
The party's executive director Austin Samupwa denied that the party lied in its manifesto about Namra being operational.
“There is no lie. People are being appointed in the meantime. The finance minister did not mean nothing is taking place,” he said.
Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah said this contradiction shows once again that political parties are not in touch with reality.
According to him, there is a pattern especially with the ruling party, to just claim success for even things that are not working on the ground.
“You will hear people talk about Harambee or Vision 2030 but they do not really connect it with the reality on whether it is really successful or not. There is a problem with parties when they work on their manifestos. They bring in things that do not really work,” said Kamwanyah.
With more than 6 500 suspected cases of hepatitis E detected in 13 of Namibia’s 14 regions since the outbreak began two years ago, health officials are working hard to stop the disease from becoming endemic.
“The outbreak has not yet reached a point where we can refer to it as being endemic in Namibia, but the threat of it becoming endemic remains,” Dr Bernard Haufiku, the national coordinator leading the response against the outbreak, told Namibian Sun last week.
Haufiku explained that once endemic, the disease would be present in the general population in all regions, with more people at risk of contracting the disease. Women of reproductive age are most at risk of becoming infected and dying.
He stressed that if it does become endemic, it would add additional strain on the health system, which is already burdened with other diseases, such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV.
“In addition, we face an onslaught of non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and mental health.”
To save lives and resources, the outbreak has to be contained and stopped from becoming endemic, he added.
“This will mean knowledge of, and availability of sanitation, clean water and personal hygiene by everyone, everywhere at all times.”
Haufiku said the response team remained optimistic that “if we aggressively address the issues of sanitation and deliver clean water to affected and at-risk populations, we can still contain the outbreak.”
By 6 October, the number of deaths attributed to hepatitis E remained at 55, with no new fatalities reported since August.
The latest situation report showed that cumulatively a total of 6 527 suspected cases linked to the hepatitis E outbreak have been reported, of which 1 585 were laboratory confirmed.
Laboratory-confirmed and suspected cases have been reported in all regions except Zambezi, and deaths linked to hepatitis E have been reported in all regions except Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Karas and Zambezi.
The report notes that of the 6 527 suspected cases of hepatitis E countrywide, 60% of the cases were male.
Men are more likely to eat food from street vendors than women and “are also less likely to wash their hands before eating,” the report states.
The majority of cases were in the age group 20 to 39.
The latest report shows that over the past four weeks, new hepatitis E cases have been decreasing compared to the weeks prior.
The Khomas Region’s informal settlements remain the epicentre of the outbreak, with 4 101 cases reported mainly in the Havana and Goreangab informal settlements.
The DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund has reported the second highest number of cases.
The US Centers for Disease Control’s Namibia country director, Dr Eric Dziuban, explained that an endemic disease is one that is always present and infections occur at a predictable rate.
So, while hepatitis E is a significant problem in Namibia, the infection rate is not predictable and whether it is becoming endemic is not certain yet, he said.
Moreover, Dziuban underlined that an endemic disease “can still be eradicated, and malaria is also a good example of an endemic disease that Namibia is trying to eradicate.”
The major challenge is to “break the cycle of transmission and stop new infections. This is harder when the number of new cases is high and widely spread. In Namibia especially the challenge for hepatitis E is upgrading sanitation. If poor sanitation conditions continue, the widespread number of cases will continue.”
Part of efforts to improve awareness and sanitation in affected areas is through the roll out of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programmes.
This approach encourages communities to work together to eradicate open defecation and to work towards identifying and implementing community-led sanitation initiatives to create a clean and hygienic environment that benefits everyone.
A 48-year-old former sports journalist Kurt Okraku has been voted in as the new president of the Ghana Football Association.
Okraku won every round against four other candidates before eventually taking the crucial vote to become the 24th president of the Ghana Football Association.
The final triumph for Okraku came in the third round when he received the support with 93 votes after his closest challenger George Afriyie conceded defeat.
Afriyie was the former vice-president of the association.
