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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Ex-cop jailed 25 years for murderEx-cop jailed 25 years for murder FRED GOEIEMAN

    A former police constable who shot and killed a club reveller in Khomasdal five years ago has been sentenced to an effective 30 years’ imprisonment.

    Justin Sunsu Simataa was further sentenced to 15 years for attempted murder, two years for malicious damage to property and one year for discharging a firearm in public place.

    Judge Nate Ndauendapo ordered that the prison terms on the last three offences run concurrently with the 25-year sentence for the murder of Firmino Fabrice Mael (25) on 26 October 2012.

    He ordered that the murder weapon be forfeited to the state and declared Simataa unfit to carry a firearm for 20 years after the completion of his prison term.

    The judge said Simataa had expressed regret about the murder, and also apologised for attempting to kill the deceased’s friend, Milikan Likando, on the same day.

    On the day of the incident Simataa and his friends were hanging out at a shebeen in Khomasdal when he became embroiled in a fight. After the fight Mael and his friends got into a car.

    Simataa collected his licensed pistol from the security guard at the shebeen and fired 13 shots at Mael and his friends, who were seated in the car.

    Mael sustained nine bullet wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, while his friend Likando was hit by three bullets and was left in a critical condition. Likando survived but one bullet is still stuck in his lung as doctors fear complications if it were to be removed.

    “No doubt serious offences call for severe punishment. The deceased was brutally murdered while seated in a car. No chance for survival. The deceased was looking forward to the joy of being a father of the baby his girlfriend was expecting but his life was cut short,” the judge said.

    Although Simataa claimed that he had fired the shots in self-defence, the judge said it was an act of revenge.

    “The scale of the shooting is that he emptied the magazine of his pistol. He shot Mael eight times and Likando five times where they sat in Mael's car. This was not proportional to the threat Simataa claimed to have tried to ward off. He exceeded the bounds of self-defence,” Ndauendapo had earlier ruled during judgment.

    He emphasised that Simataa had committed serious offences and that the nature of the weapon used – a semi-automatic pistol – aggravated the offences. The judge added that Simataa did not assist the deceased after the shooting.

    In mitigation, the judge said Simataa had been assaulted and when he fell he was kicked until he lost consciousness. The provocation in the case was regarded as a mitigating factor.

    “He suffered anger, humiliation and felt provoked, however people should control themselves and not take the law into their own hands,” Ndauendapo stressed, and added that it was the court’s duty to protect law-abiding citizens.

    State Advocate Constance Moyo prosecuted while Siyomuinji Mbanga appeared for the defence.

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    Mouton charged with culpable homicideMouton charged with culpable homicideMagistrate recuses herself Morné Mouton will be charged with culpable homicide and drunk driving in connection with the death of three people in a car crash two years ago. The prosecutor-general has decided that the teenager accused of killing a Windhoek City Police officer and two others about two years ago must be charged with culpable homicide and drunk driving.

    In a new development in the case, Magistrate Celma Ndapewa Amadhila has recused herself saying she knew one of the victims, Josua Ngenokesho, well and that he was her friend.

    “I feel my impartiality will be affected and as such recuse myself from the trial of the case and request that the matter be transferred to another court,” Amadhila said.

    She transferred the case against the accused, Morné Mouton, 19, to another court, where the trial date will be fixed.

    A car allegedly driven by Mouton crashed into three people, killing them, in Sam Nujoma Drive, Hochland Park on 4 July 2015. He is currently free on bail of N$6 000, which was granted shortly after his arrest on July 4.

    The car crashed into a stationary City Police vehicle at high speed, killing City Police officer Manfred Gaoseb (35), Werner Simon (22), and Joshua Ngenokesho, a teacher, age unknown. They were standing on the pavement. Another civilian man and a female officer escaped unhurt.

    The two officers were on their way to a reported housebreaking in Hochland Park but stopped in Sam Nujoma Drive after noticing suspicious activity in a nearby riverbed.

    They searched a man at the scene and called for backup after finding three cellphones and a knife in his possession.

    At that time an allegedly intoxicated Mouton approached at high speed from an easterly direction and rammed into the stationary police vehicle, killing the three men on the spot.

    The case is expected to be heard today before another magistrate who will fix a trial date. Mouton's bail was extended.

    Lawyer Nambili Mhata, standing in for Sisa Namandje, appeared for Mouton while Joseph Andrea prosecuted.



    FRED GOEIEMAN

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    Walvis Bay vessel ghosted by owners Walvis Bay vessel ghosted by owners JANA-MARI SMITH

    At least 22 crew aboard the fishing vessel Sheriff, anchored off Walvis Bay, have reportedly been without pay since mid-February after the Namibian company leasing the vessel ended their charter agreement with the Peruvian ship owners from whom they had leased the vessel.

    In unconfirmed reports by Russian online media, it was further alleged that the crew members recently pleaded for assistance about their deteriorating living conditions on board the vessel to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), saying they were struggling with food, water and fuel shortages.

    Udo Burger, managing director at Atlantic Pacific Management in Walvis Bay, the company that manages Brandberg Namibian Investment Company, yesterday confirmed Atlantic Pacific Management had ended the charter agreement.

    “We no longer charter the vessel and as a result, are no longer responsible for it,” he said.

    Burger said additional questions sent to him by Namibian Sun would be answered at a later stage, including questions around the responsibility for the crew’s living conditions since the lease was ended, and why the lease was ended.

    According to Russian embassy officials in Windhoek, they are aware of the situation on the Sheriff, and have been in close contact with the 13 Russian crew members, who have been on board with at least nine other crew members since February.

    “Today there are 22 members of the crew on board of the vessel, 13 of them are Russian citizens. The Russian embassy is in close contact with them as well as with other relevant authorities and parties, including the issue of their return home to Russia,” Yury Tsvetkov, spokesperson at the embassy told Namibian Sun.

    Tsvetkov said he was not aware of any complaints from the crew about a lack of water, food and fuel, but emphasised that the embassy was in touch with them and would be advised if such issues arose.

    He explained that according to the information at hand, the Sheriff is a Peruvian registered vessel, whose contract with the local Namibian tenant ended on 15 February.

