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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    ECN did not learn from its mistakesECN did not learn from its mistakes A political analyst has described the Electoral Commission of Namibia's handling of last week's national and presidential elections as appalling.

    The elections were marred by malfunctioning electronic voting machines (EVMs) and problems with the voter verification process, which led to slow-moving queues at most polling stations. Institute for Public Policy Research executive director Graham Hopwood says the ECN did not manage the elections in the best way. “The way the ECN has handled this election in terms of transparency and openness has been appalling. The long delays and silences have fuelled fake news and conspiracy theories,” he said. Hopwood said the ECN apparently had learned nothing from its earlier mistakes. “It seems like they have learnt nothing from the 'EVMs falling off a trailer' saga, which they covered up for two years before only admitting the details when they were exposed by a newspaper report,” said Hopwood. Disgraced former justice minister Sakeus Shangala claimed that the missing EVMs, which had been borrowed by Swapo for an internal election, had fallen from a truck. Constitutional law expert Professor Nico Horn also felt that the ECN could have been more transparent, adding that he expected results to be released regularly as they became available. “The ECN must be open and transparent and updates should be given regularly. The longer you wait, the more rumours will start spreading,” he said. Horn also expressed concern about the absence of opposition parties when it was announced that President Hage Geingob had won the presidential vote. National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) leader Esther Miunjangue was the only opposition leader in attendance when ECN chief electoral officer Theo Mujoro announced the results on Saturday evening.

    “I am worried at the reaction of the Popular Democratic Movement and Landless People's Movement, who all boycotted the announcement of the results,” Horn said.

    The two parties have accused the ECN of rigging the elections in favour of Swapo and Geingob, who was under pressure from the only independent presidential candidate, Panduleni Itula.

    Horn said it was a good sign that political parties could campaign without restrictions in some areas of the country. In 2008, the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) was not allowed to hold a rally in Okuryangava in Windhoek.

    No such incident occurred during campaigning for this year's elections. “This year there were no no-go zones. It is a good sign, we are maturing,” Horn said.

    Stockbroking firm PSG Konsult said there was no evidence that the elections were rigged. “Observer missions expressed satisfaction with the process,” the firm said.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: See you folks!
  • See you folks!See you folks! How do I even begin to understand what the hell I am going through when it is incomprehensible to this meagre human brain that I’m stuck with? Evany van Wyk

    How can I miss something that I didn’t even think I needed and how am I this strong to be able to move on to another chapter, leaving behind the past.

    The fact is I am not strong; you see me standing, but I’m dying on the floor. ‘Stone cold’ as Demi Lovato would say. I am saying my final goodbyes to the most interesting chapter of my life and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. The first and only thing that I want to express clearly is that being part of The Zone has been the realest, scariest and most invigorating experience of my life.

    A scared and meek girl walked into the office on her first day of work, but a strong, knowledgeable and changed young woman left on her last day. ‘Thank you’ is not enough to express my gratitude to an amazing team that has taught me so much about life.

    To anyone thinking of joining the team: You will not be able to understand how intensely lucky you are. And in this instance, luck is a real thing, and you would have hit the jackpot.

    Now no one forced me to write this column and sing any praises, but damn, it’s really difficult to write anything else but praises.

    This is the type of work environment where going home is a drag, because it’s so much fun. You literally don’t want to miss out on all the action, the fun and the adrenaline rush of trying to get things done before deadline.

    Yes, being tired is part of life, and I’ve been drained sometimes, but the whole ‘kavibe’ is worth it. That’s another thing I picked up, slang words.

    ‘Chommie girl’ it’s what makes every day a blast. The mistakes I’ve made have really had me down though, and doubting myself and my capabilities, but as they say ‘vat hom op die bors en dribble hom’. I have seriously become a full-fledged language killer, because I simply can’t stop talking like that.

    Something in the way we always managed to do what seemed impossible has still got me shook; to the point where I am asking myself: Was I working with a team of superheroes? The answer is no, they are just hardworking, super-inspirational and they are all immensely beautiful, inside and out.

    There is a certain level of passion that each and every one has for their work, and that for me is the most admirable. That is what I am chasing the PASSION.

    Which begs the question: Why am I leaving? At this point in time I have no answer for that question. I have, however, always trusted my instincts, which is telling me that somewhere something great is waiting for me out there - something that I can’t even imagine and I can’t wait to see what it is.

    I believe that when you are brave enough to say goodbye, then life will reward you with a ‘hello’. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

    The one thing that will probably stay with me the longest is the friends I have gained. To be honest, they are more like family and I’m so glad they chose me.

    I found a way to express my love of writing and for that I will always be grateful. Language is a beautiful thing, even if mine is a bit broken at times. Expressing my opinion, but also being able to give other people a voice, was such a blessing. Not to mention all the important people I got to meet. ‘Hosh Marubaan’ - these are the memories that will always be with me and it only took a leap of faith. That small leap that had me believe for a second that I stood a small chance of getting this job. My advice is to be very vigilant when taking leaps of faith; things can very well go sideways real quick. That is my secret to life: Don’t take unnecessary risks and be the sunshine that brightens everyone’s day.

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    My Zone asked pupils from the coast if they think Black Friday has any significance and whether is it a good or bad practice.My Zone asked pupils from the coast if they think Black Friday has any significance and whether is it a good or bad practice. Lindley Appollis

    Emmatjie Gaoses

    $30. I agree with what my dad says that they just put on fancy colours and say something is on special, when in fact it’s like a Venus flytrap.

    Even though many people see Black Friday as a waste of money, I think that it is a good thing. It gives people the opportunity to buy gifts for their loved ones, seeing that Christmas is just around the corner. This gives regular consumers the opportunity to be able to afford certain things that they couldn’t afford before.

    I think it’s a good way for shops to clear their old stock and make space for new stock, especially for those special December gifts and items with festive themes. It also promotes more sales, due to a dedicated day being set aside for Black Friday. In my opinion it’s a win-win for both businesses and customers.

    From my point of view, Black Friday only brings negative vibes. Firstly, as seen before in Windhoek and South Africa, it can get dangerous and violent, with people storming shops to get their hands on a certain item. Honestly, the shopping rage isn’t worth it. It also encourages people to spend money they don’t have.

    It is a good thing. It gives people who aren’t as well off an opportunity to buy the really expensive things at a cheaper price. I feel it gives them a chance to feel like ‘I can have it all’, even if it is just for that day. It also gives businesses the opportunity to make more money, which in the end gives our economy a boost for the day.

