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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Swapo elders endorse Geingob for party presidencySwapo elders endorse Geingob for party presidency The Swapo Party Elders Council (SPEC) at the conclusion of its elective congress at Outapi endorsed President Hage Geingob as their preferred candidate for the party presidency at the upcoming party congress.

    This announcement was made by Mukwaita Shanyengana during his speech after he retained his position as SPEC secretary. He said they would support Geingob at the congress slated to take place later this year. The SPEC congress was held under the theme 'With Age Comes Wisdom'. Both Shanyengana and Mary Masule, who retained the deputy secretary position, stood unopposed. “At the congress we talk openly. We the Swapo Party Elders Council are supporting President Hage Geingob to be party president,” Shanyengana said.

    Geingob, who was caught off guard by the sentiments of the SPEC, tried to shy away from what Shanyengana said but he thanked them for their support.

    The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) earlier this year also endorsed Geingob as their preferred candidate for the party's top position. Geingob said in his keynote address that congresses are competitive where some will be elected into positions while others will not, but that should not lead to problems afterwards.

    “Let us therefore take into account the fact that, although we may compete against each other during our respective congresses, we are first and foremost comrades, comrades who share a bond of blood, sweat and tears, etched in the soils that we liberated,” Geingob said.



    Geingob further said when there are disagreements they should be based on facts and not be made personal, saying that there is no problem if individuals disagree about methods and ideas on how to do something.



    “It is not wrong to disagree but let us avoid becoming disagreeable. Make a case without being angry and insulting… above everything else we are comrades,” Geingob said.



    Regarding the newly elected SPEC leaders and central committee members, Geingob said with their wisdom they had the responsibility to share the principles of the party with the younger generation and strengthen the party.



    “As the roots of Swapo, we depend on your wisdom and deep knowledge to sustain the life force of the party and bring about the sprouting of new branches, which will ensure that Swapo is a party that will always bear good fruit,” Geingob said.



    Talking about the challenges the country was facing, Geingob said the Swapo Party-led government's efforts must be intensified to bolster its leadership.



    “We are faced with several countervailing forces that could hinder our plans such as the unpredictable global economy, income disparities, poverty, corruption and the ever-looming spectre of tribalism. We must therefore intensify our efforts to consolidate our position as a people-centred party, by bolstering the leadership and intellectual capacity of the party,” Geingob said.



    Attorney-general Sackey Shangala declared the outcome of the SPEC congress free and fair. Electronic voting machines were used for the election process.

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    Legal steps against Chinese abattoirLegal steps against Chinese abattoirOutjo council ignored residents' opposition Outjo residents plan to go to court after their town council ignored their objections against a Chinese-owned donkey abattoir. A group of concerned Outjo residents plan to take legal action against a resolution by the town council to approve a Chinese-owned donkey slaughterhouse, a decision residents say was made despite widespread opposition from the town's residents and slammed as lacking transparency.

    Members of the Outjo Community Committee (OCC) last week said they would “not stand for the blatant misuse of power” and would definitely take legal action in order to pause the decision and get more answers.

    In March, a petition attracting nearly 1 900 signatures against the planned abattoir made the rounds, and the OCC handed over a detailed list of objections, as well as questions to the council.

    To date, the council has ignored the questions and already took the decision in May to approve the plan, albeit with conditions attached.

    The OCC, moreover, were only made aware of the decision last week.

    One of the issues is the fact that although Fu Hai Trading claimed they would focus exclusively on donkey meat for export to Vietnam and other Asian countries, in a business plan experts in March criticised for a lack of transparency and credibility, the municipality now claims the abattoir will deal with cattle and sheep too.

    The change of plans was not made public.

    “I believe that it is abundantly clear at this stage that the municipality simply outright refuses to be transparent.

    They failed to answer questions regarding the donkey abattoir in the first instance and now suddenly the entire business plan is changed.

    To outline the absurdity, the mention of other meat products was not even made in the original newspaper advertisement posted by them personally. Should the change of business plan not have been addressed on a separate platform?” Zayne Koorts, OCC's legal adviser, said on Friday.



    Lindie Prinsloo, chairperson of the OCC, last week said the municipality owed the community a number of answers, some of which the community hoped would be forthcoming if the OCC managed to get an interdict against the decision.



    “We plan to take out an interdict against this decision as the municipality of Outjo has not answered one of our questions as presented to them in various formal letters.”



    The questions include whether an environmental impact study has been completed, whether Fu Hai Trading is registered as a business and abattoir, what will be done with the waste products, including donkey skins, the source of the donkeys, cattle and sheep and whether Meatco has been informed.



    She added that the town council's decision to ignore the various petitions and objections highlighted their lack of transparency.



    “Why do they ignore the Outjo Community Committee enquiries? We are a committee chosen by the town's people representing the people of Outjo. Does that mean nothing to them?”







    Claim of transparency



    Outjo mayor Marius Sheya last week told Namibian Sun the council had “followed the law” in their decision process and that council meetings can be attended by the public.



    He added that the abattoir discussion had been listed on the council agenda.



    He said the objections were received but after “objectively” looking at the proposed business plan, “we approved with conditions” and the decision was based from the “objective of development.”



    He said the approval was made with a number of conditions that have to be met by Fu Hai Trading before operations can commence and that “as long as they meet the necessary requirements, in terms of the law, we don't have a problem.”



    Outjo town council CEO Joseph !Urib dismissed accusations of secrecy on Friday, and said the council was not required to provide feedback on objections.



    He told Namibian Sun that the council on 15 May “took a principle resolution” to approve the abattoir, which he said would now operate as a “multi-species” operation.



    He said unlike the February newspaper advert in which the council said it intended to sell the land to Fu Hai Trading, the resolution dictated the land would be leased because the company did not yet have Namibian partners.



    The CEO said Fu Hai Trading's were instructed to carry out a number of requirements before they could be given final approval.



    Some of the requirements include conducting an environmental impact assessment and to hold public meetings with Outjo residents. He said Fu Hai Trading also needed an environmental clearance certificate from the environment ministry.



    Fu Hai Trading was also instructed to obtain a valid export permit and legal documents necessary to operate an abattoir in Namibia, as well as export meat and other waste products.



