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  • 06/19/17--16:00: Questioning governance
  • Questioning governanceQuestioning governance The youth in this week's installment of the Astute Conversation, not only probe the governance system and style in Namibia, but also question how those in power use the power they have. The youth are watching what the elders are doing and results are sought, sooner rather than later. It is fair to question and then, to demand from your government, some sort of service if you see how the officials live and go about their daily lives, at the expense of the taxpayer and eventually, the poor.

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  • 06/19/17--16:00: Is Namibia an oligarchy or a
  • Is Namibia an oligarchy or aIs Namibia an oligarchy or a By: Brian Njutjinavo

    The former colony known as South West Africa adopted the name Namibia and came to be known as the Republic of Namibia. Some people would ask why it was not known as the Democratic Republic of Namibia… the reasons are obvious and it is presumably because the political system and the constitution Namibia's leaders adopted in 1989 was that of a republic.

    Most post-colonial governments in the states of Africa adopted governing systems that would ensure that the resources of a particular state would be utilised to the greater good of society. Policies such as Ujamaa by President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania were introduced mainly to supplement the type of governing system the country adopted. Many post-independence development policies were there to ensure that people complied with the governing system in place and that no one would derail from the system in place. The Republic of Namibia had various development policies, with the aim of complementing the governing systems adopted by the country.

    It is therefore essential to understand political systems in order to understand the governing styles in a particular state. It is also vital to note that any form of government is guided mainly by the social contract that was predominantly advocated by ancient political philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau and many others. The idea of a social contract was to ensure that people are not overstepping their boundaries, such as “where your rights end, my right starts” which were outlined in the scholarly work of the above-mentioned philosophers. In order to ensure that people's rights are not violated, people came together and formed a social contract with a superior body (Leviathan) to govern the conduct and behaviour of the citizens within a particular state. In the 1960s, European countries gave Africa back to the natives believing that they were ready to govern themselves and this inspired African leaders to choose the form of government that would suit them best.

    Various forms of political governance style were available for African leaders such as monarchies where the government was ruled by one individual. In this form of government there is no government in the practical sense. In fact, a monarchy is just a group of individuals who strategically place one of the members to rule. The ruling group of individuals in a monarchy are usually the men behind the scenes and are the ones making the most critical decisions. In the post-independence Africa, for various reasons monarchies were not ideal. However, another style of public governance those African leaders could have chosen the oligarchy which was subsequently rejected. In an oligarchy a state is ruled by a group of individuals, these individuals usually have an economic advantage over others and tend to rule in most cases. One can arguably use the “Omusati clique” as an example if they were to rule Namibia; however the notion of Omusati Clique was a rumour and it might not have existed. For various reasons the oligarchy was rejected in most states in Africa, although it is believed to be in existence in some parts of the world, if not Africa. Oligarchy could pave a way for mafia-style organisations, thieves and corrupt cartels to rule behind the scenes, while using the prime minister or president as a pawn.

    Anarchy was not considered because it is considered to be the worse state of governing style in Africa, if not the world. Anarchy discourages any form of central government, and it advocates for anyone to be their own boss, because in anarchy no laws exist. Some African states prefer not to have any government in place as it is considered to be an excuse of enriching the chosen few. For various reasons, anarchy was heavily rejected in Africa.

    A democratic form of government is common in modern political governing systems as it allows people from all walks of life to participate in politics. In a democracy the notion of Aristotle's “all people are political animals” is central and realistic, because all people from all walks of life can participate in politics through freedom of association, right to free and fair elections, right to a fair trial and so forth, as outlined in the constitution. In a democracy there exists an element of chaos for example where the majority decides to take land by force without legal intervention, one would say is a chaotic majority rule. If the laws apply and people are governed by the law then the notion of a republic comes into realisation. In a republic the government is limited by the law or by the constitution of the country. In republics no one is above the law and is subject to be tried by the courts of the country.

    One can therefore detect that a democracy in itself is not a stable style of public governance, because power-seeking politicians begin to abuse their power. In a democracy people vote for a chosen few who will help a certain group of people benefit from the system. The chosen few tend to rotate their positions to ensure that the ruling few remain in power. No other person can penetrate the circle of the ruling elite and this could revert to an oligarchy, where a certain group of individual rule behind the scene.

    *Brian Njutjinavo, holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Unam and is currently pursuing a honours degree in Political Science

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  • 06/19/17--16:00: Questioning governance
  • Questioning governanceQuestioning governance The youth in this week's installment of the Astute Conversation, not only probe the governance system and style in Namibia, but also question how those in power use the power they have. The youth are watching what the elders are doing and results are sought, sooner rather than later. It is fair to question and then, to demand from your government, some sort of service if you see how the officials live and go about their daily lives, at the expense of the taxpayer and eventually, the poor.

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    Shrink confirms Ward 16 problemsShrink confirms Ward 16 problemsUnit does not have sufficient drugs Close to 500 patients are treated at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital's Ward 16 on a weekly basis. The head of the psychiatric unit at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, Dr Famuyiwa Peter, says the facility faces many challenges.

    Peter was responding to an article in Namibian Sun following reports of archaic psychotropic medicines being administered to patients at Ward 16, as the unit is affectionately known, at the Oshakati hospital.

    Peter said the unit has two psychiatrists who are attending to 130 inpatients and 400 outpatients on a weekly basis, adding the unit does not have sufficient drugs.

    This follows after confirmation was received from the health ministry that no attending psychologist is appointed at the ward.

    According to Peter, he joined the unit in December 2015 after he was trained in Nigeria, his country of birth.

    “The duty of a psychiatrist is to diagnose mental disorders and treat these accordingly in conjunction with a social worker, psychologist and occupational therapist,” he said.

