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    Cross-border fraud on the riseCross-border fraud on the rise Incidents of fraud in Namibia has increased during the past two years and imposters are now producing fake visa documents and removing authentic pictures from identity documents, replacing these with other photos.

    This is according to Namibia's senior immigration officer Philemon Shikale who said that Namibia has strict immigration laws and this is forcing many travellers to forge their documents.

    He was speaking at a Fraudulent Document Training course presented by diplomatic security investigators and experts from the US Consulate in Cape Town, South Africa to Namibian police officers, customs officials, immigration officers, Bank of Namibia officials, and members of the private sector.

    The training which was facilitated the US embassy's regional security office focused on detecting imposters, regional travel document fraud trends, and security features of US travel documents.

    Shikale said that due to the increase in the forgery of documents, these refresher training courses are necessary and should take place regularly.

    The US assistant regional security officer for investigations, Cassius Gray, who facilitated the training, said these sessions are important as they help increase awareness of fraud within the organisation.

    Participants learned techniques and received inspection equipment that will enable them to quickly identify imposters and fraudulent documents. Officers and officials that participated in the course are able to immediately implement this specialised training in their daily duties in border security, law enforcement, immigration and the private financial sector.

    Protecting the integrity of government identity documents and identifying imposters decreases opportunities for identity theft, financial crimes and serves to assist border officials in securing Namibia's borders and ports of entry.

    “International criminals do not respect international borders and laws and continue to look for opportunities to exploit.

    This is why it is critical that nations work together to eliminate international criminal freedom of movement and fraudulent activities,” Shikale said.


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    Efundja halts almost all activityEfundja halts almost all activityNorthern flood status unchanged Schools, medical facilities and other amenities in the north are closed due to flooding from the seasonal efundja and there seems to be no relief in sight. A total of 27 007 learners have been affected by floods in the north, the minister of education Katrina Hanse-Himarwa announced on Tuesday. She told the National Assembly that a total of 102 schools in the Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Zambezi regions are heavily affected by the efundja.

    “Omusati has the highest number of schools (73) affected by the floods. However, most schools that were closed for almost two weeks due to flooding reopened after the mid-term break. Buildings, especially ablution facilities were submerged as most have been damaged and will require some renovations,” said Hanse-Himarwa. The minister added that about ten schools were affected by the floods in Oshana, while four schools have been completely closed in Ohangwena, with a total of 1 636 learners affected.

    The rising water levels in Zambezi are also a cause of concern, with the rain-swollen Zambezi River reaching 6.5m. This has affected learning at 12 schools in the region. “No schools has been reported closed for now, but the water level is rising very fast and there are plans to immediately close schools such as Nankutwe Combined School, Muzii Combined School and Ikaba Combined School in the coming week as there are no funds to relocate the learners and teachers,” she said.

    This status quo will remain unchanged as villagers in the Oshana Region affected by the flash floods from Angola, known as efundja, will have to wait a while longer before they are able to access health facilities and other amenities as water levels in their surroundings remain high. About seven more villages in the Ongwediva Constituency of the same region have been cut off from other villages since the weekend.

    One of the affected villages, Onheleiwa, has been sub-divided into four 'islands' of about eight homesteads each as large streams sweep through the village.

    This has made it extremely difficult for residents in the same village to move around, and many are virtually trapped in their homesteads.

    Ongwediva Constituency councillor Andreas Uutoni told Nampa on Tuesday that the situation in these villages is bad, especially for the elderly who are unable to cross the water. “Some elderly had to be airlifted to hospitals on Monday because it is terrible out there and we still do not see any change,” Uutoni noted.

    Despite the fact that villages are confined in their homes, Uutoni has however noted that the water has brought about good prospects for mahangu farming as harvests are bound to be good this year.

    “I am glad that these villagers have not panicked and abandoned their fields and instead put more work in them; this is good because the grains have also not been damaged,” he said. Uutoni also applauded the health ministry for the tireless efforts to bring about health facilities to these affected villages in times of illnesses.

    Meanwhile, Leonard Hango, a hydrologist in the agriculture ministry told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that even though flood water levels are slightly higher in the Ohangwena and parts of Oshana regions, they are subsiding in the Cuvelai Dam in Angola and are not expected to rise anymore.

    “The water has even drained out in Omusati Region already and much of the volume of water is heading to the Etosha basin as we speak,” Hango said.

    He added that although parts of Ongwediva, Oshakati and Ondangwa have also been affected, the water is expected to go down as the rainy season draws to an end.

    “We are currently just waiting for this water to pass through and as soon as that happens, then the situation will get back to normal in no time,” he stated.


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    Windhoek one of the best in AfricaWindhoek one of the best in Africa Namibia's capital, Windhoek, is ranked as the fourth best city in Africa for overall quality of living, according to the latest Mercer Quality of Living Survey.

    This year's survey by human resources consulting firm Mercer, released last week, ranks cities across the globe according to - among other things - the quality of their public infrastructure.

    The ranking is based on public transportation, traffic congestion, the range of international flights from local airports, electricity supply, water availability, and telephone and mail services.

    The only cities in Africa that outrank Windhoek are in South Africa. At the top is Durban, followed by Cape Town and then Johannesburg.

    Windhoek is ranked globally at 130 out of the 231 cities that were rated. Its ranking has increased greatly in the last two years. It was rated at 209 in 2016 and 206 in 2015.

    Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the eighth year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by other European cities.

    In second place is Zurich, with Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel, a newcomer to the list, in tenth position.

    The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5).

    “The success of foreign assignments is influenced by issues such as ease of travel and communication, sanitation standards, personal safety, and access to public services,” said Slagin Parakatil, principal at Mercer and responsible for its quality of living research.

    “A city's infrastructure, or rather the lack thereof, can considerably affect the quality of living that expatriates and their families experience on a daily basis. Access to a variety of transport options, being connected locally and internationally, and access to electricity and drinkable water are among the essential needs of expatriates arriving in a new location on assignment. A well-developed infrastructure can also be a key competitive advantage for cities and municipalities trying to attract multinational companies, talent, and foreign investments.”