    In my opinion Black Friday gives people the chance to buy things at a much lower price, which are normally much more expensive. By now people know Black Friday is celebrated in November, so it gives them a great chance to save a little something extra throughout the year.

    Black Friday isn't a good thing because it leads to chaos; it's just a way of institutions making more money out of people by coming up with ideas that look like the consumers are benefiting, but they aren't.

    Black Friday has its negative and positive sides. The bad thing is how crowded it gets on the day and how everyone doesn't get what they want. Some people even get hurt in the process. On the other hand, it’s always great to have specials and marked down prices on items and it’s a time of the year that everyone awaits eagerly.

    I do like purchasing cheap stuff on this day, but that doesn’t come close to the traffic lines and rude drivers you get to experience on the day. We are all aware how bad traffic sometimes gets, and it only increases on Black Friday. Crowded stores and long lines can turn the calmest people into terrifying lunatics and any store can turn into a mob scene or into a fight club.

    I think it is a good thing as people who can't usually afford certain things get to buy luxury items.

    Black Friday is a good way to kick off the festive season. You can now buy that one thing you’ve been wanting for months that you couldn’t afford or you can use it as an opportunity to buy Christmas presents.

    I think Black Friday is good because a lot of people get the chance to buy things they cannot normally afford, in order to improve their lives.

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    Police, not NDF, shot robbery suspect deadPolice, not NDF, shot robbery suspect dead A wanted criminal was shot dead in Katutura on Sunday night during an undercover operation by police officers, and not by Namibian Defence Force (NDF) members of Operation Kalahari Desert.

    The police yesterday refuted speculations on social media that the man had been shot by NDF soldiers.

    Namibian Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi identified the deceased as John Dauseb, a wanted criminal out on bail in a number of robbery cases.

    Dauseb was shot during an undercover operation in Max Eixab Street in Katutura on Sunday night at about 22:00.

    “When the undercover officers learnt about the whereabouts of the wanted suspect they went there to make a lawful arrest, but the suspect was unruly and resisted arrest,” she said.

    One of Dauseb's friends allegedly threw a bottle which hit a police officer in the head. An undercover officer pursued the man who had thrown the bottle, said Shikwambi.

    Another officer remained behind to arrest Dauseb, but Dauseb attacked him and stabbed him in the hand.

    Shikwambi said the officer fired a warning shot but that did not deter Dauseb, who threatened to kill the officer.

    The cornered officer then shot Dausab in self-defence, Shikwambi said.

    According to her, the officer received treatment for his injuries and is in a stable condition.

    The case is being investigated by the police's internal investigation directorate.





    “This is an unfortunate and regrettable incident which could have been avoided had the suspects cooperated with the officers, who only intended to effect a lawful arrest.

    “Our emphasis has been and continues to be that the public must cooperate when approached by law enforcement enforcers,” Shikwambi said.

    She said fighting, threatening, injuring and undermining police officers in the execution of their duties serves no purpose, and in most cases turn out disastrous.

    “It must be avoided at all times. When a suspect feels that there is a breach in the executing of the arrest, it can be addressed at the station. The public must know that the officers do not and cannot make arrests for nothing; surely there must be a contravention of the law that results in the arrest of offenders.”

    She further warned the public not to interfere when the police are making an arrest.

    “We refute the ongoing social media messages that the deceased was killed by an NDF member of the Kalahari Desert Operation,” she added.

    Messages were doing the rounds on social media yesterday that a teenager had been shot by a soldier in Katutura when he resisted being searched.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 12/02/19--14:00: Beauty beyond borders
  • Beauty beyond bordersBeauty beyond bordersAn immense love for the arts Student, radio host and model Kamary Mupupa will represent Namibia at the Miss University Africa pageant next year. Ester Kamati

    Currently studying towards a bachelor of law degree at the University of Namibia and a paralegal studies graduate, Mupupa is a great example of a beauty with brains.

    She has been modelling professionally for about three years, specifically on the runway and at fashion shows, and recently featured in the Katutura Fashion Week and Windhoek Fashion Week.

    A lover of all things creative, Mupupa is a hair and makeup enthusiast who also runs a YouTube channel and is a presenter at 97.4fm.

    “I love everything and anything that has to do with art, from makeup to design,” she says.

    The 22-year-old values her online presence and says that “as a model, social media is a very important tool to you because this is the first place people go to when they want to work with you.”

    The law student is excited about her participation in this pageant despite the lack of sponsors as this would be her first time representing her country on an international level and she says she is looking forward to raising her country’s flag high. She is also enthusiastic about meeting the other contestants.

    The pageant, which was initially scheduled for 1-15 November, has been postponed and will likely take place early in March 2020 according to Mupupa.

    “We don’t contest to feel appreciated; we contest to appreciate ourselves for who we are,” says Mupupa about her participation in pageants. She shared that other than a fun experience, beauty pageants are also platforms where women are strengthened.

    The young woman believes in setting a vision that is big enough to keep her motivated. She adds that the best advice she has ever received was from her mother, who told her that “in order to get, you must give.”

    Mupupa shared with The Zone that she has already checked off most of the items on her bucket list for the year and is leaving the rest for next year.

    The annual international pageant, first held in 2010, is scheduled to take place in Nigeria. The winner will receive endorsement deals worth N$50 000, among other prizes.

    The pageant is unique in that there is no swimsuit category and it includes contestants from across Africa, regardless of their language and religion. The reigning queen is Miss University Africa Zimbabwe.

    Fun Facts about Kamary Mupupa

    · She studied nail anatomy at a beauty school for a few months and is a certified nail technician.

    · She was originally born with 12 fingers.

    · She was the tallest at her kindergarten.

    · She loves to dance.

    · She is an animal lover.

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    Fishcor CEO suspended over FishrotFishcor CEO suspended over FishrotNghipunya sent home after damning documentary The axe fell on the young executive's head after a damaging documentary aired on Sunday, in which he was shown scheming to trade off national resources for personal gain. Fishcor CEO Mike Nghipunya has been placed on suspension after it came to light that he had allegedly used his office as leader of the state-owned fishing company to allocate fishing rights in exchange for money.

    An Al Jazeera documentary, 'Anatomy of a Bribe', secretly recorded Nghipunya promising journalists posing as investors access to fishing quotas, using Fishcor as a vehicle.

    Bernhardt Esau, the then fisheries minister, stripped several private companies of fishing quotas and handed them to Fishcor, which is now at the centre of allegations that it passed on huge allocations of its quotas to Icelandic company Samherji, which paid the company's officials and local politicians handsome kickbacks in return.