    Documents seen by Namibian Sun show that the ship-owners are listed as J.Wiludi & Asociados Consultores En Pesca S.A.C., a Peruvian subsidiary of the China Fishing Group, a company that was embroiled in a bankruptcy case in a US court last year.

    Tsvetkov explained that according to the available information, the Peruvian owners have been “avoiding contact with the local companies and the crew of the vessel”.

    Tsvetkov, added that it appears the Sheriff is “abandoned or ownerless” at the moment.

    This was repeated by numerous sources at Walvis Bay yesterday, who said that it appears that no one has taken full responsibility for the remaining 22 crew members to ensure their needs are met and it was not clear how to resolve the matter.

    It was however confirmed, that when the lease ended in February, 120 crew were on board, many of them Namibians, who have since returned home. No further details could be acquired to date.

    The details surrounding the end of the lease agreement remain unclear to date.

    It is confirmed that legal representatives, acting on behalf of J.Wilundi & Asociados Consultores En Pesca S.A.C., or the mother company China Fishery Group, did reach out after mid-February asking for assistance with crew and other related issues after the lease agreement ended in February.

    Attempts to contact representatives for J.Wilundi are on-going, though none could be reached by the time of going to print.

    To date it remains unclear what arrangements were made to assist the remaining crew, and what will happen to the vessel.

    Moreover, South Pacific Shipping Agency Limited, a company registered in the British Virgin Islands, signed the original charter or lease agreement with J.Wilundi & Asociados Consultores En Pesca S.A.C., the ship-owners.

    It was confirmed that South Pacific Shipping Agency Limited, a company registered in the British Virgin Islands, whose director is listed as Chan Tak Hei, was the company that entered into the original charter agreement with J.Wilundi, in August 2013.

    The agreement was renewed at least three times, at yearly intervals.

    Questions sent to NamPort yesterday were not responded to by the time of going to print.

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  • 04/20/17--16:00: Muyongo speaks out
  • Muyongo speaks outMuyongo speaks outSecessionist leader advises against return of Caprivi refugees The exiled leader says refugees still want freedom for the region and the Namibian government should “stop bothering” them. CATHERINE SASMAN



    The president of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and leader of the Caprivi secessionist attempt, Mishake Muyongo, says Caprivian refugees in Botswana choosing to return to Namibia risk their lives as the Namibian government will never loosen its “grip of evil intentions” on the people of the Zambezi Region.

    The minister of home affairs and immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, recently said during her budget motivation that her ministry and other stakeholders had made great strides in repatriating the 903 refugees at the Dukwe refugee camp in Botswana.

    That was the outcome of negotiations of the 18th Tripartite Commission that held meetings in Katima Mulilo in August last year where it discussed the outcome of the Botswana High Court that interdicted the implementation of the Invocation Cessation Clause, which was supposed to have been effected on 31 December 2015.

    According to the cessation clause, Botswana was not to allow any Namibian refugee to stay in that country as of the end of 2015. It further stated that a person’s refugee status that was legitimately granted would come to an end, but that those granted amnesty for political offences would remain longer in Botswana than December 2015.

    Iivula-Ithana said the Tripartite Commission had observed that the clearance procedures were still cumbersome and lengthy and that the Namibian government had to reassess these procedures.

    She said, however, that the refugees had since been cleared to return “in dignity and safety” and that the Namibian government was “resolute to ensure their restoration of national protection, safe and dignified return and sustained reintegration into their communities”.

    Iivula-Ithana said the refugees would be assisted to acquire travel documents, and a reception centre would be established in the Zambezi Region to help with their repatriation. More than N$10 million was budgeted for this purpose.

    However, Muyongo, who is in exile in Denmark, in a statement maintained that the refugees continued to demand an unequivocal secession from Namibia and that Namibians in the Zambezi Region only intended to “destroy, exploit and plunder” the resources there.

    “[The] Namibian government should know that all Caprivians in exile are members of the UDP determined to liberate their country, Caprivi Strip, from Namibia’s illegal occupation,” said Muyongo.

    He said the Namibian government should “stop bothering” Caprivians in Botswana and waste taxpayers’ money that could have been used differently.

    Muyongo’s group maintains that the Namibian government illegally annexed the former Caprivi Strip through the enactment of Notice No. 117 Promulgation of Application of Laws to the Eastern Caprivi Zipfel Act of June 1999, barely months before the secession attempt.

    In accordance with this law all Namibian laws would henceforth be applicable to the Caprivi Strip. Before that, certain laws specific to the former South West Africa and subsequently Namibia were not applicable to the Caprivi Strip.

    The UDP maintains the Promulgation of Application of Laws was enacted without the consent of the Caprivian population.

    Muyongo in his statement entitled “Caprivi, the Occupied Land by Namibia” said Iivula-Ithana during meetings with the Dukwe refugees in April 2014 and May 2015 did not answer repeated questions about the introduction of the 1999 law.

    He said the Namibian government illegally held many Caprivians in jail while on trial for alleged high treason and that 20 of these prisoners died under mysterious circumstances.

    Muyongo said some of those charged with high treason merely attempted to shed the yoke of an illegal occupation while others were merely sympathisers who believed in a free Caprivi.

    He further accused the Botswana government of sharing confidential information of individual refugees with the Namibian government, which he said was a breach of international protection of displaced political refugees.

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  • 04/21/17--14:10: Ngurare retakes SPYL reins
  • Ngurare retakes SPYL reinsNgurare retakes SPYL reins In a letter dated 20 April and shared on his social media platforms, Dr Elijah Ngurare announced that he is retaking the chair of the National Executive Committee, Central Committee and Congress of the Swapi Party Youth League. The letter, signed by him states that the 29 April Central Committe meeting will be the first. Ngurare could not be reached for comment.

