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- 03/16/17--15:00: _N$20 sex at Oshikango
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- 03/19/17--15:00: _90% of players missing
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- 03/19/17--15:00: _Ta ya landitha iihu...
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- 03/16/17--15:00: Dutch liberalism triumphs
- 03/16/17--15:00: We've sold our souls to China
- 03/16/17--15:00: The beautiful game of soccer
- 03/16/17--15:00: Cartoon
- 03/16/17--15:00: No claim on Angolan land
- 03/16/17--15:00: DNA results free accused
- 03/16/17--15:00: A Namibia free of plastic
- 03/16/17--15:00: Crops rot in the rain
- 03/16/17--15:00: Alleged student killer wants bail
- 03/16/17--15:00: China was not the only friend
- 03/16/17--15:00: Park patrol shoots at visitors
- 03/16/17--15:00: New flood wave possible
- 03/16/17--15:00: Magistrate shoots down sky-high property values
- 03/16/17--15:00: N$20 sex at Oshikango
- 03/17/17--04:20: B2 crash claims business personality
- 03/19/17--15:00: 90% of players missing
- 03/19/17--15:00: Mbidi loses CAF exco bid
- 03/19/17--15:00: Omuloka ogundji otagu yonagula oofaalama
- 03/19/17--15:00: Ta ya landitha iihulo kooN$20 mOshikango
- 03/19/17--15:00: Omananathano geteto lyomiti moZambezi ga hulu
With more than 93% of votes counted, Rutte's liberal VVD party was set to win 33 seats, making it the largest in the new 150-seat parliament, with Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) beaten into second place with 20 seats, the Dutch national broadcaster NOS said on Thursday.
Millions of Dutch flocked to the polls in a near-record turnout, with the stakes high in an election pitting the pro-European Rutte against his anti-immigration and anti-EU rival.
After last year's shock Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's victory in the US, the Dutch vote was being closely scrutinised as a gauge of the rise of populism on the continent ahead of crucial elections in France and Germany.
“This was the evening when The Netherlands, after Brexit and the American elections, said 'stop' to the wrong kind of populism,” Rutte told supporters.
“Now of course it's important to unite the country in the coming weeks and months and that we succeed in forming a stable government for the next four years.”
Relieved European leaders, fearing the rise of anti-EU sentiment in one of the bloc's founding members, congratulated Rutte, now headed for a third term at the head of the one the euro zone's largest economies.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU Commission chief, praised the result as a “vote against extremists” while one senior European source told AFP news agency on condition of anonymity: “Common sense strikes back.”
Jean-Marc Ayrault, French foreign minister, congratulated Rutte for “stopping the rise of the far-right”. Marine Le Pen, the French far-right candidate, is currently seen winning the first round of the presidential election in April,
Wilders had pledged to close the borders to Muslim immigrants, shut mosques, ban sales of the Quran and leave the EU if he won the polls.
He thanked his supporters in a message on Twitter, with his party set to boost its number of MPs to 19. The PVV won 15 seats in the 2012 elections, which had slipped to 12 in the outgoing parliament.
“We won seats. The first gains are made. And Rutte is not rid of me yet,” he said.
Eyeing weeks, if not months, of protracted coalition talks ahead, Wilders offered early on Thursday to work with the new government.
“I would still like to co-govern as the PVV, if possible. But if that doesn't work ... we'll support the cabinet, where needed, on the issues that are important to us.”
Most of the other leaders, including Rutte have vowed not to work with Wilders, denouncing his incendiary rhetoric and his go-it-alone attitude.
Rutte appeared to have benefited from his firm stance in a spiralling diplomatic spat with Turkey after authorities barred Turkish ministers from rallying support in the Netherlands for a referendum.
Assuming the exit polls reflect the final result, Rutte will get the first chance to form the next coalition and could possibly turn to the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and the Democracy party D66, which both matched Wilders with a predicted 19 seats.
But with the three parties' combined total of 71 seats, he would need another party to reach the 76-seat majority.
The “PVV is not such a revolutionary, Trumpian force,” Leiden University expert Geerten Waling told AFP.
“People stick to responsible politicians mostly,” he said, acknowledging though that the PVV's showing was “not small”.
The analyst also pointed to the “disastrous” showing of the traditional Labour party, Rutte's sole partner in the outgoing coalition.
Support for the party appears to have evaporated and the partial count showed it winning just nine seats - well down from the 38 it won in 2012.
Labour leader Lodewijk Asscher told supporters late on Wednesday “the voters have spoken, difficult as it is, but that is democracy”.
One of the biggest winners of the day was the Jesse Klaver, the young leader of the ecologist left wing GroenLinks.
In a remarkable turnaround, the party is likely to win 14 seats compared to just four in the outgoing parliament.
The motion was introduced by the United People's Movement (UPM) in the light of allegations that some Chinese-owned companies are exploiting Namibian workers and are sometimes not complying with local labour laws.
The Swapo MPs refusal to entertain such a debate is not surprising. Our politicians simply don't have the guts to stand up to China for very obvious reasons.
It is true that our country's relationship with China started way back during Namibia's liberation struggle.
After independence the Chinese never shied away from providing us with soft loans.
They have, in turn, been rewarded with huge tenders from government and this is a trend that still continues to this day.
It is also a well-documented fact that Beijing has come up with another cost-effective way of cementing its relationships with our leaders, that of extending scholarships to the children of the political elite to study at universities in China.
The fact that Swapo MPs refused to entertain such a debate confirms the long-standing assertion that our nation is captured by the Chinese and the time to speak out is now.
We have seen labour unions taking on Chinese employers in this country for flouting local rules and regulations, leading at times to poor safety at the workplace.
Despite building local infrastructure, the Chinese are often accused of not transferring skills to local communities.