Former president Kwesi Nyantakyi stepped down from the role in June 2012 after 12 years following the broadcast of a documentary that made allegations of corruption against him.
He is currently banned from all football activities by Fifa.
Boxer Josh Taylor became the unified world champion of the super-lightweight division with a majority decision win over US fighter Regis Prograis in a thrilling contest in London.
One judge scored the fight 114-114, but two others gave it to Taylor by 117-112 and 115-113, to the delight of the Scottish fans in the O2 Arena.
Taylor now holds the WBA and IBF titles and is the World Boxing Super Series champion.
"What a fight, Regis is a great champion, but the best man won," Taylor told Sky Sports.
"He was very good, very strong and had good timing, but I knew I could get to him inside. He lived up to his name and he is a great fighter.
"I knew I could beat him with the jab alone, but he had me himself so respect to him."
The previously unbeaten Prograis vowed to return after suffering the first defeat of his career.
"The better man won on the night," Prograis said. "No excuses, but I will be back. I’m pretty sure Josh enjoyed it, hopefully we can do part two."
The Swakopmund motocross track hosted leg six of the Motocross Namibian National Championship last weekend.
Sixty-six motorcyclists racing on Yamaha, Honda, Husqvarna, Suzuki and Kawazaki bikes battled it out.
The showpiece, which was sponsored by Yeti Insulated Panel Manufacturing, offered great racing action for young and old in various different categories like MX1, MX2, MX 125cc, MX 65cc, MX 85, rookies, clubmen, MX 50cc as well as the quad bikes for men and ladies.
The adrenaline-filled motocross racing featured three heats per category.
The overall results per category were as follows:
1. Mark Sternhagel 75 points
2. Bjorn Bierbrauer 66 points
3. Ruhan Gous 59 points
1. Frank Klosta 65 points
2. Arno Engels 58 points
3. AJ van der Merwe 55 points
1. Liam Gilchrist 75 points
2. Herbert de Klerk 66 points
3. Stefan Bartsch 60 points
1. Lehan Augustyn 70 points
2. Andre Barnard 67 points
3. Juan de Vos 61 points
1. Mark Lowings 75 points
2. Anton Myburgh 66 points
3. Gerhard Myburgh 55 points
1. Riaan Kritzinger 70 points
2. Anton Myburgh 61 points
3. Armandus Rottcher 60 points
1. Oliver Gruttemeyer 64 points
2. JL Opperman 64 points
3. Wanjo Kollmitz 62 points
1. Juan de Vos 69 points
2. Dylan Coetzer 69 points
3. Divan du Plessis 62 points
Quad bikes - men
1. Darren Barnard 75 points
2. Mario Snyman 44 points
Quad bikes - ladies
1. Maike Bochert 75 points
2. Jolly Fourie 66 points
Celene Adams 40 points
The Desert Jewels of Namibia were definitely the team to watch at the ended M1 Nations Cup in Singapore.
The team, sponsored by Debmarine Namibia to the tune of half a million for this competition, went into the competition as underdogs.
But from the word go, the Jewels stamped their authority, drawing their first match against the highly rated host Singapore. Watching the match one would not have thought that Namibia was rated 33rd in the world looking at the way they played.
They played like true professionals and showed the spectators that they can never be written off.
To make sure that their performance was not by chance, they beat Ireland in their second match. And that’s when it was clear that the Jewels were not in the competition to make up numbers, but to compete.
Their third match against the Cook Islands was just another surprise, as the latter were firm favourites to win the match but the Namibians had other plans.
Papua New Guinea followed, they came close to matching the Namibians, but the firm hands of our goal shooters Anna Kasper and Jaumbuaije Zauana as well as the speed of wing-attack Leandri van der Walt allowed the Namibians to go through.
Their match against Botswana was another nerve-wracking affair. With players making silly mistakes due to nerves, they knew what was at stake and the constant pressure by Botswana wasn’t helping them much.