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    Killer apologises to victim's momKiller apologises to victim's mom'I have lost my only child' The mother of murder victim Firmino Fabrice Mael yesterday testified in aggravation of his murderer's sentencing. A former police officer convicted of the murder of a young man at a Khomasdal nightclub has apologised to the mother of the dead man.

    Justin Sunsu Simataa (31) was convicted of the murder of Firmino Fabrice Mael (25) by the High Court on Monday.

    He was also found guilty of attempted murder, discharge of a firearm in municipal area and malicious damage to property.

    He testified in mitigation of sentencing yesterday, and said he felt very bad about the incident.

    “The murder is not something that I planned. It just happened,” he said, and added that it was not easy to live knowing you had taken someone's life.

    On Monday, the court found that Simataa was not trying to defend himself against an imminent threat when he fired the volley of shots that left Mael dead and his friend Milikan Likando seriously injured.

    Simataa had emptied the magazine of his pistol, shooting Mael eight times and Likando five times where they were sitting in Mael's car, and the court said the shooting was not proportional to self-defence.

    Judge Nate Ndauendapo observed that Simataa had taken revenge and tried to soothe his bruised ego when he fired at them in a stationary vehicle.

    He ruled that although there had been a prior attack on Simataa during which he was assaulted by Mael and his friends, that attack was over.

    Nora Benneth, 68, the woman who raised Mael, in her testimony on behalf of the State said neither the accused nor his family had ever apologised to her for directly or indirectly causing his death.

    “Simataa's family members came to funeral but were silent. Even when they attended the court proceedings they behaved as if nothing wrong had happened to us,” Benneth said and added that in her culture that was unacceptable.

    She however stated that she accepted the apology Simataa had made from the witness box.

    “I have lost the only child that I had. It is a terrible pain. I could not sleep in the first two years after the murder of my son. It was difficult. Yes, I now accept that my son was killed,” she testified.

    According to her the granddaughter fathered by Mael was born after his death and he knew before his death that a woman was expecting his child.

    “I came upon a calendar amongst his books and around September 2012 he wrote; 'So I am a dad. I thank you very much!',” she stated.

    She initially testified that the mother of her granddaughter had phoned her few days after the funeral of her son, telling her that Mael had fathered a child with her. The woman wanted his identification documents and birth certificate so she could register the child.

    “At first I did not believe it but when I and Mael's deceased biological mother went to see the baby she immediately realised it was her son's child.

    “The child resembled my deceased son. The baby had fabulous eyes,” she said.

    The matter was postponed to 20 April for sentencing.


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    No interference in NamWater board No interference in NamWater board ELLANIE SMIT

    The minister of agriculture water and forestry, John Mutorwa yesterday denied that there had been any interference by President Hage Geingob in the appointment of the new NamWater board of directors.

    Mutorwa yesterday inaugurated the ten-member board.

    It had been reported that Unam lecturer and former politician Dr Elijah Ngurare was one of the candidates Mutorwa had identified for serving on the new NamWater board, but his nomination was withdrawn.

    Ngurare applied to be reappointed to the board after his term on the previous board of 2014 expired in January this year. Although he made it through the selection process, Geingob apparently blocked the appointment before it could reach Cabinet.

    Rumours that circulated on social media had it that Geingob said, “Over my dead body will I ever allow Ngurare to serve in my government,” and “Unam undermined me by appointing Ngurare, I will not allow it again”.

    Ngurare’s qualifications include a Standard 10 National Certificate (Cape Education System) at Kolin Foundation Secondary School in the Erongo Region, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Water Resources Management (USA), Master of Law in International and Comparative Water Law (Scotland, UK), and a PhD in Environmental Law (Ireland).

    Mutorwa yesterday said that of the more than 120 applications received from the private sector, the 10 board members announced yesterday were the only ones selected.

    He said although it was the minister’s prerogative to appoint the board and not that of the cabinet, the cabinet still had to endorse his decision.

    According to him the cabinet endorsed this board of directors on Tuesday.

    Mutorwa said the processes followed to appoint the board were done in a transparent manner and an emphasis was placed on proven expertise and experience.

    “After a very extensive and very laborious, critical and fair process of checking, evaluating and shortlisting and with the eventual required support of the cabinet I have appointed the NamWater board,” said Mutorwa.

    The new board members representing the private sector are: Laura Ashipala, Michael Gawaseb (chairperson of Consumer Trust of Namibia), Shikongo Haihambo (vice-chairperson of Namibia Statistics Board), Joshua Kaumbi (director at JR Kaumbi Inc), Viviane Kinyaga (Desert Research Foundation of Namibia), Thaddius Maswahui, (former head of marketing at Standard Bank), Dr Anna Matros-Goreses, (director at NUST) Dr Postrick Mushendami (deputy director of policy research and international affairs at the Bank of Namibia).

    Aino Nsinano representing the NamWater employees and the representative from ALAN is Hilda Jesaja.

    Gawaseb, Maswahu, Matros-Goreses and Jesaja were reappointed from the previous board.

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    Stay away from LPM, says SPYLStay away from LPM, says SPYLMovement’s leaders should leave Swapo or face expulsion The Swapo youth wing’s leadership says the ruling party structures provide enough space for its members to discuss socio-economic and political matters. CATHERINE SASMAN

    The Kunene regional leadership of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has urged all its members to stay away from a meeting of the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) at Khorixas on Saturday.

    Regional secretary Ronnie Mutrifa said under the party’s constitution its youth members had a right to participate in the party congress and meetings of other Swapo organs, where they could freely discuss matters.

    “[On] behalf of the leadership of the party I would like to inform our party members not to attend the [LPM] meeting, having quoted from the party constitution [which] has enough avenues or structures to deliberate on social, economic and political values of our Namibian nation,” Mutrifa said in a statement issued yesterday.

    He said although other organisations could become affiliated members of Swapo, neither the LPM nor the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement was affiliated to the ruling party.

