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- 07/10/17--16:00: Tackling women and HIV
- 07/10/17--16:00: Residents commend Ipinge's informative SORA
- 07/10/17--16:00: Namcor donates computers to needy school
- 07/10/17--16:00: Tourism levy under spotlight
- 07/10/17--16:00: Swapo's Oshikoto conference tomorrow
- 07/10/17--16:00: DTA condemns NBC money blues
- 07/10/17--16:00: Three die in crash
- 07/10/17--16:00: Auditer dodges probe
- 07/10/17--16:00: No fresh water for Amarika
- 07/10/17--16:00: Home of the rich
- 07/10/17--16:00: New anti-corruption tools crucial
- 07/11/17--02:46: SME Bank provisionally shut down
- 07/11/17--04:24: Two dead after truck plunges into hole
- 07/11/17--16:00: Tickets for lucky winners
- 07/11/17--16:00: Somaeb and Shitembi could boost Warriors
- 07/11/17--16:00: Zambia tough on age-cheats
- 07/11/17--16:00: Aakwashigwana yomOmatando ya hala omayamukulo
- 07/11/17--16:00: Kashihakumwa a toto po ongundu yokukondjitha uukongo
- 07/11/17--16:00: Ovenduka oyi na ondilo noonkondo
- 07/11/17--16:00: Omutumba gwoSwapo mOshikoto otagu ningwa nena
The SADC PF, the Regional Women's Parliamentary Caucus (RWPC) and other cooperation partners, notably ARASA, organised the women's parliament, which sought to rally female parliament members around Resolution 60/2 on the status of women, children and the girl child. Resolution 60/2 seeks to end HIV infection among women and girls.
The major outcome was the Mahe Declaration which summarises deliberations that took place during the two-day session. This declaration captures resolutions on specific action that needs to be taken to address the various issues that were discussed.
In that regard, the Mahe Declaration is a commitment by women, members of parliament, to address issues that predispose the region's women and girls to HIV infection.
It has since been referred to the Plenary Assembly Session of SADC PF - which is currently meeting in Mahe, Seychelles – for adoption.
In separate interviews, various attendees hailed the Mahe Declaration as a giant step forward in addressing HIV infection among women and girls but also warned against complacency.
Zambian lawmaker Prof. Nkandu Luo who is also Zambia's higher education minister, said it was a brilliant initiative but urged the organisers to allocate more time for discussion should the women's parliament be held again.
“When you are discussing such serious issues as we are discussing, it is important to allocate sufficient time so that people exhaust issues. It is better to reduce the number of panelists during panel discussions and increase their time,” Luo said.
Time constraints notwithstanding, the veteran politician said it had been an important attempt at further interrogating the HIV and young people.
“Some of us knew as far back as 1989 that HIV was not only a serious problem, but that it (disproportionately) affected women. Disaggregated data shows that HIV affects young people the worst.”
Nothing that in some instances people had for long been paying lip service to HIV, Luo hoped that she would begin to see less “talk and more action. We did not adequately discuss why HIV affects young girls and young women. We need to move away from symptoms to social determinants. What is it that is so peculiar to our society in the SADC region that is promoting such high infections?”
She had a theory: “We are the region of Africa that is running away very fast from its identity and taking on a lot of influence from outside. While it is appreciated that we have to be in tandem with everybody else, we need to preserve our identity.”
She said the youth in the region were being exposed to drugs, alcohol abuse and sexual relationships at a very tender age. “These are not our traditional cultures and norms. In the past traditionally, African societies respected women and young girls were never exposed to boys or men. We were taught as children to fear and avoid boys, so this thing of having boyfriends and girlfriends was not part of our culture,” she said.
Namibian MP Petrina Haingura said the Women's Parliament had lived up to her expectations.
“I came here to gain knowledge so that I share it with my fellow parliamentarians and especially young rural women and girls on sexual and reproductive health,” she said.
She said in the sub-region and Namibia, teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence were big challenges.
“(Teenagers) are dumping babies like nobody's business and GBV is a problem. I wanted to know what we can do. We have many good laws in place. The problem, it seems to me, is implementation.”
