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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Mercedes-Benz GLA: New tech explainedMercedes-Benz GLA: New tech explained In May 2017, German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz launched its facelifted GLA crossover in South Africa.

    The updates include a more prominent grille, slightly more powerful and economical engines, and a seven-speed auto. Inside, the vehicle remains largely the same as the outgoing model but better materials and new seats are very much a part of the package.

    Occupants are also treated to a fair amount of space.

    But this is all on the surface. Mercedes has also upped the ante on the features its little crossover is fitted with and everything works below the surface - behind the scenes - to make the fresh GLA a better proposition than the model it replaces.

    Night into day

    Available as an optional extra, the GLA can be equipped with Mercedes' high performance LEDs, replacing the standard bi-xenon units. These headlamps, says Mercedes-Benz SA, will illuminate the road ahead while using up to 60% less energy than the bi-xenon headlights and 70% less than ordinary halogen lights. The LEDs will, saus the automaker, last the duration of the GLA's lifetime.

    The brake and indicator lights are also upgraded to the high performance units and come with three intensity levels. By day the brightness of the lights will be on maximum and by night the levels are on medium. Also by night, when the GLA is at a standstill, the lights will be at its lowest level; so as not to blind oncoming drivers with too bright a rear light.

    Active safety systems

    The facelift GLA comes standard with active safety systems to always ensure that drivers are focused on the road ahead. Attention Assist monitors a driver's driving habits via the steering wheel. If the system detects that the driver is showing signs of drowsiness, it will take the necessary precautions to warn the driver about said drowsiness.

    Active Brake Assist (ABA) monitors the distance to the car in front and if it senses that the driver is slow to react, it will automatically bring the car to a halt. This autonomous braking is initiated and implemented to prevent collisions. And if a collision does happen, ABA aims to minimise the damage.

    Top traction for AMG model

    The GLA45 AMG model is fitted with Merc's powerful 280kW/47Nm 2.0-litre engine, but controlling all that power can be a mission. And exactly because of that, Mercedes-AMG also refined the all-wheel drive system this car is fitted with. Under calmer driving conditions the AMG model is primarily front-wheel drive, but will split the torque 50/50 between the front and rear axles in a split second.

    Should the front wheels have difficulty gripping the road, a multiple-disc clutch in the rear axle will transfer the engine's power to the rear axle. The drivetrain has also been tweaked to handle the power better; resulting in an eye-gripping 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds.


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    'Seventh heaven' – BMW 5 arrives'Seventh heaven' – BMW 5 arrives The all-new 2017 BMW 5-series is loaded with semi-autonomous features and smart display systems. About half a normal sized ruler. Or, to be exact, 162 millimetres. That's the difference in overall length between BMW's 5 and (regular wheelbase) 7 Series models. Not a whole lot.

    Having experienced both, I'm struggling to ascertain the difference in buyers between the two sedans. Sure, you can use the whole back seat businessman argument with the Seven, but come on, unless we count those equipped with blue lights, how many of the roughly 70 units sold in the past year are actually chauffeur driven? Hardly any.

    The price difference between the most equivalent 5s and 7s is around half a million bucks, but I can't imagine many customers ready to drop a million plus on their next luxury cruise ship couldn't stretch to get the bigger, more swanky 7 Series if they wanted to, especially if luxury is the ultimate factor in the decision making process.

    It's impossible to not notice the new 5 Series is a slightly shorter twin to the bigger 7. Besides shared components the eyes can't see (gearbox, brakes, some engines, and basic floorpan), they're virtual Xerox copies of each other with nearly identical dashboards, seats, display screens and optional features.

    Go bananas with a smorgasbord of pay-ins, and both cars offer the same self-driving gizmos, four-wheel steering systems, twirly finger gesture control and touch interfaces, multi-fragrance air fresheners and Las Vegas-rivalling interior mood light packages. They even get the same R3600 touchscreen display key and R7900 remote control parking aid, which is really all that matters when impressing colleagues at the country club.

    Off the top of my head, the only things a 7 Series has in hand over the 5 is a smidgen of rear legroom, a removable back seat Samsung tablet, and some carbonfibre weaved into its chassis structure. Oh, and the fact it can be had in long wheelbase guise with a 448kW 6.6-litre turbo V12 but that's a story for another day.

    And then I figured it out. We recently took a relatively stripped-down 530d on test, and it only took me a few hundred metres at the wheel to discover the fundamental difference between Seven and Five. At 4.9 metres-long, the 5 Series is quite large and in charge, but it's much better at disguising its size than big brother. Where the 7 floats along in regal plushness, the 5 does the whole “shrinks around you” trick. That's an automotive cliche I hate, but one that rings true here.

    Granted, the 7 Series comes with floaty air springs (another item not possible in the 5), and our car rolled on stiffer (again optional) M Sport steel spring suspension with low profile 19-inch tyres. The 5 is bound to be a sharper, more wieldy handler in this spec, and though it's only marginally smaller in overall size, it's far better at delivering BMW's treasured “driver's car” promise. It might be even better with the R23 400 four-wheel steer setup, which our car didn't have.

    The 530d's 195kW/620Nm 3-litre turbodiesel is a gem of an engine. Its in-line six cylinders are more vocal than some competitor diesels, but in a nice husky way befitting a muscular cruiser like this.

    There's torque for Africa, and in any given gear it can dig deep into reserves for effortless gushes of power. Beemer's quoted 0-100km/* figure of 5.7 seconds is very believable.

    Our car returned a real world fuel consumption of 8.2 litres per 100km, which is quite good considering its thumping outputs, but quite far from BMW's claimed 4.9l/100km mark.

    With all the previous comparisons to the 7 Series, comfort goes without saying. The 5's cabin is a hermetically sealed passenger capsule, with top drawer build quality and soft-touch everything. Our car's R7800 Sports Seats are must haves for anyone willing to test the aforementioned handling abilities, or for those who just like that sunken-in feeling of beautifully bolstered buckets.

    Likewise the R4600 Ambient Air package with eight interchangeable perfume cartridges (two can be used at a time). These can be activated in three intensity levels, each gently spritzing sweet aromas into the aircon system. My favourite was Green Suite No.2 and its “naturalness of fresh grasses”.