    “Psychologists don't diagnose mental disorders but rather, offer psychological treatment such cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, brief psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis.”

    However, patients who have been treated at Ward 16, disagree.

    A young man, 31, told Namibian Sun the Oshakati psychiatric unit has destroyed his life.

    He said after he completed his matric, in 2005 his family rejected his choice of study.

    They refused to fund his studies and everything fell apart after that.

    “My sister took me to the hospital. She told nurses that I was crazy, while I was normal. I became very aggressive and they injected me. When I woke up they had started medicating me already. When you go to the head of the unit he does not listen to what you are saying. He listens only to people who brought you to the hospital,” the man said.

    He continued that in 2007 he was declared mentally unfit. “That is the most painful thing in my life ever. I am declared mentally unfit and I currently receive a social grant for this. I cannot proceed with my education or get a job anymore. It is a record that follows me everywhere.”

    Peter acknowledges that the unit is faced with many challenges such as proper infrastructure, lack of office space, personnel, to current psychotropic medicines.

    Largactil is one of the first of these types of drugs ever offered on that market and was launched in 1954.

    “These are beyond the purview of mental health professionals currently working in the department, but we are doing our best and there is always room for improvement.”

    The hospital is accused of administering Largactil injections to patients which is said to have long-term effects which can become permanent.

    According to a Windhoek psychiatrist, Dr Reinhardt Sieberhagen, “If you have a patient that presents psychotic symptoms due to severe stress, you can give him a prescription for Valium and after a few days the patient will be fine. However, if you begin Largactil treatment, there is no way a psychiatrist will be able to distinguish between symptoms of stress and something as severe as schizophrenia. In other words, you commit a patient to a diagnosis and a drug for the rest of his life.”

    Responding to questions on the value of having a local psychiatrist that understands local customs and culture, Peter could not say whether he was acquainted as such. It is known to be beneficial to have a psychiatrist treating patients that come from backgrounds that the doctor understands and is aware of.

    The health minister Dr Bernhard Haufiku did not respond to inquiries made last week.


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  • 06/19/17--16:00: Teko trial to start afresh
  • Teko trial to start afreshTeko trial to start afresh The Supreme Court yesterday allowed Acting High Court Judge Maphios Cheda to recuse himself from the trial of three people arrested in 2009 for alleged fraud worth over N$120 million at the Ministry of Finance.

    Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice Petrus Damaseb, with Judges of Appeal Elton Hoff and Dave Smuts concurring, allowed the recusal of the judge in a ruling delivered yesterday.

    The matter was then sent back to the Windhoek High Court for their trial to start afresh before another judge.

    Damaseb, in agreement with the other two judges, said the apprehension of bias by the appellants was that of reasonable individuals and that such apprehension was based on reasonable grounds.

    He said Cheda, in his view, should have recused himself from presiding over the trial.

    “The ruling of the High Court of dismissing the first application for the judge's recusal is set aside,” said Damaseb.

    The three appellants are Namibians Teckla Lameck, 48, and Jerobeam Mokaxwa, 30, and Chinese national Yang Fan, 39.

    On 14 November 2014, Cheda dismissed the trio's application for his recusal.

    Not happy with this ruling, the trio's privately instructed defence lawyer, Sisa Namandje, approached the Supreme Court with an urgent appeal against the dismissal of his clients' application for Cheda to be recused from the trial.

    All three accused face 18 charges of fraud.

    Lameck, a former Public Service Commission member; Mokaxwa, Lameck's business partner in the Teko Trading company; and Yang have denied all 18 charges of fraud with not guilty pleas at the beginning of their trial in April 2014.

    The two Namibians are free on bail of N$50 000 each, while Yang is free on bail of N$1 million.

    They were arrested on 08 and 09 July 2009 by officials of the Anti-Corruption Commission in connection with a scam through which the Ministry of Finance bought security-scanning equipment from a Chinese company.

    Advocate Raymond Heathcote with Gerson Narib represented the three appellants on the instructions of Sisa Namandje law firm.

    Retired Senior Public Prosecutor Danie Small and Jack Eixab appeared for the respondents - being Office of the Prosecutor-General.


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    Henties mayor appears in courtHenties mayor appears in court The mayor of Henties Bay, Herman /Honeb, made his first appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court yesterday on charges of receiving and transporting livestock without a permit.

    /Honeb was initially arrested for contravening section 5 and section 6 of the Stock Theft Act 19/2004.

    According to the Erongo crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, /Honeb allegedly accepted the meat of one full cattle carcass without document or identification on Friday at about 21:30 which he then sold for N$4 000.

    The incident allegedly took place at erf 1952 in Omaruru Drive in Henties Bay. It is further alleged that the full carcass, valued at over N$8 000, was recovered from the buyer, as well as including N$2 000 cash that was received. The 54-year-old /Honeb was detained on Saturday before appearing in the Magistrate's Court in Swakopmund.

    /Honeb, who was represented by lawyer Shakespeare Masiza, was granted bail of N$4 000 and the case was postponed to 25 July during which the accused will appear in the court in Henties Bay.

    Investigations continue.


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    Cybercrime Bill deeply defectiveCybercrime Bill deeply defectiveGovernment urged to revive public consultations The current bill before parliament has been described as outdated as well as severely problematic. Worried experts have slammed the electronic transactions and Cybercrime Bill saying it is riddled with questionable legal provisions while its sloppy and outdated content could pose a serious threat to future individual rights as well as online security - if passed in its current form.

    Experts are urging government to withdraw the current bill “as a matter of urgency” and to revive public consultations in order to bring it up to international and legally sound standards before it is passed.