The Botswana team came close to causing an upset but fortunately for the Namibians they got their nerves in check in the last minutes of the last quarter to extend their lead and eventually hold on to a win: a win which took them through to the finals of the cup.
The performance of Julene Meyers and her players really goes to show how much sponsorship can push players. In these economic times one needs to really applaud companies who still hold sports in high regard.
The continuous effort by Debmarine to lift the women’s game is well recognised. I’m sure that they are proud of the teams play. I also hope more corporates can recognise and jump on board to uplift the lives of many other athletes.
The 211 Battalion last week Wednesday concluded its mini-league with a final soccer match played before the awards presentation ceremony at Windhoek Technical High School (HTS).
The 211 Battalion is a Namibian Defence Force unit based at Tobias Hainyeko Garrison, formerly known as Suiderhof Military Base, in Windhoek.
Its sub-units (companies) competed against each other in the mini-league. The league started on 22 May 2019 comprising of soccer, netball, volleyball and pool, with the aim of keeping men and women in uniform physically fit.
In his keynote address the commanding officer of 211 Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Jose, said the introduction of the mini-league bore fruit and as a result, the unit soccer team managed to win the 21 Brigade general-officer Commanding Annual Tournament earlier this year without any doubt.
Jose thanked and presented Nedbank Namibia and HTS with trophies for their support throughout the league in producing fit and dedicated sportsmen and women.
Nedbank sponsored 211 Battalion with sports gear and items including trophies, balls, medals and bags worth over N$50 000 while HTS made its sport facilities available.
A head of department at the school, Ronelle Bezuidenhout, said it was a win-win situation for both parties going into such a fruitful sports partnership, adding that the school was looking forward in assisting the soldiers with the sport facility in 2020.
Nedbank Namibia’s head of marketing and communication, Gernot de Klerk, said engaging members of the Namibian Defence Force through sports was a source of pride for the bank as sports contribute to the wellbeing of soldiers in protecting Namibia.
The sport officer of 211 Battalion, Hilarius Hasheela, said the players’ fitness level and the promotion of comradeship among them were superb, noting that 2020 would be another spectacular sporting year for the unit.
The league was closed with a final soccer match where Fire Support Company beat Bravo Company 2-1 before being crowned 2019 mini-league champions.
Fire Support were also crowned the volleyball champions while Headquarters Company took the netball trophy.
The Veterans were crowned champions in the pool table competition.
The latest to throw the cat among the pigeons was former attorney-general Sacky Shangala, now justice minister, who caught everyone by surprise last week when he said that contrary to popular belief, he did not sign any agreement authorising the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) to pay N$23.4 million to Kora kingpin Ernst Adjovi.
The line of argument has all along been that it was the agreement by Shanghala as attorney-general that triggered the series of payments by NTB into Adjovi’s pockets. Shanghala denied this in a statement released on Thursday night.
Shanghala did not pull punches in his statement, in which he claims misinformation and character assassination are being peddled for political gains. He did not explain this.
A fortnight ago, President Hage Geingob rejected claims that he had been central to the deal. Responding to Namibian Sun questions, the head of state said he supported the hosting of the controversial award show in Namibia, but distanced himself from the manner the millions were lost.
In the meantime, NTB is suing Adjovi for the lost money. This means they too do not believe they are in the wrong as far as this transaction and the overall decision to associate with Adjovi is concerned.
As matters stand, no one is taking responsibility for what has happened. Yet Adjovi, in court papers, is pleading innocence too, saying Geingob, Shanghala and NTB all were well aware of what was happening and had endorsed everything.
Shanghala, rather startlingly, said NTB should report this as a “loss” to treasury – presumably for audit purposes. He then suggested that instead of “wasting time to save face” with the ongoing court case, NTB must rather save itself legal costs and pursue Adjovi outside of court for a safe return of the money.
The fact that this matter was held in camera in court tells us that this scandal is bigger than we initially thought. Way bigger!
