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- 11/09/16--14:00: What happens now?
- 11/09/16--14:00: Shot of the day
- 11/09/16--14:00: Interesting times ahead
- 11/09/16--14:00: Ombudsman testifies in treason lawsuit
- 11/09/16--14:00: Millions paid out for crashes
- 11/09/16--14:00: Sentencing in matricide case today
- 11/09/16--14:00: Green energy in spotlight
- 11/09/16--14:00: DTA forging ahead with national strike action
- 11/09/16--14:00: Hottest year on record
- 11/09/16--14:00: Health officials arrested on fraud charges
- 11/09/16--14:00: ‘I shot her twice in the head’
- 11/09/16--14:00: Woman accused of abortion
- 11/09/16--14:00: Knives out for Andowa and Mutota
- 11/09/16--14:00: Trump shocker
- 11/09/16--14:00: Namibians' mixed reactions to Trump victory
- 11/10/16--14:00: Salute rages at detractors
- 11/10/16--14:00: Retired Burger blesses sevens team
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America and its relationship to the world has fundamentally changed overnight. Instead of being an expansive, outward-looking, globalist power, the United States has definitively turned inward, shutting its borders to Mexicans, Muslims and any number of other perceived enemies of Trump''s demagogic imagination.
America itself has been redefined. The bond between its president and its constitution will be strained, if Trump pursues a fraction of what he so clearly promised through this extraordinary election.
His political enemies – notably Hillary Clinton – can expect prosecution led by an FBI that previously found no grounds for legal action over her private email server. The Trump Department of Justice will seek prison time for Clinton, and the only barrier to this punishment is the third and independent branch of government: The judiciary.
Trump promised a deportation force to round up hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of undocumented immigrants starting on his inauguration day in January. His transition to government will surely be dominated by plans to rip through the Latino communities of America''s largest cities. There will be no judicial restraint in these immigration cases.
Amid the political upheaval, we can expect massive economic dislocation. The financial markets will now be calculating the price of uncertainty in global trade flows as they contemplate Trump''s promises to impose huge tariffs on China, restrict international investment by US companies, and force an epic diplomatic breach with Mexico over his beloved wall.
Taken together, Trump''s victory ushers in the most tumultuous period of American history since the Great Depression and the start of World War II. It will challenge the core concepts of American identity and global security as we have known them for generations.
Overnight, Russia has moved from perennial rival to trusted friend, while Nato''s future is in peril. Allies can now expect to pay for their security umbrella, as the US military effectively turns into a mercenary force. Many countries may find cheaper options and break with the US entirely.
Without American assurances of peace, the delicate balance of power and deterrence may well shift decisively in the Middle East and Far East. We can expect a rush to nuclear proliferation as quickly as one major country – Saudi Arabia or Japan – decides to move ahead with an independent nuclear arsenal.
For now, the political establishment in Washington needs to figure out quickly how to respond to this revolution. Republican leaders who shunned Trump will now stampede to his side, but they are unlikely to be forgiven by a man who harbours long and deep grudges. Democrats will be tempted to indulge in Trump-like politics that reflect his populist attacks on foreign forces, diverse communities and personal peeves.
These reactions will be monumental mistakes. The Trump administration needs to be challenged at every turn if Congress is to maintain its independence as a check and balance on executive power.
Revolutions rarely end where they begin. They unleash forces that have been hidden or ignored for years, and perhaps decades. They tear apart families and communities, civil society and private commerce. In a huge and complex country, this revolution may have unequal impact, leading to open conflict in some areas and little more than a shoulder shrug in others.
But, over time, the Trump revolution will be felt in every corner, as the tax base is decimated by a tax-avoiding president, and the deficit balloons out of control. There is no escape from an economic policy that will bankrupt the world''s largest economy, in the hands of a businessman with plenty of experience of bankruptcy.
With no self-discipline, no intellectual curiosity and a vengeful mindset, the Trump White House will make the Nixon years seem like the paragon of virtue they never were. –The Guardian
While many commentators had already declared Trump''s rival Hillary Clinton a frontrunner in the 8 November polls, it was, however, Trump who romped to victory.
It was a stunning victory indeed that rattled global markets and sent shockwaves across the world.
Even the American media, which played a big part in letting people believe Clinton would win, ended up with egg on their face and will now have to make peace with the fact that Trump is their new leader. It is true that Trump''s sexist and misogynistic views put off a lot of people, but not even the Clinton camp was able to capitalise on this.
Trump supporters largely consisted of the white working-class, those who have backed the president-elect''s ''America First'' vision, while highlighting the negative effects of globalisation. The outcome of the American vote is a clear indication that there is a deep-seated sense of ideological differences and Trump''s victory has exposed this ugly side of America if one looks at the negative stereotypes in this election. Back home, Africans are staring at the face of uncertainty and don''t know really what to expect from the Trump-led government.