    My only criticism of the new 5 Series is the complexity of its numerous systems. Just like a pilot before flight, you almost need a pre-drive checklist to avoid unnecessary distraction once on the road.

    Nav destination - check. Map view - check. Drive mode - check. Internet connection - check. Fragrance - check. Intensity - check.

    You get the idea. It's a lot to process, and the plethora of preferences might alienate some tech-challenged customers.

    I can't imagine grandpa programming the two-fingered Gesture Control prod to skip music tracks or mute calls, let alone using it. Though I did, and enjoyed it.


    Here you get almost all the fancy gadgets and over-the-top luxury features of the flagship 7 Series, but wrapped up in a slightly smaller package. The 5 Series is a well balanced rear-wheel drive executive sedan, and in 530d guise comes with stonking power.


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  • 05/10/17--16:00: Five pricey double-cabs
  • Five pricey double-cabsFive pricey double-cabs Consumers have many “bakkies” to choose from Hitting R700k!

    Volkswagen has launched its facelifted Amarok, fitted with a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, in South Africa in April 2017. Compared to rivals - the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger - the Amarok is the only bakkie to offer a V6 diesel derivative.

    The enhancements and tweaks made to the new bakkie does come at cost. Just shy of R750 000, the top-spec Amarok is quite pricey -It's more than R100 000 than the top-of-the-range Toyota Hilux!

    What's even more alarming is the fact that Mercedes-Benz new SA-bound bakkie, the X-Class, has yet to be launched locally.

    Amarok 3.0 TDI V6 4Motion Extreme - R748 600

    The Amarok's new 3.0-litre V6 diesel released the cat among the pigeons, and with 165kW/550Nm there is more than enough pulling power to take on rivals. Although this type of power in a bakkie sounds awesome, it comes at a hefty price. There will be consumers who'll opt for this derivative but they'll have to ask question whether the V6 is worth the +R740 000 pricetag? VW does offer the same engine on two lower-spec models, retailing for R716 600 and R665 700, respectively.

    Toyota Land Cruiser 79 4.5D-4D LX V8 - R734 800

    The Land Cruiser, one of SA's greatest bakkie success stories, has come a long way. It has a proven off-road system and a die-hard reputation. It's currently South Africa's only V8 bakkie and that alone is a nice credential to have. It's 4.5-litre engine is capable of 151kW/430Nm. For R734 800 you're purchasing a monster double-cabs in SA that's built for hard labour and capable of tackling any terrain.

    Toyota Hilux 4.0 V6 4×4 Raider - R621 600

    The Toyota Hilux has the luxury of a being SA's best-selling bakkie and tops overall vehicle sales. The double-cab 4.0-litre V6 churns out 175kW/376Nm and is the last remaining petrol V6 engine on the local pick-up market. And at R621 600 it is the only petrol option in this list.

    Ford Ranger 3.2 4×4 Wildtrak auto - R619 900

    Ford's Ranger bakkie is embroiled in a constant battle with the Hilux with both competing for the title of SA's best-selling bakkie. With its 3.2-litre diesel engine (147kW/470Nm) it gives the Hilux a good run for its money. The Wildtrak looks more purposeful than its lesser siblings and with its orange paintjob is a lot more intimidating on the road. Priced from R619 900.

    Nissan Navara 2.3D 4×4 LE auto - R584 900

    The Navara was launched in SA in March 2017 with only a 2.3-litre diesel engine (140kW/450Nm) available. The automaker could've launched a 3.0-litre V6 diesel derivative too but decided against this to avoid rising prices. The Navara has a five-link coil-suspension setup at the rear that gives the bakkie a ride quality akin to that of an SUV. And at R584 900 that's not too bad.


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    Golf '7.5' hits SA, and it costs less!Golf '7.5' hits SA, and it costs less! Volkswagen's facelifted Golf is being launched in South Africa this week and while the visual differences are subtle to say the least, it does bring the hatchback up to date on the gadgets front.

    But the best news is that prices have been reduced on all but the GTI, and quite substantially at the bottom of the range where the previous 1.2 TSI turbopetrol makes way for a new import-duty-dodging 1-litre TSI three-cylinder unit, boasting the same 81kW power output but gaining 15Nm of torque, for a maximum of 200Nm from 2000rpm.

    The price of the base Trendline derivative falls from R317 600 to R289 900 and now the base engine can also be had in Comfortline trim, at R304 200. Both versions are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.

    Above that, the 92kW/200kW 1.4 TSI carries over in Comfortline DSG form only, but at R10 000 less (R356 400). The big talking point overseas is a new 1.5 TSI with an ultra-efficient combustion system derived from the Miller cycle, but this won't reach our shores until next year at the earliest, when it'll replace the 1.4 TSI.The latter does at least get a new version of the DSG gearbox, with seven forward gears, but the GTI's DSG remains a six-speeder (and that's the only gearbox available, now that the manual has been dropped). The GTI does however gain a small power hike, from 162kW to 169kW, while torque remains at 350Nm, but the price is hiked quite substantially, from R503 100 to R545 800.

    But fret not, the GTD coming in July (along with the upgraded 213kW Golf R) and it seriously looks to be the pick of the range, depending on how VWSA prices it. As the name implies, the GTD is really a GTI with a diesel engine. Jesse Adams drove it in Spain earlier this year and was astounded by the torque-rich power delivery.


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    Mandzukic becomes Juve's weaponMandzukic becomes Juve's weapon Mario Mandzukic looks like an old-fashioned centre forward, plays on the left wing and often transforms himself into one of Juventus' key defenders.

    Versatility personified, the wild-eyed Croatian began the season contemplating a long spell on the bench after Juventus splashed out 90 million euros to make Gonzalo Higuain the world's third most expensive striker.

    Instead, coach Massimiliano Allegri has found a new role for him on the left flank and he has become one of the team's most important players as they chase a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble.

    The unsung hero opened the scoring on the way to Juve's 2-1 win over AS Monaco as they completed a 4-1 aggregate win in their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. But goals are not the most important part of his game.

    Tall and imposing with good technique, Mandzukic has become a target man, left winger and full back, all rolled into one.

    The 30-year-old is capable of holding up play or charging down the touchline himself and has a phenomenal work rate off the ball, pressing opponents when they try to play the ball out of defence and dropping back to make key tackles deep in his own half.