The Namibians entered the competition as underdogs but managed to out-class better ranked countries to lift the coveted trophy after defeating Singapore 49-42 in the final match on Saturday.
Namibia, ranked 33rd in the world, piled the pressure on world number 28 Singapore from the get go to force the hosts into a first quarter 11-10 lead.
In the second quarter Singapore flipped the script on the Jewels, leading 25-20 much to the excitement of their home fans.
Nerves and the reality that they might lose the match if they don't switch up started kicking in for Namibians who then in the third quarter fought for a 33-33 crucial draw.
The fourth quarter was a decider for the two countries as they fought tooth and nail to stay in the match.
The Jewels, under a lot of pressure, switched the match up and started providing long balls to their goal shooter Jaumbauaije Zauana, who didn't disappoint under the net with her excellent shooting.
Singapore, also with excellent shooters, tried to catch up but by the time the clock struck, the Namibians had taken the title.
The captain of the Desert Jewels, Diana Tjejamba, said the week was very tough for them and that they didn't expect Singapore to lead the second quarter.
“We had to fight for the third quarter draw.”
She thanked the host nation for a perfect tournament, as well as head coach Julene Meyer, the technical team for their direction as well as Debmarine Namibia for making it possible for them to take part in the competition.
Meyer said the players deserved the cup as they showed that it was their time to win something big.
Namibia had not taken part in the cup for the past seven years but with the sponsorship from Debmarine the Jewels could compete in the tournament.
Six countries were taking part in the competition, namely hosts Singapore, Namibia, Botswana, Ireland, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea.
Namibia drew 54-54 against Singapore in their opening match. They then beat Ireland 52-31, Cook Islands 61- 46, PNG 59-47 and then Botswana 54-47 in the games which led up to the final.
The Jewels will receive a better ranking after this showing.
Namibian boxer Walter 'The Executioner' Kautondokwa lost his WBO middleweight title fight in controversial fashion to Kanat Islam of Kazakhstan on Saturday evening.
Islam scored a ten-round unanimous decision over the Namibian to retain his title.
According to BoxingScene, Islam landed fewer punches but had greater precision, while Kautondokwa came out strong but his efforts weren't supported by the judges who awarded it to the Kazakh fighter.
In addition the scores were also announced in Islam's native language. The official judges scored the fight 97-92 (twice) in favour of the Namibian and 99-92 for Islam.
Kautondokwa now has a record of 19 fights with two losses, whereas Islam has an unbeaten record of 27 fights.
This is after the original period of six months' training was changed in order to equip recruits with all the necessary skills they need to perform their duties.
This was announced by Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga yesterday at Ondangwa.
Ndeitunga said this is the third time the training period had been extended over the years. The initial course was three months, before it was changed to six months in 1994.
“All this training are very useful, but did not provide all the outcomes that are desired for policing in a democratic dispensation, taking into account fundamental human rights and freedom that the nation is enjoying, which are inherited from the supreme law, which is the constitution.
“Our aim is to provide a training that is adequate and proper to policing in a democratic dispensation and also responds to the violation of the fundamental human rights,” Ndeitunga said.
He said with the population growth, an increase in the crime rate and unresolved and withdrawn cases due to a lack of evidence, because of a lack of requisite investigation skills, the training period had to be extended.
The police chief said they also wanted to avoid civil claims against the force.
He urged the recruits to maintain a high level of discipline, dedication and passion.
Safety minister Charles Namoloh said government spent over N$ 2 million on the new training manual, which was done under the supervision of the University of Namibia (Unam).
The Namibia Training Authority (NTA), the Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA), the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), the Southern Business School and the International University of Management (IUM) also assisted, while the training was also benchmarked against best-practice in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
“After completing your training you are required to work for the police for a certain period of time, because we have spent money on you and we even introduced a new curriculum for you.
For this new training programme, public assessment was conducted to hear what was lacking in our police officers,” Namoloh said.