Although he has established a good rapport with Russia and China, Trump has given little perspective of his foreign policy when it comes to African-US relations.
Will we see a renegotiation of all the US''s foreign trade deals, which includes the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is critical to the US-African relations? Only time will tell.
Outgoing US president Barack Obama has consistently advised Africa to take charge of its own destiny in the world.
Africa''s marginalised status in world affairs cannot be left as it is and it is high time that we really take charge of our own future and make Africa great again.
Based on his experience Walters stated as an afterthought after the conclusion of the major part of the treason trial, that thorough investigation should have been conducted at first, linking the suspects to the crime.
“Thereafter the suspects should have been arrested,” Walters emphasised during cross-examination by Advocate Andrew Corbett who is acting on behalf of one of the plaintiffs, Richwell Kulisesa Mahupelo.
Mahupelo is claiming damages of roughly N$15.3 million for unlawful detention and malicious prosecution. The defendants in the matter are the safety and security minister, the prosecutor-general and the Government of the Republic of Namibia.
According to him he was arrested on March 16, 2000, near Katima Mulilo. He was allegedly driving with Aggrey Mwamba and Bennett Matuso and when the car was searched, the police found an AK-47 assault rifle which led to their immediate arrest on suspicion of being part of the ‘Caprivi Rebellion’ that attempted to secede the then Caprivi.
The plaintiff’s lawsuit is one of the nine claims lodged by former accused in the trial who were found not guilty in February 2013.
They were acquitted on 275 charges of murder, sedition, and treason, illegal possession of fire-arms and ammunition and attempted murder relating to the 2 August attacks.
Advocate Walters, on the issue of alleged confessions made by the plaintiff stated that the prosecution cannot accept such a confession when is it glaringly clear the charged persons were coerced. He however cautioned that one cannot make, on face value of such a statement, a decision regarding the admissibility or inadmissibility of such evidence.
He added that the prosecution has the duty to clarify the statements of witnesses to determine the evidential value thereof.
“If there are material differences or contradictions they must decline to prosecute and with specific references return the docket to the police’s investigating officer,” he explained.
The halting of the prosecution of a case can only be done on the decision of the prosecutor-general.
He further informed the court that the prosecution, based on their assessment of the evidence, can call the investigating officer to and that based on the evidence and request of the prosecution, the presiding officer can then withdrew a case.
“The prosecutor has to be active in handling the docket in order to be able to determine whether he can continue with prosecution or not,” Walters emphasised.
He further stressed that all the prosecutors should be aware of the constitutional obligation of the just nature and fairness of a trial.
Walters admitted that it is very difficult to prevent arbitrary arrest but added that continued detention without lawful reasons is prohibited by the Constitution and the courts.
According to him the overriding principle in prosecution is not about winning a case but to ensure that justice is done.
The deaths that were recorded represent 17% of the year-to-date fatalities in the country and means that ten people lost their lives every month in mass casualty crashes.
These shocking statistics were released in a statement by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA Fund) in which it expressed concern about the continuous loss of life on the country''s roads and cautioned road users to be more vigilant, especially with the approaching festive season.
This followed after yet another mass casualty was reported just after midnight on Tuesday on the Windhoek/Rehoboth road in which six people died and 18 others were injured. According to the statement, since the beginning of this year the MVA Fund would have paid out N$672 000 for funeral grants for the 96 people that have died in mass casualties. This is calculated at N$7 000 per person.
It said that the Fund would also have paid out N$9.5 million for injury grants to the 95 people that were injured in mass casualties calculated on the basis of each person received the maximum amount of N$100 000 per person.
Furthermore for medical grants the Fund would have paid those injured N$142.5 billion if each person received the maximum amount of N$1.5 million.
According to the statement it would also have paid loss of income grants for a total number of 131 people between the ages of 16 and 60 years that were injured and deceased during these mass casualty accidents. The Fund would have paid an amount to N$13.1 million if each person received N$100 000.
Loss of income may be claimed by a person injured in a road crash and therefore not able to work or by the dependant of the deceased if the person was working or had an income before passing on.
It also says that the loss of support grant will amount to N$13.1 million if each family received N$100 000 per annum. It said that many households are continuing to lose breadwinners while children are left orphaned and destitute with no love and care. “The MVA Fund therefore by law, carries these families through their agony and disburses millions of dollars in funeral, injury, medical, loss-of-income and loss-of-support grants.”
The Fund said it relates to the hardship and suffering associated with these incidents and therefore requests the families of the deceased to contact the nearest MVA Fund Service Centre for relevant claims.