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    Geingob responds to NEEEF reportsGeingob responds to NEEEF reports In a statement issued by the Namibian presidency, it responded to recent media reports on the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF).
    President Hage Geingob said that following his State of the Nation Address, some media houses have “have created the impression that the draft law is creating a division amongst black and white business owners and that the proposed 25% ownership transfer will be without compensation. This impression is wholly inaccurate and misleading.
    He added that the Bill is still in the consultation phase and therefore, not final.
    “It is regrettable that in flagrant disregard of basic reporting and media standards none of the authors, reporters and/or editors of the print and electronic media have sought comment or an update on the current status of the Bill.”
    In his view, Geingob said it this dilutes the objectives of NEEEF and also misinterprets the call for unity and support for how the draft law can be improved to serve the Namibian people collectively.
    He added that, “It is a fact that Namibia was subjected to systemic colonialism and apartheid rule that deliberately disadvantaged sectors of our society economically, socially and educationally. This has led to a gross income inequality that still continues to create uneasiness among all its citizens 27 years after independence.
    “The continuing divisive tone and deliberate misinformation to scare off investors and pit Namibians against each other should not be tolerated by any peace-loving Namibian. Government has consulted widely on NEEEF and the members of the public and representatives of various stakeholder groups have had their say to be reflected in the revised draft document.”
    Since the public-wide consultations highlights of issues that were considered for possible revision include - 25% compulsory divestment, importance of skills development, the composition of the council, the definition of previously disadvantaged persons and the concerns raised about the definition and scope of the private sector enterprise.
    The statement continued by saying that the next steps involve the Prime Minister resubmitting the new proposals to Cabinet for principle approval during May 2017. Once Cabinet approves the proposals, a revised version of the draft will be subjected to the Cabinet Committee on Legislation and possibly for further targeted stakeholder consultations before it will be submitted to the legislative drafters. Once the drafters are satisfied with the text of the draft law it will be submitted to the attorney-general and then to parliament for consideration.
    In conclusion, Geingob said, “Finally, we still ask: what is the alternative to the NEEEF? It certainly can’t be the maintenance and entrenching of the status quo.”
    STAFF REPORTER

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  • 04/23/17--16:00: Doubt surrounds WSL kick-off
  • Doubt surrounds WSL kick-offDoubt surrounds WSL kick-offWomen's football lacks funds The football season in Namibia continues to face more hiccups with many leagues still on hold. Chances of the Women's Super League kicking off this year are bleak due to the current cash crunch facing the Namibia Football Association.

    The league took place last year after the NFA made funds available personally sourced by the Women's Desk at NFA.

    The league has for years been a platform from which coaches scout potential star players for grooming and drafting into the national team. The Women's Super League has produced professional players who are plying their trade outside the country.

    Players such as Annoushka Kordom, Zenatha Coleman and Thomalina Adams are all products of the league and are now forces to be reckoned with outside Namibian borders.

    According to Jacqui Shipanga of the NFA Women's Desk, the NFA has always been ready to kick-start the WSL. However, this year there is no guarantee for funding from the NFA executive. “It is against this background that we are unable to kick-start the league at our own expense especially since the WSL clubs did not yet receive the prize money for last season,” Shipanga said.

    Poly Babes Football club player, Lorraine Jossob, says that players are busy with seven-a-side games at the weekends but that it is not enough. “We miss the super league and as players we are looking forward to the league starting because we have little to do and football is what we love.”

    Poly Babes coach Dankie Frans shared her views as well. “I know the players are looking forward to the league but up until now, we have not received any communication about the kick-off date. Maybe we must put our heads together and find a way to finance the league ourselves because the players need to play,” he says.

    Tura Magic Ladies enjoyed a runaway win last year in the league and teams are looking forward to challenge their dominance in the league.



    Limba Mupetami

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  • 04/23/17--16:00: Commonwealth fever is on
  • Commonwealth fever is onCommonwealth fever is on The message from Queen Elizabeth II for the Commonwealth Games which is delivered in a baton will be displayed around the streets of Windhoek this year.

    Namibia will host the Queen's Baton Relay in Windhoek from Friday next week as preparations for the Commonwealth games begin.

    Next year's Commonwealth Games will be held at the Gold Coast and the baton is expected to tour through 70 nations in a timeframe of 288 days.

    The baton has been a traditional curtain-raiser to every Commonwealth Games

    since the Cardiff British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1958.

    The respected baton carries a personal message to the athletes of the Commonwealth from Queen Elizabeth II.

    Partnering the Namibia Commonwealth Games Association once again this year will be the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef).

    Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) secretary-general Joan Smit said children from all 14 regions of Namibia will participate in the relay.

    “Namibia will be amongst 70 Commonwealth nations across the world that will share in the excitement of the games with millions of people around the world,” she said.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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    Etopokauko moSwapo na li hule – HausikuEtopokauko moSwapo na li hule – Hausiku Omuthigululwakalo guungundu, egandjo lyomayakulo gongushu yopevi mongundu yoSwapo nagu hule mongundu, naangoka omapopyo gomundungiki moskola yaSwapo, Marco Hausiku a popi ngaaka moKaiti mEtitatu lya piti.

    Hausiku okwa popi kutya uufukedhi otawu hanagulapo owala ongundu noshilongo, omuprima minista nale a gunu pethimbo lyendungiko lye a ningile aakuthimbinga mboka ya kala poshituthi shokudhimbuluka oomvula 57 dhekalepo lyongundu yoSwapo.

    “Omukalo gokukala owala omuntu ta dhilaadhla oompito dhokwiimonenaiimaliwa, ootendela noombumbo nagu hule. Otwa pumbwa okulundulula ngele otu na ko shili noshilongo shetu.”

    Hausiku okwa tsu omuthindo kutya onakuyiwa yoSwapo oyi li oshinakugwanithwa shelelo ewanawa oshowo omadhilongo omawanawa.

    Okwa popi kutya ongundu oya hala okushuna miilonga omukalo gwokukalekapo egameno lyonakuyiwa yoshilongo naashoka osho sha etithwa Swapo a totepo oskola yongundu ndjoka ya nuninwwa okukaleka po oompata negandjo lyomaiyuvo goshali, okukalekapo omuthigululwakalo gwokudhilaadhilo nokuhwahwameka uundemokoli, Hausiku a yelitha.