    In a statement issued yesterday by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and Access to Information (Action) Namibia yesterday, experts said the bill is “substantially weak on adequate and appropriate judicial, legislative and public oversight mechanisms” to prevent abuse of secret surveillance by authorities and others.

    The IPPR and Action Namibia furthermore said it was also concerning that the “latest draft managed to make it this far, and even briefly onto the parliamentary agenda”, despite the fact that it lacked any extensive consultative processes over the past seven years.

    The bill in its current form was described as “outdated as well as severely problematic in a number of key aspects”, by Namibia Media Trust (NMT) this week.

    Instead of rushing to pass the bill, which the ministry has stated would be later this year, experts have urged government to focus on reinitiating multi-stakeholder and expert consultations “in order to ensure that the proposed law is, among others, constitutionally and rights-compliant as well as current in the present climate of the constantly evolving cybersecurity and cybercrime environment.”

    Big brother watches

    A major issue highlighted by the IPPR and Action Namibia was a section in the bill that “appears to enable warrantless search and seizure operations, while other sections seem to allow for a system of secret warrants and unauthorised access by state agents.”

    Moreover, the bill “is worryingly thin on personal data and privacy protections” and provides authorities broad and easy access to selected online targets who are “never informed of the order, even after the period of interception has ended even after any investigation has been concluded.”

    The experts said that given the right to privacy as enshrined in Namibia's constitution, the “absence of substantive personal data and privacy protections in the draft law raises serious constitutional questions.”

    The watchdog noted that unlike cybersecurity laws across the world, Namibia's propose cybersecurity provisions are “a mish-mash and do not deal in a structured and substantially consequential way with the necessary aspects of combating” cybercrimes.

    The IPPR said the “he bill lacks coherence.”

    The bill moreover “suffers from a lack of transparency inducing measures and does not in any way compel government authorities, law enforcement or private companies to account for their actions openly,” the IPPR and Action Namibia said.

    The NMT summarised that overall, activists are concerned about the bill giving the minister “overreaching power” and the “lack of accountability or regulatory/oversight mechanisms to prevent online surveillance abuses, the provision of warrantless search and seizure operations and unauthorised access.”

    Two in one

    The IPPR and Action Namibia noted that another one of the bill's many “significant shortcomings, flaws and concerns” is the merging of two separate bills.

    “The bill is in essence the Electronic Transactions Bill with cybercrime provisions tagged on towards the end. The lumping together of two related but different topics in such a significant statutory instrument is the consequence of using a flawed and outdated standard as a guide.”

    Another concern is the lack of basic definitions in the bill, including the fact that neither the term 'cybercrime' nor 'cybersecurity' are defined in the proposed law.

    “We would caution that hastily passing a bill into law which is both blemished and legally problematic on issues as important as cybersecurity and cybercrime, will undoubtedly culminate in the erosion of individual rights in the areas of access to information and privacy, among others,” NMT wrote.

    Moreover, the push by the information ministry to promulgate the bill by the end of the third quarter of this year was also deemed troubling.

    NMT said while these laws are important, “it would be short-sighted and inadvisable for parliament to rush it through with the prospect of serious future consequences for online security and individual rights.”


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    Court officials nabbed for corruptionCourt officials nabbed for corruption The roll at the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court was delayed yesterday as a team of investigators probed court officials following the arrest of some of their colleagues implicated in corrupt activities.

    Four employees of the court yesterday made their first appearance on differing charges of theft and corruption in connection with traffic fines, liquor licenses and maintenance payments.

    On Friday, Ondangwa police arrested Adolf Geovani Simeon, 31, a court interpreter. Following further investigations, the police also arrested the court's chief clerk Martha Nakakuwa, 33, John Sauzuo, 58, a legal court clerk and Petrus Kalenga, 46, a messenger of the court, on Saturday.

    They are all charged with theft and contravening the Anti-Corruption Act by using their offices or positions for gratification and defeating the course of justice.

    Simson has an additional charge of fraud. Their arrests have been confirmed by Oshana police deputy commissioner Hilja Haipumbu.

    Haipumbu said that Simeon was arrested on Friday and his case is on a separate record from the other three.

    They appeared before a Magistrate Alvin Kenneth Simson and were prosecuted by Leonard Tjiveze from the Oshakati Magistrate's Court to ensure objectivity and no conflict of interest.

    Their arrest follows allegations that they are implicated in a scam in which they allegedly solicited bribes from traffic offenders and issued fake liquor licenses.

    It is also emerged that monies meant for children maintenance went missing shortly after it was brought into the court from NamPost.

    According to information made available to Namibian Sun, investigations continue as it believed to be a network that includes senior officials at the court who have failed to report the issue that has been ongoing for some time.

    The matter was postponed to 7 August.


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  • 06/19/17--16:00: Groundwater still a mystery
  • Groundwater still a mysteryGroundwater still a mysteryAuthorities mum on Ohangwena aquifer Officials involved in the Ohangwena underground aquifer project are unable to say whether the water can be safely used in the long term. Both the agriculture ministry and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) have remained mum on the outcome of the testing that took place on the Kalahari Ohangwena aquifer (KOH-2) January 2011 and May 2017.

    The German embassy and the agriculture ministry did not respond to repeated requests for information.

    From what could be surmised, the aquifer is not responding well to the abstraction of water from its main body and thus, it is not yet operational although it was said it would be up and running this month.

    A well-placed source that spoke to Namibian Sun on condition of anonymity, said the latest results reveal the aquifer has a huge potential of supplying fresh underground water in the country, however, during and after the tests, the aquifer did not react well.

    The experts still do not know how much water can sustainably be taken from the aquifer without any permanent damage to the resource.