    Mutrifa said the leaders of the LPM and AR “who claim to be Swapo members” should resign from the party or face expulsion, because they presumably did not agree with party ideologies and programmes.

    “We are convinced that the Swapo-led government has the land issue as a priority and will address the challenges there,” said Mutrifa.

    He added that Swapo members should rather prepare for the upcoming second national land conference “and not be misled by opportunistic individuals forming movements”.

    Mutrifa further said members should be mobilised to support President Hage Geingob because he was “acceptably” administering the government.

    Paul Thomas of the LPM said Mutrifa’s statement gave the impression that the LPM was a political party, which he emphasised was not the case.

    “We are only a movement that includes everyone to champion the issue of landless people irrespective of party or other membership or affiliation,” said Thomas.

    Former United Democratic Front (UDF) leader Justus Garoëb will be the main speaker at the LPM meeting at Khorixas. The former deputy minister of land reform, Bernadus Swartbooi, will also speak at the event.

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    Medical aid fraudsters to face chargesMedical aid fraudsters to face chargesSchlettwein undertakes to clean up state medical aid A finance ministry probe into irregularities at the Public Service Employees Medical Aid Scheme may lead to civil suits and criminal charges against fraudulent service providers. Criminal charges as well as civil lawsuits may be brought against medical service providers for fraudulent claims from the Public Service Employees Medical Aid Scheme (Psemas).

    This was said by finance minister Calle Schlettwein in an interview with Namibian Sun.

    “They must be brought to book. There are three avenues we will follow. There is the civil route we can take to get back money paid for incorrect and fraudulent claims, and if fraud is proven in our investigations we will look at bringing criminal charges against these service providers.

    “If unethical behaviour is proven, they will be reported to the council that regulates that specific medical fraternity,” Schlettwein said.

    The minister announced on 29 March that his ministry, along with the councils of medical service providers, had launched an investigation into high claims by certain service providers.

    According to Schlettwein, the probe looking at the last three months of the 2016/17 financial year will be completed in roughly two weeks. After that, they will begin investigating the pay runs for the rest of the 2016/17 financial year.

    “We are looking for anomalies and trying to locate wrongdoing,” the minister said.

    In the third phase, a review of the scheme will begin. The goal is to remodel Psemas.

    “Remodelling will include looking at contributions, benefits and the administration of the fund, as well as the roles of stakeholders and contracts with service providers,” the minister told Namibian Sun.

    These investigations should be complete by July this year.

    Accountable board

    “The institutional arrangement of Psemas has been insufficient,” Schlettwein said.

    “We have taken note of suggestions for a board of trustees for the scheme and we are looking into that as well, but nothing has been finalised as yet.”

    The scheme, which provides medical cover to 293 250 members, is the biggest in Namibia. It receives a budgetary allocation of N$2.2 billion per year.

    This budget for the last financial year was depleted by December 2016 because of a massive increase in claims.

    Earlier, Schlettwein announced that N$200 million had been made available to cover outstanding claims.

    “The provision of medical services is a critical and essential service for the sustenance of life and Psemas has improved medical services for civil servants and thus, it is important for us to continue to pay claims and ensure coverage is not interrupted,” he said.

    All claims would be honoured, Schlettwein emphasised.

    Two weeks ago, Namibian Sun reported on the results of an investigation concluded in 2010.

    Commissioned by the finance ministry in October 2008, South African-based Savvy Solutions was appointed as independent consultants to Psemas to “focus on forensic audit investigations aimed at identifying and curbing irregular claims activities within the scheme to reduce costs and financial losses from fraud.”

    They inspected Psemas service providers for the period 2007 to 2009.

    The ministry was advised that there were major gaps in the fraud management system regarding claims managed by the fund administrator, Methealth.

    It also received a list of suspect doctors, clinics and pharmacies that had submitted questionable and false claims, along with risk analyses. The ministry was advised to urgently appoint a board of trustees to manage the fund effectively.

    The probe found that claims for one drug used to treat Hepatitis B and C, Pegasys, exceeded the annual requirement for the entire continent.

    Claims for several other medications far exceeded the averages for the SADC region and the costs to the state ran into millions of dollars.

    The Savvy Solutions investigators found that “the scheme appears to have limited internal controls and coherent risk management mechanisms at various levels”.

    “Apart from the required accountability, Psemas's current governance structure appears inadequate to meet increasing challenges and risks faced by the scheme,” they said.

    “This includes the absence of key management structures in the form of a board of trustees with active board committees, or any other clearly defined structures that could provide ongoing strategic management of the scheme.”


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  • 04/05/17--16:00: Pensioner has sex with goat
  • Pensioner has sex with goatPensioner has sex with goat A 68-year-old man from Uis was arrested this week for having sex with a goat.

    According to the police, the man was having sex with the goat at a swimming pool behind his house at the Sun Shine Club at Uis on Monday afternoon.

    He was seen having sex with the goat by three young people who were passing by and who then alerted the owner of the goat. The pensioner has been charged with bestiality.

    In another incident involving a goat, a 28-year-old man was arrested for stealing one on Monday at Ongwediva.

    The incident occurred at Uudhengelo village at Omagongati at about 13:00.

    In yet another incident involving an animal, a person was killed in an accident in the //Karas Region when the driver lost control of his vehicle after hitting a calf.

    According to the police, the accident occurred on Tuesday at about 20:00 on the Bethanie/Kosis road when the driver of a silver Nissan Sunny hit the animal. The driver lost control and the vehicle overturned.

    One passenger died at the scene and two others sustained serious injuries and were taken to Keetmanshoop State Hospital.

    The driver fled the accident scene. According to the police, he is suspected to have been injured and has been identified as Boertjie Plaatjies. The injured are Yolandy Fredericks and Jacobs Veldskoen while the deceased has been identified as Lucille Swartz.

    Also on Tuesday in the Kavango Region, a child about two years old was hacked to death with a traditional axe.

    According to the police, the incident happened at Neyuva village in the Kavango East Region. A 20-year-old man who was drunk or under the influence of drugs hit the girl on the head with a traditional axe. The child, identified as Christine Wayera, died in hospital and the suspect was arrested.