The unorthodox candidate was quick to remind roughly 1200 people - dominated by young professionals including Affirmative Repositioning (AR) activists – that he remains a Swapo member.
Swapo, in full-page newspaper adverts last week, insisted that the dentist had expelled himself from the ruling party the moment he registered himself as an independent candidate with the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).
Itula, who promises decent living and a free and ready healthcare system, said he would continue living in Katutura among the people if he were elected as president.
He would only move into State House once his nationwide housing programme had taken off, he told those in attendance.
Itula's manifesto launch was preceded by a march by young people chanting “we want change” as they walked from selected locations across Katutura.
Another group of supporters held a separate event in Goreangab near Greenwell Matongo.
Itula's manifesto promises better living standards for Namibia's young people.
He promises that 40% of his cabinet and decision-making structures in government would be occupied by the youth – mostly under 35 year of age.
Under his government, young people would be eligible for a “verifiable jobseeker allowance”, which would enable them to print CVs and to pay their taxi fares, among other basics.
“I will consult with the youth countrywide to draft a blueprint for youth empowerment. This will allow for the youth to determine the destiny of this country of which they are the rightful successor,” Itula promises.
The former Swapo Party School lecturer is campaigning under the banner 'Namibia is all we have, we must save it'.
Itula's first priority, he told his audience, is to liberate Namibia of a “corruption-soaked administration” and cronyism by reducing the number of government ministries from just over 20 to a mere 12.
The UK-trained dentist said there is an urgency to leave behind party loyalty and rally behind the nationalism of an independent president to rescue Namibia from becoming a failed state.
“As a lifelong revolutionary activist and member of Swapo, I am proud to have participated in the liberation struggle. As a veteran, I had high hopes that our democratic future supervised by the party and its ideals, would deliver on our expectations and that all our people would benefit. However, Swapo is not Namibia and Namibia is not Swapo. It cannot be permitted to be [a] club for social and economic advancement of member of its administration,” he lashed out.
In his manifesto, Itula lamented the state of the economy, which in his view is in serious danger and believes that Namibia is best served by a mixed economy open to innovation and entrepreneurial skills.
He also believes there is a need for more investments to create infrastructure in the country such as roads, housing, sanitation, electricity and potable water.
“As a priority, I intend to launch a major house-building programme to accelerate the security of our people. We will allocate the security of our people. We will allocate a piece of land on which to construct a house to all citizens who are homeless or without shelter,” Itula promises.
In recent weeks, political analysts said it was difficult to predict Itula's performance as independent candidate in next month's presidential elections because it remained unclear whether he had the resources to back up his candidature.
Perhaps clues in this regard were best displayed by dozens of Iveco buses sporting Itula's face, as well as a committed team of young footsoldiers who are spreading his message particularly in the informal settlements where the poor and downtrodden live hopelessly.
He denies that an agreement he had drafted led to the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) advancing N$23.4 million to Ernst Adjovi's Telecom Mundial, which promised to host the controversial Kora music awards in Namibia in 2015 and then in 2016.
The awards never took place and NTB is now suing Adjovi in the High Court, seeking an order for the West African businessman to return the money he had accepted in return for marketing Namibia during the supposed music
Startlingly, Shanghala, a trained lawyer, said efforts to pursue Adjovi in court were “nothing but a waste of time to save face and create the impression that effort was made yet without realisable assets in this jurisdiction to be able to actually recover the money.”
Shanghala was the country's attorney-general at the time.
“I had hoped I would not have to resort to defend myself in the media when fellow comrades ought to state the truth and not peddle misinformation for their political gains or engage in character assassinations to deflect from their human errors,” the minister said last
“Yet due to the intensity with which these stories are being spun, I have been left with no choice but to put some perspective to them. Firstly, I only became involved in Kora towards its dwindling, final moments. It is simply not true that the agreement was crafted by the attorney-general.”
“As a matter of fact, Mr Adjovi was represented by a host of lawyers, one being Ms Shilengudua at the time while the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) was represented by Mr Kangueehi, an acting judge.