    “The ministry and its partners cannot say anything at this stage. During the tests, the aquifer could not react positively as it was expected to. The aquifer should have been operational by June this year, but now has to wait,” the source said.

    Namibian Sun is reliably informed the geological setting of the Ohangwena 1 and 2 aquifers was translated into a conceptual hydrogeological model.

    Extensive drilling, hydraulic tests, recharge calculations, water levels and water quality monitoring provided information to parameterise the conceptual model and to develop a numerical groundwater model. This model is being used as a decision tool for the planning of groundwater abstraction schemes.

    Several abstraction scenarios have been calculated and the impact on the resource, or aquifer, visualised.

    “The problem lies with the determination of the sustainable yield of the aquifer and the conceptualisation of water abstraction. The production well of Eenhana town does not prove that the aquifer is sustainable. More tests are still needed and this will take more time.”

    The aquifer's viability was verified after drilling campaign tests between 2009 and 2014 verified the existence and spatial extent of the KOH-2 aquifer in the Ohangwena Region.

    Additional observation boreholes were drilled between 2011 and 2014 to delineate the freshwater extent and to set up a groundwater monitoring network.

    According to the ministry, the aquifer has a store volume of freshwater of about 20 billion cubic metres which could supply water to the northern parts of the country for 400 years.

    A production well that is currently supplying water to Eenhana town delivers a maximum yield of about 100 cubic metres an hour.

    It was opened in 2011.

    NamWater and the ministry, along with technical support from Germany are supervising the project, while the European Union has provided funds of approximately N$25 million.

    The aquifer stretches about 75km from the Ondobe constituency towards the east and about 40km from the Angolan border to the south.

    It is part of the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin (CEB) - an extensive sedimentary basin, which is part of the much larger Kalahari Basin covering parts of Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa.

    The CEB is divided into six groundwater regions, based on geological units (Damara Sequence) and the locally occurring Kalahari Sequence.

    One of the six regions is the Ohangwena Aquifer (KOH I and KOH II), a multi-layered, continuous porous aquifer system of the eastern Ohangwena and northern Oshikoto regions with a groundwater flow from Angola to the south.

    The eastern part of the Ohangwena I aquifer is being tapped through small-scale abstraction schemes for livestock and human consumption.

    The newly discovered Ohangwena II aquifer, which is being tested in detail at the moment, underlies the brackish to saline western part of the Ohangwena I aquifer. Careless drilling could, therefore, contaminate the large body of fresh water with saline water, destroying the natural value of the resource.


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    Learner killed in Windhoek crashLearner killed in Windhoek crash Four people, including a high school learner from Windhoek, died in separate crashes reported in Windhoek, Grootfontein and the Erongo Region.

    In the Windhoek accident, four vehicles carrying ten passengers, including learners from a high school in the capital, were yesterday involved in an accident on the Western Bypass, in which the learner and a taxi driver was killed.

    Although it has not been established exactly what occurred, all four vehicles were involved and passengers were reportedly flung out of the cars.

    The City Police's Senior Superintendent Adam Eiseb could yesterday afternoon not confirm the extent of the injuries of the survivors and said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

    According to Nampol spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, the accident occurred at about 13:49 on the Western Bypass near the Concordia High School.

    He confirmed that several learners of a high school were transported in both a taxi and a bakkie when the accident occurred.

    The other eight people were injured and transported to the hospitals in the city.

    In a separate incident the driver of a bakkie was killed yesterday afternoon after a head-on collision with a truck on the road between Swakopmund and Arandis.

    The accident occurred about 30km outside Swakopmund.

    The bakkie was completely destroyed by the impact while the truck ran off the road and fell over.

    The driver of the truck sustained injuries and was taken for treatment.

    The identity of the deceased is not yet known.

    Meanwhile, on Sunday a 47-year-old man died when the sedan he was driving collided head-on with a bakkie near the Omulunga clinic at Grootfontein.

    He was identified as Elias Nahoomoka.

    According to the police, 10 people were involved in the crash and the other nine, aged between 22 and 55, sustained slight to serious injuries.

    Preliminary police investigations indicate that the bakkie had five occupants, including its 51-year-old driver.

    The bakkie was driving from the Omulunga residential area towards town, while the sedan with five occupants was headed in the opposite direction.

    The 51-year-old driver of the bakkie did not have a valid driver's licence and he was fined N$1 000 by the police.

    A case of culpable homicide has been opened.

    Furthermore, Benjamin Sande has been identified as one of the three people who died in a head-on collision near Karibib on Friday night.

    A Ford Figo heading to Karibib and a Toyota Run-X on its way from Walvis Bay to Windhoek collided head-on and caught fire some 60 kilometres east of Karibib.

    According to police, Sande was the driver of the Run-X and was travelling alone.

    Jackson Katjombe, 32, from Karibib, who survived the accident, is recovering at the Katutura State Hospital.

    He informed the police on Saturday that one of the bodies could be that of his older brother.


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    Aanambelewa yompangu taya tamanekelwa uulingilingiAanambelewa yompangu taya tamanekelwa uulingilingi Oompangu mompangulilo yaMangestrata mOndangwa odha katekwa mOmaandaha, sho osheendo shaakonaakoni sha ningile omapulaapulo aanambelewa yompangu, sha landula etulo miipandeko lyaanambelewa yamwe po mboka taya feekelelwa iilonga yuulingilingi.

    Aanambelewa yompangu ye li yane oya holoka mompangu taya tamanekelwa iipotha yiikengelela , uumbudhi wu na sha ekwatathano nuutekete womageelo gomoondjila, oolisensa dhomalovu oshowo iifuta yomayambidhidho gaanona okuza kaavali.