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    Shaningwa installs Kudumo at 11th hourShaningwa installs Kudumo at 11th hour Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula yesterday dismissed Uukwangali chief Eugene Kudumo's application for rescission of an earlier court order which had determined that his designation as chief of the traditional authority was invalid.

    That, however, was not the end of the battle for the leadership of the traditional authority.

    The minister of urban and rural development, Sophia Shaningwa, entered the fray at the eleventh hour to stave off Kudumo's removal from office.

    In an explanatory affidavit submitted late on Tuesday Shaningwa claimed that she had in fact decided on 15 February to designate Kudumo as the Uukwangali chief despite the earlier court ruling.

    Her declaration came after her attorney, Margaret Malambo of the attorney-general's office, had told the court on 24 March that Shaningwa did not approve Kudumo's designation as chief during her meeting with the disputing parties in February.

    Senior traditional councillors yesterday disputed Shaningwa's claim that she had met with the rival groups. They said only one senior councillor, Rudolph Ngondo, had been invited to the February meeting and was accompanied by elder, Severinus Siteketa.

    However, more than 40 people from the Kudumo camp as well as Swapo MPs Hamunyera Hambyuka, Damien Nakombare and Petrina Haingura also turned up at this meeting.

    “Not even the so-called chief [Kudumo] was at the February meeting. The matter was not settled amicably,” said Siteketa.

    Shaningwa said in her affidavit that her decision to install Kudumo was based on the outcome of an investigation by a committee appointed in May 2015. The committee found that Kudumo had complied with the customary laws of the traditional community and had been appointed by late chief Daniel Sitentu Mpasi, she said.

    She added that Kudumo had been presented to the community members on several occasions in accordance with the customary law and that he had been endorsed by the governor of the Kavango West Region, Sirrka Ausiku.

    Shaningwa said the committee further concluded that a court application seeking Kudumo's removal as chief had not complied with customary laws.

    She said Siteketa was appointed as chief by a concerned group but was not presented to the community and that Ausiku did not sign Siteketa's candidacy as chief.

    Siteketa said he was “approved” as a candidate and not appointed, and added that he remained eligible to become the chief because he was from the Kapango royal house.

    Siteketa said Ausiku had refused to acknowledge his candidacy by not signing the application.

    “I will challenge the minister's decision because this is against the law and is clearly undemocratic and biased treatment,” said Siteketa.

    The legal representative of the senior councillors, Norman Tjombe, said Shaningwa's installation of Kudumo would be fought in a fresh application to the High Court.

    He said he had sent four letters to Shaningwa between 15 February and 23 March, which all went unanswered until her affidavit was handed in the day before yesterday's court ruling.

    “Minister Shaningwa has made a new decision and although it is within her mandate, is it proper?” Tjombe asked.


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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Suburbs host Kudus
  • Suburbs host KudusSuburbs host Kudus FNB Western Suburbs will welcome Kudus to Suburbs Park in the National Rugby League tomorrow at 15:15.

    Suburbs and Kudus both come into the game with fresh victories in last weekend's games.

    The Khomasdal side defeated Trustco United 23-17 in Windhoek, while Kudus trounced Rehoboth 48-12 in Walvis Bay.

    A highly entertaining game is likely, as both teams have signalled that they are aiming for the national trophy.

    However, the odds are on Suburbs' side because of their home-ground advantage and the fact that Kudus will be tired after a long trip from Walvis Bay.

    The coastal side will be comforted by the fact that they earned 48 points in their last home game, though.

    In other fixtures, Wanderers FC will battle it out against Reho Falcon at the Wanderers grounds at 15:15.

    Falcon will be looking to bounce back from a humiliating 0-56 defeat they suffered at the hands of Walvis Bay last week.

    Wanderers are also dusting themselves off after they narrowly lost 31-32 to Unam.

    Trustco United will host Walvis Bay at the United field at 15:15.

    The home side will be wary of the threat posed by the Walvis Bay club after they demolished Reho Falcon last weekend.


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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Blue Machine ready for Burns
  • Blue Machine ready for BurnsBlue Machine ready for BurnsJulius Indongo leaves for Scotland tomorrow Namibia's double world champion Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo says he will give Ricky Burns a run for his money next weekend. History beckons for IBF and IBO super lightweight world champion Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo, who is just a week away from fighting Scotland's Ricky Burns.

    Indongo will be the proud holder of three world titles if he beats WBA champion Burns in his own backyard on 15 April.

    Indongo, who already has his name in the history books for being the first Namibian to hold two world titles at the same time, has a daunting task ahead of him.

    Not only will he have to outclass the Scotsman away from home, but he will also have to impress a panel of British judges.

    The MTC Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy is confident that they will not be intimidated by whatever the Burns camp has in store for them.

    The boxer himself appears to be full of confidence ahead of his biggest fight yet.

    “I am not a man of many words because I believe in doing what I have to say in the ring.

    “Boxing is a game of war and we remain here for war in the ring rather than talking too much.

    “Whatever he says now, he will see for himself next weekend that it is easy to talk,” Indongo said this week. Indongo captured the IBO and IBF titles with a first-round knockout against Russia's Edward Troyanovsky in Moscow in December.

    He remains undefeated in his professional boxing career and is looking forward to becoming Namibia's first triple world title holder. Promoter Nestor Tobias said: “The champ has been and will be ready for this fight.

    “This is a big fight, bigger than the one which took place in Moscow because there are three titles involved.

    “He has been working hard for this one and the blessings he got from the president of Namibia, the founding father and the mayor of Windhoek are already a motivation for him.

    “They are saying that he gained the win from a lucky punch in Moscow. Well, let them see that lucky punch again.”

    MTC spokesperson Tim Ekandjo also shared his views on the upcoming fight.

    Ekandjo said he was confident that Indongo would return with the titles given the courage and determination he had shown over the years.

    Indongo and his team will leave for Scotland tomorrow afternoon and will return on 17 April.