*Moses Magadza is Communications and Advocacy Specialist at SADC PF
Ipinge on Friday delivered his 2017, and second SORA, at the Swanevelder Community Hall in Otjiwarongo, where more than 500 community members, including government officials from ministries and agencies operational in the region, were present.
Ipinge highlighted development activities under way in constituencies, settlements and towns in the region.
He also talked about the completed regional capital projects under Mass Housing, townland servicing, the construction of tarred roads, upgrading of the regional railway line, and projects on accommodation for teachers and learners in various towns.
Efforts being made to combat crime in the region were also highlighted and the challenges faced by the different agencies were shared with the audience.
After listening to the SORA, several residents described it as informative, detailed and a well-articulated summary of government activities in the region.
“This was a detailed report and some development activities reported on by the governor, I am familiar with at different towns,” said Simeon Shilongo from the industrialisation ministry at Otjiwarongo.
The chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Otjiwarongo branch, Eddy Kgobetsi, said this year's Otjozondjupa SORA was informative.
“I am satisfied with the governor's report on the state of affairs of the region,” said Kgobetsi.
Grootfontein CEO,Charles Kariko said development activities under way, partly and successfully completed at Grootfontein, were covered well in the governor's annual report.
This year's event was organised by the Otjozondjupa Regional Council.
He was speaking at the handover ceremony of computers worth N$40 000 to Xungileni Primary School by the Namibia Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) on Friday. Shikongo, who described the donation as timely, said it comes at a critical time when the education ministry is struggling to provide such equipment - especially to remote rural schools.
“I must admit that this donation came at the right time when our ministry is struggling to finance and provide much-needed equipment to schools and most specifically rural schools such as Xungileni,” Shikongo said.
Shikongo promised to ensure that the computers are used to benefit the learners and that they are not left to lie idle.
“I have seen many donations made to schools and on many occasions these ended up not being used to the advantage of the learners but instead they became breeding grounds for spiders and dust,” Shikongo said.
He further said no learner should leave school without basic computer skills. For the first time, learners at Xungileni Primary School will be taught basic computer skills.
According to Namcor spokesperson, Utaara Hoveka, the donation comes following a request made by the school.
He said the donation fulfils Namcor's corporate social responsibility to give back to the community the organisation operates in.
Hoveka also used the platform to motivate learners and to inform them that Namcor has a scheme that offers financial assistance to top performing learners.
“You must dream big and talk big… if you take your studies very seriously, you can become someone later in life, be it an engineer, a doctor or anything,” Hoveka said.
Principal of the school, Eino Hamutenya, said the computers will be used to teach learners information, communication and technology subjects taught at the school.
Shifeta was speaking during the opening of the workshop on tourism funding and levy regimes in southern Africa held in Swakopmund, where several SADC countries were represented.
He said that it is best to consider the option for newly created Namibia Revenue Agency (NAMRA) or the Receiver of Revenue, to collect levies as they have the full information and records of tourism enterprises.
According to him this money can then be deposited in a dedicated fund from which NAMRA can draw commission of about 10%, while the Namibia Tourism Board collects about 80% towards marketing and the remaining 10% may be used for training and skills development.
“This will free up NTB to focus on the core mandate of destination marketing by recruiting appropriately skilled human capital of which most is tied up in non-core services to collect levies, etc., which is not balanced and may be one of the barriers hampering the performance of the NTB. This is simply my wild proposal which may need more work by the NTB which is to benefit from this tourism tax,” said Shifeta.
According to Shifeta, the tourism levy in Namibia is meant for operational expenses and supplements destination marketing initiatives. In 2016/17 financial year an estimated N$36 million was collected in levy income.
He pointed out there that there are limitations as a result of fewer beds; limited enforceable levy payment mechanisms and under-declaration by operators, illegal operators and the arrival of Airbnb.
Airbnb, an online marketplace and hospitality service, enables people to lease or rent apartments, homes, hostels and hotel rooms without any operator's licence or adherence to the industry's standards and practices.
Shifeta said that the ministry is busy amending the enabling act of the Namibian Tourism Board Act and that these amendments will include empowering tourism inspectors as peace officers and empowering the inspectors to inspect the financial records of any operator with the tourism sector. Annual registration for all tourism-related businesses will also be implemented and tour guide regulations will be gazetted which will enable the registration of tour guides and certification.