    He is one of the reasons why Juventus have such a good defensive record.

    On Tuesday, he won 10 aerial duels, made five interceptions, had five shots and created two chances.

    "He is so fit that I think he could play two back-to-back games without stopping even for a minute," said his former coach at VfL Wolfsburg Felix Magath, a notoriously hard task master.

    Allegri is equally impressed.

    "Mario is player who has a different motor to the others," he said. "He does an amazing amount of running, he is great tactically and he has really good technique. He is an important third attacker."

    Well travelled, Mandzukic spent three seasons at NK Zagreb, four each at Dinamo Zagreb and Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg four, two at Bayern Munich and one at Atletico Madrid, before joining Juventus for the 2015/16 season.

    "His track record speaks for itself and he has demonstrated his quality all over Europe with Bayern, Atletico and now Juventus. He is a top-class player," said Allegri.

    Although his combative style means that he often tangles with opponents, he has been sent off only once in his club career, back in his Dinamo Zagreb days.

    Typically, Mandzukic celebrated his goal on Tuesday by going to the Curva Sud where he was mobbed by fans.

    "I try to play for Juve with the same passion that fans show in their support for the club - and that makes moments such as these so special to me," he said recently.

    In all, he has scored a modest 22 goals in all competitions since joining Juventus at the start of last season. But, as Juventus fans are well aware, they have won every single one of the games in which he has hit the target


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    Oshikumungu shomatala gaShakati inashi pwa natangoOshikumungu shomatala gaShakati inashi pwa natango Kape na natango wuuyelele kombinga yegandjo lyevi mpoka pwali nale omatala gaShakati. Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwondoolopa yaShakati, Werner Iita okwa koleke kutya oshikumungu shoka oshimwe shomiikumungu ya piyagana na itashi vulu manga okukundathanwa na okwa tokola opo ka popye sha kombinga yoshikumungu shoka.

    Omunashipundi gwelelo lyondoolopa yaShakati, Gabriel Kamwanka, naye okwa tindi okuya moonkundathana noshifokundaneki shika kombinga yoshikumungu shomatala.

    Oonzo odha popi kutya oshikumungu shoka osha fa monena shi li momake gompangu nenge poshitaafula shOminista yEyambulepo lyIitopolwa nOondoolopa, Sophia Shaningwa, sho Iita a koleke kutya kashi li momake gelelo lyawo.

    Minista naye okwa tindi okugandja uyelele kombinga yoshikumungu shoka.

    Oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun osha lombwelwa konzo yimwe kutya onkalo ndjoka oya piyagana sho omahangano ga thika po-10 ngoka ga ningi omaindilo gokupewa ehala ndyoka, ga shanga omikanda itaga popile egandjo lyevi ndyoka komunangeshefa Erastus ‘Chicco’ Shapumba koshimaliwa shoomiliyona 2.5.

    Okwa hololwa woo kutya elelo lyondoolopa olya tindi okuholola oshizemo shomakonaakono ngoka ga ningwa komutali gwongushu yevi iithikimena, kombinga yongushu yevi ndyoka.

    Iita okwa popi kutya oshidhigu kuye opo a popye kombinga yoshikumungu shoka pethimbo ndika.

    Nonando iita okwa popi kutya yo oya mana shoka ya li ye na okuninga nokugandja oshikumungu shoka komalelo gomondjila, okwa hololwa kutya Shaningwa okwa pula elelo ndyoka opo li manithe shoka lya tamekele.

    MuJuli gwomvula ya piti, Mayola nale gwondoolopa yaShakati, Katrina Shimbulu okwa tseyitha kutya ehangano lyaShapumba lyedhina Mouse Properties CC, olya sindanapo elande po lyevi ndyoka.

    Ehangano lyaShapumba olya dhengemo omahangano ngaashi Lynx Property Developers, Oshiwana Property Developers, Tecklink Consultants, Kalahari Holdings, FAI Square Development Consortium, NDI Holdings SINCO Investments, Water Power Trading CC, BH Properties CC noSun Investment CC, ngoka agehe gaali ga ningi omaindilo opo gapewe po oshitopolwa shevi ndyoka, shoka sha li nale omatala.

    Okwa kolekwa kutya ehangano lya Shapumba lyedhina Mouse Properties olya futu oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 2, konima owala sho lya mono omukanda kutya olyo lya pewa po oshitopolwa shevi ndyoka na olya tameke okuwapaleka ehala lyuunene woohecta 1.7.

    Omikanda odha holola kutya ehala ndyoka olyongushu yoomiliyona 7.5.

    Omvula ya piti, Shimbulu okwa li a popi kutya oshitopolwa shoka shuunene woohecta 1.7 oshongushu yoo-N$900 000, ihe elelo olya tokola okushi landitha po koomiliyona 2.5.

    Shoka osha etitha omahangano omakwawo ga tinde okuzimina egandjo lyehala ndyoka kuShapumba koshimaliwa shoomiliyona 2.5 omanga ya li ya lombwelwa kutya ehala otali landithwa po kongushu yoomiliyona 7.5.



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    Evalo lyaNujoma itali kala oshituthi oshinene nuumvoEvalo lyaNujoma itali kala oshituthi oshinene nuumvoNujoma ta gwanitha omimvo 88 Omukokoli presidende gwaNamibia ota gwanithwa oomvula 88 mEtitano ndika na otaka dhimbuluka evalo lye pakugandja miikaha yepangelo okaklinika okape hoka ka tungwa mofaalama ye. Nuumvo omukokoli Presidende Sam Nujoma okwa tokola opo oshituthivalo she kashi kale oshinima oshinene ngaashi shito sho kwa tegelelwa a dhimbuluke evalo lye mehuliloshiwike twa taalela.

    Nujoma ota gwanitha oomvua 88 mEtitano na okwa tagelelwa a ka gandje kepangelo okaklinika hoka ka tungwa mofaalama ye yedhina Etunda pondje yondoolopa yaTavi.

    Amushanga gwoSwapo, Nangolo Mbumba okwa lombwele aatoolinkundana kutya ongundu itayi longekidha okuninga oshitudhi oshinene onga etyapulo lyevalo lyomukokoli, ngaashi sha kala nokuningwa monakuziwa kohi yehwahwameko tali ithanwa ’12 May Movement”.