    There is doubt whether the fight will be televised live by the NBC, as negotiations are yet to be concluded.


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    Engaging youth, inspiring changeEngaging youth, inspiring change //Karas regional sport officer Pandu Petrus says her office is facing challenges working in the region without consistent funds for planned programmes.

    She says she has spent the last six years working with the youth in the hope of bettering their future because they are the most excluded and most unemployed people in the region.

    But funding rarely comes their way and that leads to cancelled programmes and events.

    “Our office has a big vision but we are suffering with support in-terms of funding,” Petrus says.

    Her goal is to find a way to engage with young people and to make sure that existing clubs prosper.

    “It is hard work, but it is incredibly inspiring to know that our office is making a difference in the lives of many youth. One highlight of my work is the establishment of a third-division Karasburg Constituency league, which plays promotional games with the hope of being promoted to the first division. The boys are eager and with proper training they will go far,” she says.

    Petrus says people in the //Karas Region are vibrant and passionate about sport in general.

    “I want to use that vibrancy and with the support of the business enterprises fight against social evils like alcohol and drugs amongst the youth. We have the fantastic opportunity to become a leading region which advocates for social change through sports.

    “I urge people to come down when we have events, to see how the young people are performing and to draft them in their clubs if not the national team.”

    There are many plans in the pipeline, she adds.

    “Next week we have the Karasburg Charity Cup. All interested teams are welcome to contact us. We are planning a counsellors' tournament for the under-15 boys and to revamp the Galz and Goals committee, which will help scout for more girls interested in netball, soccer and volleyball.

    “I am also planning on revamping the zonal games in winter and the youth league for the boys' team. We have many plans but we don't have qualified volunteers and funds to aid us in our plans,” she adds.


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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Youth leader makes strides
  • Youth leader makes stridesYouth leader makes stridesFootball opens doors Women's football in Namibia is growing from strength to strength, with many players getting international exposure. Lovisa Mulungu, a player of the Brave Gladiators national women's football team, together with 24 other young people from across Africa, is attending a youth leadership programme in Stockholm, Sweden, offered by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP).

    The programme is a flagship educational initiative designed for young people working in grassroots sports projects in developing countries. It teaches them about sport management and how it can help them make better choices.

    The programme invited five facilitators from the United Kingdom (UK) who are training the participants.

    Mulungu, who volunteers at Galz and Goals, a football programme that targets girls from the ages of 10 to 14, said she was lucky to be selected from many other capable sport enthusiasts.

    She applied for the programme back in 2014 and travelled to Berlin a year later to take part in an alumni leadership camp. After the camp she was invited to attend an advanced course teaching participants ways in which they can integrate sport and leadership in their home countries.

    The fearless Gladiators defender spoke to Namibian Sun from Sweden, saying that the programme facilitators had made her feel welcome in the country.

    She said attending the programme allowed her to learn about new sport concepts which she would plough back into the Galz and Goals programme when she returns.

    “My work in sport development in Namibia is just beginning, as I will organise sessions with young girls informing them about the opportunities available if they take sport involvement seriously and I will also work tirelessly to assist them in making informed life choices both on and off the field,” she said.

    Jamie Piggins, one of the facilitators, said Mulungu impressed them with her commitment and eagerness to learn.

    He further said that Youth Sport Trust International, the organisation he represents, trains and develops young leaders so that they can return to their countries with the necessary skills to engage young people.

    “These young leaders will in future work alongside organisations that use the power of sport to advance communities and societies. It is a privilege to work with all of the participants,” Piggins said.

    Since its inception in 2012, UNOSDP has held 23 YLP camps in eight countries, educating more than 800 youth leaders.


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  • 04/06/17--16:00: PSG gun for Monaco
  • PSG gun for MonacoPSG gun for MonacoRivalry spiced up The two dominant French clubs have advanced to the semi-finals of the French Cup. Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery says the French Cup semi-final against Monaco will finally decide the running battle between the rivals.

    PSG are chasing a third consecutive clean sweep of domestic honours and are a third of the way there after hammering free-scoring Monaco 4-1 in last weekend's League Cup final.

    But Monaco are three points ahead at the top of Ligue 1 and the two teams must do it all over again after Wednesday's draw pitted them together in the last four of the French Cup later this month.

    Even a domestic treble may not save Emery from the sack after one season in Paris, following the calamitous Champions League exit to Barcelona.

    “Monaco at home, with our supporters, I think that's a really attractive semi-final,” said the Spaniard, after a double from recalled Hatem Ben Arfa put the holders on the way to a 4-0 away win over third-tier Avranches in Wednesday's quarter-final potential banana skin.

    “It's a good match for all the supporters of PSG and Monaco to repeat a big game like the final of the League Cup was and also to demonstrate which side is the best.”

    Monaco and PSG have met three times this campaign already.

    Early in the season Monaco — the most prolific scorers in Europe's top leagues— stunned reigning champions PSG 3-1 at home in Ligue 1.

    The two sides drew 1-1 in Paris in the return fixture, before Emery's men punished Monaco last weekend.

    The other French Cup semi-final tie is also an all-Ligue 1 showdown, with Angers playing Guingamp.

    The matches will take place on 25 and 26 April.


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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Stormers to battle Chiefs
  • Stormers to battle ChiefsStormers to battle Chiefs The unbeaten Waikato Chiefs and Western Stormers go head-to-head this week in a Super Rugby clash that will shake up the battle for top spot.

    The Chiefs go into Saturday's game two points behind the Canterbury Crusaders, who have a bye, meaning they are able to seize control of the New Zealand conference.

    The Stormers were thrashed 60-21 in the quarter-finals by the Chiefs last year and coach Robbie Fleck sees the game as a chance to measure their progress since that low point.

    “We can see improvements from last year, but this is the real test. This is the team that put us to the sword last year. So there is big motivation for this game,” he said.

    “We haven't faced a team as good as them this year and this is a great chance for us to see how far we have come.”

    The Chiefs headed to Cape Town without flanker Sam Cane and prop Nepo Laulala due to concussion, while centre Johnny Fa'auli has been suspended for a dangerous tackle.