    Some of the companies that lost their quota allocations ended up retrenching employees as a result.

    Al Jazeera journalists spent three months undercover posing as foreign investors looking to exploit the lucrative Namibian fishing industry. Nghipunya was one of the officials the undercover journalists held private meetings with.

    Acting Fishcor board chairperson Bennet Kangumu confirmed to Namibian Sun yesterday that action was being taken against Nghipunya.

    “The CEO has been placed on leave [suspension]. Investigations are currently under way. The board will convene and chart the way forward in light of the new evidence,” Kangumu said.

    He did not say what measures it was looking at when asked what decisive action would be taken or whether law-enforcement authorities had been called in to assist.



    Hands in the cookie jar

    In the video, which was televised and also streamed on Al Jazeera's YouTube channel on Sunday, Nghipunya can be seen promising the supposed investor, identified as Johnny, fishing quotas in exchange for money.

    “For as long as I am Fishcor CEO, for the next five years, you will get quotas from me,” Nghipunya said in the footage.

    When news of the Fishrot scandal broke in November, Nghipunya told Namibian Sun that he had never received a bribe. “I do not even know why they listed my name because I never received a bribe,” he said at the time.

    Walvis Bay lawyer Sacky Kadhila Amoomo, who was described as a “dealmaker” in the documentary, was shown assuring the purported investor: “He [Nghipunya] will make sure you get the quota and it is in his interest, because by virtue of having a 20% [stake] he has interest in the operation.”

    Nghipunya further encouraged the 'investor' that the money would be channelled through Amoomo to him, using a company owned by the lawyer as a front, to hide the link between the investor and himself.

    “What we are trying to do is to make sure that the whole deal is with Sacky. Then it becomes independent that I am just there to support you with your quota,” Nghipunya is seen as saying.





    Amoomo further explains that he will channel the money through a company called SPK Consulting, of which he is the sole shareholder.

    “This is my company of which I am the only shareholder and director. That is the only reason why we are using this company because we do not want anybody else asking questions,” he says.



    What now for Amoomo?

    Omualu Fishing chairperson Johannes Nanyala says his directors will meet to discuss Amoomo's future in light of his alleged role in the scandal.

    “I do not have a comment yet, we [Omualu board] are still to meet to pronounce ourselves,” he said yesterday.

    Government attorney Chris Nghaamwa is the deputy board chairperson of Omualu.

    In the video, Amoomo tells 'Johnny' how he can secure his company the coveted fishing quota with the assistance of a person in the fisheries ministry.

    When asked whether he believed his company had received quotas as a result of Amoomo's alleged scheming, no comment was forthcoming from Nanyala.

    Nghipunya admitted in the video to having helped Amoomo get many fishing quotas for Omualu in the past.

    Meanwhile, Bank Windhoek yesterday distanced itself from the scandal.

    The documentary shows bank statements bearing the Bank Windhoek logo indicating that N$17 million was channelled through the trust account of lawyer Sisa Namandje. The trust is held at the bank.

    “Bank Windhoek has zero tolerance for any corrupt practices and non-compliance with regulatory requirements and thus our approach has always been to report any suspicious activity and suspicious transactions as guided by Namibian law and Bank of Namibia regulations,” the bank said.

    Meanwhile, the six people arrested in connection with the Fishrot debacle abandoned their bail application in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court yesterday.

    They are former fisheries minister Esau, former justice minister Sacky Shanghala, former Fishcor board chairperson James Hatuikulipi, Esau's son-in-law Tamson 'Fitty' Hatuikulipi (who is also James' cousin), Investec Asset Management senior employee Ricardo Gustavo and Pius 'Taxa' Mwatelulo.

    The accused men's defence lawyers and the State agreed not to proceed with the bail hearing. The matter was postponed to 20 February 2020 to allow further investigations and the accused will remain in custody until bail is granted.

    OGONE TLHAGE

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Analyst wary of army's Arab Spring alarmAnalyst wary of army's Arab Spring alarm Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah has cautioned the army against using social media posts to claim that “advocates of violence” in Namibia are planning to replicate the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine and the Arab Spring that enveloped large parts of the Islamic world.

    Kamwanyah was speaking shortly after acting chief of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), Air Vice-Marshal Martin Pinehas, said the country remains at the highest security level possible, and that appropriate action will be taken if these kinds of actions play out in Namibia.

    He stressed that care should be taken not to create a state of panic in the country, because of things posted on social media.

    He also said that NDF should have provided more details.

    Kamwanyah said it is difficult to know exactly what evidence the NDF has and what they are looking at, but it has to be credible and not just “loose” postings on social media.





    He said thorough investigations are needed. “However we should give them the benefit of the doubt.”

    Kamwanyah said it also puzzles him why NDF elevated the security level of the country the day before the elections.

    “They have to explain why now and how long have they been working on this matter.”

    He said the NDF has to be careful not to single out political parties, because this too can entice violence.

    Pinehas said the NDF is particularly disturbed by some individuals saying that since their candidates did not win the just-ended general election, they will resort to unconstitutional means to obtain political power in the country.

    According to him this includes the assassination of President Hage Geingob, the storming and burning of State House, launching a civil war, blocking of roads and sabotaging government installations and national key points.

    He said even though peaceful elections were held last week, the security level in Namibia will remain elevated.

    Pinehas said on 26 November the nation was informed that security in the country was upped to its highest level.

    He said this became imperative following incitements to violence and chaos, and threats of assassinations and civil war by certain individuals or groups using social media.

    “After the announcement of election results, the threats that were made before the elections continued to be shared on social media.”

    Pinehas said to ensure the law is enforced, the constitution has provided for the establishment of institutions such as the judiciary, the police, correctional services and the NDF.

    He said the NDF in particular was established by the Defence Act, with prescribes the composition, powers, duties and procedures, in order to defend the territory and national interests of Namibia.

    “As such any unlawful acts of violence, which causes loss or threatens the lives of the Namibian people, destroys government and individuals' properties, restricts the movement of the Namibian people, renders government ineffective in the provision of goods and services and threatens the integrity of the state, therefore deserves appropriate responses from the NDF.”

    While mentioning the Orange Spring Revolution and the Arab Spring, Pinehas said these types of revolutions had devastated countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

    “We are also aware that such types of revolutions are always backed by foreign agencies, who are eager to capture the economies of the states concerned. We cannot therefore allow our country to descend into chaos due to self-serving individuals who do not have the security of our country at heart.”