    Oonakuholoka komeho yompangu oya tumbulwa komadhina kutya Adolf Geovani Simeon, 31, omufatulili mompangu, Martha Nakakuwa, 33, John Sauzuo, 58, oshowo Petrus Kalenga, 46, omutumwa gwompangu. Mboka oya tulwa miipandeko mOlyomakaya.

    Ayehe otaya pangulwa kwiikwatelelwa kOmpango yOkulwitha Uulingilingi sho kwa hololwa kutya oya longitha pambambo oombelewa dhawo dhiilonga mokulonga iimbuluma mbyoka.

    Simson oku na oshipotha sha gwedhwa po shiikengelela. Etulo miipangeko lyawo olya kolelwa kOmupeha kOmufala gwOpolisi yaShana, Hilja Haipumbu.

    Haipumbu okwa popi kutya Simeon okwa tulwa miipandeko mEtitano noshipotha she osha yooloka kiipotha ya yakwawo.

    Oya holoka komeho yomupanguli, Alvin Kenneth Simson na oya pangulwa komupanguli Leonard Tjiveze, a za mOmpangulilo yaMangestrata gwaShakati.

    Mboka oya tuwa miipandeko sho sha monika mo kutya omuna elyenge lyuumbudhi tawu longwa mompangulilo ndjoka, ngaashi okutaamba oombumbo okuza koonakupewa omageelo guutekete woompango dhomoondjila, egandjo lyoolisensa dhiikengelela dhomalovu, na okwa dhidhilikwa kutya iimaliwa yoosupota dhaanona oya kana konima owala yethimbo efupi sho ya e twa mompangu okuza koNamPost.

    Uuyelele mboka wuniwe koNamibian Sun owa hololwa kutya omakonaakono ngoka otaga tsikile molwaashoka otaku fekelwa kutya omwa kwatelwa aanambelewa aanene yompangu mboka kwa hololwa ya ndopa okulopota uulingilingi mboka.

    Oshipotha osha undulilwa komasiku ga 7 gaAguste.


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    Omusilishisho gokanona ta pangulilwa edhipagoOmusilishisho gokanona ta pangulilwa edhipago Emily Muundjua, yina yokanona Hope Uhongora hoka ka hulitha mo-2015 sho kwa hololwa kutya oka kala ka tungila meni, mEtitano okwa gandja uumbangi we mompangu yoPashitopolwa mOvenduka, nkene a adha okanona ke megumbo lyayina esiku ndyoka ka hulitha.

    Muundjua okwa lombwele ompangu kutya ongulohi yomasiku 22, gaFebruali mo-2015 okamonamati koomwedhi 15 okwa adha ka dhingilwa mekumbatha pevi moseti ya yina, moka kali ka thigwa naMagdalena Naris, omuniilonga ngoka ha sile oshisho okanona hoka.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa dhidhilike mbala kutya omifudho dhokanona kadhi li nawa, na okali taka fudha taka ulike keli muuwehame.

    Okwa popi kutya Naris okwe mu lombwele kutya Hope okwa kunga esiku ndyoka, konima sho a pula kutya okanona oke na uupyakadhi washike.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa kutha po okanona pevi mpoka kali ka langekwa na oya ka lala kombete ya yina ihe okanona oka kala taka lili tashi ulike kutya otaka ehama. Okwa popi kutya okwa tala okanona kolutu ngele oke na iilalo nengeomadhidhiliko gontumba ihe ina mona sha.

    Okwa tsikile kutya onkalo yokanona oya tsikile naashoka yina e ya megumbo oya tokola opo ya fale okanona koshipangelo.

    “Onda kala nda humbata okanona kandje ihe omudhifudho dhako onda mono kutya kadhi na oonkondo,” yina yokanona hoka a popi.

    Okanona hoka oka hulitha konima owala sho ka falwa moshipangelo shaKatutura.

    Omakonaakono goshiyetithi sheso lyokanona hoka oga ulike kutya okanona oka ehema meni lyolutu tashi vulika kadhengwa.

    Omukalelipo gwopaveta gwaNaris ngoka ta tamanekwa ngashiingeyi kutya oye eehameke okanona hoka, Max Lamech, okwa popi kutya omuyakulwa gwe okwa tindi kutya oye a ehameke okanona hoka na na ke na ondjo meso lyokanona hoka. Oshipotha shoka osha undulilwa komasiku ga 4 gaJuli, nomupanguli Ileni Velikoshi oye a kwatele komeho oshipotha shoka.


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    Kwamweniwa kombinga yoothithiya dhomevi mOhangwenaKwamweniwa kombinga yoothithiya dhomevi mOhangwenaOshizemo shomakonaakono inashi tseyithwa Aanambelewa mboka ye na mo olunyala moshikumungu shopoloyeka yoonzo dhomeya gomevi moshitopolwa shaHangwena inaya vula okupopya ngele omeya ngoka otaga vulu okulongithwa ethimbo ele. Uuministei wUunamapya, oshowo German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) inaya popya sha kombinga yoshizemo, sha landula sho omeya ngoka taku popiwa geli mevi moshitopolwa shaHangwena, ga ningilwa omakonaakono opo ku talike ngele oge na tuu uuyogoki na otaga vulu okulongithwa.

    Omakonaakono ngoka goKalahari Ohangwena aquifer (KOH-2) oga ningwa okutameka Januari gwo 2011 sigo oMei 2017.

    Omukalelipo gwaGermany oshowo Uuministeli wUunamapya inawu yamukula komapulo ngoka ya kala nokuningilwa kombinga yopoloyeka ndjoka.