    Ehwahwameko ndyoka oli li oshiyetwapo shEwawa lyAanyasha mongundu yoSwapo,ano oSwapo Party Youth League (SPYL) opo ku simanekwe Nujoma omolwa oshilonga oshinene shoka a longo memangululo lyaNamibia.

    Mbumba okwa popi kutya pehala ongundu otayi ka gongela iimaliwa yokumanitha etungo lyoskola ndjoka tayi tungwa mofaalama yaNujoma.

    Nujoma okwa gandja omagano gevi mofaalama ye na ota tungitha oskola tayi ithanwa Etunda Farm Primary School oshowo okapangelogona kaakwashigwana mboka taya adhika momudhingoloko gwofaalama ye.

    Mbumba okwa popi kutya okaklinika oka pwa nale okutungwa na otaka gandjwa miikaha yUuministeli wUundjolowele mOlyomaya.

    “Ongaashi atuhe tu shi shi kutya momasiku 12 gaMei, evalo lyomukokoli presidende gwetu, Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma, ngoka a kwatele komeho ongundu yoSwapo pethimbo lyoomvula dhekondjelomanguluko lyoshilongo shetu. Evalo lye olya kala nokutyapulwa omumvo nomumvo nongundu yoSwapo oya kala aluhe hayi kwatele komeho elongekidho lyoshituthivalo shika. Nuumvo omukokoli okwe tu lombwele kutya okwa hala evalo lye nuumvo li nuninwe emanitho lyoskola yEtunda Farm Primary School onkene otwa tokola opo tu gongele iimaliwa yemanitho lyetungo lyoskola ndjoka,” Mbumba ta ti.

    Mbumba okwa indile aanangeshefa noohandimwe mboka ya hala okuyambidhidha emanitho lyetungo lyopoloyeka ndjoka opo ya ninge ekwatathano nombelelwa ye nenge naJohn Nauta ngoka e li omuyambidhidhi gwowina gwomukokoli presidende.

    Omvula ya piti, evalo lyaNujoma olya longekidhwa kongundu yaanangeshefa.


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    Akwaluuteli naya gandje ombiliAkwaluuteli naya gandje ombiliSwapo ta tamanekelwa omiyonena dhiita Omahangano guuthemba waantu oga popi kutya ongongahangano yoLutheran World Federation (LWF) oyi na ontseyo kombinga yomamonitho giihuna uuthemba waantu ngoka gwa ningwa pethimbo lyekondjelomanguluko kuSwapo. Ongundu yuuthemba womuntu tayi ithanwa Forum for the Future (FFF) oshowo NamRights oya hala omutumba gwoLutheran World Federation (LWF), ngoka tagu ningwa mOvenduka oshiwike shika, opo gu gandje ombili yopashigwana sho ya kala ya mwena kombinga yomamonitho giihuna uuthemba waantu ngoka ga ningwa kongundu yaSwapo, pethimbo lyekondjelomanguluko.

    Omahangano ngoka oga hala woLWF a kwatele komeho oshowo okugandja iiyemo ya nuninwa okupulitha komeho onkalo yedhiminathanepo moNamibia.

    Oya popi kutya oshili oshowo etulo miilonga lyonkalo yedhiminathanepo moshilongo otayi ka gandja ombili kwaamboka ya hupu momamonitho giihuna ngoka ga ningwa kuSwapo, oshowo kaakwiita nale yoSWATF noKoevoet nokuya pa ompito ya vule okumangulula omitima dhawo kwaashoka ya li musho pethimbo ndyoka, oshowo ya vule okugandja ombili omolwa iimbuluma mbyoka ya longo.

    Swapo ota lundilwa kutya okwa longo omiyonena dhiita mwakwatewa omamonitho giihuna oshowo omadhipago ga ningilwa AaNamibia pokati komvula yo 1966 sigo 1989.

    NamRights naFFF oya popi kutya ope na uumbangi mboka tawu holola kutya LWF oku na ontseyo na okwa tseyithilwa kutya Swapo okwa ningi omiyonenna dhiita unene moAngola naZambia.

    Nakusa omusita Siegfried Groth oshowo omusita Salatiel Ailonga, oshowo okomitiye tayi ithanwa Committee of Parents and the Parents Committee of Namibia, okwa hololwa ya tseyithile ombelewa yongongahangano yoLWF moGeneva kombinga yiimbuluma mbyoka tayi longwa kuSwapo pethimbo ndyoka na oya pula opo yi katuke oonkatu.

    “Nonando ongaaka LWF okwa ndopa okukatuka oonkatu,” ehangano lyuuthemba womuntu lya popi.

    Omupresidende nale gwoSwapo, Sam Nujoma okwa lopotwa a talele po oombelewa dhoLWF moGeneva mo-1987 opo a ka konge omakwatho gopauntu. Pethimbo ndyoka okwa tindi omalundilo ngoka taga ningilwa Swapo kutya ota longo omiyonena dhiita mookamba dhe na okwa popi kutya okamba ndhoka tadhi popiwa odhepangelo lyokatongotongo lyaSouth Afrika.

    Nujoma okwa hiya LWF opo a ye moAngola ya ka tale ngele otaya mono uukwashili womapopyo gomiyonena ngoka. LWF okwa tumu moAngola aantu yahamano ya tumbulwa kutya Dr Ishmael Noko, Reverend Ruth Blazer, Olle Eriksson, Hanne Sophie Greve, Reverend Helmut Jehle, naBodil Solling – muDesemba gwo-1987 opo ya talelepo ookamba dhoontauki dhaSwapo moAngola.

    Osheendo shoka osha ningi olopota kwaashoka sha monopo, nolopota ndjoka oya tsu kumwe noohapu dhaNujoma .

    Olopota ndjoka oya li ya pandulwa nale kuamushanga gwoLWF, Dr Gunnar Stålsett.

    NamRights pamwe noFFF oya popi kutya osheendo shoka shoLWF osha tulwa iihwa komeho kelelo lyaSwapo, omanga ookwantwa dhaSwapo dha kala mokamba yaLubango muumbugantu waAngola.