They have also been awarded huge tenders by government, without really adding any value to the local economy as they continue to import labour and equipment.
It is shocking that politicians don't think that putting the Chinese in the spotlight is the right way to have a mature debate in order to reflect on the public interest in this matter.
Parliamentarians are there to represent the electorate and should learn to put their self-interests aside.
This is unpatriotic and clearly a slap in the face of those who voted these politicians into power.
We have sadly sold our souls to China.
But what I would not do is run home from a dinner night out to catch the last fifteen minutes of an Arsenal versus something-something team! I know of dudes that would drop whatever they were doing to watch a soccer game. The guy could be the one with the most vital secret code that could save the world from the Apocalypse – but he would drop the entire human race and jet home for Arsenal's sake.
Nah, I am not that type. Well, I do not know about pulling a Steven Segal and saving the human race thing, but I would definitely not be dashing home for Arsenal or any other team. Ja, I know – I am a loser, right?
Perhaps it is because I was never much of a soccer player in what was supposed to be my heyday. I mean I could kick the pig skin around and probably manage to dribble past one or two players - but that was it.
Well, anyone can dribble past his own players and feel good about it - which is what I did back in the day. No wonder I always managed to run fast with the ball; I had no competition as my own team players were probably watching in awe as I waltzed past them at blizzard speed, smiling from ear to ear
Ja, those were the days when the game of soccer had a totally different set of rules. For instance, the fat kid in any soccer match was always made the goalkeeper. There were no bathroom scales to weigh them up - we just looked at them and decided: “You are fat. You are now officially our goalkeeper.” If the now-baptised 'fat boy' decides to protest his vote onto the 'Phat boys' club – no pun intended – he would be lynched!
As for the line-up of the two teams; only the owner of the ball had the power to decide how both teams would look like. In other words, if you never gave him a piece of your vetkoek, or never laughed at his jokes - you are out my friend. The guy who was never picked for any team will be the one to run around and fetch the ball from a tree when it got stuck, under a car or even on the roof.
Eish, those were the days when the match only ended when everybody was tired, or when somebody's Ouma decides to be a party pooper and calls the boy home to take a bath before 'papa' arrives from work. Ja, those 'papas' could beat the living hell out of you for not saying 'thank you' to 'mama' for washing your school uniform.
The game will also end automatically when the ball owner gets annoyed. No one dare annoy him - he is the owner of the ball for heaven's sake!
There were usually no corners during our soccer matches, but if you keep making comers up to the count of say three; it's a penalty, no questions asked! Interestingly, the person to take such a penalty will be the one who caused it. You could be the worse penalty taker in the world, it does not matter. It is your time to shine - go on and do a Roberto Baggio in 1994 on your teammates.
That is how the beautiful game of soccer was played in our day. No wonder some of us always ended as the one to fetch the ball. Eish, the game of soccer is definitely not for the faint-hearted. In this game, you need some balls – no matter the size - before you can play it
Oukwanyama runs through some parts of Angola including Oihole in the Cunene Province, where the late King Mandume Ndemufayo resided and where he was laid to rest.
Hadino Hishongwa, the deputy chairperson of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority and senior advisor to the queen, Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu, issued a letter of response last week.
“We were left hurt as these rumours were unfounded and we are wondering why these rumours are always created about our community; additionally, this victimisation of our community has simply been too much to bear over these many years since independence,” the letter reads.
President Hage Geingob also publicly condemned the reports from an unnamed source during the Mandume ya Ndemufayo Centenary Commemorations at the Oukwanyama Royal Palace at Omhedi on 4 February this year.
He told Namibians dreaming of claiming a part of the Angolan territory as their own to stop the notion immediately.
Geingob noted that Africans should not start claiming the territories of fellow African states by using ancestral boundaries as justification.
Hishongwa noted that the Oukwanyama community would like to live in good relations, peace and harmony with other communities in Namibia as well as the Angolan community, who have helped the country achieve its independence which is currently being enjoyed, and thus have no mean intentions.
“We believe in respect and the recognised international borders, which were made by the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now known as African Unity (AU), and the United Nations but this does not prevent us from having our cultural, traditional and customary bonds and the development our common language in the two neighbouring sister countries,” the document states.
Hishongwa classified the rumours as a tribal act, stating that the body spreading the rumour is trying to tarnish the community's image and wants to damage the relationship between the traditional authority and the head of state.
“None the less, just like government is unable to control all of its citizens, we as a traditional authority do not have full control over each individual's thoughts or our community members, and we do not know what such individual's personal views are,” he said.
Hishongwa assured Geingob that they firmly support his leadership.
Acting Judge Boas Usiku of the High Court in Windhoek, on an application for discharge submitted by Fransiscus Dimitry Narimab, ruled that there is no evidence on record upon which a reasonable court may convict him.
He consequently found that Narimab is not guilty on the charges of murder, two rape counts, robbery and defeating or obstructing the course of justice.
“From the outline of the evidence there is no direct or circumstantial evidence linking Narimab to the charges in question,” Usiku ruled.
The case related to the murder of Melody 'Alwina' !Uri?Khos between 28 and 29 March 2014 in the Shandumbala area of Katutura over the Easter weekend.
Usiku further added that in contrast there is evidence in the form of admissions made by the 21-year-old Ruben Fritz that he raped and murdered the deceased.
DNA evidence also only links Fritz to the charges.
He stands accused of murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
According to the judge, the day following the gruesome events, Fritz together with Narimab sold the cellphone of the girl which according to evidence, he knew belonged to her as he had taken it from her.
He said the contention that there is evidence that Narimab was an accessory after the fact is not found in the evidence.