    “Otwa pumbwa aantu mboka taya dhilaadhila nokukonga omikalo dhingi dhokuninga iinima moshilongo.”

    Hausiku okwa tsu omukumo aaleli yongundu opo ya simaneke omauyuvo gaantu nokuya pa ompito yaholole shoka taya dhilaadhila pwaahena uumbanda.

    Hausiku okwa popi kutya aantu oya pumbwa okupopya nokukundathana yo taya tsu kumwe. Hausiku okwa popi woo kombinga yokugandja omayakulo ga dhengambanda moshigwana.

    “Ngele aantu itaya mono shoka ya pumbwa molwaashoka otatu idhilaadhila owala tseyene nena katu na uuthemba wokutegelela aantu mboka yetu hogolole.”

    Okwa pula aakalelipo yongundu miitopolwa opo ya kutheko uumwene womadhilongo gongundu paku yambulapo omandiki nokukalelapo ooprograma dhomadheulo kiilyo yilwe yongundu. Okwa pula woo ekuthomo lyuukwamuhoko moshigwana nokuhwahwameka uukumwe mokati koshigwana.

    Okwa popi kutya ootundi dhoskola yongundu yoSwao otadhi tsikile miitopolwa ya yooloka oshowo pendiki enene lyoskola mOvenduka.

    NAMPA

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    Omunaskola eendulula ondondo iikando itanoOmunaskola eendulula ondondo iikando itano Oshikondo shelongo moshitopolwa shaShana osha holola kutya otashi ka ninga omakonaakono sho omukuluntuskola moskola yomonooli

    a tindi opo ku undulilwe mongundu tayi landula omunaskola ngoka a ndopele mondondo iikando ya thika puitano.



    Omukuluntuskola poskola yedhina Nangolo Senior Secondary School, Wilbard Nailenge okwa koleke koshifokundaneki shoNamibia Sun kutya, okwa tindi omunamimvo 21 Simon Metumo opo uundulilwe mongundu tayi landula molwaashoka oha kala owala poondunda dhomanwino.

    Metumo okwa endulula ondondo onti-9 iikando itano omanga eendulula ondondo onti-8 iikando iyali. Nonando ongaaka Omupeha omukomeho gwelongo mOshitopolwa shaShana, Gerhard Ndafenongo okwa popi kutya kashi li momusindalandu gwepangelo omunaskola eendulule ondondo iikando yi vulithe pushimwe. Omulandu gwokuundula aanaskola ogwa kala miilonga uule woomvula odhindji dha piti,, nooskola odhindji otadhi longitha omulandu ngoka.

    Pooskola dhimwe oshikondo shelongo ohashi undula aanaskola uuna ya endulula ongundu iikando yontumba.

    Metumo okwa lombwele oshikundaneki shika kutya okwa yi poskola mpoka mo-2011, na okwa popi kutya ota nyengwa komwaalu.

    “Uule woomvula adhihe ndhoka otandi ndopa owala omwaalu omanga tandi piti iilongwa yimwe ihe oskola inayi hala ndi ye mondondo onti-10. Shoka nda hala okuya andola mondondo onti-10 nokumona onzapo,” Metumo ta ti.



    Nailenge, oku wete kutya Metumo ina pyakudhukwa natango okuya mondondo onti-10 molwaashoka oha kala owala a lambalala oondingosho pehala lyokwiilonga.

    “Ngame onda za mOndangwa naMetumo ondi mu shi pamwe naavali ye. Omumati ngoka ina itulamo miilonga ye yoskola. Ohandi mu mono poondunda dhomanwino uusiku naashoka osho tashi etitha a kale iniitulamo miilonga ye yoskola. Inandi hala a ye mondondo onti-10 molwaashoka otaka mona iitsa iishona naashoka osho e na okweendulula ondondo onti-9,” omukuluntuskola ta popi.

    Yina yaMetumo, Hambeleleni Paavo, okwa popi kutya okwa ya komukuluntuskola iikando yontumba ta nyenyeta ihe okwe mu lombwele kutya omona ina pyakudhukwa natango okuya kondondo tayi landula.

    “Aanona yakwawo mboka ya tameke nayo oskola oya mana nale omailongo gawo koouniversiti omanga ye ta kondjo nondondo onti-9. Onkalo ndjoka oyemu piyaganeka noonkondo na iha kala we megumbo .”

    Nailenge okwa koleke kutya yina yaMetumo okwa ya moonkundathana naye.

    “Kandi na we shoka tandi vulu okuninga. Ondi na oshisho naanona mboka naashoka osho inandi hala a ndope ondondo onti-10,” omukuluntuskola a tsikile.



    Omukoonakoni gwelongo moshikandjo Oluno, Levi Vries, pamwe nomukomeho gwelongo Hileni Amukana inaya vula okumonika ya tye sha. Ndafenongo, okwa koleke kutya shoka sha ningwa oshili pondje nomusindalandu gwelongo, na okwa popi kutya okuli pondje yoshitopolwa manga na okwa uvaneke taka tala koshikumungu shoka uuna a galukile moshitopolwa.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Oshipangelo shoMedipark mOngwediva sha ningi endiki lyokwiilongaOshipangelo shoMedipark mOngwediva sha ningi endiki lyokwiilonga Oshiputudhilo shUunamiti moUniversity of Namibia (Unam) ngashiingeyi otashi ka kala shiikolelela kaanawino niikwaniipangitho moshipangelo shopaumwene mOngwediva, sho oshipangelo shaMedipark tashi ka longithwa mokudheula oondohotola naanawino womiti. Ø Medipark oku na iikwaniipangitho ayihe tayi pumbiwa

    Ongwediva Medipark oya patulula omiyelo dhawo opo Unam a vule okulongitha oondohotola dha thika po-30 momailongo ga yooloka gaailongi yuunamiti.