    The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry on Friday said that Fu Hai Trading Enterprises had not yet approached the ministry to apply for an export permit.



    The ministry added that, based on a previous business plan of Fu Hai Trading to export donkey meat to Vietnam, a permit could not be issued as there was no agreed health certificate between Namibia and Vietnam.



    A request to! Urib to share a copy of the council's meeting minutes, in which the resolution was listed, was not met by the time of going to print yesterday.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Crisis of child rape as thousands sufferCrisis of child rape as thousands suffer The Namibian police investigated 1 661 cases of rape of minors below the age of 18 over a period of four years from 2013 to 2016. Of these victims, 1 577 were girls and 84 were boys.

    In June, Namibian Sun reported that the police had investigated 3 863 alleged rapes of children and teenagers below the age of 18 between 2003 and 2012. Of these victims, 3 656 were girls and 207 boys.

    In total, the number of Namibian Police investigations of child and teenage rape allegations over a span of 13 years was 5 524, from 2003 to 2016.

    Investigations of attempted rape and assault with intent to rape of minors in addition to the rape investigations between 2003 and 2012 increased the number to a total of 4 206 investigations.

    Of these investigations, 3976 were linked to females and 230 to male.

    Records on the number of successful or failed prosecutions of persons charged with rape have not been made available to Namibian Sun.

    Social workers and others working on gender-based violence in Namibia warn that the high rate of child rape, attempted rape or assault of children is likely on the increase, but the problem is complex and requires a multi-pronged approach.

    In July, police crime reports show that five new cases of rape are being investigated, including a serious assault of a two-year-old boy.

    On 1 July, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 26-year-old man at Bethanie and a nine-year-old boy was allegedly raped in the Kavango West Region.



    On 2 July, police arrested a man who is accused of raping a two-year-old toddler, who had been sleeping in the same room.



    On 3 July, a three-year-old was allegedly raped by a 14-year-old boy, who lured her to his home with sweets.



    On 5 July, police charged a 30-year-old man with rape after he allegedly sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl.



    Social workers have also warned that the actual number of children and teenagers being raped is likely much higher as many go unreported for a number of reasons, including family cover-ups, cultural practices, shame and more.



    “The issue of statutory rape in Namibia is for instance one issue that requires a lot of attention, given the high incidence of teen pregnancies,” Lifeline/Childline counsellors Charlemaine Husselmann and James Itana told Namibian Sun recently.



    They also warned that many Namibians remain staunchly silent on the issue of child rape and that Namibians “do not hold each other accountable and do not speak out against such acts. Men also do not hold each other accountable and we have made it acceptable for men to sexually harass women.”



    Despite the overwhelming silence, some have spoken up.



    In June, the chief of the police, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, spoke up on the issue of child rapes in Namibia, urging Namibians to take a strong stance against this social problem.



    Ndeitunga said a closer look should be taken at the role of traditional practitioners on the issue and urged family members to speak up when their children are raped, instead of protecting or hiding the rapists.



    “This is totally unacceptable in a nation such as ours and is leading to a moral collapse of our society.”



    In June, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare said several factors could contribute to the high rate of sexual abuse of children and teenagers in Namibia.



    These include alcohol and drug abuse, unemployment and high levels of poverty, child neglect as well as overcrowding in homes where children become more vulnerable to predatory adults.

    “Children are generally vulnerable due to their tender age. That makes them easy targets for abuse including rape. They do not have the mental capacity, the physical strength, or the experience to enable them to stop the abuse,” a ministry spokesperson said.



    The ministry also said that apart from awareness programmes and support structures, officials there work closely with the office of the prosecutor-general as well as social workers and police investigators.



    These networks are aimed at ensuring that rape cases, especially of minors, “receive the urgent attention they deserve”.

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  • 07/09/17--16:00: Amseb lauds Skorpion Zinc
  • Amseb lauds Skorpion ZincAmseb lauds Skorpion ZincTournament made a difference in his life The Skorpion Zinc under-17 tournament is said to have changed the fate of young players in the country. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



    Young Namibian footballer Pitsi Amseb has showered Skorpion Zinc with praise for changing his life.

    Last week, Skorpion Zinc and the NFA announced the return of the under-17 regional tournament.

    The player who gave his testimony at the launch of the tournament last week said that the tournament had opened doors for him.

    “It is really a great thing that the Skorpion Zinc tournament is back because it means a lot to young players.

    “I became part of the national under-17 team after playing for the Khomas Region in this similar tournament a few years ago.

    “Thanks to Skorpion Zinc, we managed to win the Cosafa tournament last year even though we are not able to defend it this year,” Ameb said.

    The player urged the corporate world to join football in order to make the dreams of many young footballers a reality.

    Amseb was also part of the under-17 team which recently returned from Germany.

    “Because of Skorpion Zinc, I and many of my teammates’ hopes of playing for the senior national team are still alive.

    “The team has been playing well and this is evidence that tournaments of this nature do actually make a huge difference in the lives of young people.”

    The mining company has committed itself to a N$1.4 million sponsorship for the Namibia Football Association (NFA) to stage the youth tournament.

    This year, the competition has drawn the defending champions Omusati Region alongside the Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, //Karas and Kunene Region in group A.

    Group B will see Kavango East, Erongo, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Khomas Region battling for the knockout stages.

    Group C has only four teams: Kavango West, Oshana, Hardap and the Zambezi Region.

    The competition will take place in Windhoek on 9 September.

    The match schedule will be announced in due course.

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    Sport contribution greatly underestimated: ManuelSport contribution greatly underestimated: Manuel NAMPA

    The contribution of sport to the National Development Plan (NDP) is greatly underestimated.

    Sport makes a difference in the lives of young athletes, the deputy director of Marginalised People and Women in Sport under the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, Jo-Ann Manuel, said at the Africa Public Service Day commemoration held at Nkurenkuru last week.

    The day gives recognition to the civil service, such as its positive contribution and benefits for the population, civil society, private sector and government.

    Manuel was one of the panellists invited to discuss the main theme of the event ‘Entrenching a citizen-centred service delivery culture: Partnering with the Youth for Africa’s transformation’.