“One of the arguments made in support of a tourism levy globally is that foreign tourists are able to enjoy a free ride to cultural attractions without bearing the same costs as UK and London taxpayers.”
He said a second argument is that tourists enjoy the benefits of many public goods such as parks, policing or elements of the transport network for which they also do not bear the full social costs. Thirdly, it may be argued that tourists impose costs on society such as pollution and congestion from the use of the transport network, which affect residents and other tourists.
“For these and other reasons, many European and global cities impose tourism taxes or levies, most of which are devolved to the relevant municipal authorities. Thus, tourism tax contemplated for Namibia is not a unique phenomenon, at all.”
Shifeta said when introducing a tax or levy of any form, due consideration needs to be given to the potential effects on the behaviour that may follow as a result.
According to him a tourism levy on hotel accommodation would be expected to increase prices and reduce demand; and as a consequence the destination might be perceived as overpriced by both domestic and internal travellers.
He said it is important to therefore consider how sensitive hotel demand, and visitor demand more generally, is to price changes.
“This is an area which is generally under-researched to give informed context how to apply the tourism tax or levy. The rate at which the levy is set will inevitably therefore be an important consideration. Also the governance arrangements for managing the income stream would therefore need careful consideration, with transparent arrangements in place to manage the disbursement of funds.”
He further gave a breakdown of how the tourism levy in countries such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Seychelles works.
The regional conference will take place at the Swapo Party office at Omuthiya. A new leadership for the region will be elected, as well as regional delegates to the party congress later this year.
The postponement came as a result of a letter dated 7 July from Swapo Party secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba to the Oshikoto regional coordinator, Armas Amukwiyu, informing him to reschedule the conference and in the meantime address the issues raised in the document.
Mbumba indicated in the letter that the regional conference should not go ahead because crucial documents sent to the party headquarters in Windhoek were incomplete.
Mbumba confirmed to Namibian Sun that the letter came from his office, saying that it was no big deal as the recipient of the letter was just informed that they could not proceed with the conference as there were a number of issues that needed to be ironed out first.
Some of these issues were the unavailability of a summary report from Amukwiyu in which he was expected to indicate which positions are to be contested and by whom, incomplete submissions of the candidates' political profiles, membership card proof of payment and legal documents such as identification cards sent forward to the vetting committee.
The letter also indicated that some of the faxed documents received at the party headquarters were illegible.
Also there was no indication as to who the candidates aspiring to be part of the central committee are.
The document further states that the Swapo Party regional executive committee should peruse the names and required documents before they are forwarded to the party headquarters.
At tomorrow's congress the Swapo Elders Council will not be represented, as their regional structure is said to be not in order.
“The DTA believes that it is time for the government to set the example and stop rescuing failing and failed enterprises,” the DTA's Nico Smit said yesterday, referring to the financial woes of the NBC, which owes N$15 million to its medical aid fund, Namibia Medical Care (NMC).
Smit also urged an investigation into the non-payment of NBC employees' medical aid contributions, as well as claims that other monthly deductions from staff salaries have not been paid over, which Smit said “blackens an already dark picture”.
“The actions of the NBC management in this regard constitute fraud and/or theft, and it is imperative that the truth be brought to the fore, and that those responsible are held to account.”
He said an urgent official investigation was warranted.
Smit said the inability of the national broadcaster to pay its monthly contributions to NMC “is an indication that those who occupy positions in the above management are wholly incompetent and entirely incapable of holding such posts.”
He added that the “incompetence” of the NBC management was further underlined by its approach to its budget shortfall of N$80 million.
He said “it is puzzling to note” that institutions such as the NBC are “incapable of realising that the institution itself is responsible for making up any shortfalls in national budgetary allocations through diversification and development of new revenue streams.”
Smit pointed out that the financial situation of the NBC was not unique among state-owned enterprises and neither was the expectation that the “government must, and ultimately will, rescue wasteful and mismanaged public entities which prevails across management in the SOE sector.”
He said this reason and the government's inability to say no to bail-outs was partially to blame for the precarious financial and economic times the country faced.
Smit said the DTA had been calling on the government to tighten its belt.