“These are attorneys of repute, more than capable of drafting and negotiating agreements on behalf of their clients in accordance with the instructions of their clients.”
Shanghala says he attended only two meetings pertaining to the Kora awards, in his capacity as attorney-general at the time.
One such meeting was with the NTB, its lawyer and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta. At this meeting, it was revealed that NTB had already paid the money to the Kora organisers. It was not clear what agreement NTB relied upon to make payment.
“I proclaimed, after having heard that monies were paid in advance and the show would not materialise (as it factually did not), that that the money was gone, and that if I were the NTB, I would accept that and approach Treasury to report it as a loss.
“I suggested, therefore, that one could engage the proprietors of the Kora awards ceremony to return monies paid thereby settling the matter. I held the view then, and still do now, that trying to recover those amounts may well cost nearly similar quantities given the exchange rates, in legal fees on the continent of Europe.”
“I am not the one who directed that payment be made in advance and it would be prudent for all involved to take responsibility for their own deeds,” Shanghala said.
The newly elected Walvis Bay junior town council was officially inaugurated on Friday evening. Kuundja Kavari from International School of Walvis Bay is the new mayor and his deputy is Jacky Geirises from Duneside High School. The CEO is Anna Uupindi, also from Duneside High School. Sixteen junior councilors were also inaugurated. Other executive councilors include Selma Iilonga (deputy CEO), Rosemary Geinus (secretary), Sarita Rossouw (deputy secretary), Amber Coetzee (treasurer), Valencia Naruses (deputy treasurer) Voilet Morrison (HR officer), Beata Nangombe (deputy HR officer), Juandro van Rooi (PRO), Tuli Haikola (deputy PRO), Divan van Vreden (senior member), Erastus David (senior member) and Pieter Sparks Nekonga (senior member).
Previously learners had to eat while sitting in the sand on the school promises.
The new seating was made possible through fundraising initiatives by the school, as well as sponsors that include Ehanga Fishing, Build It and Benguela Fishing.
The fundraising initiatives started with the selling of braai meat, a civvies day and the hosting of Miss Nara Primary.
“We have about 450 children registered as orphans and vulnerable children at our school, Memory Rheeder, the project coordinator, said.
“Currently, we have about 600 learners we feed every day as part of our feeding scheme. We rely heavily on sponsors. At the moment Etosha Fishing provides us with 50 litres of sardines, the local Community Church donates bread and the Playtime Group provides transport for the bread. During break these children have to sit in the sand to eat their meals.”
Government has assisted the school to build classrooms, as well as an administration block. Also, the Japanese embassy built five classrooms, and an additional 12 classrooms were built through fundraising over the years and thanks to parent contributions, raffles, big walks and private donors. “Erongo Marine assisted us with N$50 000 which we also used to build a classroom. Namport built a playground, but due to the remoteness of the school, it was an easy target for vandals and as a result we had to disassemble it,” Rheeder said.
The school was established in 2011 with 400 learners and currently has 1 660 learners. The learners are involved in a number of extramural activities that include soccer, chess, cricket, a science fair, the school choir, netball and cultural groups.
The second annual Walvis Bay Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair for Girls took place recently. Girls from grades 1 to 12 had the opportunity to showcase their projects in the related STEM fields.
According to Anastasia de Klerk, founder of the STEM Fair for Girls, this year they had a mobile fair that took place from 7 to 15 October.
“This meant that we had to go to each school that entered in the fair to judge the learners. We had to do this because we could not secure enough funds in time for the main event, but it was really fun because we got to connect with each individual learner,” De Klerk said.
The Walvis Bay STEM Fair for Girls is one of the branches of NamSTEM and it was started in September 2018.
“STEM projects help to provide learners with opportunities to make meaningful connections to the real world, as they develop skills, behaviours and dispositions necessary for college, careers and life-readiness.