    He therefore called on those that are spreading rumours and propaganda, with the intent to cause division among Namibians, in order to achieve personal objectives above those of the collective, to stop immediately.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Aanafaalama yomOmangetti ya dhengwa nayi koshikukutaAanafaalama yomOmangetti ya dhengwa nayi koshikukuta Ehangano lyoMangetti Farmers' Association otali unganeke elanditho lyiimuna momwedhi twa taalela, okugandja ompito kaanafaalama ya landithe po iimuna yawo mbyoka ya hupu koshikukuta. Osha li omumvo omudhigu nayi kiimuna yaanafaalama yomomudhingoloko gwaMangetti, mboka ya kanitha oongombe omathele omolwa onkalo yoshikukuta.

    Pahapu dhaTomas Ndiwakalunga gwehangano lyoMangetti Farmers' Association (MFA), omuloka ngoka gwa tamene ngashiingeyi ogwa etitha omukumo nokuhwepopaleka onkalo sho omwiidhi tagu mene ngashiingeyi. Ndiwakalunga okwa popi kutya aanafaalama yomoofaalama dhoka oya kala taya hupu kuyoyene yaahena ekwatho lyepangelo na oye shi pondola owala okuhupitha oongombe ooshona, naanafaalama mboka otaya lundilwa kutya oya kaleka owala oongombe omathele moofaalama dhawo na itaya yambidhidha keliko lyoshilongo, nonando oya kala nokwiindilwa opo ya shunithe pevi omwaalu gwawo gwoongombe ngoka guli moofaalama dhawo.

    “Omudhingoloko gwaMangetti ogwa gumwa koshikukuta ihe ha unene okuyeleka nomidhingoloko dhilwe moshilongo. Aanafaalama yetu oye na omwaalu omunene gwoongombe na inaya vula okumona omakwatho gasha okuza kepangelo okupitila mooprograma dhoshikukuta , dhoka hashi gandjwa okupitila moombelewa dhookansela yiikandjohogololo,” Ndiwakalunga a popi.

    “Omakwatho goshikukuta ohaga pewa mboka ye na omwaalu omushona gwoongombe, kadhi vulithe po 26, onkene oofaalama dhetu kadhi li pamuthika gwiipumbiwa okumona omayambidhidho ngoka. Onga ompito ontiyali, otwa yi kepangelo opo tu vule okushunithilwa iimaliwa yetu mbyoka twa longitha mokulanda iikulya yoongombe nenge omolwa ekanitho lyoongombe dhetu ihe sigo onena inatu mona eyamukulo.”

    Ndiwakalunga okwa popi kutya otaya unganeke omalanditho goongombe muJanuari, ga nuninwa aanafaalama mboka ya hupu po noongombe. Omanga oshikukuta inashi geya, aanafaalama yamwe oya li ye na ohokwe okulanditha po iimuna yawo yimwe, ihe inaya vula okushi ninga molwaashoka kape na ongeshefa sho okatomeno komondoolopa yaShakati, kali inaka patuluka natango.

    Kansela melelo lyoshitunda shaNdonga, Kashona Malulu okwa popi kutya aanafaalama yamwe oya kanitha oongombe dhawo adhihe onga oshizemo shoshikukuta.

    Okwa popi kutya yamwe po ngashiingeyi otaya tembudha oongombe dhawo nokudhifala komahala hoka kwa mona omuloka gu li hwepo.

    Aanamibia oyendji oye na oofaalama momudhingoloko gwaMangetti, sha landula omutumba omutiyali gwevi, sho uuministeli womatulululo gevi wa gandjwa uumwene wokuhiila oofaalama kaanafaalama momudhingoloko ngoka. Pamiyalu dha gandjwa kOshikondo shUundjolowele wIimuna, omudhingoloko ngoka ogu na oongombe dha thika po 200 000.

    Aanafaalama yomomudhingoloko ngoka otaya lundilwa kutya itaya longitha iimuna yawo paliko, na ohaya longitha owala oongombe dhawo mokutselela oohango nenge okudhipagela omafumbiko.

    Nonando omudhingoloko ngoka otagu adhika monooli yomusinda omutiligane, aanafaalama mboka oya li ye na okukala ya tameka nale okutula iimuna yawo momalanditho.

    Omudhingoloko ngoka ogu na oofaalama dhi li po 96 ndhoka dha li dha pewa epangelo oomvula dho 1980, omanga oofaalama ne dhi li dha pewa uuministeli wuunamapya, dha nuninwa Okapya LDC.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Shifeta wants access to Air Namibia probeShifeta wants access to Air Namibia probe Tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta says Air Namibia should play open cards in its investigation of a recent incident in which six passengers and two staff members were injured, so that any negligence can be established or disproved.

    Air Namibia is currently investigating the incident in which passengers and staff fell from a passenger assistance unit (PAU) while disembarking from a plane at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek a week ago.

    The passengers were on flight SW 708 from Cape Town.

    A PAU is a lift used by people who cannot climb stairs.

    “It is given to Air Namibia to investigate it is just reasonable and it will be appreciated if Air Namibia would share the outcomes of such investigation for us to establish whether there was an element of negligence from Air Namibia's side,” Shifeta told Namibian Sun.

    He said measures should be put in place in future to prevent the reoccurrence of such an accident.

    “Safety of our visitors should be priority number one.”

    Air Namibia spokesperson Paul Nakawa said the investigation was ongoing and a preliminary statement would be shared soon.

    Explaining what happened, Nakawa said that upon arrival of flights SW728 from Johannesburg and SW708 from Cape Town, the lift operator executed his duties as required.

    “He offloaded two passengers requiring assistance from SW728 without any incident and proceeded to offload passengers from SW708.”

    According to Nakawa the PAU was working properly at that stage.

    “However, as the PAU was offloading passengers from the SW708 flight, the unit tipped backward. After the initial investigations, a breakage was found at a factor-welded joint.”

    He said the passengers, as well as the Air Namibia personnel, fell to the ground and sustained injuries.

    According to Nakawa the airport fire station was called and an ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

    The passengers and Air Namibia personnel were immediately transported to Lady Pohamba Private Hospital in Windhoek, where three passengers remained in hospital.

    Nakawa said Air Namibia had a procedure to ensure that all its ground support equipment was serviced and maintained regularly according to the manufacturer's standards. According to him, the lift had a full service in November.