High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg, who presided over the trial, is expected to hand down the sentence at around 10:00.
On 5 October 2016, Sigfried Uirab was found responsible for causing the death of his 64-year-old mother Erika Uiras, when he hit her with an axe at the settlement located south-east of Karibib in the Erongo Region, on 21 November 2013.
The pensioner died of head injuries while receiving treatment in a Windhoek hospital two days after the attack. She was hit five times on the back of her head with the axe. The 26-year-old Uirab was further found guilty on two counts of assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm and assault by threat after he attacked his sister, Ruth Uiras, by hitting her on the head with the same axe and for chasing another relative, Lizette Uiras, with the same weapon on the day of the incident.
In her submissions, State Advocate Felistas Sikerete-Vendura asked the court to impose a sentence of 40 years in the count of murder, while Uirab''s defence lawyer Titus Ipumbu appealed for mercy and for the court to hand down a sentence of 18 years in respect of this count.
Uirab maintained during the trial that he was possessed by “strange unknown spirits” that forced him to commit the crime and could thus not be held criminally responsible for the death of his mother.
He said he was suffering from substance-induced psychosis as he abused alcohol and cannabis prior to and at the time of the incident.
Uirab remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility''s holding cells until Thursday for the handing down of the sentence.
“We have been looking at issues of biomass. We can generate quite a lot. Sixty megawatts (MW) of power can be realised from biomass. About 20 of that can come from NamPower.
“In addition to the biomass project is a concentrated solar project. We have already done socioeconomic impact studies on the concentrated solar power projects while also concluding water supply agreements,” he said. Speaking to the Namibian Sun on the sidelines of the conference, Innosun head Gregoire Verhaeghe said that his firm was in talks with private equity investor IJG Capital for its involvement of its envisaged power projects and stated that 25% would be available to local investors.
With regard to the development of NamPower''s base load power stations, Haulofu indicated that Kudu had entered the fray again and invited private equity investors to participate while concluding that extensive work and progress had been made regarding the Baines hydro-electric power station.
Said Haulofu: “We have concluded a socioeconomic impact assessment on the Baines power project. There is a lot to report back on. We are looking very critically at a base load power station. Kudu is [also] still on the drawing board.” Haulofu concluded by stating that a number of agreements still had to be signed with the Angolan government.
It is envisaged that the Baines mid-merit/peaking power station''s capacity would be 600 MW which will be shared equally by Namibia and Angola according to Nampower, a project expected to require an investment just over US$1.2 billion.
Energy minister told a packed Safari Court conference room that investors were welcome tao invest in the Kudu project, indicating that 44% would have to be funded privately.
“As promised we will organise and have a national strike of the unemployed. The party will pronounce itself on the issue in due time. It is a very sensitive strike and we want to get all the procedures right and in place. We are obtaining facts of what is transpiring in the fishing industry and consulting with other stakeholders who are also concerned with the unemployment crisis in the country.”
DTA president McHenry Venaani visited Walvis Bay and addressed striking fishermen in September.
He called on government to resolve the prevailing impasse between the fishermen and their respective companies which has been dragging on for longer than a year now. He also issued a 30-day ultimatum and threatened that the party will embark on the biggest peaceful protest action by unemployed persons ever seen in Namibia in order to compel government to act. Venaani labelled unemployment a crisis in the country and said more than 30% of Namibians did not have jobs.
While summer temperatures in Namibia have been soaring, it is predicted that 2016 will be the hottest year ever recorded globally.
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says 2011 to 2015 was the hottest five-year period on record, but 2016 will be even hotter.
“We just had the hottest five-year period on record, with 2015 claiming the title of the hottest individual year. Even that record is likely to be beaten in 2016,” it says.
The WMO’s preliminary climate assessment for 2016 is to be released next week.
However, global analyses that have been released so far indicate that this year there was a streak of 16 consecutive record-setting hot months until August, while September was the second-warmest September on record and October was the third warmest on record globally.
In a report released on Tuesday at the international climate talks being held in Morocco, the WMO says the period 2011 to 2015 featured a large number of extreme weather events, including heat waves, extreme cold, tropical cyclones, flooding, droughts and severe storms.
It specifically mentions that southern Africa was affected by a number of major heat waves during the 2015/16 summer from October 2015 onward, in conjunction with a major drought affecting the region.
According to the report numerous locations broke previous records for their highest temperature on multiple occasions in November and December 2015 and early January 2016.
It also points out that parts of southern Africa were affected by a prolonged drought from late 2013, particularly Namibia, Angola and the North West Province of South Africa.