    Onzo yimwe oya hololele oNamibia Sun kutya sho kwa li kwa ningwa tango omakonaakono oga holola kutya onzo ndjoka yomeya oyi na omeya ogendji taga vulu okugandja omeya gomevi moshilongo ashihe andola, ihe omakonaakono sho ga tsikile oga gandja ishewe omalimbililo.

    Aatseyinawa okwa hololwa kutya kaye shi shi kutya omeya ngoka otaga kuthwa mo ngiini inaku gonagulwa oonzo dhopaushitwe.

    “Uuministeli oshowo ookume kawo mopoloyeka ndjoka itaya vulu okupopya sha natango pampito ndjika. Pethimbo lyomakononaano oonzo dhoka dhomeya inashi shi enditha nawa ngaashi sha li sha tegelelwa. Opoloyeka ndjoka okwa li kwa tengenekwa andola tayi tameke okulonga muJuni ihe ngashiingeyi otayi tegelele manga,” onzo ndjoka ya yakeleko oshifokundaneki ya popi.

    Oshifokundaneki shika osha pewa uuyelele kutya aanongononi yoonzo dhomevi oya li ya ningipo omalolelo ngoka gOhangwena 1 and 2 aquifers nokuningila oonzo dhoka omakonaakono gomuule noshizemo shomakonaakono osho nduno tashi ka longithwa mokuningwa omatokolo mopoloyeka ndjoka.

    Omalolelo ngoka taga ningwa momboola yi li mEenhana, oga ningwa nekwathelo lyehangano lyoNamWater. Omboola ndjoka otayi vulu okugandja omeya goolita 100 000 muule wowili yimwe.

    Uuministeli wUunamapya nOmeya owa tengeneke kutya omboola ndjoka oyi na oocubic meta dhomeya dha thika poobiliyona 20 na otashi vulika yi vule okukala tayi gandja omeya mOnooli yoshilongo uule womimvo 400.

    Opoloyeka ndjoka oya tamekele mo-2007 na otayi pewa omayambidhidho gopashimaliwa koGerman Development Fund, European Union (EU) oshowo NamWater na otayi pula oshiimaliwa sha thika poomiliyona 25.

    Omauyelele ga pitithwa koEU oga holola kutya konima sho onzo yomeya ndjoka ya monika mOhangwena, okwa li kwa ningwa omakonaaono mo-2007 sigo 2008, pamwe notransient electromagnetic (TEM) field survey ndjoka ya holola kutya mOshitopolwa shaHangwena oshowo mOmusati omu na oonzo dhoothiithiya dhomeya.

    Omakonaaono goomboola oga ningwa mo2009 no 2010 na oga koleleke kutya oonzo dhoka odhi li mUuzilo wOhangwena.

    Omakonaakono sho ga manithwa oga holola kutya oothiithiya dhoka odhi na ondjele onene yomeya ndjoka tayi vulu okugandja omeya koshitopolwa ashihe.

    Othiithiya ndjoka oyuunene woshinano shookilometa 75 okuza mOshikandjohogololo shaNdobe okuza mUuninginino oshowo oshinano shookilometa 40 okuza koongamba dhaAngola okuya mUumbugantu. Oyi li oshitopolwa shoCuvelai-Etosha Basin (CEB) – ndjoka yi li onzo onene yomeya moKalahari Basin ya kwatako iitopolwa yaAngola , Namibia, Zambia, Botswana naSouth Africa.

    CEB oya topolwa miitoplwa ihamano yomeya gomevi kwiikolelelwa koontaula dhopamudhingoloko dhoDamara Sequence noKalahari Sequence.

    Yimwe yomiitopolwa mbyoka Ohangwena Aquifer (KOH I and KOH II), ndjoka yili mUuninginino wOhangwena oshowo mOnooli yOshitopolwa shaShikoto, yi na omeya taga tondokele mo mUumbugangu okuza moAngola.

    Ngele okwa longwa nuuhasha nena emboolo lyomeya ngoka otali vulu okweetitha omeya ngoka omawanawa gaye mumwe nomeya goshimongwa, nokuyonagula uuzno dhopaushitwe.


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  • 06/20/17--16:00: Katima gets Dairies depot
  • Katima gets Dairies depotKatima gets Dairies depotCross-border trade to be enhanced In the establishment of its fifth depot, Namibia Dairies hopes to not only increase the availability of stock, but also enhance cross-border trade. Residents of Katima Mulilo will now be exposed to a larger product portfolio of Namibia Dairies. The company is a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - after it recently opened its fifth depot, in the town.

    According to the head of marketing at Namibia Dairies, Leonie Prinsloo, the main objective of the depot at Katima Mulilo is to have the Namibia Dairies portfolio available to all Namibians in all areas of the country.

    “This depot will also provide a 'call and collect' service to the Katima customer base to ensure stock availability, promote cross-border trade and expand the company's overall business, as well as utilise synergies with their sister company Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) at the Katima facility.”

    Namibia Dairies has depots in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo, Oshakati and now in Katima. It also has agents in Rundu and Katima Mulilo, as well as factory shops in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Ondangwa. The Katima depot employs 11 permanent staff.

    The O&L Group's manager for corporate communications Roux-che Locke emphasised the group's commitment to making all its proudly Namibian products and services available to each and every Namibian.

    “Through O&L's support of government's growth-at-home agenda, we are committed to promoting and creating awareness on locally produced products and services. O&L is a proudly Namibian company striving to provide the local market with proudly Namibian products and services at all times.”

    The Katima depot is situated on the B1 Road.


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    Colombia rebels kidnap journosColombia rebels kidnap journosColombia says ELN rebels holding two Dutch nationals The National Liberation Army in Colombia is at war with the government and has carried out its second kidnapping in a little more than a year. Two Dutch journalists have been detained in northeastern Colombia by what the police suspect are rebels with the National Liberation Army (ELN), authorities said.