“There is no evidence before the court that he was aware of the fate of the deceased. Furthermore, no evidence was adduced contradicting his version that he did not know and/or could have known that the cell phone was a stolen object,” Usiku ruled.
He further said that there is no evidence that Narimab accompanied Fritz to sell the cell phone with the intention to assist him to escape a possible liability for robbery.
“There is no prima facie case established by the State against Narimab proving any of the elements of common purpose. No evidence placing him on the scene, no evidence that he was aware that a crime was being committed or had been committed,” he concluded.
He added that there is no evidence that Narimab was found in possession of any item that could link him to the commission of the crimes in question.
To further compound matters, the amount of petroleum used to make a single plastic bag can be used by a car to travel about 115 metres.
These are some of the facts that were shared at the launch of a Plastic-Free Environment in Namibia last week at the Namibia Scientific Society.
The aim of the campaign is to discourage the use of plastic bags by developing a plastic-free mindset and to stimulate discussions around enacting a law against plastic shopping bags.
According to a press release issued by the society, plastic bags are commonly used in Namibia for packaging because they are cheap and easily accessible. However, their use can have a severe impact on the environment if not properly disposed of.
For instance, plastic bags that are improperly disposed have caused the death of many livestock and this problem is likely to increase now, due to the drastic weather changes as a result of climate change.
“Due to drought, it is even more critical for Namibia to implement plastic management measures in order to safeguard animals and reduce landfill waste,” the society said.
It says the worst impacts of improper plastic disposal are often observed in the ocean, making up to 95% of the rubbish floating around.
Based on this, in 2005, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) made a call to promote the global ban of plastic bags to curb marine littering.
The campaign is an initiative that is being carried out in partnership with the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) and the chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources Management, Sophia Swartz. It also includes one of Namibia's top musical bands, PDK, Miss Earth Namibia, Elize Shakaela and The Dogg.
The farmers received up to half of the total seasonal rain in February resulting in large-scale damage of carrot, potato and onion fields.
In February alone, most Namibian vegetable producers received half of their seasonal rainfall while producers in the north say it is still raining.
According to the latest rain bulletin issued by the weather office, the northeast, central-north and Zambezi Region have already received more than the average of 350mm rain, while some areas have recorded up to 200% of their normal averages.
The office, however, stressed that the rainfall recorded in most parts of the country is normal for this time of the year.
The heavy rains that have fallen over a short period of time have brought problems for agronomists whose vegetables have been flooded by the water and attacked by pests.
Pest control measures have been rendered useless by the continuous rain and the fields are too wet for tractors to be used.
Namibia's biggest potato and onion farmer Ludie Kolver from Cando Farming in Hochfeld area said because too much rain fell over a short period, he has lost crops worth about N$3 million.
“Within a period of two to three weeks, I received between 250 to 300mm of rain. That is too much and I lost about 12.5 hectares of potatoes. Another negative impact of so much rain is that nematodes attacked the potatoes.”
According to Kolver, he also experienced heat damage last year in November and December and suffered a crop loss of up to 80%.
“The problem is that a person cannot get your input cost back after that much damage.”
Another mega potato and onion farmer Cobus Coetzee from the farm Bombay between Tsumeb and Grootfontein said in that area, there was also too much rain which resulted in potato crop losses of about N$1.8 million on his piece of land.
According to him, the average rainfall is about 400mm but to date, the area has received 550mm.
“I planted about 30 hectares of potatoes and generally harvest about 50 tons per hectare. However, due to the rain, we expect only about 35 tons per hectare. The harvest for the onions is expected to be worse.”
Dirk van der Berg from Uitkoms and Neseier who farms near Tsumeb said he received about 300mm of rain and he has written off a block of yellow carrots.
“I had 75mm at once, for example. The Altenaria fungus attacked the vegetables and because it was too wet, I could not get into the crop fields with my tractor to spray the pests.”
He said he plants yellow carrots in blocks of about one and a half hectares and harvests 50 to 60 tons first-grade carrots per hectare. “The loss therefore is about N$390 000.”
But for Van der Berg who is also a cattle and citrus farmer, he is thankful for the rain.
Gerhard Engelbrecht an agronomist from the maize triangle says he received a total of 800mm of rain for the season and although it was much more than the average of 550mm, he did not suffer much damage.
According to Engelbrecht, his loss may be about 10%.
He says the good rains also helped to bring the outbreak of commando worms under control that was also supported by pest control sprays.
Louis Steyn, another well-known maize producer from the farm Highlanders near Grootfontein, said his young plants drowned but the older plants survived.
He estimates his damage to be between 20 and 30% total losses.
On average, he receives 460mm rain but has already received 810mm for the season.
George Sievers who farms north of Grootfontein on farm Gross Ilmenau in the Abenab area said he received more than 700mm for the season.
“My land cannot handle that much water and it is not the best situation to grow maize. The yellowing of the maize can decrease my harvest by a quarter. But we still prefer the good rains to the drought and the groundwater resources are recharged which is very important.”
After a brief appearance in a packed courtroom at the Katutura Magistrate's Court, the matter was postponed to 23 March to allow Victor Elia (36) to lodge a formal bail application.
The court proceedings were preceded by a public protest outside the court, calling for bail to be refused.
Elia is accused of killing an IUM student, 25-year-old Iyaloo Ndapandula Hainghumbi, whose body was found near the Van Eck Power Station in Windhoek on 17 January. She died of blunt-force head trauma.
Elia is being held at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
During his first court appearance the State had strongly objected to the granting of bail, citing the seriousness of the offence and fear that Elia might interfere with the investigation.
The case itself was postponed to 20 June for further investigation. State prosecutor Victoria Thompson informed the court that witness statements and laboratory results were still outstanding.