The report strongly links human activities to rising temperatures.
It says the rise in temperatures is linked directly to the increase in greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. The report also highlighted the human fingerprint in these emissions and the link it has to extreme weather events.
Eight employees of the Ministry of Health and Social Services have appeared briefly before the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on 426 counts of fraud involving more than N$2 million.
The eight suspects were alternatively charged with theft immediately after their arrest on Tuesday.
The accused, who were not asked to plead, are: Jennifer Claasen (44), a former accountant at the health ministry, former enrolled nurses Naomi Tangeni Nanus (60) and Magrieta Sofia Januarie (55), enrolled nurse Dalina Isaacs (56), health assistant Jurgen Eldon Julie (40), Heyman Nowaseb (34), a labourer, and cleaners Frederika Maria Katukui (32) and Hedwig Campbell (52).
Magistrate Ndapewa Celma Amadhila transferred the matter to the Regional Court in Katutura, where it will be heard on 18 November.
She granted bail of N$10 000 for Nanus, Januarie and Isaacs. Julie, Nowaseb and Katukui were granted N$8 000 bail and Campbell N$5 000. Claassen’s bail was set at N$15 000.
Amadhila informed the accused to obtain legal representation before 18 November.
The Anti-Corruption Commission said in a media statement yesterday that the accused allegedly involved themselves in fraudulent overtime claims, board and lodging payments, arrears salary payments and cash bonuses that were submitted and processed on the financial system. They never worked the overtime, nor were they entitled to any of the reimbursements.
According to the ACC, once the payments were made into their accounts the cash was allegedly shared with the accountant Claasen, who allegedly masterminded the criminal enterprise.
It said claims to the value of N$2 million were submitted and paid out.
Johannes Shipanga (59) yesterday admitted in the Oshakati High Court on Tuesday that he had shot his wife at Onalulago village in Oshana Region on 17 June last year before burning her body beyond recognition in a car.
Shipanga said he and his wife, 51-year-old Justina Shipanga, went to deliver a document somewhere but just metres from their home they ended up in an argument which led to her death.
The couple had four children together, the eldest being 26 and the youngest 18 years old.
Shipanga told the court during cross examination that while seated in the car he asked his wife when she would return home. Her response angered him so that he shot her.
“I asked her when will she return home and she told me I don’t have the right to ask her that nor I will never have the right to ask her anything… it then made me do Satan things, what I was not supposed to do,” a tearful Shipanga said.
Shipanga said he shot her twice in the head. After the first shot she fell into his lap, and he pulled the trigger once more.
He said he then set the car on fire and her body was burned beyond recognition. Then he went to the nearest police station and handed himself over.
“I am guilty, I am guilty on the face of God and the government, I am guilty. I was not supposed to do what I have done, I put my children in a mess as well as both families,” he told the court.
Jealousy and money issues
During Shipanga’s testimony in mitigation of sentencing, he said their 26-year marriage started falling apart after he lost his job in 2009 and there were rumours that his wife was having an affair with a man he identified as Joseph Iyambo.
Shipanga told the court that his wife no longer wanted to share her income with him after he lost his job as an insurance sales agent. She was a teacher at Onalulago Combined School.
“My wife stopped me from using the ATM card, stopped showing me her payslip and on pay day she would come back empty handed with no groceries,” Shipanga told the court.
Under cross-examination Shipanga said he was not dependent on his wife for money because he other ways of earning an income, but when they got married in 1988 they had both committed to sharing their income to feed their family.
Regarding the alleged affair, Shipanga admitted that he had no proof of it and had heard of it from a teacher at Onguma school, where Iyambo was working.
The prosecutor said in his closing argument that the deceased no longer wanted to be in a relationship with Shipanga, based on the last conversation between the two before the murder. He suggested a jail term of 40 to 45 years.
Shipanga’s lawyer asked for an 18-year term, saying that Shipanga had shown remorse, surrendered and confessed to the police, pleaded guilty in court and asked forgiveness from his children and the deceased’s family.
Judge Marlene Commasi postponed the case to 24 November for sentencing. Shipanga remains in custody.
Hileni Kambangula is facing an abortion charge. According to Oshikoto Police Commissioner Naomi Katjiua, Kambangula took an overdose of tablets to induce the abortion.
Katjiua said Kambangula''s roommate called the police after becoming suspicious because she had spent 30 minutes in the toilet.
According to Katjiua, Kambangula allegedly put the foetus in a plastic bag and dumped it in an open area.
Kambangula is currently in the Tsumeb State Hospital. Her case was postponed to 16 November as police investigations continue.
Police in the Oshikoto Region also reported two suicides.