    “Air Namibia acknowledges the gravity of this incident and has constituted a team of aviation experts in their respective fields to carry out an in-depth investigation.”

    The team is tasked to find the root cause of this incident and make recommendations to maintain the airline's unblemished safety record.

    The team is comprised of Air Namibia's safety manager as the lead investigator, the airline's security manager as the co-opted investigator, its general manager of ground operations and a quality assurance officer.

    Use of the PAU has been suspended indefinitely until it is declared safe to operate.

    ellanie@namibiansun.com

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 12/22/19--14:00: Fishrot is treason – Black
  • Fishrot is treason – BlackFishrot is treason – BlackAnti-corruption petition still running Businessman Brian Black says Namibians must start speaking out against corruption to stop the rot, even if that has adverse consequences for them. The sheer scale and size of the Fishrot scandal in which hundreds of millions of dollars were allegedly paid in bribes for fishing quotas is tantamount to treason, says businessman Brian Black, the initiator of an internet petition against corruption.

    Black had met with President Hage Geingob on 31 October to hand over the petition, a mere 13 days before the Fishrot exposé on 13 November.

    At that stage the petition had been signed by 12 000 people. It is still running and has garnered 25 000 signatures in the meantime.

    Black, who was challenged to return to State House with proof of the alleged corruption, anticipates to meet with Geingob again in January.

    “When I decided to draft the petition, I was of the opinion that corruption and organised crime are the real reason why our people are living in abject poverty. It is not so much because we are still suffering from the effects of colonialism,” Black said last week.

    Black said the Fishrot scandal was an unconscionable crime against the thousands of Namibians who had lost their jobs in the fishing sector because of it, and the billions stolen from the Namibian economy.

    “The estimated annual revenue of the fishing industry is around N$12 billion. This is an industry where there has been a lot of fraudulent activity, but we will never know when exactly the Fishrot activity started.

    “However, I am convinced the president was aware of that, perhaps not the scale of it, but he must have been aware that treason was taking place,” Black said.

    Asked what he would present to Geingob at the January follow-up meeting, Black said: “I told him that as president of Namibia the things I am alleging are at his fingertips. I agreed to go back but knew at that stage that he was living in denial. Maybe the way the comrades are enriching themselves is considered affirmative shopping. Maybe he has no problem with that.”

    Black said Namibians must start speaking out against corruption to stop the rot, even if that has adverse consequences.

    “A number of people have threatened me with shooting and so on. It scares the hell out of my family but if I have to die, I want to die for something.

    “If I die with a bullet to the head I will know that I have died for Namibia, a country I will never stop proclaiming as a paradise with its unique beauty on the African continent.

    “I will know that for my children's sake I leave behind a Namibia where their ethnic origin or the colour of their skin will not determine the opportunities afforded to them,” Black said.

    He said Namibians must hold their leaders to account and show a greater interest in the nation's affairs. “Namibians must not take things on face value; we must become protagonists,” Black said.

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Climate talks end in compromiseClimate talks end in compromise The longest United Nations climate talks on record ended in Madrid, Spain, with a compromise deal.

    The talks stretched into record overtime before negotiators managed to seal a vague agreement in a last-ditch effort.

    Negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP 25, finally agreed last week to a deal aimed at averting a global warming disaster, though the deal pushed key decisions to a future date.

    The marathon talks extended more than 36 hours past the expected conclusion, making COP 25 the longest UN climate conference to date.

    The final agreement was far from the bold call to action that climate protection proponents had hoped for, however.

    Briefing the media on COP 25, environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said negotiators battled to reach an agreement.

    “COP25 was one of the longest on record after it concluded on 15 December instead of 13 December as scheduled,” said Shifeta.

    He said the core objective of COP25 was to finalise the implementation modalities that will govern the Paris Agreement.

    According to him, many of these guidelines were established at last year's negotiations, COP 24, where the Katowice climate package was agreed.

    “However, a critical area was left undecided.”

    The final draft agreement acknowledged the “significant gap” between existing pledges and temperature goals set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

    Countries failed to establish market rules for trading carbon credits, considered one of the most contentious issues at the conference.

    Another big miss was figuring out how to fund poorer countries to mitigate damage caused by climate change.

    The final agreement urged all 200 participant countries to honour climate targets and make progress towards them over the next year.

    Shifeta said Rule 16 of the UN climate process was applied to push the discussions to the next inter-sessional meeting in Bonn in June 2020 and COP 26 in Glasgow, UK to finalise these important guidelines.

    He said sessions will be held in between to work on the guidelines and expressed the hope is that parties can agree on a way forward.

    “If not, we will be having problems on how to implement the Paris agreement.”

    The Paris agreement was signed in 2016 sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

    It also aims to strengthen countries' ability to deal with the impacts of climate change and support them in their efforts.

    The Paris Agreement strongly urges developed countries to scale up their levels of financial support with a concrete plan to reach a U$S100 billion target a year by 2020 as well as technology transfer and enhance capacities.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Drought hits Mangetti farmers hardDrought hits Mangetti farmers hardRains bring hope at last The Mangetti Farmers' Association is organising a livestock auction in January for farmers who managed to pull their cattle through the drought. It has been a tough year for cattle farmers in the Mangetti area, who have lost hundreds of cattle to drought.

    According to Tomas Ndiwakalunga of the Mangetti Farmers' Association (MFA), the recent onset of the rainy season brought some relief and new grass is germinating.

    Ndiwakalunga says the Mangetti farmers had to cope without any government assistance and managed to save only a few of their cattle.

    Mangetti farmers have been accused of keeping hundreds of cattle on their farms without contributing to Namibia's GDP. Repeated appeals to them to reduce their herds had little effect.

    “The Mangetti area was affected by drought, but not as severely as many areas of the country. Our farmers have large numbers of cattle and they could not benefit from the government drought aid which is channelled through regional councillors' offices,” Ndiwakalunga said.

    “The drought aid … was for those with fewer than 26 cattle, therefore our farmers did not qualify. They therefore went for the second option of claiming refunds from the government for what they spent on fodder or for the loss of cattle. Until now the government has not responded to the claims.”

    Ndiwakalunga said the MFA was organising a livestock auction in January for farmers who managed to pull their cattle through the drought.

    Before the drought took a turn for the worse, some farmers were willing to sell some of their livestock, but they could not because there was no market and the Oshakati abattoir was not yet in operation.

    The Ondonga Traditional Authority's junior traditional councillor, Kashona Malulu, says some farmers lost all their cattle to the drought.