    The leftist guerrilla group - which unlike the larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is at war with the government - neither confirmed nor denied any kidnapping on Twitter, but said they were looking into the case.

    “This morning, reporter Derk Johannes Bolt, 62, and his cameraman Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender, 58, both Dutch nationals, were stopped” in El Tarra, a region in the Norte de Santander district near the Venezuela border, by presumed ELN rebels, Colombian police said in a statement.

    In May 2016 in the same El Tarra region ELN rebels kidnapped a Colombian-Spanish journalist and two Colombian TV reporters. The reporters were handed over to intermediaries a few days later.

    The government ombudsman's office demanded on Twitter the “immediate liberation of the two Dutch nationals being held,” and said it would try to help solve the situation.

    Police specialists in kidnapping and extortion headed to the region to try to secure the release of the two men.

    In the Netherlands, a Dutch foreign ministry spokeswoman confirmed that “two employees of the Spoorloos programme are being held against their will in Colombia. The ministry is giving this case the highest priority.”

    Spoorloos is a programme on the Kro-Ncrv channel regularly presented by Derk Bolt, which seeks to help Dutch people trace their biological relatives around the world.

    It says on its website that since being launched in 1990 it has received more than 1 000 requests every year for help.

    But the Dutch foreign ministry said that “communicating about our efforts is not in the interests of those involved. Therefore we cannot for the moment say anything further about it.”

    President Juan Manuel Santos and the ELN started a peace dialogue in Quito in February, seeking to end more than five decades of fighting.

    The country's most numerous rebel group, the FARC, is scheduled to complete its disarmament by June 27.


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    Tennis tourney delights KaulingeTennis tourney delights Kaulinge The Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) president, Samson Kaulinge, expressed joy over the association's just-ended tournament.

    The Senior NTA Tennis tournament took off on Friday 16 June at the Central Tennis Club in Olympia.

    NTA president lauded all the participants for taking part in the tournament.

    Kaulinge said that he was impressed by the juniors who had entered the tournament.

    He further urged the future stars to continue training in order to improve their standards.

    A total of 23 players entered the tournament, displaying incredible tennis skills.

    The men's side was made up of the A and B section for the singles and one section for the doubles, while the women only had one section and no doubles.

    The women's side was dominated by Melissa Khupe who won all her matches in a round robin format.

    One of the matches she won was the one against the runner up Hendrina Apollus with the scores at 6-2, 6-0.

    The men's A section had much competition and saw FNB development player Risto Shikongo face off against highly ranked Minichel Alemu for a spot in the finals in an exciting 2 set match that Alemu dominated with the scores of 6-2,7-6.

    The winner of the men's A section was Deon Van Dyk who played exceptionally well and put up a strong front as all his matches where three setters.

    Van Dyk had to defeat the resilient Grant Rau for a spot in the finals with the scores 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

    Van Dyk went on to face Alemu in the finals and again showed his dominance by putting up a good fight and giving an entertaining three set match with the scores 5-7,7-6,6-4.

    The men's B section was made up of two groups A and B .Group A's winner Gerhard Barnard had to play against the runner up in group B Luca Monteforte to make it to the finals and he won with the scores 7-5,6-0.

    The group B winner Lawrence played against the group A runner up Samson Kaulinge to make it to the finals and lost to Kaulinge 3-6, 3-6.

    The men's section B finals saw Samson Kaulinge beating his opponent Gerhard Barnard with the scores 6-4, 6-3.

    The men's doubles only had one section with the duo in the FNB Development programme Elias Shikongo and Ronaldo Uirab beating their opponents Samson Kaulinge and Lawrence with the scores 6-2,1-6,11-9 in a very exciting three set match.

    The next NTA tournament is the Sanlam NTA tournament to be hosted from 23 to 24 of June.

    Sport Reporter

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  • 06/20/17--16:00: Mbaeva to fight for place
  • Mbaeva to fight for placeMbaeva to fight for placeInjury cost him first-11 at Arrows The goalkeeper has his sights set on playing more games for Golden Arrows next season. Golden Arrows and Namibian international shot stopper, Maximilian Mbaeva, has vowed to do whatever it takes to return to a first-11 place at Arrows next season.

    Mbaeva had been a regular starter for the 'Clever Boys' in the South African Premiership for almost two seasons until he suffered a concussion injury towards the end of the 2016/17 season.

    This resulted in the 2015 Cosafa winning goalkeeper losing a place as the first choice keeper for coach Clinton Larsen towards the end of the season.

    The player only made 12 appearances for the club during the 2016/17 campaign, with one of them being in a cup competition.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview yesterday, Mbaeva said: “My concussion injury cost me a place in the team's first-11.

    “I was away for a few weeks and so our second choice keeper was impressive during my absence.

    “However, I am willing to work harder next season so that I can earn my rightful place again.”

    The player's dream is to help the club win the South African Premier League title.

    He revealed that the club was satisfied by the eighth place finish on the log, even though they had targeted fourth place.

    “Being in the top-eight for us was very important because that is where some of the money is.

    “I do believe that our focus is now to improve and have a great 2017/18 season,” he said.

    The club will begin with pre-season on 26 June, but Mbaeva will be absent during the first days given that he will be on international duty.

    The player is currently in camp with the national team, preparing for the Cosafa Castle Cup slated for 25 June to 9 July in South Africa.

    “I am not very worried about my future at Arrows because I still have two years on my contract.

    “Right now, my focus will be to help the Brave Warriors repeat their 2015 Cosafa heroics.

    “After that, I know my club will have already started training and I will have to join them to prove that I am worthy of a place in the first-11.”