    Metine lyoshiwike sha piti, vice-chancellor gwaUnam Lazarus Hangula opamwe nOmukomeho gwoshipangelo sha Ongwediva Medipark Dr Tshali Iithete oya holola polweela egandjo lyomulilo omuzizi koshipangelo shoka onga endiki lyomadheulo muunamiti okuza koHealth Professional Council melongelo kumwe nOnadjokwe Lutheran Hospital oshowo Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

    Nonando ongaaka oshikondo shoshiputudhilo shuunamiti moUnam, osha indile opo oshipangelo shoka shi kale tashi gandja omadheulo giilonga kaailongi yawo.

    “Ngashiingeyi otu wete kutya ondjodhi yetu yoshiputudhilo shuunamiti otayi tsu sho Ongwediva Medipark oya zimine okugandja ompito yomadheulo koondokotola dhetu dhomonakuyiwa. MoUnam otatu talululwa omukalo gwetu ngoka tatu longitha opo tu vule okudheula aanawino muunamiti ya pyokoka moshilongo ashihe oshowo muuyuni,” Hangula ta ti.

    Hangula okwa popi kutya oshipangelo shoka oshi na iikwaniipangitho ayihe mbyoka aailongi mboka taya pumbwa.

    “Oshipangelo shaOngwediva Medipark osha gandja ompito yoshali naanawino yawo opo ya vule okugandja ethimbo lyawo kaailongi yetu, haku ya dheula owala moshipangelo shawo ihe shoka sha simana okupitika aanawino mboka ya vule okukala ya landula aailongi nomiiputudhilo yepangelo uuna taya ningi omadheulo gawo.”

    Ithete okwa popi kutya oya hala oshipudhilo shawo shikale shimwe shomiiputudhilo dhingi megandjo lyomadheulo kaailongi naashoka osho she ya thiminike ya gandje ompito opo shi gandje ompito yomadheulo kaailongi yuunamiti.

    Okwa popi kutya aanawino yuunamiti mOngwediva Medipark oya kala oshitopolwa shomadheulo miiputudhilo ya yooloka miitopolwa ya yooloka muuyuni na oya etelele oshipangelo shoka omaunongo ga yooloka moshikondo shuunamiti oshowo ontseyo yomailongo ga yooloka.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Elopoto lyiipotha koACC lya shuna peviElopoto lyiipotha koACC lya shuna pevi Okakomisi taka ithanwa Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) oka tseyitha kutya oka konaakona iipotha ya thika pe-172 yomiipotha 401 mbyoka ka pewa mo-2015/2016.

    Oka ukitha kombelewa yOmupanguli-Ndjai iipotha ya thika po-29 moka 13 ya manithwa nale.

    Omwaalu gwoolopota dha pewa okakomisi hoka omimvo dha piti, ogwa shuna pevi noopresenda 6. Okakomisi oka ukitha woo iipotha ayihe mbyoka itayi kwatatkanithwa nuulingilingi komalelo gomondjila na oka pata iipotha ya thika pe-184 inayi konaakonwa.

    Okakomisi oka holola kutya oka tokola okupata iipotha mbyoka inayi ningilwa omakonaakono molwaashoka kape na omatompelo kutya omolwashike iipotha mbyoka yi na okukonaakonwa nenge otayi konaakonwa nale komalelo galwe.

    Iipotha yuulingilingi wakwatelamo ongushu yiimaliwa ya thika poomiliyna 27, oya ukithwa kombelewa yOmupanguli-Ndjai omanga iipotha yilwe ya konaakonwa kokakomisi hoka ya kwatelamo iimaliwa yongushu yoomiliyona 132.

    Shimwe shomiipotha mbyoka ya konaakonwa oya kwatelamo aaniilonga yepangelo yahetatu ya za mUuministeli wUundjolowele mboka ya totopo oondjila dhokuyakapo iimaliwa yoshigwana sho ya kala nokutuma iimaliwa komayalulo goombanga dha yooloka ndhoka taya vulu okuya oonyala, iimaliwa mbyoka oya thika poomiliyona 5.

    Melelo lyaMuni gwaHenties Bay, aantu yatatu oya tulamo omaindilo giifundja gongushu yooN$788 995 ngoka ga futwa kaanambelewa mboka.

    ACC natango okwa lopota kutya omunadholongo gumwe naye okwe shi pondola okukengelela oshimaliwa shooN$20 000 okuzilila mondjeedhililo yopolisi moka e li.

    Aanambelewa yaali yElelo lyOshitopolwa shaShikoto oya kambadhala okulikola momukalo guulingilingi oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 20, okupitila mopoloyeka yokutunga uundjugo.

    Omunambelewa gwElelo lyOshitopolwa shaHardap ha longele oshikandjohogololo shaSchlip okwa tamanekelwa oshipotha shokulongitha pambambo iimaliwa ya thika pooN$62 446 mboka a koleke miifuta yomeya nolusheno.

    ACC natango okwa konaakona nokutulilamo iipotha AaNamibia oshowo ongundu yaakwashigwana yaAngola mboka ya longo uulingilingi nokutulamo omaindilo giifundja opo ya vule okushunithilwa iimaliwa yongushu yoomiliyona 114 okuza kOshikondo shEmona. Mboka oya tamanekwa kohi yOmpango yOkukondjitha Iimbuluma yalongekidhwa ano Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA). Ompangu yoPombanda oya gandja elombwelo lyekutheko lyomaliko gaamboka gongushu yoomiliyona dha thika po-20.

    Okwa lopotwa woo uulingilingi woshimaliwa shongushu yoomiliyona 11, moshiputudhilo tashi ithanwa nale Polytechnic of Namibia, sho kwa longithwa oondokumende dhiifundja opo aailongi mboka ye na omikuli dhoshiputudhilo shoka ya vule okushanga omakonaakono.

    Ombumbo yongushu yoomiliyona yimwe okwa lopotwa ya futwa moshiputudhilo shaUnam opo ku gandjwe otendela yegameno lyoshiputudhilo.

    Omuniilonga nale moNamibia Development Corporation okwa tamanekelwa oshipotha shuulingilingi wiimaliwa ya thika poomiliyona 5.

    ACC okwa gandja woo omikanda koshikondo shoAsset Forfeiture Unit mombelewa yOmupanguli-Ndjai opo ku kwatweko iimaliwa ya thika poomiliyona 3 mbyoka ya tumwa komayalulo gombaanga yomuniilonga gwehangano lyoAugust 26 Industries molwaashoka onzo yiimaliwa mbyoka otayi limbilike.