    He says some are now trying to relocate their cattle from Mangetti to areas that have received better rain.

    Many prominent Namibians are farming in the Mangetti area. After the second national land conference, the ministry of land reform started allocating leasehold rights to farmers in the area.

    According to the Directorate of Veterinary Services, there are 200 000 cattle in the area.

    Farmers in this area are accused of not putting their livestock to any economic use as they only slaughter them for weddings and funerals.

    Although the area is north of the veterinary cordon fence, farmers there were expected to be farming commercially by now.

    There is a block of 96 farms that were allocated by government in the 1980s, while four were kept by the agriculture ministry for the Okapya LDC.





    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Shifeta appoints new advisory councilShifeta appoints new advisory council Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta has appointed new members of the Sustainable Development Advisory Council, which will advise on amendments to the Environmental Management Act of 2007.

    The new members are Gloria Simubali (chairperson), Dr Peter Tarr, Hallo Angala, Petrus Nangolo, Aina Iteta, Joseph Hailwa, Sylvester Mbangu and Jonas Nghishidi.

    The council was inaugurated in January 2013 and its establishment is mandated in terms of Section 6 of the Act.

    The new eight-member council will serve for a term of three years effective from 1 October.

    Shifeta said the ministry was drafting amendments to the Act.

    He therefore urged the advisory council to assist by looking into what is lacking in the Act and how Namibia can better protect its environment and resources.

    He told the advisory council that one of the issues that they will have to address is to make sure communities are using resources sustainably.

    He said benefit sharing for communities must be established.

    Shifeta explained that communal land means that communities own the land they live on, and whoever wants to utilise resources on that land should approach the traditional authorities and consult the communities.

    He further said that a trust account must be set up if someone wants to utilise the resources on the land and that communities must consent to how this money will be used.

    “This is not what is happening. Traditional authorities ignore this part and want everything for themselves. The correct undertakings are not done and communities are not consulted. If we do not come up with principles to make sure communities benefit, we are failing” he said.

    According to Shifeta, the advisory council is a key mechanism for ensuring the effective implementation of the Act and promoting the broader sustainable development of the nation. He said the council's main functions are to promote coordination between stakeholders on environmental issues relating to sustainable development and to advise the environment minister on a wide range of environmental matters, with particular focus on legislation, policy and compliance measures.

    According to Shifeta, the council should also advise on appropriate methods of monitoring compliance as set out in the Environment Act. He said this was of critical importance as it provided the basis for them to prevent the degradation of the environment and to foster the sustainable management of all natural resources.

    Shifeta stressed that renewable resources must be used on a sustainable basis for the benefit of present and future generations and that community involvement in natural resources management and the sharing of benefits arising from the use of the resources must be promoted and facilitated.

    He also said that damage to the environment must be prevented and activities that cause such damage must be reduced, limited or controlled. “These principles guide us to minimise the impact of development on our fragile environment but also to ensure that the environment is used to drive economic development and improve the lives of our people. We need to do our utmost to ensure that we as a nation live by these principles.”





    ELLANIE SMIT

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    ECN's Louw makes first court appearanceECN's Louw makes first court appearance Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) employee Milton Louw, who is charged with the alleged theft of five laptops from his employer, on Friday made his first appearance before the Windhoek Magistrate's Court.

    Louw was granted bail of N$8 000 and his case was postponed to 13 March 2020 for further police investigations.

    Louw asked Magistrate Ivan Gawanab to reduce the bail, which was reduced with no objection to N$4 000. He may not leave the district of Windhoek without informing the investigating officers handling his case. Louw informed the court that he would pay his own legal costs. The ECN technical director was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly stole the laptops worth N$31 000 and pawned them at a local pawnshop. Rowan Van Wyk represented the State in the matter.

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    Grootfontein embroiled in councillor messGrootfontein embroiled in councillor messAPN councillor was never gazetted There is a tit-for-tat battle between the urban development ministry and the Grootfontein municipality over who is to blame for an ungazetted town councillor. The ministry of urban and rural development says it will seek legal advice on how to deal with a now recalled All People's Party (APP) Grootfontein councillor who was sworn in twice since 2017 but was never gazetted.

    Ministry executive director Nghidinua Daniel, during a routine visit to the council, detected that APP member Victoria Hausiku had never been gazetted.

    Hausiku was sworn in to serve as a councillor on 5 May 2017, after she replaced Stanislaus Uiseb, who had been recalled by the APP.

    The APP then recalled Hausiku from her position in October.

    However, replacing her did not go smoothly, as it was discovered that she had not been gazetted.

    This resulted in the Grootfontein municipality only allowing five Swapo councillors to be sworn in on 11 December. The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), which has also recalled its councillor Othniel Tjikuua, did not take part in the election and swearing in ceremony, and is yet to replace Tjikuua. There is now a tit-for-tat battle between the ministry and Grootfontein municipality over who is to blame for the Hausiku saga.

    The municipality claims the line ministry was informed about Uiseb's recall and his replacement by Hausiku. However, Daniel said a preliminary investigation showed it was an oversight on the part of the local authority, which never informed the ministry, and had not asked for the Hausiku's gazetting.

    “The ministry is in the process of seeking advice on the legal and related implications of the matter,” Daniel said. Grootfontein acting CEO Arnold Ameb said the ministry was informed about Uiseb's recall.

    Namibian Sun was shown a letter dated 3 April 2017, sent by former Grootfontein CEO Charles Kariko to Daniel, informing the ministry about Uiseb's recall. Ameb explained that upon the submission of such a letter, the ministry was supposed to degazette Uiseb and then inform the local authority about the vacancy that needed to be filled, which did not happen.

    Council was asked why it went ahead to swear in Hausiku as a councillor while it did not receive the go-ahead from the ministry.

    Ameb said Kariko informed him he had consulted someone within the ministry, who gave them the green light. He said further that at the time Kariko was also under pressure from the APP, which had threatened him with legal action if the process was not completed.

    Namibian Sun saw numerous letters to that effect in which the APP, through its lawyers, Shikongo Law Chambers, threatened Kariko.

    One of the letters was written two days before Hausiku was sworn in.

    “Should this demand not be adhered to by close business on Friday 28 April 2017, we hold instructions to approach the High Court of Namibia for an order compelling you to do so. Our instructions are further to apply for an order holding both the CEO and chairperson liable, in your personal capacities, for all legal costs incurred by our client, in order to enforce their rights,” the letter said.