    Other panellists were the board chairperson and executive chairperson of the National Youth Council, Mandela Kapere, and the presidential adviser on youth matters and enterprise development, Daisry Mathias.

    “The youth are the leaders of tomorrow and as such we need to invest in them. Namibia’s youth constitute the majority of the population,” Manuel said.

    She said it was the responsibility of the government to ensure that all segments of the population were taken care of, more so the youth.

    Manuel said with the compilation of the fifth NDP, her directorate pushed to have sport included.

    In NDP5, which spans from 2017 to 2022, the government wants to improve opportunities for employment through professional sport from 0.2% recorded in 2014 to 2% by the year 2022.

    Manuel said there was a need to encourage the youth to take up sport.

    “When you look at African millionaires under the age of 40, they are mostly from the sports sector,” she stated.

    Manuel mentioned Ivorian football player Didier Drogba, Cameroonian football player Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure from Ivory Coast.

    She pointed out that these athletes assist in their countries and hometowns.

    “With the current economic circumstances, sport needs to be considered for national development,” Manuel said.

    The event was also attended by members of parliament and civil servants from across the country.

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  • 07/09/17--16:00: Vries released by United
  • Vries released by UnitedVries released by United KICKOFF

    Maritzburg United have opted against extending the stay of Namibian goalkeeper Virgil Vries.

    The Namibian international, who had been at the team for the past five seasons, saw his contract with the club expire at the end of June, and United opted against renewing.

    “Yes, we have released him [Vries]. He was a good player and he was a good servant to the club,” Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia tells KickOff.com.

    "And, going to the future, the club felt the need for change and we were not going to extend his contract again."

    This means Maritzburg now have only one established goalkeeper in Bongani Mpandle, with youngster Lindokuhle Mathebula having failed to make a single league appearance following his promotion from the club’s youth ranks last year.

    The Team of Choice are, however, showing an interest in Wayne Sandilands, who is a free agent after leaving Mamelodi Sundowns, with the club now desperate to strengthen their choices between the sticks ahead of next season, which will see them feature in the MTN8.

    Maritzburg, who appointed Fadlu Davids as head coach for this coming season, yesterday welcomed Malawian striker Robin Ngalande, who will fill the foreign quota spot left by Vries’s exit.

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    Rundu waste plans in pipelineRundu waste plans in pipeline NAMPA

    The Rundu town council intends entering a public-private partnership with Waste Power Generation Limited to collect and recycle refuse as a way of mitigating the town’s waste management problem.

    Namibia University of Science and Technology chancellor Tjama Tjivikua and Russian investors own the company that also intends working with other local authorities such as Otjiwarongo and Walvis Bay.

    “We are challenged by refuse removal and this PPP will address the issues of refuse the town has been battling with,” said Rundu mayor Verna Sinimbo in an interview with Nampa.

    “We believe this initiative is a comprehensive project as it will start from the collection of refuse to energy generation.”

    The company plans entering into a separate agreement with the Northern Regional Electricity Distribution office in Rundu to recycle the waste and generate electricity.

    Sinimbo said the resolution was taken in May at the council meeting, where concerns on the financial capacity of the company surfaced because it was not proven in the proposal provided earlier.

    The CEO of the company, Frank Michael Adam, told Nampa that the African Expert Federation was preparing feasibility studies on the project and the PPP agreement.

    Adam said the company had secured funds from two financial institutions, Standard Bank Namibia and the Development Bank of Namibia, for the Rundu project that would cost about N$250 million.

    Every year, Rundu residents complain about the pace at which contractors collect waste around the town and that the tender is awarded to incompetent contractors, who do not possess the skills and equipment to carry out the duties.

    Sinimbo said in future, RTC would terminate agreements with contractors who did not perform their duties.

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  • 07/09/17--16:00: Good saving tips
  • Good saving tipsGood saving tipsStart saving to secure your financial independence In these trying financial times and ever-changing economic climate, it is important to prioritise cultivating a culture of saving. STAFF REPORTER



    With July being Savings Month, Piet Bergh, Nedbank’s area manager for the north, says this time should remind all of us to make provision to start saving regularly, and that every little bit counts.

    “You would be making major advances towards achieving your own financial discipline if you can save and budget for a small amount of money, even starting with as low as N$20 or N$50 per month in a savings or cheque account or even a call deposit account. The most important action is that you start,” said Bergh.

    To save means different things to different people. For some, it means putting money in the bank while for others it can mean buying shares, investing in unit trusts or contributing to a pension plan. However universally, to save means to consume less out of a given amount of cash in the present in order to consume more in the future

    Elaine Schlechter, Nedbank’s executive: wealth management and bancassurance, shares that the reason why saving is sometimes hard is not necessarily because of a lack of self-control but rather the absence of prioritising and putting into action the needed plans to build towards what we want to achieve in future.

    “Instead, we tend to focus on our immediate needs and prioritise them as important, as opposed to prioritising on achieving a specific goal that will materialise in few years from now,” she says.

    “Start by setting aside some time to think about what it is that you want to achieve in a few years and commit to that dream. The next step is to set a time frame and have a plan on how you want to achieve it.

    “Over a longer period the goal can be achieved with smaller monthly contributions. The longer the decision is extended to start to save, the higher the amount will be to accumulate enough to make that happen. It is to your advantage to start saving as soon as possible. If you should spend any money, only spend what is left after you have saved,” she advises.

    She adds: “Set visual reminders of what you are saving for or towards and monitor your progress on a regular basis. Have a monthly budget and leave some space for unforeseen costs. By doing this you will be able to pay for it without having to delve into your savings account.”

    Avoiding debt goes a long way in ensuring financial freedom. While some debt like buying a house or in some instances a car is unavoidable, trying to repay any debt or loans back within the agreed set time can save you from being charged further interest.

    “Never get discouraged when you are having trouble saving money. It’s easy to lose your nerve. No matter how little you are starting with, it is always possible to begin saving money. Furthermore, saving is a mind-set and a conscious decision that you make. Once that decision is made, you are on your way of reaching your dreams and goals,” says Schlechter.