On Tuesday, at Omaakuku village in Omuthiya, Joseph Sakeus (17), a grade 9 leaner at Oshifukwa Combined School, was found hanging from a tree in a neighbour''s mahangu field.
Katjiua said Sakeus, had fought with a school mate on their way home earlier in the day.
In the other case, Severus Nampinga (39) was found hanging from a tree next to his house at Okaliveva village in the Onayena area yesterday morning.
Suspended top officials at Omusati Regional Council will hear their fate next week, following the endorsement of their suspension by the Public Service Commission.
The chairperson of the regional council, Modestus Amutse, told Namibian Sun yesterday that after consultation with the commission last month, the commission endorsed the council''s decision to suspend its chief regional officer, Protasius Andowa, and deputy director of finance, Elizabeth Mutota, to pave the way for an investigation.
"The investigation team is done with its work and their findings will be presented to the full council meeting next week. It will be after that meeting that the council will decide whether to charge them or not. Currently, there are no charges against the two," Amutse said.
He said there has been no deliberation on the matter, but he could not divulge any information on why the two were suspended. He only said that it concerned a serious of mismanagement of council money from as far back as 2012.
"We requested our line ministry to assign us with a team of investigators. They sent us a team headed by the Urban and Rural Development Ministry’s chief auditor," Amutse said.
Namibian Sun has been reliably informed that Andowa and Mutota''s mismanagement of money came to light after they failed to explain how the council had spent N$12.3 million that the council had borrowed from the line ministry to finance projects.
According to the source, the two gave false information to the governor that was used during his state of the region address.
On 24 August, the Public Service Commission wrote a letter to Amutse instructing him to reinstate the two officials. After consultation with Amutse, the commission endorsed the suspension.
Political novice and former reality TV star Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton to take the US presidency, stunning America and the world in an explosive upset fuelled by a wave of grassroots anger.
The Republican mogul immediately pledged to unite a deeply divided nation. But global markets had already plunged into turmoil and the long-standing global political order, which hinges on Washington''s leadership, was cast into doubt.
Around the world, as the once feared prospect of a Trump presidency settled in as cold, hard reality, the surprise was greeted with warnings that America had lurched into a national crisis, its leader "an unstable bigot, sexual predator and compulsive liar," in the words of Britain''s The Guardian newspaper.
Trump called for national reconciliation in his first comments after Clinton conceded defeat in a result that virtually no poll had dreamed of predicting, her hopes of becoming the first female US president brutally dashed.
"Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division," Trump told a cheering crowd of jubilant supporters in the early hours of Wednesday in New York, pledging to work with Democrats in office.
"I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans," he declared.
Trump praised Clinton - in the last presidential debate, he called her a "nasty woman" - for her hard work and years of public service. His campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said the pair had a "very gracious, very warm conversation" by phone that lasted about a minute.
"We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country," Trump said of Clinton.
In his first post-election tweet, Trump wrote: "The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before."
As day broke in Washington, the White House said President Barack Obama called Trump to congratulate him. Trump will visit him there today.
During a bitter two-year campaign that tugged at America''s democratic fabric, the 70-year-old tycoon pledged to deport illegal immigrants, ban Muslims from the country and tear up free-trade deals.
There was no disguising the concern of Washington''s European partners that Trump''s victory might destroy the Western alliance they still regard as a touchstone for stability and the rule of law.
Russia''s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin said he wanted to rebuild "full-fledged relations" with the United States after Trump''s victory, as he warmly congratulated the president-elect.
But EU leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker invited him to an EU-US summit at his "earliest convenience" to seek reassurances about transatlantic ties.
And NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned Trump, who spoke during the campaign of making US allies take a bigger share of the Western security burden, that "US leadership is more important than ever".
Trump openly courted Putin during the race, called US support for NATO allies in Europe into question and suggested that South Korea and Japan should develop their own nuclear weapons.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted to Trump''s election by insisting that his country and the United States are "unshakeable allies."
Some of the most enthusiastic support for Trump came from far-right and nationalist politicians in Europe such as French opposition figure Marine Le Pen, Matteo Salvini of Italy''s Northern League and British Eurosceptic Nigel Farage.
Trump will become America''s 45th commander-in-chief of the world''s sole true superpower on January 20.
The results prompted a global market sell-off, with stocks plunging across Asia and Europe and billions being wiped off the value of investments.
Trump''s message was embraced by a large section of America''s white majority who have grown increasingly disgruntled by the scope of social and economic change in the last eight years under Obama, their first black president.
Many Americans from minority backgrounds expressed dismay at Trump''s victory, which some observers blamed on a backlash against multicultural America.