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  • 04/23/17--16:00: IMF pushes for inclusion
  • IMF pushes for inclusionIMF pushes for inclusion As the global recovery gathers pace, the IMF is turning up the volume on its call for wealthy countries to address popular anger over the impact of globalisation and head off the threat of protectionism.

    The renewed push comes as finance ministers from 189 countries gathered for the fund''s semi-annual meeting Friday and Saturday, in a tense atmosphere of rising anti-trade rhetoric in many advanced economies.

    “This sentiment of populism in the views of many is fuelled by the feeling of being excluded, or being left out,” IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said.

    “What better than more growth, more equitably shared, in order to respond.”

    The fund for years has been calling for countries to drive towards what it calls more inclusive growth with programmes to help those hurt by globalisation and trade - but typically it has centred on developing nations.

    Now the focus is on advanced economies and the message has taken on greater urgency, amid anti-internationalist sentiment evident in the election of US President Donald Trump, as well as in the bitter French election campaign and last summer''s British vote to leave the European Union.

    Lagarde has repeatedly stressed that giving in to protectionism will not help those on the margins and in fact will make matters worse by driving up prices and eroding global growth.

    But as the IMF raised its forecast for global economic growth to 3.5% for this year - a rare upward revision - Lagarde said it is time to address these concerns from “an economic point of view,” to help spread the benefits of growth to marginalised groups while preserving international cooperation.

    Former India central bank chief and IMF chief economist Raghuram Rajan said the legitimate concerns in advanced economies “reflects a cry of anger and for help.”

    Governments should respond with “broad-based rehabilitation” of communities hurt by lost manufacturing - a situation nearly entirely due to technological advances rather than trade, even though trade is blamed, he said.

    “We need to think seriously about rebuilding these communities... to lift up the forgotten man,” Rajan said in a lecture at the IMF entitled “Popular Insurrections,” which Lagarde attended.

    That echo of US President Donald Trump''s campaign promises means helping the majority white male community as well as the inner cities, by bring economic activity, he said.

    “Industrial countries have large areas that need development,” Rajan said. But this “requires certain amount of funding, and new thinking.”

    It also may mean returning decision making on some issues like trade and climate rules back to national governments, rather than leaving them in the hands of multilateral institutions - which have drawn the ire of many US, British and French voters.

    The IMF said “hundreds of millions” of people have been lifted out of poverty through economic integration and technological progress, “helping to reduce global income inequality.”

    The fund is calling for governments to use “well-targeted initiatives” to help workers adversely affected by free trade and other economic changes find jobs in new industries.

    In addition they should direct spending toward establishing social safety nets to help with the loss of income, as well as improving education and training, the fund said.

    But for the moment the Trump administration is focused on aggressive rhetoric, attacking individual countries that have trade surpluses with the United States, such as Germany, China and

    Mexico.

    White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said Thursday the United States was only seeking fair treatment.

    “We treat our trading partners the way they treat us,” said Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs banker who now chairs the new National Economic Council.

    Tariffs on US exports would be met by a tariff on imports from that country, Cohn said at a forum held by the Institute of International Finance.

    “We treat you in reciprocal fashion. That is fair,” he said.

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    Chevron faces big Oz tax bill after court lossChevron faces big Oz tax bill after court loss Chevron on Friday lost its appeal in a major Australian court battle over Aus$340 million (US$256 million) in tax and penalties in a case with possible global implications for multinationals looking to cut their obligations.

    The Federal Court ruled in favour of a 2015 decision by the same court that the US energy giant had minimised its payments through a loan scheme and ordered it to foot costs, estimated by local media at more than Aus$10 million.

    The ruling is a significant victory for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), which is investigating other global firms for alleged avoidance.

    It also followed an announcement by Canberra this month that seven multinationals were facing a total of Aus$2.9 billion in bills after assessing their tax arrangements.

    Chevron said in a statement that it was disappointed with the outcome and would “review the decision to determine the next steps, which may include an appeal to the High Court of Australia”.

    The Australian government said the case outcome supported its decision to provide additional funding to the ATO “to take the fight to major taxpayers and challenge aggressive tax structures in place”.

    The ruling was closely watched as governments crack down on multinationals that build complex structures to reduce taxation.

    Chevron added in its statement that the trial court had recognised that the financing was a “legitimate business arrangement” and the parties differed only over what interest rates should have been applied to the loans.

    The court heard that Chevron subsidiary ChevronTexaco Funding Corporation, which is incorporated in the US state of Delaware, had loaned its Australian arm US$2.5 billion in 2003 at a favourable interest rate.

    But tax officials said the rate of repayment - which could be set against tax - was much higher than if it had borrowed from another company.

    The ATO is currently carrying out 71 audits in 59 global firms, with some 1 000 officers part of a taskforce investigating companies' tax arrangements.

    The tax office hailed the decision as “significant” and said it had direct implications for some cases it is “currently pursuing in relation to related party loans”.

    There were also indirect implications for other transfer pricing cases, the ATO added.

    “This is the first matter to reach an Australian court which tests how our transfer pricing rules apply to interest paid on a cross-border related party loan,” it said.

    KPMG tax partner Grant Wardell-Johnson said the decision was a “substantial win” for the ATO.

    “Many taxpayers will need to review their transfer pricing methodologies,” he told The Australian Financial Review.

    The Tax Institute's senior tax counsel Robert Deutsch told the Sydney Morning Herald that although Chevron might take the case to the High Court, “there is neither certainty that such an appeal will be made nor, if made, that it would be successful”.

    Canberra has sought to crack down on tax avoidance by multinationals by introducing new laws, including stronger protection for whistleblowers and harsher penalties for failure to meet compliance or disclosure requirements.

    Companies including Apple, Google and BHP Billiton were grilled at parliamentary hearings on their tax structures in 2015. The Senate inquiry is expected to resume hearings next week.