    Way forward

    To rectify the matter, Ameb wrote a letter to Daniel dated 8 November, in which the local authority sought advice on what should follow.

    “This letter serves to inform you that the All People's Party, in a letter dated 17 October 2019, notified the municipal council that they withdrew their councillor Victoria Hausiku as their representative with immediate effect. Therefore your esteemed office is hereby requested to advise council on the way forward as the honourable member (Hausiku) had never been gazetted,” the letter said.

    APP secretary-general Vincent Kanyetu said he was writing a letter to the Grootfontein municipality, which would include the name of Hausiku's replacement. Namibian Sun understands Meiisolf Hausiku will replace her.

    PDM SG Manuel Ngaringombe said they were busy with an internal process to find a replacement for Tjikuua.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 12/22/19--14:00: A year to forget
  • A year to forgetA year to forget The year 2019 fades behind us, to the gladness of many in our struggling nation. Trying to breathe under a pile of challenges, Namibia is limping towards the finish line that is the end of this year.

    It has been an emotional rollercoaster for many a citizen. Young people in particular have felt the heat radiating from the flames of unemployment and an economy in which SMEs and start-ups cannot get off the ground.

    Armies of graduates have resorted to selling 'marathon' chicken as a means of making it to the next day, while looking to the skies for divine intervention.

    This year did not inspire hope. It did not deliver us from our woes. If anything, it in fact worsened many of our situations.

    It was a year of hunger for many a family that could not put food on the table, a situation orchestrated by both unemployment and drought.

    True, drought is a natural phenomenon but mitigating its effect is our own responsibility as human beings.

    Two men died in a well in Ohangwena Region while digging for water, a consequence of the catastrophe that is drought.

    School results announced last week show that the high-school pass rate has dropped, another blow to the country's younger generation. Some of those who had jobs were ushered through exit doors as employers streamlined their operations to survive the tide of recession.

    The construction industry, which had provided jobs to our people while serving as a key catalyst for our industrialisation ambitions, has been in the doldrums. The sector has endured 14 consecutive quarters of negative growth and there is no relief in sight.

    There are no clear glimpses of how 2020 would be better than its fading sibling 2019. We have an obligation to ourselves as a people to ensure practical and genuine efforts are made to help turn around our fortunes.

    If we continue hoping that government would get us back on track, we could be wasting our precious time because it does not seem to have any idea on what is to be done. Indeed 2019 has been annus horribilis.

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  • 12/22/19--14:00: Hit-and-run suspect arrested
  • Hit-and-run suspect arrestedHit-and-run suspect arrestedToddler run over in Katutura A young man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run incident in which a three-year-old boy was killed last week. A 27-year-old man who is alleged to have run over a three-year-old child in Katutura has been arrested, police spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi has confirmed.

    The incident happened near Hilma Court in Katutura last week.

    Shikwambi said the suspect had been handed over to the police by his family members.

    “The incident is confirmed and the unlicensed suspect was arrested after he was handed over by the family,” she said.

    The suspect cannot be named as he has not appeared before court yet.

    The suspect allegedly ran over the child and sped off without stopping. Onlookers were able to take down the car's registration number.

    Despite being attended to by paramedics, the child died of his injuries.





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    Local partner offered N$10m to abandon tenderLocal partner offered N$10m to abandon tender A local construction company, Onamagongwa Trading Enterprise (OTE), which until recently was a joint-venture partner with China Railway Seventh Company, claims that it was offered N$10 million to give up its 20% stake in the construction of phase one of the Hosea Kutako International Airport dual carriageway.

    The road project is valued at approximately N$500 million.

    OTE has since been kicked off the project, with China Railway claiming that it could not meet set deadlines. OTE owner Martyn Ipinge says the Chinese company wanted the whole contract.

    “After we received a phone call from the Roads Authority (RA) officials, we went and met with the Chinese at a guesthouse in Klein Windhoek, where we received an offer from them to buy us out. There was a representative of China Railway Company. They offered to buy us out for N$10 million,” Ipinge said. The offer was not good enough, Ipinge said, as he wanted to learn from the JV partner, having completed the tarring of 30 kilometres of the Oshakati-Oshikuku road. “Our thing was, we already built a road from Oshakati to Oshikuku, and ours was to learn so we will not be able to accept the N$10 million for you to get out of the project,” he said.





    Little did he know that his refusal to accept the N$10 million offer would be the start of his problems.



    “When we refused, that is where the whole problem started because we had already signed. When the work started, they started with delaying tactics. If they could have given us the scope of work and that is where we had the problem with the client not forcing these guys to sign the scope of work,” he said.



    The scope of work, Ipinge explained, would determine what would be required from each JV partner in the earthworks and construction and tarring of the dual carriageway. The scope of work was only given last year November.



    OTE claimed that it had insisted that the scope of work had to be signed but China Railway delayed the signing. OTE also accused the RA which is the client, of never insisting on the document being signed.



    “The client [RA] never forced China Railway. We have been writing letters, we even went to the extent of appointing lawyers. By then, they even started ration work and you cannot plan ahead,” he said.



    “Even when it came to the portions of road given, they were the ones that needed to install culverts, but for us to do the bulk servicing work, they needed to do their work first,” he explained.



    “Any dispute needs to go for arbitration but the RA is not intervening,” he said.



    According to them, numerous meetings were held that included RA officials and the consulting engineers of the project. These meetings were attended by RA CEO Conrad Lutombi.



    China Railway has denied the allegations.



    “OTE ran into financial difficulties soon after the commencement of the project and owe money to various Namibian entities,” it responded.



    “The problem in the JV is OTE's failure to perform its obligations in terms of the agreement due to its financial situation. OTE's insolvent state resulted in it not being able to perform in terms of the agreement. This has resulted in unnecessary delays within the project.”



    According to China Railway, OTE was only able to complete 3.5% of the work required of the scope of the work required instead by RA.



    China Railway also claimed that OTE had removed its equipment from the project site.



    “It is further noted that OTE has fully stopped the construction activities and removed their equipment on the site by themselves and without informing us since the end of July 2019,” China Railway said.



    The company claimed that senior employees of OTE had threatened China Railway staff members with violence.

    JEMIMA BEUKES AND OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 12/22/19--14:00: Swapo denies Fishrot link
  • Swapo denies Fishrot linkSwapo denies Fishrot linkDid not receive 'quota fees' The ruling party is alleged to have received 'goodwill payments' from Icelandic fishing company Samherji for its role in quota allocations. Swapo Party leaders have denied any links to the unfolding Fishrot scandal in which high-level political leaders and prominent business people stand accused of having received hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes for fishing quotas.