This follows a motion by United People's Movement parliamentarian Jan van Wyk, who questioned the involvement of Chinese-owned companies in the construction sector.
Chaos erupted in National Assembly this week when opposition parties accused the Swapo government of having sold itself to the Chinese government and therefore turning a blind eye to the exploitation of Namibian workers by Chinese companies.
Emotions ran so high that the Speaker, Peter Katjavivi, was forced to end the debate.
The motion was eventually rejected. Fourteen opposition MPs voted in favour of the motion, while 53 Swapo members voted against it. Swapo MP Bernadus Swartbooi abstained, saying “I am my own man.”
According to political commentator Phanuel Kaapama, the decision by the ruling party to close the debate without discussing the merits of the motion created the impression that they have something to hide.
“There are many friends [countries] who probably did much more than what China did during the liberation struggle, which we have done very little for or have forgotten,” he said.
Kaapama urged the Swapo government to play open cards with the nation and say why they feel they must protect Chinese interests.
“I think Namibia's protection of the Chinese has more to do with the elite's relationship in the global capitalist economy. China is doing a lot of business with Namibia and with some elite and I think they are protecting the economic interests of this elite and not so much paying China back for its assistance during the liberation struggle,” he said.
According to DTA president McHenry Venaani, Swapo Party MPs overwhelming voted against continuing the debate, which was “a clear admission” that Swapo is protecting the Chinese people.
“I am afraid a lot of our government officials are compromised. This motion is about the protection of our workers. They [Swapo] are talking about xenophobia when we talk about the Chinese, but why are they not so protective of other foreigners such as the Spaniards who are taking our people's jobs at sea?” he asked.
Venaani also urged the government to stop hiding the “truth” about alleged full-scale corruption at immigration offices, which according to him includes bribery of officials for work permits.
UPM's Van Wyk said the rejection of his motion was testimony to the government's tolerance of Chinese exploitation.
There are conflicting statements from the police and the family about what exactly happened in the park and the seriousness of the girl's head wound.
The police say the child was struck by a shard of glass, while the family claim that a bullet is lodged in her head and that she is fighting for her life.
The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police, Sebastian Ndeitunga, yesterday blamed the incident on poor coordination between officials of the tourism ministry and the anti-poaching unit.
The family of four - Harald Keil (33), his wife Teresa (33), and their two daughters, three-year-old Alexia and two-year-old Caytlin, were on holiday in the Kavango East Region.
On Wednesday afternoon at about 15:00 they returned from a game drive in the park when the shooting occurred.
A few hours later Teresa and her two daughters were airlifted to Windhoek, with Alexia having sustained a head injury in the shooting.
Ndeitunga said the family had entered the park to watch game in the “buffalo area” but that this information was not communicated to the anti-poaching unit.
According to Ndeitunga the anti-poaching unit was following the tracks of suspected poachers when they came across Keil's car.
He said the anti-poaching unit wanted to search the vehicle but Keil failed to stop. That raised suspicion that they could be involved in some type of illegal activity.
Ndeitunga said warning shots were fired, but still the car did not stop. According to the police chief, another shot was fired at one of the car's tyres, but it continued on its say.
The unit then fired shots at the vehicle itself, and glass from one of the windows wounded the little girl. According to Ndeitunga the family eventually stopped at a mobile checkpoint nearby.
“The father panicked when he saw the armed anti-poaching officers because he was not properly briefed about the armed security forces that are protecting our wildlife in the national parks,” Ndeitunga said.
He said there had been no coordination between tourism officials and the anti-poaching unit about the family's presence in the park.
“This is a regrettable and unfortunate incident, but was not done on purpose. There was reasonable suspicion,” Ndeitunga said.
According to Keil they spent about five hours in the park and on their way back came across some armed men - some dressed in civilian clothes and others in military uniforms.
He said they blocked the road and when he stopped about 10 to 15 men with guns surrounded the car.
“They did not answer when I ask 'why am I stopped ' and could not show any identification proving that they were from the NDF when I asked them.
“They ordered us to exit the car very aggressively and gave no explanation why we should exit and started to open the doors of the car.
“I then felt frightened for my family; this was no normal search. I drove off, that is when they started shooting. One bullet hit my three-year-old daughter in the head. She remains critical in ICU for now.”
Ndeitunga could not confirm how many officers were involved or how many shots were fired. The investigation would have to determine that, he said.
Security forces in national parks consist of police as well as NDF members.
Ndeitunga said domestic tourists and foreign visitors should feel safe in national parks and be aware of anti-poaching units operating in the parks. “Proper coordination between the tourism ministry and the unit should be done and information should flow to the unit. They should be told when tourists are coming into parks. We should be informed as we are working together with the tourism ministry.”
Tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta did not want to comment on the incident yesterday.
He said it was being investigated and the director of parks and wildlife had also flown to the area to investigate.
This may cause serious flooding in northern Namibia, as the floodplains are already saturated with standing water.
On Tuesday, northern hydrologist Leonard Hango told Namibian Sun that if heavy rainfall occurred in southern Angola or northern Namibia, this year's efundja seasonal flood would have a significant effect.
If it rains as expected, the water levels in the Cuvelai drainage system may rise and cause another devastating flood such as the one of 2011.
The latest water levels recorded by hydrological gauging stations in the main streams feeding from the Cuvelai are: Ompundja 1.33m, Poko 1.25m, Oshuuli 1.07m, Nalumono 0.89m, Endola 0.73m, Ohaingu 0.62m, Okatana 0.62m, Onyele 0.67, Onelago 0.44m, Oneheke 0.43m, Engela 0.42m and Onembaba 0.42m.
According to the Namibian hydrological service, the Angolan water authority opened the Cuvelai floodgates on 5 March, releasing water into the Cuvelai-Etosha basin.
