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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.

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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.

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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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