    “Oshili oshooka kutya omupresidende nale Nujoma okwa gandja uuyelele wa puka owina koLWF kombinga yomamonitho giihuna taga ningilwa aantu kuSwapo moAngola. Okwa ningi ehiyo nokugandja uuyelele wa puka kosheendo shoLWF shoka sha talele po Angola , naashoka osha etithwa opo osheendo shaanambelewa mboka ya ninge olopota yaana uukwashili,” FFF naNamRights ya popi.

    Omahangano ngoka oga tsikile natango kutya konima yolopota yoLWF, ookwatwa dhiita ndhoka odha dhipagwa nenge dha kana pokati ko-1987 no-1989.

    Omahangano ngoka otaga nyana woo embo lyoLWF ndyoka li na oshipalanyolo ‘ ‘The Lutheran Wold Federation and Namibia’ na inali kwatela mo omadhina gAakwaluteli mboka ya mono iihuna kohi yelelo lyaSwapo.

    Omukomeho gwoNamRights Phil ya Nangoloh okwa popi kutya oshi li mondjila ngele LWF ta yamukula.

    “Oya pumbwa okugandja ombili kAanamibia, inaku lata natango. Oya pumbwa okwiitedhulula ihe ngame itandi ya dhiminepo sigo ya pula edhiminepo. Aantu ayehe ohaya ningi omapuko ihe aantu aahwepo oomboka haya gandja ombili,” Ya Nangoloh ta ti.

    Omahangano nookomitiye ngaashi ndjoka tayi ithanwa Committee of Parents and Truth and Justice Committee, oshowo oohandimwe oya shaina omukanda ngoka tagu pewa omutumba gwoLWF.

    Okomitiye yaakondjelimanguluko yoPLAN nale oya popi kutya oya ningi eindilo koLWF oshowo koWorld Council of Churches (WCC) okutameka Malitsa gwomvula ya piti opo ya yambidhidhe mekandulepo lyuupyakadhi mboka ihe inaya mona eyamukulo lya sha.

    Pahapu dhaErika Beukes gwo joint committee, oUnited Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) muDesemba gwomvula ya piti oya pula eningo lyomapulaapulo omolwa omiyonena dhoka dhiita . Okomitiye ndjoka otayi ka tameka nomapulaapulo ngoka mbala.


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    Haufiku a kunkilile kombinga yoonganga naaprofeti yiifundjaHaufiku a kunkilile kombinga yoonganga naaprofeti yiifundja Ominista yUundjolowele nOnkalonawa, Bernard Haufiku okwa kondema nomuthindo mboka yiiningi aapolofeti oshowo oondokotola dhopashiluudhe, na otaya popi kutya otaya panga omukithi ngaashi gwoHIV/Aids.

    Haufiku okwa lombwele aakwashigwana yomoshitopolwa shaShana kutya uuna taya ehama naya ye kiipangelo opo ya ka konge omakwatho gopaunamiti pehala lyokuya kaaprofeti.

    “Omolwashike ihatu idhilaadhilileko tseyene. Aantu otaye tu yeke iimaliwa yetu pakutulombwela iifundja. Aantu oyendji oya sa koHIV ihe hakombuto yooyeyene molwaashoka otaya lombwelwa iifundja koonganga naaprofeti mboka taye ya moNamibia opo ya kuthe aantu iimaliwa yawo, pakuya lombwela kutya otaya panga ombuto ndjoka nomagalikano, na naya hulithepo okunwa omiti dhawo.”

    Minista okwa popi ngaaka pethimbo a patulula okapangelogona kEloolo. Okapangelo hoka oka tungwa kongushu yoomiliyona 412.

    Haufiku okwa popi woo kutya aapangi yamwe naayo otaya longitha pambambo oompito dhawo dhiilonga nokulanditha omiti dhiikengelela.

    Minista okwa popi ta gandja oshiholelwa shomatumwalaka giipindi kombinga yo “magic bullet”, omuti aniwa hagu panga omauvu ogendji.

    Okwa popi kutya otaka ya moonkundatha nOminista yOmauyelele, Tjekero Tweya oshowo oHealth Professional Council of Namibia opo ku hulithwepo eningo lyomatumwalaka giipindi yopaunamiti miikundaneki moshilongo.

    Minista okwa nyenyetele woo mboka taya pewa iilonga kepangelo opo ya tunge oopoloyeka dhopashigwana kutya otaya pula owala iimaliwa oyindji kepangelo ihe iilonga yawo oyongushu yopevi.

    Okwa gandja oshiholelwa shotenga yomeya pokaklinika hoka kEloolo ndjoka tayi ziya nale.

    Okwa pula mboka taya pewa iilonga opo aluhe ya longe nawa iilonga yawo ihe inaya kala owala taya endelele ya mane opo ya ye kiilonga tayi landula.

    Okaklinika kEloolo oka patulula omiyelo muMalitsa gwo-2016 na otaka gandja omakwatho gopaunamiti kaantu ya thika po-5000.


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  • 05/10/17--16:00: SA still has the most brands
  • SA still has the most brandsSA still has the most brandsBut African rivals are catching up South African brands such as MTN, Shoprite, Standard Bank and Mr. Price have become household names on the continent, but ex-South African operations have not always been smooth South African companies have the highest number of subsidiaries in the rest of Africa market, but competition is fast rising from Kenyan and Nigerian firms seeking to capitalise on sub-Saharan markets not yet saturated by rivals.

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has projected economic growth of 2.5% for sub-Saharan Africa this year, said in a report released on Tuesday that Nigerian firms are now also major investors in West Africa.

    “Firms headquartered in South Africa own the most subsidiaries in other Sub Saharan African countries with over 2 400 subsidiaries (but) other regional hubs have also emerged.

    “Kenyan firms play a key role in investing in neighbouring countries in East Africa, and Nigerian firms are the major investor in firms in the neighbouring region of West Africa,” the IMF said in its Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa entitled Restarting the Growth Engine.

    SA companies that have expanded into Africa include Tiger Brands, Nedbank, PPC, Illovo, Shoprite and Pick n Pay among others. The South African is economy has been slowing down and is expected to grow by 0.8%, according to IMF projections, while Nigeria will likely grow by a similar margin.