Last Friday evening the floodwater crossed the Namibia-Angola border into oshana shaNalumono and oshana shaKambembe. Another delayed wave of water entered Namibia east of Oshikango.
Hango said this wave came late due to dry conditions. Water is absorbed into the parched soil, recharging underground water systems first, before flowing into Namibia.
The flood has affected the Okatwitwi informal settlement at Oshikango, especially the Angolan traders who were conducting business there. A resident, Thikameni David, told Namibian Sun that the place was dry when the wave arrived, but now it is full of water leaving traders with nowhere to sell their products.
The level of the efundja so far has not been as high as predicted. Because of the drought of the past few years, water was absorbed by the dry riverbeds.
The two flood waves that reached Namibia last weekend had minimal impact.
“If it continues like this and there is not voluminous rainfall, this year's efundja will not have any real effect on communities,” Hango explained.
Hango said in Angola some areas received good rainfall while others did not receive any rain.
“The efundja is delayed because the streams are dry,” he said.
Hango said the water level near Oshikango might increase, but the levels in oshana shaNalumono and oshana shaKambembe would only rise if more rain fell.
The Cuvelai Basin is a drainage system that consists of hundreds of channels that join and separate thousands of times. Most of the channels are dry for much of the year. The flows that do occur vary between slow trickles and massive floods that slowly make their way down the drainage system.
Hundreds of Otavi residents were overjoyed yesterday when the local magistrate’s court declared a provisional valuation roll null and void and ordered the Otavi town council to start from scratch.
The valuation court was packed by concerned residents, who had taken the Otavi town council to task for a provisional valuation roll in which property and building valuations had shot up by as much as 1 400% and 350% respectively.
Low-income residents would also have been hit hard by the new valuation roll, with average monthly rates on properties increasing from N$20 to N$120 per month.
In January, another version of the provisional valuation roll was also declared null and void because it contained numerous errors.
Magistrate Joseph Shikongo yesterday scrapped the valuation roll based on the submissions of lawyer Maronel du Plessis, who argued on behalf of the residents that the valuation was deeply flawed.
Du Plessis also highlighted alleged intimidation tactics employed by members of the town council over the past few weeks, which the magistrate ruled was an infringement on the residents’ rights.
The magistrate also based his decision on more than 200 objections submitted by residents and instructed the town council to restart the valuations.
Shikongo instructed the council to do the next valuations strictly within the legal guidelines of the Local Authorities Act.
He advised the council to address procedural problems that had cropped up previously, where residents were under pressure to lodge objections.
The council was instructed to hold consultative meetings with residents.
Shikongo also acknowledged claims by Du Plessis and residents that the provisional valuation roll submitted to court was not the same as the one provided to residents for inspection earlier this week. It appeared that the contents of the roll had been tampered with.
Residents argued that if the valuation roll was approved, property prices at Otavi would be the highest in the country, in a town that residents say provides sub-standard municipal services, amenities and infrastructure.
The valuation roll has unleashed a host of allegations against council officials, including accusations of attempted intimidation, interference and other questionable actions, allegedly in an attempt to quell any protest.
The court heard that on Monday, residents queuing at the municipality to add their signatures to an objections register were allegedly interrupted by deputy mayor George Garab, who confiscated the objection registrar and only returned it after the deadline for objections had passed.
In other testimony in court, Garab was accused of trying to mislead residents by informing them that the valuation court date had been postponed and that they had more time to object later.
The provisional valuation roll allegedly contains numerous errors, such as incorrect owner names linked to properties, and property descriptions containing outdated or incorrect information.
According to the town council, the valuations were conducted by Benjamin Shigwedha, the director of Beniz Property Consulting.
Namibian Sun was informed that Shigwedha testified that some of the errors in the valuation roll were because “the Deeds Office register is not up to date”.
Numerous attempts to contact Shigwedha for comment yesterday failed, as he could not be reached at the telephone numbers listed for Beniz Property Consulting.
The difficult economic circumstances in Namibia and Angola have turned Oshikango into a cesspool of cheap commercial sex as people either try to make ends meet or to escape the torrid reality of their financial position.
During an investigation at Oshikango last weekend, Namibian Sun learned that sex workers at the border town have resorted to negotiating with customers who are unwilling to pay more than N$20 for a ‘quickie’ and N$150 for a full night’s service.
This translates to sex in public, in the bush, or at the customer’s home. Well-off customers pay more and organise a room, but the women say this is becoming more infrequent.
The desperation of negotiating with clients and being paid ten times less than what they used to earn is debilitating, they say.
“What can we do? We need to put food on the table to survive,” one woman told Namibian Sun.
While interviewing local people about sex workers and their operations, a security guard pointed at a woman on the other side of the street, walking towards a shop with her hands in her pockets.
“You see that one walking over there, she is one of them but unfortunately she is pregnant now,” the security guard said.
When approached, Sasha (not her real name), a Nama/Damara-speaking woman in her late twenties who speaks fluent Afrikaans, initially denied being pregnant but later opened up about prostitution in Oshikango. She said many sex workers had moved to other northern towns.
“What do you expect? People must survive. You know that there is no more business in Oshikango and the Angolans who used to be good clients have gone and those that are still roaming around don’t have money. Rent must be paid and we need to eat,” Sasha said.
At around 20:00, this reporter could not spot a single sex worker along the Oshikango main road, where people interviewed during the day said they could be seen.
“You won’t see them now as it’s still early, they are probably preparing themselves to attract you guys, just wait a bit,” Sasha said with a smile.
It was only around 21:00 when a woman suddenly appeared next to the road, dressed to the nines, looking in both directions. Minutes later she was standing next to a bakkie into which she hopped after a brief conversation.