    Mbaeva made his debut for Arrows in August 2014 and went on to make 70 appearances for his club.

    The 28-year old talented keeper's most appearance for Arrows in a season came during the 2014/15 season, when he played 30 matches in league and cup competitions.

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    Namibian enduro delivers spectacular racingNamibian enduro delivers spectacular racing Round four of the Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship took place at Uis last Saturday.

    A large crowd of spectators witnessed 75 participating riders making their way through a stunning track, including dunes, riverbeds and single-track sections.

    Henner Rusch (KTM) and Marcel Henle (KTM) delivered nail biting action in the Open Motorbikes Class right from the start. The two exceptional riders were neck-in-neck throughout the race, changing lead, and finally separated only by 20 seconds at the finish line, after more than two hours of hard racing.

    Henle took his second victory of the season, equalling Rusch in the championship. Pascal Henle (KTM), currently studying broad, was back in Namibia and in good shape for the Uis Enduro and took third place.

    David Brown (KTM) interrupted the three-race winning streak of Joern Greiter (KTM) with his victory in the Senior Motorbike Rider's Class. Werner Wiese (KTM) finished second ahead of Kai Hohmeier (KTM) who took third. Greiter rode an excellent race, but received a penalty for missing a transponder to finish fourth.

    Kai-Uwe Brettschneider (KTM) returned from study leave after more than two years absence, and still finished first in the Clubman's Class.

    Duard Wiese (KTM), victorious at the Otjihase Enduro, finished only 23 seconds behind Brettschneider in second place. Last year's Clubman's Class Champion and current championship leader, Juergen Gladis (KTM), finished third.

    The off-road bikes produced another spectacular winner, as youngster Keanu Weber-Trianus (KTM) took first place ahead of Johan van der Merwe and Francois Theron. Levin Quinger (KTM) took victory in the development class ahead of championship leader Dylan Hilfiker (KTM) and Colin Eins (KTM).

    Gary Rowland (Honda) took the open Quad Class victory as Championship Leader JL Oppermann suffered technical difficulties. After the main event, a Dune Climb competition, sponsored by NS Electrical, Maritz Transport, Crown National, Auto Ecke, and Safe Wear completed the action at Uis.

    Round five of the Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship will take place on 22 July at Ababis close to Karibib. The Namibian Enduro Club encourages spectators and riders to follow their Facebook page and the web site for more updates.


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  • 06/20/17--16:00: Change of plans
  • Change of plansChange of plansNedbank Citi Dash postponed The 2017 Nedbank Citi Dash which was scheduled for 24 June, has been postponed to a later date. Nedbank Namibia Limited, in conjunction with EY Namibia and the Namibia National Olympic Committee, postponed the 2017 Nedbank Citi Dash due to Toivo ya Toivo's untimely death.

    Late Andimba Toivo ya Toivo will be laid to rest on the same day the marathon was supposed to take place. Gernot de Klerk, Nedbank Namibia's head of marketing and communications said that they join the nation in mourning the loss of the liberation hero and believe it to be only appropriate to cancel the Nedbank Citi Dash.

    Communication specialist at Nedbank Selma Shipanga said that they have remained in close contact with their partners in the ministry of sports, as well as the Namibian police, and all members of the organising committee, are in agreement with the decision.

    She further said that they did not incur any financial losses and that arrangements are underway to reimburse the hundreds of runners who have already entered to participate in the Nedbank Citi Dash.

    “We invite the participants to keep a lookout for when we announce the new date for the Citi Dash,” Shipanga added.

    Shipanga further added that they have not received any complaints from participants as yet, “most of the feedback we have gotten on the postponement has been quite positive with everybody agreeing that it was a good decision to postpone as a mark of respect for the legacy of the late Andimba Toivo ya Toivo.”

    Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) secretary-general, Joan Smit said the Olympic Day, which would have underpinned the Nedbank Citi Dash, will similarly be deferred.

    The inaugural Nedbank Citi Dash, which will see the country's premier runners compete along Windhoek's iconic Independence Avenue, promises to be a lucrative event on the sporting calendar with prizes totalling N$60 000 spread over all the various categories.

    But not only does it offer financial gain but will bring Namibians together in celebration and ultimately establish itself as one of the premier sporting and social events in the country.

    An announcement on a rescheduled date will be made once the organising committee has assessed all available options.

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    Welwitschias settle for fourth place overallWelwitschias settle for fourth place overall Namibia's senior national rugby team, the Welwitschias, on Sunday lost their third and last game of the 2017 World Rugby Nations Cup underway in Montevideo, Uruguay, to finish fourth overall.

    The Namibian outfit lost the match 10-31 against Russia to finish on six points.

    Uruguay is this year's World Rugby Nations Cup champions and Russia runners-up. The host remained unbeaten in the tournament.

    Argentina XV finished third, Spain fifth and Emerging Italy sixth.

    In their match against Russia that was streamed live over the internet, the Namibians trailed 5-19 at half-time through a try scored by Renaldo Bothma but Theuns Kotzé missed the conversion.

    In the second half, the Welwitschias ran in one more try through Gino Wilson, and Kotzé missed from the spot once more to end the game with 10 points.

    Speaking to the media after the game, Welwitschias captain Bothma said they had an “off-day at the office”, but he was happy the players gave their all throughout the competition and they now know what to improve on in future games.

    The 2017 World Rugby Nations Cup was the 12th edition of the rugby union competition that was first held in 2006. The tournament is part of the International Rugby Board's strategy aimed at providing more competition for tier-one A sides, as well as offering opportunities for second and third-tier nations such as Portugal, Russia, Namibia, Uruguay, Georgia and Romania.


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