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    Court hearing BoN’s SME Bank applicationCourt hearing BoN’s SME Bank application Court to hear BoN’s SME Bank application
    The Bank of Namibia this afternoon scored a second victory in its legal action against SME Bank when the High Court ruled that its application for the closure of the loss-making bank is urgent.
    In her ruling High Court Judge Hannelie Prinsloo said the BoN’s application met all the legal requirements in accordance with the Companies Act 28 of 2004 to be heard on an urgent basis.
    The judge further said the decision by BoN’s governor Ipumbu Shiimi was right when he stepped in with the legal action against the SME Bank to minimise the financial losses.
    Sisa Namandje, appearing for the SME Bank and its minority shareholders, unsuccessfully wanted the application not to be heard on an urgent basis and be struck off the roll.
    While the about 208 employees at the troubled bank have sleepless nights over their future, Advocate Andrew Corbett, who is representing BoN, strongly argued that government is fully aware that the closing of the SME Bank is in the best interest of the country’s financial sector and nation.
    After a ruling on the urgency of the matter, the court then started listening to the merits of the case.
    On Friday last week, an attempt by Namandje to delay the legal proceedings also failed when the court dismissed his request on a technical point and thereafter allowed the hearing to proceed as scheduled.
    The matter continues.
    STAFF REPORTER

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  • 07/10/17--16:00: Offer us a helping hand
  • Offer us a helping handOffer us a helping handFemale boxers need support The NBF president calls on local businesses to raise the profile of women's boxing. President of the Namibia Boxing Federation (NBF) Benjamin Rebang is urging local businesses to step up and help finance women's boxing.

    Rebang said this in support of the second edition of the annual Omuthiya Women's Boxing Bonanza organised by the Oshikoto Boxing Academy.

    The bonanza will take place on Saturday at the multiple national events arena and will attract close to 20 female boxers from around the country.

    Rebang said women's boxing has been sidelined for years and that it is time to give them attention. He said the boxing federation is trying its best to accommodate and allocate funds to all parties but they are struggling. “There are many talented female boxers in the country and coaches who are trying their best to hone their skills but finance is the problem. We are also short staffed and need people to come on board and help the federation with their expertise.”

    Rebang added that change is a problem but they have been trying to push women into management positions at the boxing federation in order to empower them to help grow the sport. Maria Ileka, coach from Omuthiya Boxing Academy, said that more professional amateur male boxers should help promote women's participation in the sport.

    Ileka, who has been coaching for the last six years, said although the women get the opportunity to train with their male counterparts in the gym, they need to show their skills in the ring.

    The coach is working towards uniting coaches from around the country to share ideas on how they can improve the game for the women, as their male counterparts have been doing exceptionally well in the sport.

    “We have talented female boxers; they just need the right motivation and support to follow their dreams,” she said. One of the female boxers expected to be in action is Marie Gabriel, who the coach said would impress the crowd.

    Gabriel said with the right support many of them could have successful boxing careers. She said it is no longer a sport only men can take part in.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 07/10/17--16:00: Mannetti to try his best
  • Mannetti to try his bestMannetti to try his best Namibia will have all the odds against them when they play Zimbabwe in the 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifiers over two legs, coach Ricardo Mannetti says.

    Fresh from their unsuccessful Cosafa campaign, Mannetti began with his team's preparations for the CHAN qualifiers.

    Namibia will first play at home on 16 July before they travel to Zimbabwe for the return leg on 23 July.

    “To be honest with all the fans, I can tell you that Zimbabwe is the favourites coming into this encounter.

    “I am sure that we are all aware about our league situation and how difficult it will be for us in the next two matches.

    “Our opponents just won the Cosafa Cup and they have been active in their league,” Mannetti said.

    The coach promised that he would do everything in his power to get the team to fight harder.

    He feels that the only way Namibia can come out victorious is when they play with their hearts.

    “Some of the players who played in the Cosafa plate final like the likes of Riaan Hanamub will definitely be in the team.

    “I can also confirm that William Mwedihanga is available for selection and his services will be crucial for us.” The Brave Warriors will have to play without their star man Deon Hotto, who is ineligible to play in the competition given that he plays professionally outside Namibia.

    Goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva, Absalom Iimbondi and Rodger Katjiteo will also not feature in this competition because they play abroad.

    “The fans must really come in their numbers to support the boys because they will need it.

    “It has been difficult times for us and it is evident from our Cosafa display.

    “Now is the time that we will need to stand behind the team,” the coach said.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    Zimbabwe holds Sri Lanka to 203-8 in series deciderZimbabwe holds Sri Lanka to 203-8 in series decider Off-spinner Sikandar Raza claimed three wickets to help Zimbabwe restrict Sri Lanka to 203 for eight in the fifth and deciding one-day international yesterday.

    Put into bat, Sri Lanka suffered from a lack of partnerships but opener Danushka Gunathilaka (52) and Asela Gunaratne (59 not out) hit gritty half-centuries to steady the home side in Hambantota.

    The Angelo Mathews-led side slipped to 153-8 in the 42nd over before Gunaratne and Dushmantha Chameera (18 not out) put on an unbeaten 50-run stand for the ninth wicket.

    Paceman Tendai Chatara drew first blood after getting opener Niroshan Dickwella - who came into the match with two successive centuries - caught behind for three.

    The wicket also pulled the brakes on Sri Lanka's rampaging opening starts in the previous one-day internationals against the visiting African side.

    Dickwella and Gunathilaka made ODI history in delivering back-to-back double century partnerships in the previous two contests against Zimbabwe.

    Raza (3-21), who opened the bowling for the visiting side, rattled Sri Lanka's top order with two wickets including left-handed batsman Upul Tharanga for one.

    The Pakistan-born Raza was complemented by skipper Graeme Cremer, who took two wickets with his wily leg-spin, notably the prized scalp of his opposite number Mathews (24).