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    S. Africa overall the richestS. Africa overall the richestNamibia comes in third, Zim last In an apparent contrast to the country's financial woes, a survey has shown that South Africa has not only the second richest citizens on the continent, but also the most millionaires. Namibia comes in at a close third to these figures. South Africans are the second wealthiest people in Africa, according to a new report by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth, which reviewed the wealthiest and poorest countries on the continent.

    The average wealth of a person living in SA (wealth per capita) was US$11 300 (about N$149 000) in 2016, up from US$10 800 (about N$142 500) in 2015.

    Mauritians were found to be the wealthiest individuals in Africa, with US$25 700 (about N$339 000) in wealth per person. The report showed that Zimbabweans, with just US$200 (about N$2 600) per person, were the poorest people in Africa.

    Namibians were the third wealthiest people with average individual wealth of US$10 800 (about N$142 500), followed by people in Botswana at US$6 700 (about N$88 400).

    For the purpose of the report, “wealth” refers to the net assets of a person and includes all their assets - property, cash, equity and business interests - less any liabilities.

    According to the researchers, they preferred to use wealth per capita rather than gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. This is because GDP counts certain items more than once and disregards income levels in a country.

    “GDP ignores the efficiency of the local banking sector and the local stock market at retaining wealth in a country,” according to the report.

    “In certain countries, a large portion of GDP flows to the government and, therefore, has little impact on private wealth creation - for example in Zimbabwe.”

    The average wealth of individuals in North African countries like Egypt (US$3 700), Algeria (US$3 300) and Morocco (US$3 300) ranked high on the list despite recent instability.

    With a total of 40 400, South Africa was also home to the most high net worth individuals (HNWIs). These were defined as individuals with wealth of US$1 million (about N$13.2 million) or more. South Africa also had the most millionaires, namely 2 130. According to the report, these were defined as individuals with wealth of US$10 million (about N$132 million) or more.

    Egypt came in second place, followed by Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Morocco. The Democratic Republic of Congo had the least HNWIs and millionaires.

    The report also lists countries according to the “total wealth” of those living in each country - again, including all their assets less any liabilities. Government funds are excluded.

    Here South Africa came out tops with US$610 billion, followed by Egypt (US$313 billion), Nigeria (US$270 billion), Algeria (US$119 billion), Morocco (US$109 billion) and Kenya (US$95 billion).

    Zimbabwe was once again in last place with a total wealth of its people of US$3 billion.

    According to the report, Zimbabwe was one of the wealthiest countries in sub-Saharan Africa in 2000 on a wealth per capita basis. However, the researchers found that certain factors contributed to the poor performance of Zimbabwe's people on an average wealth and total wealth ranking.

    The erosion of ownership rights was found to be one such factor.

    “Ownership rights are key to facilitating wealth creation. In Zimbabwe, business owners are unsure as to whether their businesses or property will still belong to them a year down the line, which creates a situation where no one will take the chance of investing in the country,” according to the report.

    “Ongoing political intimidation” and the alleged fixing of elections in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2013 were other factors.

    The report also listed the banning of the independent media in the early 2000s as a factor which impacted wealth, as it created a situation where it was impossible for investors to tell what was happening there.

    The report pointed out that about 20% of Zimbabweans have fled the country since 2000, taking their remaining wealth with them. This has also led to a brain drain.

    NEWS24

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  • 04/23/17--16:00: Nigeria ups output
  • Nigeria ups outputNigeria ups output Nigeria's economy, which contracted in 2016, performed better in the first three months of this year than during the previous three quarters on improved oil production and factory output, according to Statistician-General Yemi Kale.

    “From the numbers we are seeing, certainly things are improving, and if the data doesn't show Nigeria out of recession, it will show Nigeria is on its way out of recession,” Kale, who is also chief executive of Nigeria's National Bureau of Statistics, said in an interview at his Abuja-based office on Thursday.

    Gross domestic product for the three months through March “might be close to the first-quarter numbers, whether positive or negative,” Kale said, referring to the first quarter of 2016 when the economy contracted 0.4%.

    The statistics agency plans to release its first quarter GDP report on 30 May.

    Nigeria's economy, which vies with South Africa's to be the continent's largest, shrank by 1.3% in the fourth quarter, after contracting 2.2% in the previous three months, partly due to a decline in oil, the country's biggest export.

    That translated into the West African nation's economy shrinking by 1.5% in 2016, the first full-year contraction in a quarter century.

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on 5 April announced a four-year plan to help the economy recover, create 15 million jobs and grow at 7% by 2020.

    S&P Global Ratings spared the nation a downgrade last month, and said rising crude output and government spending may help the economy grow by 1.5% this year.

    “I can state categorically, the numbers suggest things are improving,” Kale said.

    Oil production and factory output improved in the first quarter, while farming and telecoms sectors maintained growth, and other non-oil sectors were under less pressure than previously, according to Kale.

    “Whether or not the improvement is strong enough to turn into a positive, I can't speculate,” he said.

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  • 04/23/17--16:00: Amend SOE Governance Act
  • Amend SOE Governance ActAmend SOE Governance Act There is a need to urgently amend the State-owned Enterprises Governance Act of 2006 to give legitimacy to the Hybrid Governance Model which was approved by Cabinet in 2006, a top official said last week.

    Ministry of Public Enterprises deputy minister, Engel Nawatiseb told the National Assembly that the biggest challenge currently facing the ministry is that the Act in its current form merely provides an oversight mandate.

    This, he said, was not sufficient to deal with the transformation of the public enterprises (PEs) landscape.

    Cabinet approved the Hybrid Governance Model for PEs in an effort to reform public institutions after the dual-governance model failed.

    In the dual-governance model, the responsibility of monitoring and governing PEs were shared between the portfolio or shareholder ministries and the state-owned enterprises council chaired by the prime minister.

    The hybrid model distinguishes between three primary categories: commercial public enterprises; non-commercial public enterprises and financial institutions; and extra-budgetary funds.

    “The mandate of the MPE is to position Namibia’s key PEs to play their meaningful role in the country’s development agenda and to ensure that public enterprises are well managed to reduce the financial burden on the state,” Nawatiseb stated.