Although he has no government experience and in recent years has been as well known for running beauty pageants and starring on his reality television series ‘The Apprentice’ as he is for building his property empire, Trump is the oldest man ever elected president.
Yet, during his improbable political rise, Trump has constantly proved the pundits and standard political wisdom wrong.
Opposed by the senior hierarchy of his own Republican Party, he trounced more than a dozen better-funded and more experienced rivals in the party primary.
During the race, he was forced to ride out credible allegations of sexual assault from a dozen women and was embarrassed but apparently not ashamed to have been caught on tape boasting about grabbing women''s genitals.
And, unique in modern US political history, he refused to release his tax returns - leaving a question mark over how much, if any, tax he has paid while running a global empire.
But the biggest upset came on Tuesday, as he swept to victory through a series of hard-fought wins in battleground states from Florida to Ohio. He amassed at least 290 electoral votes to 218 for Clinton, according to network projections.
Clinton had been widely assumed to be on course to enter the history books as the first woman to become president in America''s 240-year existence.
Americans repudiated her call for unity among Americans with their wide cultural and racial diversity, opting instead for a leader who insisted the country is broken and that "I alone can fix it".
Trump has an uneasy relationship with the broader Republican Party.
But it will have full control of Congress and he will be able to appoint a ninth Supreme Court justice to a vacant seat on the bench, ensuring that conservatism''s long rise and predominance among the black-robed justices will not be interrupted for now.
So great was the shock of defeat that the normally robust Clinton did not come out to her supporters'' poll-watching party to concede defeat, but instead called Trump and sent her campaign chairman.
The campaign confirmed Clinton herself would speak early Wednesday.
The election result was also a brutal humiliation for the White House incumbent, Obama, who for eight years has repeated the credo that there is no black or white America, only the United States of America.
On the eve of the election, he told tens of thousands of people in Philadelphia that he was betting on the decency of the American people.
"I''m betting that tomorrow, most moms and dads across America won''t cast their vote for someone who denigrates their daughters," Obama said.
"I''m betting that tomorrow, true conservatives won''t cast their vote for somebody with no regard for the Constitution."
His bet appears to have been flat out wrong, and America''s first black president will be succeeded by a candidate who received the endorsement - albeit unsought and unacknowledged - of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan.
Local commentators yesterday varied in their responses to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America.
Namibia’s first ambassador to the US, Tuliameni Kalomoh, said Trump’s victory presented an opportunity for Africa to stand on its own feet.
Kalomoh doubts that the election of Trump would have any policy impact on African countries.
He also said it was highly unlikely that Trump’s election would see the end of humanitarian programmes such as the US President''s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar). Pepfar is a US governmental initiative to address the global HIV/Aids epidemic and help save the lives of those suffering from the disease, primarily in Africa.
“I do not think he would suddenly cut the money or ties with Africa. But I believe that if he decides to cut ties with Africa that Africa needs to regroup and live within its means. Africa cannot forever live on the generosity of others,” said Kalomoh.
Other programmes that Kalomoh believes will continue despite a change of government include Power Africa, which aims at supporting economic growth and development by increasing access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable power in Africa. Africans also benefit from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) agreement which aims to significantly enhance market access to the US for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries.
In addition, Kalomoh said America needs to continuously cooperate with Africa to provide a buffer against terrorism.
According to him, it would serve the US no good to cut ties at a time when it is severely under threat from terrorist attacks.
“East Africa plays a pivotal role in the struggle against terrorism and we see West Africa fighting against Boko Haram. Terrorism may be based in Africa but its tentacles and influence go beyond Africa,” Kalomoh cautioned.
When asked whether Trump was the kind of person that would support Namibia’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), Kalomoh said the US has no standing in the matter since it is not a member of the ICC itself.
“It remains within the sovereign right of Namibia to decide whether to withdraw or not to withdraw,” he said.
Political commentator Nico Horn said he cannot imagine that Trump would change his rhetoric about Africa being corrupt.
“I cannot imagine that he can be a good friend of Africa. I think Africa can make itself ready to have some financial aid cut. I doubt it would be possible for him to ignore his campaign speech,” he warned.
According to him, Trump may reconsider his stance but that would only be because he needs Africa and not because he likes Africa.
Horn also said there was no guarantee that Trump would be able to give his supporters all the benefits he promised during his campaign.
According to Kalomoh, Barack Obama’s presidency is a vindication that racism has no place in civil lives of communities.
He commended Obama for his support in fighting ISIS and piracy in the Indian Ocean as well as supporting Algeria to confront Al-Shabaab terrorism, but felt that he could have done more in Algeria.
“An indelible legacy would be that of George W Bush who established the Millennium Challenge Account and Pepfar,” said Kalomoh.