    The 11th-ranked Zimbabwe, who levelled the series at 2-2 on Saturday, are chasing their first bilateral series away from home against a Test side since they defeated Bangladesh on their home turf in 2001.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 07/10/17--16:00: Zimbabwe claims Cosafa Cup
  • Zimbabwe claims Cosafa CupZimbabwe claims Cosafa CupCosafa Cup title goes to Zim Zimbabwe claimed a record fifth Cosafa Castle Cup with a deserved 3-1 victory over Zambia in the final played at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg on Sunday. SUPERSPORT



    Zimbabwe was the best team in the tournament, playing six matches in 14 days and scoring an impressive 19 goals in the process.

    It was tough on Zambia, who entered the competition at the quarterfinal stage and had an impressive campaign, but could not contain the confident Zimbabweans in the decider.

    The final was surprisingly open for a decider, with 35 chances at goal from both sides, and it was Zimbabwe who took the lead.

    Knox Mutizwa scored his fifth goal of the tournament when he headed the ball home midway through the first half, but any hopes of going into halftime ahead were dashed.

    Lubinda Mundia had only been on the pitch a matter of seconds as a substitute, but he headed home to draw Zambia level.

    Mutizwa had an excellent chance to restore the Zimbabwe lead when he found himself one-on-one with Allan Chibwe in the second period, and the Zambian goalkeeper came out on top. But Zimbabwe continued to put pressure on the Zambian goal and it was no surprise when they took the lead once more as Talent Chawapiwa drilled the ball low into the back of the net.

    And 10 minutes later it was 3-1 as Mashure bagged a fourth goal of the campaign with a fine finish from the edge of the box. Zimbabwe endured a few scares after that, but goalkeeper George Chigova was in fine form and stopped everything Zambia could throw at him.

    Zimbabwe now leads in Cosafa Castle Cup titles with five, one more than Zambia and South Africa. For the Zambians, it is a record fifth defeat in the final of the regional showpiece tournament. Zimbabwe skipper Ovidy Karuru finished as top scorer in the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup with six goals, one more than compatriot Knox Mutizwa.

    Zimbabwe collect R500 000 as winners of the competition, while Zambia take home R250 000.

    Tanzania finished third at this year’s tournament, while hosts South Africa picked up the Plate trophy.

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    Benin league resumes after two-year breakBenin league resumes after two-year break SUPERSPORT

    Top-flight football resumed in tiny west African nation Benin on Saturday after a two-year absence due to power struggles between officials.

    Among those who attended a league fixture involving Atlantic Sharks and US Seme-Krake were state president Patrice Talon and CAF boss Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar.

    Disagreements between officials caused the suspension of the national championship in 2015 and a stop-gap league was staged last year without a formal winner.

    The 2017-2018 championship will consist of 19 clubs, divided into two mini-leagues, who will share the goal of succeeding the last champions, Buffles Borgou.

    International broadcasters LC2 International Afnex are assisting in organising the championship.

    Benin clubs consistently struggle in CAF competitions with none reaching the group stage of the Champions League or the second-tier Confederation Cup.

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    Ompangu tayi ka tokola epato lyoSME BankOmpangu tayi ka tokola epato lyoSME Bank Oonkambadhala shokweenditha kashona epato lyombaanga yoSME Bank odha hulile muunyengwi, sho Ompangu yoPombanda ya tindi eindilo lya tulwa mo kaaniipambuliko aashona yombaanga ndjoka ya tumbulwa kutya Metropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe oshowo World Eagle Properties mboka taya pataneke oonkambadhala dhepato lyombaanga ndjoka.

    Metbank no World Eagle Properties oya ningi eindilo lyompango taya indike nokuya moshipala eindilo lyaningwa kOmbaanga Onene yaNamibia opo ombaanga ndjoka yi patwe. Ombaanga onene yaNamibia oya kuthako ekondololo lyombaanga ndjoka yoSME Bank petameko lyaMaalitsa sha landula sho kwa dhidhilikwa kutya oshimaliwa shoomiliyona shili pokati ko 181 no 196 odha ningwa epungulo tali limbilike moSouth Afrika.

    Omukalelipo gwopaveta gwoMet Bank oshowo World Eagle Properties, Sisa Namandje okwa popi kutya kashi shi andola kutya epato lyombaanga ndjoka oli li ompinge nompango yomahangano ihe otaya pula opo ngele ope na omikalo dhimwe dhi vule okulongithwa. Okwa popi kutya uuthemba waayakulwa ye owa yi wa pondje molwaashoka inaya pewa ompito ya gwana ya yamukule keindilo ndyoka lya ningwa kombaanga onene.

    Senior counsel Andrew Corbett, ngoka ta kalelepo ombaanga onene okwa lombwele ompangu mEtitano kutya ombaanga oya ningi owala eindilo ngele otashi vulika opo ombaanga ndjoka yi patwe ihe kali shi eindilo lya hugunina opo ombaanga ndjoka yi pate.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ombaanga onene otayi kambadhala owala okugamena omaliko gaantu ngoka geli mombaanga ndjoka, na okwa pula opo ku ningwe oonkambadhala omapungulo ngoka ga ningwa pondje yoshilongo ga galulwe.

    Corbett okwa popi kutya oshikumungu shoka osha pumbwa okupulakenwa meendelelo na itashi vulu okutegelela komvula yo-2018 molwaashoka otaku ka kala eyonagulo enene ngele ombaanga ndjoka inayi patwa. Pahapu dhe, epato lyombaanga otali vulu okuyanda ekanitho lyomaliko gombaanga oshowo enano enene lyiimaliwa okuza kwaamboka ye na mo omapungulo gawo mombaanga ndjoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ombaanga onene oyi na oshinakugwanithwa shokukondolola oongunga dhombaanga yoSME Bank niilonga yawo na otayi yi pondje nokuyanda oshinakugwanithwa shawo ngele oya pitika ombaanga ndjoka yi tsikile niilonga.

    JACQUELINE LOUW

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    E yo komeho eshona mOhangwena aquiferE yo komeho eshona mOhangwena aquiferAanongononi ya kunkilile Okwa holola omaipulo kombinga yongushu yomeya ngoka taga adhika moothiithiya yomevi moshitopolwa shaHangwena monooli yaNamibia. Okomitiye yoKalahari Ohangwena Aquifer (KOH-2) oya ekelehi omapopyo kutya oothiithiya ndjoka oyi na omeya ga gwana onooli yaNamibia uule woomvula 400 ihe oya popi kutya omu na omeya taga tengenekelwa poocubic oobiliyona 20.