    He further indicated that N$16 097 000 of its budget allocation is dedicated to its legal, economic and financial advisory services programme to develop and enhance good corporate governance guidelines.

    The funds will also be used to enhance legal, regulatory frameworks and ensure that PEs comply with financial, and governance requirements.

    The programme will provide technical support and consultation specifically to PEs that are earmarked for restructuring.

    The ministry was allocated N$57 823 000 from the N$62.5 billion national budget for the 2017/18 financial year.

    NAMPA

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  • 04/23/17--16:00: Govt office park critical
  • Govt office park criticalGovt office park criticalAusiku displeased over halt of Nkurenkuru project Sirkka Ausiku, the governor of Kavango West has expressed her dismay over the cancellation of the construction of the Nkurenkuru office park. The governor of the Kavango West Region, Sirkka Ausiku is concerned over the halting of the government office park project without consultation with the regional leadership.

    More than N$200 million was budgeted for the project over the medium-term expenditure framework for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.

    The regional council awarded the tender for the construction of the office park to New Era Construction company and local company Octagon in a joint venture in September 2016.

    Ausiku expressed her displeasure during the familiarisation visit of the vice-president Nickey Iyambo, accompanied by agriculture minister John Mutorwa and deputy environment minister Tommy Nambahu to the region on Thursday.

    “The construction of the government office park is a priority for the region,” she said.

    Ausiku expressed worry that the region's capital Nkurenkuru, as a young town, established only nine years ago, was unable to offer sufficient rental space for government agencies.

    The office of the governor itself also struggles with enough space to operate from.

    “As a result, our offices are scattered all over Nkurenkuru; renting houses that have been turned into offices which proves to be costly and operationally inconveniencing,” she added.

    Responding to the concerns, Iyambo concurred with Ausiku, saying Kavango West needs attention from government in terms of resources to catch up to the level of all other regions in terms of infrastructure.

    “We should not single out Kavango West, especially when it is the last addition to the family, however infrastructure development is also a challenge to government,” he said.

    Iyambo said the issues of lack of office space does not only apply to this region, but is a problem in almost all regions.

    He explained how Namibia was hit by world economic difficulties about two years ago, stating that the economic meltdown did not originate from the country.

    Namibia depends on exporting raw materials such as diamonds and other minerals which are the biggest contributors to the country's gross domestic product (GDP). However, with the economic recession the demand for these luxury commodities dropped.

    This affected tax revenue for state coffers on luxury goods.

    It is these funds, Iyambo added, that are then allocated for priority projects in the regions.

    Kavango West covers an area of 24 591 square kilometres and has a population of 86 529.

    The region is predominantly rural, with a mere 0.01% inhabitants residing in urban areas.

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    SA boxing trainer Durandt diesSA boxing trainer Durandt dies Top South African boxing trainer Nick Durandt has died in a motorbike accident near Clarens in the Free State.

    He was 53.

    Durandt, who was the president of the Crusaders Bike Club, reportedly collided with a vehicle on the road between Bethlehem and Clarens on Friday afternoon.

    Durandt, who produced more champions than any other trainer in the history of South African boxing, retired from the game after nearly 30 years of training and managing fighters, in 2016.

    Durandt produced in the region of 30 world champions, 27 international champions and 95 South African champions.

    Among the outstanding fighters he took to world titles were Thulani “Sugarboy” Malinga, three-time South African and three-time world champion Phillip Ndou, Cassius Baloyi, Silence Mabuza, Isaac Hlatshwayo, Jacob Mofokeng, Jeffrey Mathebula, Malcolm Klassen, Siphiwe Nonqayi, Hawk Makepula, Zolani Tete and Moruti Mthalane.

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  • 04/23/17--16:00: Conte hits Wembley jackpot
  • Conte hits Wembley jackpotConte hits Wembley jackpotCoach thrilled by performance Chelsea proved too strong for Tottenham Hotspurs in a thrilling encounter on Saturday. Antonio Conte said he was proud to have led Chelsea to the FA Cup final after taking a big “risk” by leaving Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench.

    Blues boss Conte raised eyebrows with his decision to start without the influential Hazard and Spain striker Costa for Saturday's 4-2 semi-final win over Tottenham.

    Conte rested the duo ahead of the Premier League leaders' crucial clash against Southampton on Tuesday and the bold move proved an inspired decision.

    Willian, Hazard's replacement, scored twice, before the Belgian came on in the second half to put Chelsea ahead for good in the 75th minute.

    Conte conceded he had rolled the dice with his selection, but he was ready to accept the blame if the gamble had backfired.

    “During the season there is a moment as a coach you must take a strong decision. You have to take a risk,” Conte said.

    “If you win the plan worked, if you don't the responsibility is on you. I think today our plan worked very well.

    “Eden and Diego knew very well my plan because in this situation it is important to be clear to all of the players. Now I hope on Tuesday to get a great performance from Eden and Diego.”

    “I am proud for this achievement. It is great for the players and for me.

    “This is my first season in England and it is great to fight for the title and reach the final of the FA Cup, a great competition.”

    Reaching a first FA Cup final since they last won the competition in 2012 keeps Chelsea on course for the double in Conte's first season in charge.

    Chelsea have a four-point lead over second placed Tottenham in the title race and their Wembley win could be a huge momentum shift for Conte's men.

    “Now we have to continue, on Tuesday we have another tough game. I hope our fans push us a lot,” he said.

    After watching Tottenham control possession for long periods, boss Mauricio Pochettino understandably felt his side were unlucky not to win. He questioned the decision to award Chelsea a penalty for Son Heung-Min's tackle on Victor Moses, but conceded the Blues had been more ruthless in the key moments.

    “We dominated the game but they were more clinical than us. I feel proud, we were fantastic in the way we played and in our philosophy,” Pochettino said.

    “We fought a lot, but Chelsea had five shots and scored four goals and we scored only two.

    “Chelsea's penalty for me was a soft penalty or was not a penalty.

    “To go into the changing room 2-1 down was difficult. We played well in the second half and scored, but then they came back again.”

    NAMPA/AFP

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