A local social commentator who was born in America, Jacqueline Asheeke, said the outcome of the results showed that Americans are tired of being politically correct.
According to her, the fact that Trump won despite being branded a racist and sexist is because the Democrats underestimated the uprising by white men and the American working class.
“I find it amazing that people could identify with a billionaire, it is the biggest calamity of US history, but I think Trump obviously resonates with the working-class family who barely make their mortgages,” she said.
Asheeke added that Trump might not be able to deliver on the promises that he had made during his campaign, such as to restore the country’s former industrial might.
Promoters from several boxing academies this week claimed that Salute has been receiving special treatment from Professional Wrestling and Boxing Control Board chairperson Ellison Hijarunguru.
This came after the new board under Hijarunguru lifted Salute chairman Kriata Kamanya''s suspension after their appointment.
The former board had charged Kamanya with misconduct and suspended him after his alleged brawl with WBF officials at the academy''s boxing event on 25 June.
Responding to the allegations at a press conference yesterday, Salute spokesperson Fredrich Nghiyolwa maintained that they were innocent.
“We have never received any special treatment from any control board.
“The bonanza that we are planning is our first since the new board was appointed in September,” he said.
“How dare people try to hold development in our face? We are not here to take anybody''s space, but to develop the boxers we work with.
“We as promoters and people in the boxing fraternity must learn to work together.
“People must stop using the media to attack Salute Boxing Academy because we have not done anything to them.
“The Salute Boxing Academy has not even said anything bad about any other academy but they continue talking negative things to the media about us,” Nghiyolwa fumed.
He said WBF president Howard Goldberg had no problems with the academy and had pledged to continue working with them.
“Goldberg wrote a letter to us that Kirata Kamanya never laid a hand on him and he will continue working with us.
“This shows that there was never truth in the video that has been circulating about our officials assaulting the president.”
The Salute Boxing Academy also announced that it will stage a boxing event at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek on 3 December.
The main bout of the night will see Bethuel ''Tyson'' Uushona challenge Polish Rafal Jackiewicz for the WBF welterweight world title.
The fight has drawn criticism from boxing pundits who questioned why Uushona was selected for the title fight after he lost the belt to Deniz IIbay in June.
“After Tyson lost the fight, we appealed the decision and the WBF gave IIbay and our boxer a chance for a rematch,” Nghiyolwa responded.
“However IIbay refused to fight and therefore WBF stripped him of the title and made it vacant again.”
Tyson Uushona said he was ready to fight for the world title after a disappointing year.
“My boxing promoters have shown that they trust me even when things were not going good for me.
“I am willing to pay them back by winning the WBF world title in style in December.
“I have been working very hard for this moment and I that is why I will go into the fight with great confidence,” he said.
The main supporting bout of the night will be between Lukas ''Demolisher'' Ndafoluma and South Africa''s Walter Dlamini for the IBO All-Africa middleweight title.
There are ten other undercard fights lined up for the night.
Ordinary tickets cost N$100, VIP seats N$500, and a table for ten N$20 000.
The chairman of the Salute Boxing Academy, Kiriata Kamanya, has invited all boxing fans to turn up on 3 December.
“People must come and witness our boy Tyson Uushona, who will be making history.
“We are confident in the boy because he has done so great in the past and now it will be his chance to fight for the big title again,” Kamanya said.
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Former Welwitschias captain Jacques Burger has wished the Namibian side taking part in the sevens rugby tournament at Swakopmund the best of luck.
Burger said he was extremely proud of what Namibian rugby had achieved over the years.
The Safland Sevens Rugby Tournament is taking place at Swakopmund this weekend.
“I think the whole Namibia will be behind the boys as they start the tournament and so will I.
“I look forward to seeing what Namibian rugby can come up with because the potential in this country is enormous and it starts with the sevens because it is a small focus area and it is easier to get seven players together than a national team,” he said.
Burger added that if the sevens team can succeed at this tournament, they eventually will play against world-class teams.
“I wish the team all the best and hope they can win the tournament,” he said.
Burger thanked the participating teams who have made time to come to Namibia for the tournament.
“I would like to thank all the competing teams and I think for them to make an effort to make it here and to play this tournament is great. I think it is a tournament that will grow and grow and if the Namibian team does well it will be a very popular competition in the future,” he said.
“It is amazing that we are hosting more tournaments like this and growing the game of rugby. If we want to get people to invest in our bigger plan to develop the game in Namibia then we need to organise tournaments like this.”
The manager of Namibia’s sevens rugby team, Robert Dickson, said his team was aiming to reach the finals.
“We believe that after our impressive performance in the sevens tournament we just played in Kenya, we can make it to the final. It will be fun to play South Africa or Germany in that last match of the competition,” he said.