“You see, there she goes and that’s how it’s done here,” Sasha said.
When asked about the fees, Sasha said it’s up to the client how much he is willing to spend, as sex workers do not have a fixed price due to the current economic crunch.
Sasha explained that the Angolan economic collapse was disastrous for Oshikango’s sex workers, as Namibian men refuse to pay large amounts for sex.
“Business is no longer good here, with no more American dollars and no more trucks we are doing anything to survive,” Sasha said as she walked away with her daily bread in a plastic bag.
As time passed, more sex workers appeared in the dark.
Approached for comment, most of the sex workers said they had come to Oshikango in search of jobs but now had to make a living from sex. Even at current low prices, the income is better than nothing, they said.
Prostitution in Namibia is still illegal.
According to the Ohangwena police spokesperson, Sergeant Abner Itumba, it is not easy for the police to arrest sex workers, as they do not carry around signs indicating that they are prostitutes.
Itumba said the police could only apprehend sex workers if they received tip-offs from community members.
“We do patrols; the problem is that those people don’t have signs, they might be there but the police will not be able to identify them if the community members do not come out and tell us these things,” Itumba said.
“The deceased was driving from the harbour town to her home at Long Beach when her Toyota Fortuner smashed into a flatbed trailer of a truck. She was alone in the vehicle. Her relatives were notified and visited the scene of the accident. The investigation continues.”
The deceased was married to Poena Olivier and co-owned Magic and Jumbo Discounters, a retail business in Walvis Bay.
Conflicting reports emerged after the accident with some alleging the truck jack-knifed and others stated that the driver was making a U-turn.
Magic begin their quest away from home in the round of 32 when they play King Fischer FC at the Oscar Norich Stadium on 23 April in Tsumeb.
However Shipanga faces selection headaches after losing contact with almost his entire squad.
The situation was caused by the fact that the Namibia Premier League failed to kick off, resulting in clubs calling off their training camps.
“To be honest it is a nervous time for me as a coach because I am still trying to locate 90% of my players.
“I hear some are at the villages while some are roaming around Windhoek and other towns.
“However, I am going to try my best to get the team together, so that we can be ready for the tournament,” Shipanga said.
According to the coach, he has seen about 10% of his players training on their own.
The coach urges all Tura Magic players to contact him immediately.
Shipanga said he would love to begin his preparations after the Independence Day celebrations.
“Our aim is to try and go as far as possible in the competition because of the money at stake.
“Going to Tsumeb and expecting to get a result will be very hard for us, but I will try to get the best out of my team in the Debmarine Cup. Any team plays to win the tournament and we are no different from the rest.”
The most mouth-watering battle is expected to be between old foes African Stars and Life Fighters at Otjiwarongo.
Life Fighters have played non-league football since being relegated nearly 11 years ago.
Rivals African Stars have been successful in cup and league competitions in the last ten years, making them hot favourites over Life Fighters.
Fixtures of the Debmarine Cup round of 32
Rhino FC vs Young Beauties
Khuse FC vs Touch & Go
Orlando Pirates vs Gendev FC
Life Fighters vs African Stars
Young African vs Otjiwarongo FC
Mighty Gunners vs Citizens
Try Again vs Chief Santos
Young Chiefs vs Kantema Bullets
Black Africa vs Bee Bob Brothers
Ogongo United vs Eleven Arrows
Unam FC vs Eleven Champions
Tigers vs Eastern Chiefs
King Fischer vs Tura Magic
Blue Waters vs Rundu Chiefs
Civics vs Ohangwena Nampol
Outjo FC vs United Stars
JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
The Namibian lost out to Angola's Rui Da Costa and South Africa's Danny Jordaan during the CAF General Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Jordaan received 35 votes, while Da Costa got 25, with Mbidi closely coming third with 24 votes.
“Congratulations to the newly elected exco members who made it. I do not regret taking part in this race,” Mbidi told Namibian Sun a while ago.
“I would like to thank all those who supported me because it has shown that there are those who believe in my leadership ability.”
Long-serving CAF president Issa Hayatou lost out to Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar in the presidential race.
He became CAF's seventh president after Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem (1957-1958), Abdel Aziz Moustafa (1958-1968), Abdel Halim Muhammad (1968-1972), Yidnekatchew Tessema (1972-1987), Abdel Halim Muhammad (1987-1988) and Issa Hayatou (1988-2017).
Other CAF results
Isha Johansen 35
Lydia Nsekera 12
West Zone B
Pinnick Amaju (Nigeria) 32
Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin) 17
West Zone A
Amadou Diakite (Mali) 22
Musa (Liberia) 26
Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco) 41
Mohamed Raouaraoua (Algeria) 7
JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
Ekanitho ndyoka otaku tengenekwa lyongushu yoomiliyona 3.
Aanafaalama mboka oya mono omuloka omunene muFebruali na ogwa yonagula iikunwa yawo ngaashi uunawamundesha, iihakautu noonyanga.
MuFebruali amuke, aanamapya yiihape momidhingoloko ndhoka oya mono omuloka omwaanawa omanga aanafaalama yomonooli ya popi kutya omvula opo tayi loko momidhingoloko dhawo.
Kwiikwatelelwa kolopota yonkalo yombepo, onooli uuninginino, onooli yopokati oshowo oshitopolwa shaZambezi, oya mono omuloka gwoomililita 350, omanga iitopolwa yimwe ya mono omuloka gwoopresenda 200.
Nondano ongaaka ombelewa yetengeneko lyonkalo yombepo, oya popi kutya omuloka ngoka gwa dhidhilikwa miitopolwa yimwepo yoshilongo, oguli nawa okuyeleka noshikakothimbo.