    Other experts say SA companies have growth potential in the rest of Africa markets as competition intensifies back home.

    However, African markets are not for the faint-hearted, as they have their own unique challenges such as legislation, labour frameworks and corruption.

    In the financial services sector pan-African banks have emerged across the region, many of them headquartered in countries such as Nigeria and South Africa where growth has been weakening, said the IMF.

    Subsidiaries have been established in numerous countries across the region as is the case for Nedbank, Ecobank, Standard Bank and others.

    “The 14 largest pan-African banks now represent more than 50 percent of total deposits in 14 countries, and between 30 and 50 percent in an additional nine countries, surpassing the importance of long-established European banks in the region,” the report adds.

    Pan-African banks have expanded mainly through subsidiaries, with limited integration across affiliate networks or with parent banks in terms of funding or capitalisation.

    The report notes that Nigerian banking groups have the largest number of controlling ownership linkages with the corporate sectors of other African economies, while South African banking groups have comparatively few controlling ownership linkages.

    “However, these banks are heavily connected to the rest of Africa via non-controlling interests, particularly in the financial sector. This creates links between bank and nonbank corporate sectors and across banking groups, thus heightening possibilities of contagion within countries' financial sectors and to the real economy.”


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    Ramaphosa's presidential ambitions buoyedRamaphosa's presidential ambitions buoyed Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign to become South Africa's next president has gone into overdrive.

    After months of playing coy about his aspirations to become the next leader of the ruling African National Congress, the deputy president has started crisscrossing the country speaking out against corruption. He's picked up endorsements from labour unions, church leaders and some of the ANC's most respected leaders, including former president Kgalema Motlanthe and ex-finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

    Ramaphosa's biggest electoral asset may be his boss, the increasingly unpopular President Jacob Zuma, who's indicated that he wants to be succeeded by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, his ex-wife and former head of the African Union Commission. While Dlamini-Zuma, 68, initially appeared to be the front-runner in the race, the balance of power seemed to have shifted on May 1 when persistent booing forced Zuma to cancel an address at a union rally in the central Free State province, one of his traditional strongholds.

    “People are fed up, they are quite unhappy with the Zuma leadership and the idea that Nkosazana might be his proxy,” said Mcebisi Ndletyana, an associate professor of political science at the University of Johannesburg. “Ramaphosa is benefiting from that disillusionment.”

    Under Zuma's leadership, Africa's most-industrialized economy has stagnated and the unemployment rate has reached a 13-year high. Opposition to Zuma's rule has been fuelled by a series of scandals, including a finding by South Africa's top court that he violated his oath of office when he ignored a graft ombudsman's directive to repay taxpayer funds spent on his private home. Yet, the fact that Ramaphosa showed he was prepared to stand up to Zuma over Gordhan's dismissal has boosted his stature, said Anthony Butler, a political science professor at the University of Cape Town and author of a biography about Ramaphosa.

    A lawyer who co-founded the National Union of Mineworkers, Ramaphosa, 64, helped negotiate a peaceful end to apartheid and draft South Africa's first democratic constitution. He lost out to Thabo Mbeki in the contest to succeed Nelson Mandela as president in 1999 and went into business, amassing a fortune before returning to full-time politics in 2012 as the ANC's deputy leader.

    His image was tarnished when police shot dead 34 protesters at Lonmin Plc's Marikana platinum mine in 2012, following days of violent strike action. In an email written days before the shooting, Ramaphosa described the violence at the mine, which was part-owned by a company he founded, as “dastardly criminal” and urged police to take “concomitant action.” A commission of inquiry cleared Ramaphosa of wrongdoing.

    In an address to students in the southern town of Grahamstown on Sunday, Ramaphosa said his language in the email was inappropriate and that he'd sought to prevent violence rather than provoke it, News24 reported.

    Ramaphosa needs to continue riding the wave of popular disapproval of Zuma's leadership, according to Ndletyana.

    “Yearning for an alternative leadership is likely to grow,” Ndletyana said. “Zuma is not done yet with his scandals. He is a gift that keeps on giving.”


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    Sub-Saharan Africa's growth 'subdued'Sub-Saharan Africa's growth 'subdued'Weak GDP growth forecast for region The growth for the Sub-Saharan Africa's economy is expected to be plagued with drought, pests and security concerns the International Monetary Fund states. Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth outlook is “subdued” as the region's oil producers delay policy adjustments needed to trigger and sustain expansion momentum, the International Monetary Fund said.

    The area's gross domestic product will probably expand 2.6% this year from 1.4% in 2016, the IMF said in an emailed copy of its Regional Economic Outlook. The modest recovery from the worst performance in more than two decades last year will be driven by better oil production in Nigeria, higher public spending before elections in Angola and the fading of drought effects in South Africa, it said.

    “The underlying regional momentum remains weak and at this rate, sub-Saharan African growth will continue to fall well short of past trends and barely exceed population growth,” it states.

    Investor confidence in South Africa suffered when President Jacob Zuma in March fired his finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, who was pursuing fiscal discipline at the Treasury after lower commodity prices and drought stagnated growth.

    In Nigeria, low prices and output of oil, the nation's biggest export, and resulting foreign-currency shortages caused GDP to contract 1.5% last year. The IMF forecasts both economies will grow 0.8% in 2017.

    Zuma's move led to an S&P Global Ratings downgrade to junk status, a development the IMF sees leading to higher financing costs, but not causing a “major bottleneck” to raising funds. South Africa has “deep and liquid financial markets, so the government has options to borrow domestically,” IMF Africa Department Director Abebe Aemro Selassie said in an interview on Tuesday in Abuja.

    In non-resource countries such as Ivory Coast, Kenya and Senegal, “public debt is on the rise, borrowing costs have increased, and in some cases, arrears are emerging and non-performing loans in the banking sector are increasing,” the IMF said.

    Revenue losses

    Nigeria, which vies with Angola to be Africa's biggest oil exporter, and the Central African Economic and Monetary Community states are still struggling to deal with budgetary revenue losses due to low oil prices, it said. Delayed policy adjustments may generate into even-deeper difficulties if unaddressed, the IMF said.