    The Stormers also have roster problems with international centres Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh and Huw Jones all injured. They have recruited former Otago Highlanders midfielder Shaun Treeby to plug the gap.

    Meanwhile the defending champions, the Hurricanes, will try to maintain New Zealand's domination of Australian sides when they host the NSW Waratahs in Wellington.

    Of 11 trans-Tasman clashes so far this season the Australian sides have lost the lot, with the Waratahs beaten last week by the Crusaders 41-22.

    The 'Tahs, who get Bernard Foley back after sitting out five of the first six rounds with concussion problems, see the game as make or break for the season.

    “They're the champions, they won last year, they're in red-hot form so you really know where you sit in terms of the competition (after) playing both the Crusaders on Sunday and then backing up against the Hurricanes this Friday night,” attack coach Chris Malone said.

    “This will give us a good idea if we're good enough to take out the title or not.”

    However, the long-awaited clash between Taqele “Big T” Naiyarvoro and his Hurricanes opposite wing Julian “The Bus” Savea will not eventuate with Savea being rested after playing every game so far.

    Australia's Western Force and South African franchise Southern Kings, two sides likely to be in the firing line should the competition be trimmed from 18 to 15 teams, meet in Perth on Sunday.

    The Jaguares are in Durban to play the Coastal Sharks with both sides on 18 points, five behind the Lions in the Africa 2 conference, but the Argentinians have a game in hand.

    The ACT Brumbies, who have lost three but still lead the Australian conference, are at home in Canberra to the Queensland Reds.

    The Reds, already without suspended playmaker Quade Cooper, have dropped Wallabies scrumhalf Nick Frisby as they look to stem a run of five consecutive defeats.

    The Northern Bulls, after a tough two-loss stop in New Zealand, should find the going easier when they play the struggling Sunwolves in Tokyo.


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    Facebook's African growth phenomenonFacebook's African growth phenomenon More than 170 million people in Africa now access the platform each month, 94% of which are on mobile.

    Facebook has moved its Johannesburg offices into new premises, creating a new home for the company to work with its partners to boost innovation and provide an African home for the Facebook culture. The new office will continue to provide support to Facebook advertisers, application developers and other key partners across the continent.

    “Since we first established a direct presence in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015, Facebook has grown from strength to strength,” says Nunu Ntshingila, regional director for Africa. “We have enjoyed working closely with entrepreneurs, partners, developers and small businesses as they have used Facebook as a platform for growth. It's inspiring for us to learn from the continent and to play a role in helping people and organisations connect with the world.”

    Since 2015 the number of people connected to Facebook across Africa has grown to 42% to over 170 million monthly active users. Of these, 94% come back on mobile. The Facebook team in Africa has grown alongside the number of people and businesses who use it and its ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs and business partners.

    Facebook executives Carolyn Everson, the vice-president of Global Marketing Solutions and Nicola Mendelsohn, the vice-president of EMEA, attended the launch of the new office together with Ntshingila.

    “Facebook is deeply committed to Africa, a mobile-first continent where seven in 10 of all connected people use the platform,” says Carolyn Everson. “Many people in Africa are coming online for the first time, unleashing new possibilities for people and businesses alike. We're also seeing growth of small and medium-sized businesses that are driving economic development, companies that Facebook wants to help grow locally and regionally across the continent. Our new offices are part of our ongoing commitment to invest in the African market and work with innovators across our key target countries.”


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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Tech to lead the way
  • Tech to lead the wayTech to lead the wayAfrican states pledge investments in science, tech to hasten growth African governments are realising the importance of harnessing the latest technology in the quest for social and economic prosperity. Governments across the sub-Saharan African region will devote more resources towards science, technology and innovations as a means to realise growth and transformation, officials said on Wednesday.

    Senior African policymakers and scholars who attended the fourth Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) forum in Nairobi, Kenya, stated the continent's future prosperity hinges on robust investment in applied sciences, vocational training and home-grown innovations.

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in a speech read by his Deputy William Ruto stressed the role of science, technology and innovations to hasten sustainable development in Africa.

    “This continent has the capacity to leapfrog to new heights of economic growth and inclusive prosperity if we channel additional investments to applied sciences, engineering and technology,” Kenyatta said.

    Kenya is among nine African countries that are signatories to PASET, an initiative launched in 2013 with the support of the World Bank to promote skills development in the fields of science, technology and innovations.

    Bilateral partners that support the continental initiative to promote applied sciences and engineering include China, Japan, Korea, India and Brazil.

    Kenyatta said that developing a critical mass of trained personnel in sciences and engineering will help address Africa's pressing challenges like poverty, disease and ecological depletion.

    “We must promote vocational training and scientific research in order to address skills deficit that hinders industrial progress in this continent,” said Kenyatta.

    “Long-term solution to endemic poverty, joblessness, infectious diseases and natural resources-based conflicts lies in harnessing technology and innovations,” he added.

    The Kenyan leader hailed renewed commitment by African governments to promote science, technology and innovations in line with the Continental blueprint on socio-economic transformation.

    “It is high time we prioritise regulatory reforms and investments in infrastructure that enables innovations to flourish,” said Kenyatta adding that Kenya has set aside 150 million US dollars this financial year to equip technical and vocational training centres.

    African governments and their bilateral partners are committed to strengthening the scientific and technical capacity that is critical to accelerate industrial progress.

    Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for education, Dr Fred Matiangi said that investments in vocational training alongside critical disciplines like applied sciences, mathematics and engineering will stimulate economic growth in Africa.

    “This continent has an opportunity to sustain the current economic growth trajectory by harnessing an under-utilised scientific and technological potential,” Matiangi added.

    Multilateral institutions are keen to play a central role in the advancement of scientific and technological revolution in Africa.

    The vice-president of human development at the World Bank, Keith Hansen said that skills development, infrastructure and visionary leadership are key to revitalise technological progress and innovations in Africa.