“Our main goals are to create a positive annual scientific event which female learners can look forward to, as well as to encourage scientific exploration and discovery and promote a deep lifelong passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
The prize-giving ceremony took place last week.
The Hosi trophy sponsored by Aristides Sambiliye for the best science project was awarded to Sela Shiimi from !Nara Primary School. The name of her project was: Which fuel is the best for combustion?
The Skrywer trophy sponsored by Salinde Skrywer for the best science project was awarded to Priscilla Shongola from Flamingo Secondary School and the name of her project was: Do you know about e- waste?
The trophy for the best technology project was awarded to Lauryn Maanda from De Duine Secondary School for her project called: Coding made easy.
The trophy for the best engineering project was awarded to Penny Kashidukila from De Duine Secondary School for her project: Homemade washing machine.
Chantelle Tsowases from !Nara Primary School scooped the award of the most creative primary school project with her project called: Which soil has the best water-holding capacity?
Reginelda Stefanus from De Duine Secondary School scooped the award for most creative secondary school project, with her project: What type of foundation is the best for a particular building?
The Palmer trophy, sponsored by Maria Palmer, for the most promising primary school project was awarded to Blommie Awases from Duneside High School for her project: Pharmaceuticals and my budget.
The Penelope Martin-Louw trophy for the best primary school project was awarded to Sela Shiimi from !Nara Primary School.
The Johannes Shikoyeni trophy, sponsored by the Johannes Shikoyeni Community Trust, for the best secondary school project, was awarded to Priscilla Shongola from Flamingo Secondary School.
The best primary school was !Nara Primary School and the best secondary school was De Duine Secondary School.
As part of the STEM fair programme, learners were taken on a field trip to the China Space Tracking, Telemetry and Communication and Command Station outside Swakopmund.
“We also created a special category for boys who wanted to compete for the chance to go to Pretoria to compete in the South African Youth Engineering and Science Symposium (SAYESS) at the end of November. We managed to identify and invite 12 projects that had great potential to compete in the competition,” De Klerk said.
These learners are Lauryn Maanda, Tamlin Damon, Reginelda Stefanus, Penny Kashidukila and Naftali Shinyama (De Duine), Josephine Amavila, Jasmine Sitzer, Blommie Awases and Killian Beukes (Duneside), Priscilla Shongola and Elizabeth Kashimbode (Flamingo Secondary School) and Sela Shimi (!Nara Primary School).
The telecoms giant also revealed yesterday that its Knockout boxing event had raised N$500 000 to fight GBV.
The money was made through pledges by companies that sponsored 10 of the 16 celebrity boxers that took part in the event at the Windhoek Country Club Resort earlier this month.
MTC executive Tim Ekandjo said the event served two aims, which they achieved successfully. The first was to raise awareness about GBV and the second was to raise funds.
He said they ran an effective social media campaign in the build-up to the event, which saw boxers sending out positive messages on why GBV needs to be curbed.
“We didn't want people to talk about the boxing while losing the objective,” said Ekandjo.
He added that on the night of the event, the ring girls looked classy, as they wore suits which they designed themselves; something which is rare in the traditional art of boxing, where ring girls normally wear revealing clothing, which is seen by many as demeaning.
Ekandjo said they are engaging with their boxing stables to do away with that. In addition to the requested proposals, a committee was appointed consisting of members from the companies that endorsed the boxers, namely Mwatire Uyumba (Namibia Wildlife Resorts), Monica Shapwa (Namdia), Surihe Gaomas-Guchu (MVA Fund), Tuafi Shafombabi (National Housing Enterprise) and Ndapona Schleberger (Nasria), as well as Sandra Garises from the Bank of Namibia (BoN).
Ekandjo said the number of organisations that will receive funds is solely at the discretion of the committee, and that the number also depends on the weight of the proposals they receive.
Furthermore, NWR gave vouchers to the tune of N$50 000 as a token of appreciation to all the boxers who took part in the event. The vouchers will allow boxers and their partners to spend a night at the Gross Barmen resort.