    Nonando ongaaka omupeha amushanga muuministeli wUunamapya, Omeya nIihwa, Abraham Nehemia, okwa holola omaiyuvo ge kombinga yongushu yomeya ngoka.

    Okomitiye ndjoka oya ningi omutumba Eenhana moshitopolwa shaHangwena oshiwike sha piti, opo shi gandje uuyelele kombinga yonkalo yothiithiya ndjoka. Pethimbo lyomutumba ngoka gwa ningwa uule womasiku gaali, okwa hololwa kutya othiithiya ndjoka otayi gandja nale omeya mEenhana, Okongo nOmundaungilo ihe okwa hololwa kutya omeya ngoka oge na fluoride oyindji.

    Okomitiye oya holola kutya omeya ngoka geli pokati kOshikango nEenhana oge na ofluoride oyindji omanga ngoka geli pokati kEenhana nOkongo ge na ofluoride onshona.

    Menindjela gwopoloyeka yoBundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR), Martin Quinger, okwa popi kutya inaku popiwa we kutya othiithiya ndjoka oyi na omeya taga vulu okulongithwa uule woomvula 400 dhili komeho, na okwa popi kutya okwa pumbwa opo ku ningwe omakonaakono ga gwedhwa po.

    Okwa tsikile kutya otaya ka ninga oomboola pomahala ga yooloka opo ya vule okutala nokukondolola ondjele yomeya ngoka.

    Menindjela gwogeohydrology, moNamwater, Henry Mukendwa, okwa popi kutya etulepo lyoombola ndhoka oli na ondilio na olya nika woo oshiponga. Okwa popi kutya omboola yimwe otayi koho oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 2.6 oshowo iipumbiwa yiilongitho yongushu yoomiliyona 3.

    “Otatu popi omboola yuule woometa 300, okuya unene mevi oko ngaa kondilo. Ethimbo limwe oshidhigu okukutha mo iinima yokumboolitha. Ope na oombola dhimwe dha filwa niilongitho omo yili molwaashoka itatu vulu okuyi kutha mo,” Mukendwa a popi. Okwa yelitha kutya othiithiya ndjoka oyi na omeya pamaludhi gaali nopethimbo ndyoka taya fulu oomboola ndhoka oye na okukwashilipaleka kutya omeya ngoka inaga ya mumwe. Omitumba ndhoka dha ningwa odha holola kutya kape na olutu lwiidhikamena ndoka lya ningile omeya ngoka omalelo, omeya inaga wapalekwa na oha gayi guukilila opo ga longithwe kaakwashigwana kakele mEenhana moka haga tulwa mumwe nomeya gomomunino.

    Ngoloneya gwaHangwena, Usko Nghaamwa, okwa pula epangelo opo li endelelithe emanitho lyopoloyeka ndjoka molwaashoka aakalimo oyendji moshitopolwa she kaye na omeya gomominino.

    Omupeha amushanga ina gandja kutya opoloyeka ndjoka otayi ka manithwa uunake.

    Pauyelele woHarambee Prosperity Plan opoloyeka ndjoka otayi ka tulwa miilonga muule woomvula ntano.

    “Omidhingoloko adhihe okuza mEenhana sigo Oshivelo otadhi ka pewa omeya,” Nehemia ta ti.

    Othiithiya ndjoka oyi li oshitopolwa shoCuvelai-Etosha Basin (CEB) – ndjoka yilli oshitopolwa shoKalahari Basin ya zilila ombinga yimwe ya Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana na South Africa.

    Omalelo gaNamibia naAngola oga yi metsokumwe nkene ge na okukondoolopa othiithiya ndjoka nokutotapo okomisi yoKunene Bain Commission nOkavango Basin Commission. Okutameka omvula yo-2009, okwa ningwa omalolelo ga thika po-21 moka kwa fulwa oomboola ihe haadhihe dha gandja iizemo iiwanawa. Oomboola yaNamwater ndjoka ya fulwa mEenhana oya teka po mo-2014 na oya longululwa.

    NamWater pamwe nUuministeli wUunamapya otaya kwatele komeho opoloyeka ndjoka meyambidhidho lyaGermany, omanga European Union tayi gandja ekwatho lyiimaliwa ya thika poomiliyona 25.

    Omutumba ngoka gwa ningwa ogwa holola kutya omakonaakono otaga ningwa sigo omwedhi Sepetemba gwomvula twa taalela.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Aakwashigwana mOutjo ya tokola okuya kompanguAakwashigwana mOutjo ya tokola okuya kompanguMuni gwa Outjo ina yamukula omapulo aakwashigwana ye Aakalimo yomondoolopa yOutjo oya tokola okuya kompangu sha landula sho elelo lyondoolopa yawo lyiidhimbike omakemo gawo ngoka geli ompinge nokatomeno koondoongi mondoolopa moka. Aakwashigwana mOutjo oya tokola okukatuka oonkatu dhopaveta omolwa etokolo lyelelo lyondoolopa yawo okuzimina e yo komeho lyokatomeno koondoongi kehangano lyAaChina, nonando aakwashigwana oya holola nale omanyenyeto gawo kutya itaya zimine okatomeno hoka.

    Iilyo yOutjo Community Committee (OCC) oshiwike sha piti oya popi kutya itayi ka mwena na otayi ka katuka oonkatu dhopaveta opo etokolo ndyoka li kankame manga yo ya pewe omayamukulo.

    Mumaalitsa okwa shainwa omashainokaha ga thika po-1 900 moka aakwashigwana ya tindi opo okatomeno hoka ka pewe omulilo omuzizi, nomashaino ngoka oga pewa elelo lyondoolopa ndjoka.

    Monena ndjika, elelo lyondoolopa inali yamukula komapulo ngoka ga pulwa kaakwashigwana nomomwedhi Mei na olya tokola okupula komeho opo li gandje ezimino opo okatomeno hoka ka pule komeho.