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  • 04/06/17--16:00: Selfless, deadly job
  • Selfless, deadly jobSelfless, deadly job Firefighting may increase heart attack risk Intense heat and strain appear to put firefighters at a greater risk of heart attack, a new study has found.

    The physical demands of firefighting may trigger the formation of blood clots and impair blood vessel function – two factors associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, researchers in Scotland report.

    Their report helps explain why heart disease is the leading cause of death among “the bravest”, as they're known. In the United States, heart disease accounts for nearly half of annual on-duty firefighter fatalities, most of them from heart attack, said Dr Nicholas Mills, lead researcher on the study.

    Mills is chair of cardiology at the University of Edinburgh.

    In simulated fire exercises, the investigators sought to quantify the physiological changes firefighters undergo as they rescue a victim from a scorching building.

    “We discovered the core body temperature increased, on average, about 1°C over a period of 20 minutes,” Mills said. “And increases in haemoglobin [the protein molecule in red blood cells that helps blood clot] occur as the body loses water and the blood gets more concentrated.”

    The study results highlight the unique stress to the cardiovascular system that firefighters face, said Dr Stefanos Kales, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

    Out of control fires like the fires that raged across the Cape Peninsula a few years ago can also affect members of the public, especially those who suffer from allergies. Under these circumstances sufferers should stay indoors to and limit the risk of their allergies being triggered by the high levels of “particulate matter” in the smoky air.

    The findings should encourage medical practitioners to pay closer attention to this group's unique needs, added Kales, who wrote an editorial about the study. Both appear in Circulation.

    This might include keeping firefighters with signs of existing heart disease from participating in strenuous emergency duties, Kales noted.

    “Firefighting is uniquely dangerous for obvious reasons and more stressful on the heart. First, there is a large adrenaline surge in response to the emergency response that begins to raise heart rate and blood pressure,” Kales said.

    “The firefighter [unlike most athletes] wears 18 to 23 kg of gear, which increases the workload and also encapsulates the firefighter, impairing all usual means of dissipating heat,” he added.

    Additionally, there are extraordinarily high heat and smoke-related toxins, Kales said.

    Mills and his team studied 17 healthy members of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who participated in two fire simulation exercises a week apart. The participants attempted to retrieve a mock victim weighing approximately 80 kg while exposed to temperatures approaching 400°C.

    Combination unique to firefighters

    The researchers monitored each firefighter's heart rate and blood pressure for 30 minutes before the exercises and for 24 hours following the drill. The findings showed that many were prone to a reduction in blood pressure and an increase in blood clotting.

    Mills concluded that these changes are most likely due to dehydration and an increase in blood diverted to the skin to help the body cool down.

    The study authors suggested that some of these health risks can be reduced inexpensively with limited heat exposure, cooling and rehydration.

    “The combination of extreme physical exertion and heat is unique to firefighters, so the findings are not directly applicable to the public,” Mills added. However, the combination of heavy physical exertion, soaring heat and air pollution can present an increased risk in everyday life, he said.

    “As such, we recommend that anyone who is exercising in high ambient temperatures should take regular breaks, keep well hydrated and allow time to cool down afterwards,” Mills said.


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    Oz study sparks fears of new flu pandemicOz study sparks fears of new flu pandemic An alarming increase in the number of new influenza viruses infecting humans has been highlighted by researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia on Thursday, sparking fears of a global pandemic.

    “We went through all the different avian flu strains, when they evolved, when they infected humans,” co-author Raina MacIntyre explained to Xinhua.

    “We looked at things like the number of deaths, how the virus persisted in human populations and we plotted the timeline when the different viruses emerged.”

    According to the study, the amount of new flu viruses in the past 10 years is unprecedented, with the changes causing concern for medical researchers.

    “There is an increased risk that a bird flu strain will emerge that can cause a human pandemic,” says lead researcher Chau Bui, a veterinarian who works on controlling epidemics.

    “This urgency needs to be acknowledged by national and international pandemic planning organisations.”

    After the outbreak of the Spanish flu in 1918, it took 40 years for the next novel influenza virus to emerge.

    It took another 10 years for the next strain after that.

    But in the five years between 2011-2015, there has been seven new strains that have spread all over the world.

    Bui believes stronger controls are needed to prevent new viruses spreading in birds, particularly poultry.

    She says that more needs to be done to reduce the risk of transmission when humans interact with animals, in order to stop a pandemic.

    It is unclear as to why the flu virus is changing so quickly, however some believe the reason may be down to changes in climate, urbanisation and agricultural practices, however the study cites that these factors have not changed at the same speed as the new viruses.

    The flu vaccination is now available in Namibia and you can get yours at your local pharmacy, clinic or private physician.


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    Omakutho miilonga gaanambelewa shaaheli pamulandu, ogeli omukunduOmakutho miilonga gaanambelewa shaaheli pamulandu, ogeli omukundu Omalelo moshitopolwa shaKunene oshowo Omusati, oga longitha iimaliwa ya thika poomiliyona 1.5 mokufuta oondjambi dhaanambelewa mboka ya tulwa pevi na inaku ningwa omatokolo gasha natango.

    Elelo lyoshitopolwa shaKunene olya kutha miilonga shaaheli paveta, Omukuluntupitithi gwOpashitopolwa ochief regional officer (CRO) konima shoPublic Service Commission (PSC) a tindi okupopila ekutho miilonga ndyoka omanga Oshitopolwa shaMusati sha kutha miilonga aanambelewa yaali shaaheli pamulandu, ihe lwanima ekutho miilonga lyawo olya popilwa koPSC.

    Omunashipundi gwoPSC, Marcus Kampungu okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya kape na omatompelo ge na omungo po ku kuthwe miilonga CRO gwaKunene, George Kamseb.

    Nonando ongaaka okakomisi hoka oka zimine ekutho miiilonga lyomunambelewa gwoCRO Protasius Andowa oshitopolwa shaMusati oshowo omupeha omukomeho gwiiyemo moshitopolwa shoka, Elizabeth Mutota.