The Namibian sevens team finished second in the Africa Rugby Sevens Cup held in Nairobi, Kenya, in October. The result qualified them for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Rugby Sevens World Series to be held in Hong Kong in April 2017.
Rugby sevens is a variant of rugby in which teams are made up of seven players playing seven-minute halves, instead of the usual 15 players playing 40-minute halves.
The Safland Sevens Rugby Tournament will see international teams such as South Africa''s famed Blitzbokke battling it out with the Namibia sevens rugby team.
South Africa won the maiden edition of the tournament that was held in Windhoek last year.
Other invited teams competing in the tournament include Zambia, Living Legends, SA All Stars, Kenya, Namibia Academy, Germany and Botswana.
- additional reporting by NAMPA
Speaking to Namibian Sun yesterday, the director of sports, Shivute Katamba, said the dissatisfaction of boxing promoters and other issues related to the control board are supposed to be overseen by the Namibia Sports Commission.
“We have a sports commission that is supposed to govern professional boxing. Even though they are governed by their Act, they still fall under the Sport Commission,” he said.
“Who is now supervising them? You cannot tell me that the minister is going to supervise them, he is not there to supervise them, that is why the minister has the eyes and ears of the Sports Commission.”
He questioned why the administration of the boxing control board is not being supervised by the Sports Commission.
“I have spoken to the previous board about this and they had a different thinking, but I am still not convinced and the Sports Commission should know everything related to sports.
“My question is now who will handle this issue? Do they expect the minister to supervise them? The only structure that can do so is the Sport Commission and then we are doing the right thing,” said Katamba.
Sports Commission chairperson Joel Matheus said the control board was established by an act of parliament just like the NSC, “so they are on equal basis with the commission and run their affairs and it will be difficult for the directorate to intervene prematurely unless proper procedures are followed.”
Three boxing promoters this week called on the minister of sport, Jerry Ekandjo, to remove the newly appointed boxing control board chairperson, Ellison Hijarunguru.
Namibia''s Currie Cup team is expected to participate in the South African competition for the second time early next year.
The team''s poor performance in this year''s competition, in which they did not win a single match, is said to be the reason why the NRU has enlisted Davies''s services.
Davies will not be the coach but will advise the players and the coach during training sessions.
“We were definitely not happy about our performances in the competition this year and that is why we brought in Davies to offer some of his expertise,” Theron said.
“We realised that the team started preparing late in the last competition, which made it hard for us to win any match.
“That is why we started with the training camp today already, although the competition will only take place next year.
“Davies is a man with enormous experience who we know can boost the performance of the Currie Cup team going forward,” Theron said.
Theron announced that the union was also appointing a new coach for the second-string side, who would replace John Williams by Monday.
She would not disclose the name of the coach at this stage.
“We want to add value to our home games in the competition by adding various artists to the entertainment list.
“The fact that Windhoek Draught and FNB have committed themselves to sponsor us for the next three years is also something which is very pleasing.
“Therefore, we plan on improving their brand at the rugby stadium, which I believe is a logical and honourable thing to do,” Theron said.
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Bothma has signed for the club and will join from the 2017/18 season.
Bothma, a powerful ball-carrying number 8, will join Harlequins from Super Rugby side the Bulls.
Confirming the news, Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston said: “Renaldo is one of the most destructive ball carriers in world rugby and so I am absolutely delighted to have secured his services on a long-term contract.
“As captain of his country, he also brings strong leadership qualities.
“He chose Harlequins over other options around the world and his signing is a major statement of where we want to take this great club over the coming years.”
A product of the Sharks Academy, Bothma has played 78 Currie Cup matches, most prominently for the Mpumalanga-based Pumas.
In 2015 he made his Super Rugby debut for the Sharks and after spending the 2015 off season with Japanese side Toyota Verblitz, he joined the Bulls in 2016.
Qualifying to play for Namibia through his mother, the 27-year-old made his international debut in 2014 against Kenya. Bothma played a key role in helping his country qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and made three appearances in the tournament against New Zealand, Tonga and Georgia.
He was appointed as captain of Namibia in June 2016 and has 13 international caps to his name, scoring 40 points.
Commenting on the announcement, Bothma added: “I''m really excited to move to England next summer and positively impact Harlequins. I''ve signed a long-term deal and I want to play a big role in helping grow the club and bring it to even higher heights.
“I''m a big believer in a positive playing environment and from speaking to John Kingston, it is very clear that this is how Harlequins operates. The club has a great vibe and there is a huge family friendly nature to it.
“I have another Super Rugby season with the Bulls to concentrate on and I will be giving it my all before my move to England.”