    “For the hardest-hit resource-intensive countries, fiscal consolidation remains urgently needed to halt the decline in international reserves and to offset permanent revenue losses,” it said. Greater exchange-rate flexibility and eliminating exchange restrictions “that are inflicting serious harm on the real economy should be part of a coherent policy package in Angola and Nigeria,” it said.

    The Central Bank of Nigeria introduced a window where portfolio investors could trade foreign currency at market-determined rates.

    The regulator has intervened in the market to keep the Nigerian currency at about 315 a dollar since it removed a 197-199 naira-dollar peg in June. That and blocking importers of certain products from accessing foreign currency in the official market, caused the black market to thrive and discouraged investment.

    The outlook is also clouded by drought, pests and security issues that have contributed to about half of sub-Saharan African countries reporting food shortages, the IMF said.


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  • 05/10/17--16:00: New Bank Windhoek COO
  • New Bank Windhoek COONew Bank Windhoek COO Bank Windhoek is proud to announce the appointment of Franco Pretorius as its new chief operating officer, effective 1 May 2017.

    Pretorius hails from Outjo where he completed his Primary and Secondary schooling. After school, he worked at Bank Windhoek Swakopmund, before he commenced with his studies at the North West University, where he obtained a B.Sc.-degree in Computer Science and Accounting. He subsequently also obtained a MBA from Henley Management College, UK.

    Pretorius brings with him a wealth of experience in sales, operational and IT fields, having previously served in executive capacity at Clientele Life, Telesure, Discovery and Standard Bank.

    “I believe in getting the job done through building great teams and in being a team player myself. I divide my time between high level strategy and working in the trenches next to my team,” said Pretorius.

    “I would like to welcome Franco to the Bank Windhoek family and wish him a long and prosperous career at Bank Windhoek. I look forward to his contribution to the Executive Management Team and in leading the operations of the bank,” said Baronice Hans, managing director at Bank Windhoek.


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    Customers first on FNB CARE systemCustomers first on FNB CARE system FNB Namibia's Customer CARE system is working well to assist in streamlining the logging and management of customer compliments, complaints and queries.

    Linda Shininge, National Service Manager, Points of Presence at FNB Namibia: “The FNB CARE platform ensures customer opinions are logged, heard and tracked towards resolution, as well as provides us the opportunity to engage with and analyse our diverse customer base's perspectives on service and products.”

    “We have also been able to identify complaints and failure points in our service standards that may have been previously overlooked. An essential aspect of service recovery is to act quickly and CARE has helped us do this more efficiently,” she added.

    According to her, the system requires an issue specific turnaround time to resolution and easily enables escalation of issues. “It has also assisted us in monitoring the process referenced to specific individuals who are responsible for service recovery within the business, keeping them accountable for resolution and even rewarding them when customers are especially complimentary.”

    With built in resolution time expectations, the majority of queries, issues and compliments logged are responded to satisfactorily within six days, with some detailed engagements requiring longer resolution time as agreed to by customers when they sign on with any product or service.

    Shininge and her countrywide support team encourage customers to continue to give FNB Namibia feedback, be it a query, concern or compliment. “We are committed to our brand mantra which says 'How Can We Help You' and we can only do this well if we get as much input and feedback from our customers as possible.”

    Customers can access the customer feedback system CARE via the FNB Namibia website at any time, but are also welcome to come see us in person in branch, where they can log their requests at an online cubicle or voice their concern face to face with a consultant.


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  • 05/10/17--16:00: Invest in infrastructure
  • Invest in infrastructureInvest in infrastructureMassive opportunities says expert Private funds should invest in infrastructure according to EOS Capital chairman Johannes !Gawaxab, stressing that N$225 billion was required for infrastructure expenditure. Executive Chairperson of Eos Capital, Johannes !Gawaxab is appealing to stakeholders in the pension fund and long term insurance industry to consider private equity and infrastructure development.

    !Gawaxab made this appeal during a business breakfast to discuss private equity and infrastructure investment in Windhoek on Tuesday.

    He said one of the biggest pension funds in the country, the Government Institutions’ Pension Fund, has announced its intention to invest more in infrastructure development, and he wants others to follow suit.

    !Gawaxab told Nampa after the event there are a number of potential investment areas such as water, airports, rail, and student accommodation.

    “Alternative sources for funding of infrastructure have become critical as never before as infrastructure boosts economic productivity, helps create jobs, improves trade flow and improves the overall competitiveness of countries,” he said.

    Stressing the need for investment in infrastructure, he cited Bank of Namibia estimations in 2014 that the infrastructure requirement for Namibia was N$225 billion, of which N$73 billion was expected to be acquired through loans and Government subsidies.

    !Gawaxab said the reprioritisation of Government’s capital expenditure due to fiscal constraints and the fiscal situation over the years is not expected to improve in the short term. This, he said, resulted in the gap of N$150 billion in 2014 to finance infrastructure projects, which have now grown to about N$200 billion.

    He said studies have shown that poor road, rail and port facilities add about 40% to the costs of goods traded among African countries.

    “Investment in infrastructure is key in unlocking the growth potential that will attract new investors, therefore, time has come for us to consider alternative infrastructure funding mechanisms to boost economic growth in Namibia.”

    Eos Capital is a Namibian private equity fund manager.

    Guest speaker at the breakfast meeting the CEO of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) in South Africa, Daniel Matjila agreed and threw a challenge at Namibia to utilise the 5% the PIC has set aside in its budget for development in Africa to be invested in infrastructure.

    “Namibia will get a fair share of our cake in the form of infrastructure,” said Matjila.

    Established in 1991, the PIC manages funds deposited by some public entities and clients in South Africa, with the goal of generating benefits for clients and contributing to the development of South Africa.


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  • 05/10/17--16:00: Moody’s downgrade expected
  • Moody’s downgrade expectedMoody’s downgrade expected Moody’s rating agency, which has South Africa at the second-lowest investment grade level, may downgrade the country by one notch in coming weeks without visiting it first, according to Nomura economist Peter Montalto.

    “There now seems to be some possibility, which we had previously underplayed, that Moody’s may downgrade in coming weeks without a visit,” he said in a market note on Tuesday.

    “The original view was it would visit sometime towards the end of May and then report mid-June before its July 3 window deadline. This would take the market by surprise probably. The consensus seems to still be a one-notch downgrade, maintaining negative watch.