    Omukundu gumwe oguli mpoka kutya, nonando ehangano ndyoka lyoFu Hai Trading olya popi kutya onyama ndjoka otayi ka tumwa momalanditho gopondje yoshilongo ngaashi moVietnam niilongo yaAsia, aatseyinawa oya nyana muMaalitsa okwaahena uuyuki nuuyelele wa gwana mompangelo yongeshefa ndjoka, nelelo lyamuni gwaOutjo ngashiingeyi otali popi kutya okatomeno hoka okoongombe noonzi.

    Omalunduluko ngoka ga ningwa inaga tseyithilwa oshigwana.

    “Ondiinekela kutya shoka osha yela ponkatu ndjika kutya elelo lyondoolopa olya tinda okuholola iinima ayihe polweela. Olya ndopa okuyamukula omapulo kombinga yokatomeno hoka potango nangashiingeyi oompangela adhihe odha lunduluka. Iinima yilwe mbyoka ya lundululwa ngashiingeyi kaya li ya tseyithwa miikundaneki,” Zayne Koorts, ngoka e li omugandjimayele gopaveta koOCC a popi.

    Lindie Prinsloo, omunashipundi gwo OCC okwa popi oshiwike sha piti kutya elelo lyondoolopa olya pumbwa okuyamukula komapulo ngoka ga pulwa koshigwana.

    “Otwa tokola okufala oshikumungu shika komeho yompangu, molwaashoka elelo lyondoolopa yetu olya ndopa okuyamukula komapulo getu.”

    Omapulo gamwe ongaashi ngele okwa ningwa tuu omakonaakono gopamudhingoloko, nongele ehangano lyoFu Hai Trading olya shangithwa pangeshefa onga okatomeno, iiyekelwahi mokatomeno hoka otayi ke ekelwa peni, mwakwatelwa iipa yoondoongi ndhoka tadhi ka tomwa, oshowo kutya otaya ka kala taya kutha oondoongi peni, oongombe noonzi, nongele ehangano lyaMeatco olya tseyithilwa tuu.

    Okwa gwedhwapo kutya omatompelo gelelo lyondoolopa yawo okwiidhimbika omapulo gaakwashigwana, otashi ulike kutya kape na uuyuki.

    “Omolwashike yiidhimbike omapulo gOutjo Community Committee enquiries? Tse okomitoye ya hogololwa kaakwashigwana opo tu yakalelepo miikumungu ya yooloka mOutjo. Shoka nani itashi ti sha kuyo?”

    Mayola gondoolopa ndjoka, Marius Sheya oshiwike sha piti okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya elelo lyawo olya landula ompango meningo lyetokolo lyawo, na oya ningi woo omitumba noshigwana.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ekundathano lyokatomeno hoka oshi li momusholondondo gwiikundathanwa yelelo lyondoolopa ndjoka.

    Okwa zimine kutya oya mono omanyenyeto ngoka itaga popile ezimino lyokatomeno hoka, naashoka osha etitha ya gandje ezimino lyawo ya tula po woo pompangu dhontumba dha pumbwa okugwanithwa po kehangano lyoFu Hai Trading omanga iilonga inayi tameka.

    Omunambelewa omukuluntuwiliki gwondoolopa ndjoka Joseph !Urib okwa ekelehi omalundilo ngoka taga ningwa koOCC aniwa, ta popi kutya kaya li ya pumbwa okugandja omayamukulo komanyenyeto ngoka ga ningwa.

    Okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya momasiku 15 gaMei oya ningi etokolo opo ya gandje ezimino kokatomeno hoka.

    Kakele ketseyitho ndyoka lya ningwa muFebruali kutya elelo lyondoolopa otali ka landitha evi kehangano lyoFu Hai Trading, okwa ningwa okatokolitho hoka ka utha opo evi ndyoka li hiilwe kehangano ndyoka molwaashoka kali na ookuume mongeshefa AaNamibia.

    Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwoFu Hai Trading okwa pewa omalombwelo giipumbiwa yontumba mbyoka ya pumbwa okugwanithwa poo manga inaya tameka iilonga.

    Iipumbiwa yilwe ongaashi e ningo lyomakonaakono gopamudhingoloko, okuninga iigongi noshigwana na oya pumbwa woo onzapo okuza kuuministeli womidhongoloko.

    Fu Hai Trading okwa lombwelwa woo opo ya konge omukanda dhepitiko lyetumo pondje onyama yawo, oshowo omikanda dhopaveta ndhoka tadhi utha ya longe nokatomeno moshilongo.

    Uuministeli wuunamapya owa popi mEtitano kutya ehangano ndyoka inali ninga natango eindilo lyomukanda gwokupitika etumo momalanditho gopondje iilandithomwa yawo.

    Uuministeli owa gwedha po kutya inaku vula okugandjwa omukanda gwepitiko lyetumo momalanditho iilandithomwa yehangano ndyoka nale molwaashoka kapu na etsokumwe lyonzapo yuundjolowele pokati kaNamibia naVietnam.

    Eindilo lya ningwa opo ! Urib a gadje okopi yiikundathana yoshigongi shelelo, moka okatokolitho hoka ka ningwa inatu yi pewa pethimbo onkundana ndjika ya nyanyangidhwa.



    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Iipotha yekwatonkonga lyaanona ya londa pombandaIipotha yekwatonkonga lyaanona ya londa pombanda Opolisi yaNamibia otayi konaakona iipotha yomakwatonkonga gaanona aashona ya thika 1 661 pokati komvula yo 2012 no 2016.

    Oonakuninga iihakanwa ye li 1 577 aanona yaakadhona omanga aamati ye li 84.

    MuJuni nuumvo oNamibian Sun oya lopota kutya opolisi oya konaakona iipotha yekwatonkonga yi li po- 3 863 pokati ko 2003 and 2012. Oonakuninga iihakanwa aakadhona 3 656 naamati 207.

    Kumwe muule woomvula 13 okwa konaakona iipotha yi li 5 524 yomakwatonkonga gaanona aashona, ano mboka inaya gwanithwa oomvula 18.