Omuloka ngoka gwa dhenge iitopolwa yimwe po ogwa yonagula iikunino yiihakauto, mbyoka ya yonagulwa komeya oshowo uupuka.
Gumwe gwomanafaalama aanene yiihakautu nonyanga moshilongo,
Ludie Kolver gwofaalama yoCando Farming moHochfeld okwa popi kutya omolwa omuloka omunene ngoka gwa loko momudhingoloko gwawo okwa kanitha iikunwa ye yongushu yoomiliyona 3.
“Muule wiiwike iyali nenge itatu otwa lokwa omvula ya yelekwa noomililita 250 sigo 300. Omuloka ngoka ogundji noonkondo na onda kanitha iihakautu yandje oshitopolwa shoohecta dha thika po-
12.5. Kakele komuloka ngoka, iikunwa yandje mbyoka oya ponokelwa ishewe kuupuka.
Kolver, natango okwa popi kutya kaleke keyonagulo ndyoka a mono omolwa omuloka, iikunwa natango oya dhengwa komutenya omunene pokati kaNovemba naDesemba gwomvula ya piti, neyonagulo ndyoka olyoopresenda 80.
Omunafaalama gumwe gwofaalama yedhina Bombay, tayi adhika pokati kaTsumeb naGrootfontein, Cobus Coetzee okwa popi kutya omolwa omuloka omunene ngoka gwa dhenge omudhingoloko gwawo, okwa kanitha iihakautu ye yongushu yoomiliyona 1.8.
“Onda kunu oohecta 30 dhiihakautu noshito andola ohandi teya ootona 50 mohecta kehe. Ihe omolwa omuloka ngoka, otandi teya owala ootona 35 mohecta. Eteyo lyoonyanga otali ka kala lyanayipala nayi.”
Dirk van der Berg gwomofaalama yaUitkoms naNeseier, ngoka e na ofaalama yi li popepi noTsumeb okwa popi kutya oya mono omuloka gwoomililita 300. Okwa popi kutya omolwa omuloka ngoka, okwa kanitha iikunwa ye ngaashi uunawamundesha.
Okwa popi kutya ekanitho ndyoka a mono olyongushu yooN$390 000.
Nonando ongaaka, Van der Berg ngoka e li omunafaalama woo gwiimuna okwa pandula omolwa omvula ndjoka ya loko.
Gerhard Engelbrecht omunafaalama gwepungu okwa popi kutya oya mono omuloka gwoomililita dha thika po-800 ihe nonando omuloka ngoka omunene, okwa popi kutya ina mona eyonagulo lya sha.
Engelbrecht, okwa popi kutya eyonagulo ndyoka olyoopresenda 10.
Okwa popi kutya omuloka ngoka ogwa kwathele mokukondolola uupuka mboka wa li wiiteyele mofaalama ye.
Omunafaalama gumwe Louis Steyn, mofaalama yaHighlanders popepi noGrootfontein, okwa popi kutya iikunwa ye mbyoka iishona oya si po komeya omanga mbyoka ya adhika ya koka ya hupu.
Okwa tengeneke kutya ekanitho lye oli li poopresenda 20 no 30.
George Sievers gwofaalama yaGross Ilmenau, tayi adhika moAbenab monooli yaGrootfontein, okwa popi kutya oya mono omuloka gwoomililiya 700.
Okwa popi kutya omeya ngoka oga li ogendji noonkondo na otaga shunitha pevi eteyo lye.
Pamakonaakono ngoka ga ningwa oshiwike sha piti mOshikango, oNamibian Sun oya nongele kutya aalandithi yiihulo mondoolopa moka otaya yi moonkundathana nookastoma dhawo ndhoka itadhi vulu okufuta ondando yooN$20 poshikando nenge ooN$150 okupewa omayakulo uusiku awuhe.
Aanangeshefa mboka oya popi kutya nale aayakulwa yawo oya kala ya pyakudhukwa okufuta ondando yi vulithe pwaandjoka taya pula ngashiingeyi iikando yi vulithe po-10 ihe ngashiingeyi shoka osha pumba.
“Otatu ningi ngiini? Otwa pumbwa okuhupa,” omukiintu gumwe ta lombwele oNamibian Sun.
Sho oshifokundaneki shika sha ningile aakalimo yomondoolopa moka omapulaapulo, omunambelewa gumwe gwosekuriti, okwa ulike omukiintu gumwe ta ende mepandanda uuka mostola iikwata moondjato.
“Owu wete ngoka teende hwiyaka, ogumwe gomuyo ihe omupya omunene ye oku na etegelelo ngashiingeyi,” sekuriti ngoka ta ti.
Sho twe mu pula, Sasha (ka li shi edhina lye), omukiintu omuNama/Damara gwoomvula omilonga mbali nasha, na oha popi nawa elaka lyOshimbulu, okwa popi kutya ke na etegelelo, ihe lwanima okwa manguluka okupopya kombinga yonkalo yongeshefa yawo mondoolopa moka. Okwa popi kutya aalandithi yiihulo oyendji ya tembukile koondolopa dhilwe.
“Owa tegelela shike? Aantu oye na okuhupa. Ongaashi wu shi shi kutya onkalo yopangeshefa mOshikango oya gwa pevi naAngola mboka ya kala ookastoma dhetu oya shuna naamboka yeli mondoolopa ngashiingeyi kaye na iimaliwa. Oohila dhetu odha pumbwa okufutwa na okwa pumbwa okulya,”Sasha ta ti.
Lwopotundi onti- 20:00, omutoolinkundana nguka ina mona po nando omwiilandithi gumwe mondjila onene mondoolopa ndjoka, moka aantu mboka ya ningilwa omapulaapulo ya popi kutya omo haya kala.