    “Our original view of S&P downgrading South Africa’s local ratings to junk this year remains, but our previous view on the likelihood of it happening in its June 2 update seems a little early now (especially with the pushing back on the timing on the no confidence vote), so we shift our view more towards its year-end update on November 24 after the mini budget.”

    S&P already downgraded South Africa's foreign ratings to junk status in April, while Moody’s placed it on downgrade review on April 4 and Fitch downgraded both foreign and local ratings to junk status in April.

    “We think the governor’s intervention last week on Bloomberg TV, to criticise markets’ excessive focus on rate cuts, is the start of a more aggressive push back on ‘it’s obvious it is going to cut /it has to cut’ market mind-set (of locals especially).”

    Moody's said President Jacob Zuma's massive Cabinet reshuffle shortly after midnight on March 30, which claimed the jobs of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas, raised questions about progress on reforms previously identified as essential to sustain South Africa's fiscal and economic strength, and the effectiveness of South Africa's policy-making institutions.

    It also raised questions about the more immediate implications for growth and public debt given the potentially negative impact on fragile domestic and external investor confidence, Moody's said.

    “The review will allow Moody's to assess these risks, and if the changes in leadership signal a weakening in the country's institutional, economic and fiscal strength.”


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    Mugabe in Singapore for health checkMugabe in Singapore for health check Zimbabwe's 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe has flown to Singapore for a “routine medical check-up”, state media reported Tuesday.

    “President Mugabe left Zimbabwe for Singapore for his routine medical check-up,” The Herald newspaper reported.

    “He is expected back in Zimbabwe at the weekend.”

    The leader who has been in power since 1980 regularly travels to the city state for health check-ups and private holidays and his last medical trip was in March.

    The leader who now walks with difficulty and sometimes dozes off during meetings made his last public appearance at the World Economic Forum on Africa last week.

    At the meeting in South Africa's port city of Durban, he addressed delegates in a slurred tone while slumped in his seat.

    His health has been the subject of increased speculation in recent years and authorities in March arrested two journalists over a report alleging that he was “in bad shape”.

    In 2016, the government had to deny that he had died abroad during his annual vacation.

    Mugabe has declined to name a successor and his ruling ZANU-PF party has been riven by factionalism for years.

    Despite Mugabe's advanced age, the party last year endorsed him as its candidate for the 2018 general elections.


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    SA protesters bulldoze police carsSA protesters bulldoze police cars Protesters used front loaders to flip police vehicles and tear up roadside barriers at the Richards Bay Harbour on Tuesday.

    Police fired shots at the earth-moving machines in their attempt to keep them at bay, without success.

    According to a 2.5-minute-long video supplied by Dylan Meyrick of IPSS medical rescue, the earth-moving machines are driven towards a police contingent at the port.

    One police van is flipped onto its side and barriers along the side of a road are ripped up.

    When police realised that the more than a dozen bulldozers were not willing to stop, they retreated and moved some of their vehicles to a safer spot.

    A policeman shouts “Danger zone, man!” at onlookers.

    He then warns them in isiZulu: “What if these people fire shots? A bullet will hit and kill one of you. Come stand next to the wall.” Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane told News24 that the protesters overturned two police vehicles.

    Their actions were apparently due to unhappiness about working conditions.

    “There are some protesters who were arrested and will be charged with public violence,” Zwane said.


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  • 05/10/17--16:00: Trump sacks FBI director
  • Trump sacks FBI directorTrump sacks FBI directorCalls for special prosecutor The attorney-general recommended the firing of Comey, who has been at the centre of numerous political controversies since the 2016 US election. President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI director James Comey, ousting the man heading a wide-ranging investigation into whether his aides colluded with Russia to sway last year's US election.

    In a shock move that drew comparisons to the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, Trump told Comey the FBI needed new leadership and he was being “terminated” with immediate effect.

    Under Comey's leadership, the FBI concluded that President Vladimir Putin approved a multi-faceted campaign to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

    His snap dismissal, ostensibly for mishandling a probe into Hillary Clinton's emails, sparked rare criticism from Republicans and allegations of a cover-up from seething Democrats who demanded an independent inquiry.

    The high-stakes gambit also prompted comparisons to the ill-fated firings that sped the collapse of Nixon's presidency.

    Trump's decision to fire the FBI director is virtually unprecedented, only one director has previously been fired in the bureau's century-long history.

    In a letter circulated by the White House, Trump told Comey: “You are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.”

    “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”

    Trump also used the letter to try to distance himself from the ever-deepening scandal over Russia's involvement in the election.

    “I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation,” Trump wrote.

    The White House said the search for a new FBI director was to begin right away.

    FBI directors are appointed for a single 10-year term. The 56-year-old Comey, who is popular among rank-and-file agents, was appointed four years ago.

    The top Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said Trump had made a “big mistake.”

    “This does not seem a coincidence,” he said.

    Unless the administration appoints an independent special prosecutor to probe the Russian meddling, Schumer added, “every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire director Comey was part of a cover-up”.

    Trump fired back on Twitter: “Cryin' Chuck Schumer stated recently, 'I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.' Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp”.

    Republicans, many of whom have fallen into line behind Trump after initial reluctance, also sought to distance themselves from the president.

    “I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination,” said Senator Richard Burr. Congressman Justin Amash, a fellow Republican, described parts of Trump's letter to Comey as “bizarre” and announced “my staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia”.

    Comey played an outsized - and controversial - role on the American political stage over the past year, lobbing one bombshell after another that rankled both parties in Washington.

    The stated reason for his dismissal - according to a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - was for mishandling the probe into Clinton's emails, which the Democrat blames for trashing her chances of becoming president.

    Comey told lawmakers last week he felt “mildly nauseous” at the thought that he had swayed the election - but could not have acted any other way.

    Since the start of Trump's presidency, the FBI chief had increasingly appeared to be a thorn in the president's side.

    He recently confirmed the agency was investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential election and notably Moscow's possible collusion with Trump's campaign.


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  • 05/10/17--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day DRIED UP: The Los Laureles dam supplying potable water to over a million people in Tegucigalpa. Hot temperatures and deforestation reduced water levels to 50% of capacity, which will soon result in water rationing in the Honduran capital. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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