    The whistleblower, Jóhannes Stefánnson, in a televised interview with the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV), had made the startling allegation that the Swapo Party had received “quota fees”.

    Stefánnson, former employee of Icelandic fishing giant Samherji that allegedly paid bribes for the quotas, said these quota fees paid to the ruling party were considered as a “goodwill payment”. Reference was also made to Samherji's “good connections” in the highest places and Namibia's friendly attitudes towards Iceland after decades of development aid. This was seen as “very valuable” since quota allocations in Namibia are considered as “political”.

    Elsewhere it is asserted that Samherji would get quotas “through Swapo”, which would allegedly have meant that the quota allocations would be “cheaper”. In one instance Stefánnson alleged that the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust was also paid a “facilitation fee”. He said having a horse-mackerel quota during 2011 and 2012 was equivalent to a “goldmine”. Asked whether Swapo had received any money from Samherji and what the party's claim on Namibian fisheries was, party secretary-general Sophia Shaningwa first asked for evidence, saying she did not know what the allegations entailed. She later referred all questions to the party's department on economics. Clive Kavendjii, the chairperson of this department and chairperson of Swapo nominee shareholders, said none of the Swapo-owned companies had received any money whatsoever from Samherji.



    Wikileaks documents

    In documents made public by Wikileaks the Swapo Party is mentioned a number of times, indicating that the Icelandic company considered close ties to the ruling party as important.

    A memo on a trip to Namibia in June 2011 states that Stefánnson and others met with a Mr Shiimi, described as a “key person” in the fisheries ministry. One of the points from Mr Shiimi is an item which reads “Zebra holders (Swapo)”. In a July 2011 situational report of Katla Seafood, a subsidiary of Samherji, a flowchart identifies all possible stakeholders in the consideration of fishing quota allocations.

    Under the heading 'Payment for quota fee to quota holders – payment for quota levy and fees to authorities' one entry states: “Quota agreements: Quota owners, politburo (Swapo political party) and horse mackerel quota holders; ministry of fisheries”.

    Another PowerPoint presentation states that Samherji's ambition was to “achieve up to 30%” of the total Namibian horse-mackerel quota for 2013 and 2014. What the company identified as prerequisites for this was identified as “Namibianisation, land processing for part of the catch, political support all the way, and heppni [luck in Icelandic]”. In the same document it is stated that “the minister, (and James, Levy and Tamsson)” are “working to get 30 000 tonnes in [the] summer”, with an added comment that “this is done with vigor (sic)”.

    The references are to former fisheries minister Bernard Esau, James Hatuikulipi, and Tamson Hatuikulipi. It is not clear who “Levy” is.

    Among the comments in this document are: “We are promised that the terms of this quota will be far different than we have been so far agreed on”, and “We are close to the minister and have an opportunity now that we do not get again”.





    Stefánnson was the director of a subsidiary called Esja Mar Fishing. In one of the minutes of a meeting at the Esja offices in Walvis Bay in April 2014, a note was made that one Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) member would like to visit Samherji's factory ship Heinaste the next time it docked at Walvis Bay.

    The SPYL is said to be a shareholding partner in Esja. Another document shows that the Swapo youth league it has a 12% stake in another company called Yukor Fishing.

    In a PowerPoint presentation of Articanam Fishing, under the heading 'Social Responsibilities', “Swapo members” are listed among the parties that should be considered for donations.

    The minutes of a meeting with James Hatuikulipi in August 2015 mention a “land-based factory for horse mackerel: Samherji, Fishcor, Swapo…”.

    In an email exchange, Stefánnson wrote: “We need to take together what we sponsored this year, both from [subsidiaries] Katla and Esja during 2014”.

    One of these “social responsibility” projects included “renovating [a] house for a Swapo member” at a cost of N$150 000, he recalled.



    The players

    A 2012 memo considered relationships with “people of influence” in order to secure quotas.

    Tamson is described as “the minister's son-in-law and our link to him [the minister]”.

    James is a “businessman and uncle of Tamson”, is “prestigious and with good relationship” and “has proven successful and played a major role in relations with the minister” and “considered a future partner”.

    Former justice minister Sackey Shanghala, “associated with James and Tamson”, is described as “one of those who write the songs.”

    Of Shanghala it is further written: “Is impressive and has proven successful. Is one of the parties that are in contact with the Minister for Kettle [a subsidiary].”

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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    Families seek answers on 'Lusaka massacre'Families seek answers on 'Lusaka massacre' The remains of seven suspected criminals who were shot dead in Lusaka on 5 December have been returned to Namibia.

    Relatives who went to identify the bodies in Zambia suspect that the deceased had been assaulted before they were killed. The families have implored the Namibian authorities to intervene.

    Reports so far have been that the men were involved in criminal activities in Zambia and were shot dead during an exchange of fire with the police in that country.

    The men have been identified as Daniel Mbishi (32), Wilson Tetela (39), Haitembu Elifas (40), Elifas Ndeshikeya (29), David Mweuxwange (39), Samuel Kambonde (42), Patrick Waandja (34).

    The Namibian ministry of international relations says its high commission in Lusaka assisted the families in identifying the bodies.





    After post-mortems were conducted on Friday, the Zambian police escorted the Namibians from Lusaka to the Sesheke border post.



    The convoy arrived at Ondangwa on Saturday evening.



    According to the relatives, Namibia's acting high commissioner to Zambia, Bernadette Nakwenye Shooka, was helpful in making sure that the process was sped up.



    They claimed that the Zambian police refused to take them to the scene where the shooting is said to have happened.



    “With the assistance of Shooka, we identified the remains of our family members, who according to us suffered grievous body harm. We requested the Zambian police to give us items that were found with these people or for them to take us to the accident scene, but they refused,” said a relative who did not want to be named.



    “We would like our government to get involved in this matter. There are also reports saying that these people were arrested on 5 December and died on 6 December.”



    A statement issued by the acting executive director in the ministry of international relations and cooperation, Rebecca Iyambo, says investigations into the shooting continue.



    She said the Namibian police were in contact with their Zambian counterparts on the matter.



    “The ministry, on behalf of the government of the Republic of Namibia, wishes to extend its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family during this difficult time of bereavement.



    “The ministry further wishes to reiterate its call to Namibian citizens to always notify the nearest Namibian embassy or consulate when travelling abroad,” Iyambo said.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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