“Ito ya mono ngashiingeyi molwaashoka inaku toka natango. Otaya ilongekidha natango opo ye mu nane nawa ne aalumentu, tegelela owala kashona,” Sasha ta ti.
Lwopotundi onti-21:00, opwe ya omukiintu gumwe ngoka a kala a thikama popate ta talaatala koombinga adhihe na lwanima okwa londo mohauto yombaki konima yonkundathana dhontumba.
“Owu wete, osho hashi ningwa ngaaka,” Sasha ta ti.
Sho a pulwa kombinga yondando, Sasha okwa popi kutya kastoma oye mwene ha popi ondando ndjoka a pyakudhukwa okufuta, molwaashoka yo kaye na we ondando ndjoka yi li po omolwa onkalo yeliko ndjoka ya gwa pevi noonkondo.
Sasha okwa yelitha kutya onkalo yeliko lyaAngola, ndjoka ya gu pevi oya etitha uupyakadhi kongeshefa yawo omolwaashoka aalumentu AaNamibia ihaya hala okufuta omwaalu omunene gwiimaliwa uuna taya landa iihulo.
“Ongeshefa kayi shi ombwaanawa we. Kamu na we oodola dhAmerika nomaloli ihage ya mo we onkene otatu ningi kehe shoka otatu vulu opo tu vule okuhupa,” Sasha tati.
Sho kwa toko, aalandithi yiihulo oyendji oya tameke taye ya pondjila mpoka.
Sho ya ningilwa omapulaapulo, aakiintu mboka oya popi kutya oye ya moshikango taya kongo iilonga ihe monena otaya hupu mokwiilanditha.
Oya popi kutya nonando ondando odhili pevi noonkondo oshi vule owala.
Elanditho lyiihulo moNamibia, kali li paveta naamboka taye shi ningi otaya taaguluka oompango.
Kwiikwatelelwa komupopiliko gwopolisi yaHangwena, Abner Itumba, okwa popi kutya kashi shi oshipu okutula miipandeko aakiintu mboka molwaashoka ihaya humbata edhidhiliko lyasha ndyoka tali ulike kutya otaya landitha iihulo.
Itumba okwa popi kutya opolisi ohayi vulu owala okutula miipandeko aalandithi yiihulo uuna ya nothelwako kaakwasshigwana.
“Ohatu patolola ihe uupyakadhi owuli mpaka kutya aantu mboka ihaya kala omadhidhiliko gasha ngoka taga holola kutya otaya landitha iihulo, otashi vulika ya kalepo ihe opolisi itayi vulu okuya dhimbulula ngele aakwashigwana itaye tu lombwele,” Itumba ta ti.
Aanambelewa oya popi kutya uupyakadhi mboka owa kandulwa po, na owali owala weetithwa kuuyelele waali mondjila pokati koombinga ndhika mbali.
John Niipale, omunambelewa omukuluntu gwiihwa, okwa popi kutya shoka sha ningwa kasha li sha puka, ihe ehangano lyaChina ndyoka tali kwatele komeho iilonga olya longo lyiikwatelela komauyelele gokaalita konale.
Omunambelewa gumwe natango okwa yelitha kutya okaalita hoka okape oka talululwa na oka kwatelwa mo oshinano shoometa 200 okuza kombinga yoonganba dhaNamibia naAngola.
Okaalita okakulu hoka ka pewa ehangano ndyoka tali longo oka kwatelemo owala oshinano shoometa 60, nokwiikwatelelwa kokaalita hoka ehangano ndyoka lyoNew Force Logistics, olya tameke tali wapaleke omudhingoloko ngoka inagu kwatelwa miilonga yawo, ihe shoka osha kandulwa po patulo miilonga lyokaalita okape.
Omahangano ngoka taga kwatele komeho iilonga mbyoka geli gatatu oga tumbulwa kutya New Force Logistics, MK Construction Investment noJV Okatombo Investment, oshowo Uundenge Investments, oga lombwelwa moshiwike shika opo ga hulithepo eteto lyomiti momudhingoloko ngoka inagu opalekwa natango nomashina goku opaleka omiti niihwa.
“Otwe ya lombwele kutya inaya teta we komeho hoka inaku tetwa nale ihe naya tete yuuka konima,” Niipale ta ti.
Okwa tsikile kutya omiti ndhoka dha tetwapo inadhi kuthwa po, dhi landithwepo kutya nee okehangano lyoNew Force Logistics.
“Otwa tsu kumwe kutya omiti ndhoka tadhi tetwa po nadhi gongelwe pehala mpoka opo oshigwana pamwe nakansela oshowo oonaku opaleka ehala ya tokole kutya iiti mbyoka otayi ningwa ngiini. Oshikondo otashi ka gandja omukanda pitikilo gwokutha po iiti mbyoka lwanima,” Niiplae a yelitha.
New Force Logistics oya shaina otendela yoomiliyona 3 nehangano lyo Uundenge Investments opo li tetepo omiti mehala ndyoka tali opalekwa nokufala iiti mbyoka yi kalandithwe po okuza pehala mpoka.
Kakushiwike ngele etsokumwe lyomalanditho pokati komahangano ngaka gaali oli na we ongushu, sha landula sho kwa tulwa miilonga omilandu omipe.
“Inatu ya muule waasho. Omaipulo getu oga li kegameno lyoonzo ihe ha kAaChina. Otwa li twa hala okukwashilipaleka kutya itaku ningwa eteyo lyomiti lyaaheli paveta.”
Omukuluntu gwomakuti, mUuministeli wUunamapya, Joseph Hailwa, okwa popi nokukoleka kutya opwa li uualita uyali naashika osho sha eta epiyagano eshona, ihe inaku ndhindhilikwa kutya okwa tetwa omiti ndhoka shaaheli paveta.