    “Konima sho twa nongele miikundnaeki kutya elelo lyaMusati olya kutha miilonga aanambelewa mboka inaku landulwa omilandu otwa yi nayo mekwatathano na oya kutha ko elombwelo ndyoka twe ya pe. Oya ningi eindilo lyekutho miilonga lyaanambelewa mboka na otwa zimine eindilo ndyoka,” Kampungu ta ti.

    Kampungu okwa tsikile kutya oya mono eindilo muNovemba gwo-2016, tali pula opo ku kuthwe miiilonga Kamseb, konima yomwedhi gumwe sho a kuthwa nale miilonga kashi li papampango, ihe oya tindi eindilo ndyoka molwaashoka kape na omatompelo ngoka taga thiminike omunambelewa ngoka a kuthwe miilonga. Okwa tsikile kutya opo ya zimine ekutho miilonga lyomunambelewa ngoka nena opwa pumbwa okukala pe na omatompelo kutya otashi vulika omunambelewa ngoka a ye moshipala omakonaakono ngoka ta ningilwa.

    Kampungu okwa popi kutya oya gandja omayele koshitopolwa shaKunene opo shi pangule Kamseb omanga ta longo natango.

    Oonzo dhimwe odha notheleko oNamibian Sun kutya elelo lyoshitopolwa shoka olya pula Kamseb opo a shune kiilonga ihe okwa tindi molwaashoka aniwa ina tseyithilwa kutya omolwashike a li a kuthwa miilonga.

    Onzo yimwe oya holola kutya Kamseb okwa kuthwa miiilonga sho a ndopa okugandja kelelo lyoshitopolwa shoka okondalaka ye yiilonga.

    Konima yoonkundathana dhoka dha ningwa kelelo lyoshitopolwa oshowo okakomisi koPSC, elelo olya pula omunambelewa ngoka a shune kiilonga ihe ye okwa tindi.

    “Elelo oli li monkalo ya piyagana ngashiingeyi molwaashoka olya ndopa okutseyithila omalelo gomondjila kombinga yekutho miilonga lyomunambelewa ngoka. Kamseb okwa tindi okushuna kiilonga omanga ina pewa omatompelo kutya okwa li a kuthilwa shike miilonga. Opo owala ya yi moonkundathana nomalelo gomondjila ngashiingeyi,” Onzo ndjoka ya popi.

    Andowa, Mutota naKamseb oya kuthwa miilonga ihe otaya mono oondjambi dhawo dhokomwedhi dhiihwapo.

    Andowa naMutota oye li komagumbo gawo ya kuutumba taya mono ondjambi yawo uule woomwedhi hetatu ngashiingeyi omanga Kamseb a kala pevi uule woomwedhi hamano.

    Omunambelewa gwoCRO oha mono ondjambi yi li pokati kooN$489 661 sigo N$519 632 komvula, ondjambi ndjoka yi thike pamwe nondjambi amushanga guuministeli.

    Ohaya mono omauwanawa gomagumbo gooN$7 506 kehe omwedhi oshowo omauwanawa giiyenditho gooN$10 936, omanga aapeha aakomeho haya mono ondjambi yi li pokati kooN$421 859 no N$443 502, ohaya mono omauwanawa giiyenditho gooN$5 993.

    Kampungu okwa popi kutya omakutho miilonga goludhi ndoka inaga pumbwa okukala uule wethimbo li thike mpoka.

    Nonando ongaaka Ompango yOmalelo gIitopolwa onti-22 yomo-1992 pamwe nompango yAaniilonga yEpangelo onti-2 yomo-1980 inadhi tothamo kutya omakutho miilonga ngoka oga pumbwa okuningwa ethimbo li thike peni.

    “Uuna to ningi eindilo opo ku kuthwe miilonga omunambelelwa gwontumba nena pumbwa okutalikako kutya oshinima shopaulumomhumbwe.

    Molwaashoka aanambelewa mboka inaya pangulwa nenge ya ningilwe omitumba dhomautho nena katu shoka tatu vulu okuninga po,” Kampungu ta ti.

    Modestus Amutse naJulius Kaujova, oyo aanashipundi yomalelo lyaMusati naKunene na ayehe oya popi kutya kaye shi kutya oshike tashi ningwa po miipotha mbyoka.

    Momusati, omukomeho gwiilonga yakwalukehe, Gervasius Kashindi oye ta longo pehala lyomunambelewa gwoCRO, omanga omunambelewa omukuluntu gwomayalulo, Ngombe Iyambo oye ta longo pehala lyomupeha omukomeho gwiiyemo.

    MoKunene omukomeho gwiilonga yakwalukehe, Joseph Jantze oye ta longo pehala lyomunambelewa gwoCRO.

    Andowa, okwa kala melelo ndyoka okutameka omvula yo-2004, nokondalaka ye yiilonga otayi thiki pehulilo, pehulilo lyomvula twa taalela, omanga okondalaka yaMutota tayi thiki pehulilo muSepetemba gwonuumvo.

    Oonzo odha popi kutya ookansela oya hala okukala yamwena koshikumungu shoka ya tegelele ookondalaka dhawo dhi thike pehulilo.

    “Sigo oompaka kandi shi shi kutya oshike tashi ningwa po. Oshikumungu shoka oshi li momake gelelo lyoshitopolwa na inandi tseyithilwa sha natango. Uuna nda mono uuyelele nena otandi ke mu tseyithila,” Amutse ta ti.

    Amutse okwa li a lombwele oshikundaneki shika omvula ya piti kutya, ominista yEyambulepo lyiitopolwa noondoolopa, oya tuma osheendo shaanambelewa opo ya kakonaakone aanambelewa mboka.

    Okwa koleke kutya elelo olya kuutumba iikando iyali opo li kundathane onkalo ndjoka ihe sigo onena okwa tinda okupopya kutya oshike sha kundathanwa.

    “Otwa longa oshinakugwanithwa shetu, otwe mu tula mefudho, uuyelele kehe tawu pumbiwa po, puleni Omushanga gwUuministeli wEyambulepo lyIitopolwa nOondoolopa,” Kaujova ta ti.


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