    Omakonaakono gookambadhala dhomakwatonkonga nomayehameko kolutu pokati ko 2003 no 2012 ogeli pomakonaakono 4 206, omakonaakono 3 976 otaga kwatakanithwa naanona yaakadhona omanga 230 taga kwatakanithwa naanona yaamati.

    Omiyalu dhiipotha mbyoka ya manithwa oshowo omageelo ga gandjwa inadhi pewa oshifokundaneki shika natango.

    Aanambelewa yonzulonkalo oya kunkilile kutya omiyonena dhopaukashike kookantu, omakwatonkonga gaanona, noonkambadhala dhomakwatonkonga nomamonitho giihuna aanona otadhi londo noonkondo pombanda.

    MuJuli olopota yopolisi oya lopota iipotha itano yomakwatonkonga tayi konaakonwa mwakwatelwa eehameko noonkondo okanona kokamati koomvula mbali.

    Mesiku lyotango lyaJuli, okanona kokakadhona koomvua 14 oka kwatwa onkonga moBethanie omanga okanona koomvula omugoyi ka kwatwa onkonga moKavango West.

    2 Juli, opolisi oya tula miipandeko omulumentu ta tamanekelwa ekwatonkonga lyokanona koomvula mbali, hoka ya li ya lala pamwe nako mondunda yimwe.

    3 Juli, okanona koomvula ndatu oka kwatwa onkonga kokamati koomvula 14.

    5 Juli, opolisi oya tula miipandeko omulumentu gwoomvula 30, ngoka ta tamanekelwa oshipotha shekwatonkonga okanona kokakadhona koomvula 11.

    Aanambelewa oya kukilile kutya omwaalu ngoka oguli pombanda noonkondo omolwa iipotha yimwe mbyoka ihayi lopotwa omolwa omatompelo gontumba ngaashi okuholeka oonakulonga omuyonena uuna yeli aakwanezimo, omidhigululwakalo nenge ohoni.

    Onkalo otayi hwahwamekwa woo konkalo kutya kape na mboka haya popi omamonitho giihuna ngoka naalumentu itaya ipe ombedhi omolwa okulonga iilonga mbyoka yanyata.

    Nonando okuna othilu ngetashiya kokupopya omiyonena ndhoka, muJuni omukomeho gwOpolisi yaNamibia, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, okwa popi kombinga yonkalo ndjoka kutya oya pumbwa okulunduluka, ta pula woo ku kale taku lopotwa iipotha mboka ta popi kutya onkalo ndjoka itayi idhidhimikilwa.

    MuJuni Uuministeli wUuthikepamwe nOnkalonawa yAanona owa popi kombinga yiinima mbyoka tayi etitha iimbuluma yoludhi ndyoka. Owa tothamo elongitho nayi lyiikolitha niingangamithi, okwaahena iilonga, oluhepo, okwahasila oshisho aanona oshowo omagumbo ge na aanegumbo oyendji nokweetitha aanona ya ninge iihakanwa yomiyonena ndhoka.

    Uuministeli owa popi kutya aanona oya ninga iihakanwa molwaashoka itaya vulu okwiigamena nokwiipopila komiyonena ndhoka.

    Owa popi woo kutya kakele kooprograma dhomahwahwameko dhoka tadhi tulwa miilonga, aanambelewa yawo otaya longele kutya nombelelwa yomupanguli-ndjai, aanambelewa yenzulonkalo oshowo aakonaakoni yopolisi.

    Elongelo kumwe ndyoka olya nuninwa okukwashilipaleka kutya iipotha yomakwatonkonga gaanona oya ungaungiwa nayo.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Forex withdrawal payments limitedForex withdrawal payments limitedPayments to DStv not possible Zimbabwean bank suspends pay-TV payments over forex shortages. Zimbabwe's Steward Bank has suspended payments to the pay-TV subsidiary of South Africa's Naspers, citing unavailability of foreign currency.

    Local banks have been forced to limit withdrawals due to cash shortages while importers face long delays in paying for goods they bring in, forcing some businesses to buy dollars on the parallel market.

    Steward Bank, a unit of mobile telephony operator Econet Wireless, said in a statement that it was suspending payments to Multichoice.

    “To assist in effective allocation of foreign currency reserves at this critical time, we would like to advise that with immediate effect, the bank has suspended DStv (digital satellite television) payments for all account classes (except premium),” the bank said.

    Last year in May, the central bank set priorities for imports, imposed limits on cash withdrawals and introduced a bond note currency in a bid to ease the acute shortage of money.

    The International Monetary Fund in a report on Friday estimated that between $600-800 million was in circulation in Zimbabwe. Economic analysts say most of the money was outside the official bank sector.

    NAMPA/REUTERS

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    Locals want stake in oil projectsLocals want stake in oil projectsLack of local ownership bemoaned Nigeria's delta communities demand a stake in ex-Shell oil block. A group of communities in Nigeria's Niger River delta demanded a stake in an oil block it said it was promised when Royal Dutch Shell Plc sold its share to a local company six years ago.

    The communities in the Gbaramatu district, near the southern oil town of Warri, want five percent of a lease owned by Lagos-based Neconde Energy and state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., according to a statement emailed by the group on Friday.

    Neconde “refused to fulfil the 5% equity share to the host communities, whose environment has been negatively impacted and devastated by oil activities, destroying our age-long traditional fishing business,” Momotimi Guwor, a spokesman for the communities, said in the statement.

    Impoverished groups in Nigeria's oil-producing south have longstanding grievances that they don't benefit from the natural resources extracted from the region. Militants regularly attack oil facilities to press their demands for a greater share of the revenue that Africa's biggest crude producer earns from the fuel.

    Neconde denied any deal existed with the communities and said it had met all its obligations. The company owns 45% of the block, called Oil Mining Lease 42, while NNPC holds the rest. It produces 10 000 barrels of crude a day, according to Neconde's website.

    “There was no five percent agreement consummated with the host communities as Shell sold its equity shares and we bought them,” Chief Operating Officer Olajide Ishola told reporters in Warri on Friday. “We will engage the communities, discuss and reach a compromise.”

    Neconde has until late July to address the demands, the Gbaramatu communities said.

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