“At times like these, we cannot afford to recklessly spend resources on underperforming and mismanaged public entities.”
The NBC confirmed last week that a letter had been sent to the government.
It was reported at the weekend that the broadcaster had managed to move to a new medical aid fund, with all employees covered after the NBC's suspension from NMC last week.
The spokesperson of the Namibian police in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, yesterday told Nampa that three vehicles were involved in this fatal road accident.
Mbeha said the accident occurred after a bakkie heading to Otjiwarongo allegedly first collided with the side of a sedan, and then collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was behind the sedan on the B1 road at about 20:10.
Mbeha said the SUV had five occupants, including a 30-year-old driver.
“The three deceased people, who are yet to be identified, were all occupants in the SUV,” she said.
The two women died on the spot, while the young girl succumbed to her injuries at the Okahandja State Hospital on Sunday evening.
The SUV driver, who sustained serious injuries, and another minor child, were taken to the same hospital shortly after the accident, Mbeha said.
The 28-year-old driver of the pickup, who was alone in the vehicle, was also admitted to the same hospital in a serious condition.
Five occupants of the sedan, including its 30-year-old driver, escaped the accident with slight injuries.
Police investigations continue.
The charges against him stem from an investigation into alleged misconduct at the Namibian Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa) in 2009 and his conclusion that a disciplinary process should be brought against the then CEO of Namfisa, Rainer Ritter.
Hashagen, currently an advisory and risk assurance leader at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, in his report had maintained that Ritter had acted outside his mandate. That eventually led to Ritter's separation from Namfisa after a settlement agreement.
At the time of this departure from Namfisa, Ritter had insisted on further investigations and actions against a number of senior political figures allegedly implicated in the missing estimated N$660 million from the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) through botched loans.
It was also at a time when Ritter had alleged that some employees at Namfisa were involved in the cover-up of the GIPF investigation.
After his departure from Namfisa, Ritter laid a complaint against Hashagen with PAAB and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Namibia (ICAN).
In his complaint Ritter alleged that Hashagen had omitted crucial information from his report to Namfisa, claiming that should all information have been provided, there would not have been any grounds for disciplinary proceedings against him.
PAAB on 17 August 2016 notified Hashagen to appear before a disciplinary enquiry, charging that he had acted in contravention of various provisions of the International Federations of Accountants Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (the IFAC Code).
Hashagen, in his founding affidavit to the High Court, maintains that PAAB's decision was unlawful and should be set aside. He also questions the “inordinate and unexplained delay” of about eight years, adding that PAAB has no lawful basis for its use of the IFAC Code to issue disciplinary charges against him.
The charges against Hashagen
PAAB's six charges against Hashagen relate to the alleged involvement of Namfisa staff in the cover-up of the fraud and corruption investigation into the GIPF millions.
Charges 1 to 5 refer to alleged failures on Hashagen's part to comply with certain sections of the IFAC Code.
The charges also refer to his alleged “lack of expertise” to investigate the removal of eavesdropping equipment at Namfisa, the failure of security cameras, the deletion of security system files at Namfisa, the appointment of the manager of risk and legal services at Namfisa, and the appointment of Wayne Phillip as a forensic expert at Namfisa.
Importantly, charge 6 pertains to Hashagen's alleged failure to include an array of documents in the final EY report.
Hashagen states that omissions in the report were made because documents were either not provided to him or fell outside the scope of the contractual mandate of the investigation.
“It is clear that Ritter is not satisfied with the EY report, but the charges relate only to his subjective criticisms of what, in his view, should or should not have been included,” Hashagen states in his affidavit.
Hashagen further states that investigations in respect to charges 1 to 5 were conducted by suitably skilled and qualified members of the EY investigation team and where special skills or expertise were required, they were assisted by external service providers.
Eben de Klerk, Ritter's legal representative, confirmed that they would assess whether Ritter would also approach the court to ensure his rights as complainant remain protected.
“As much as Hashagen has the right to a fair disciplinary hearing, the complainant has a right to have his complaint and the substantiating evidence be adjudicated upon, to the fullest extent, by an independent, capable disciplinary committee appointed by PAAB,” De Klerk stated.
He added: “A society relies on the skills, diligence and honesty of auditors and it is therefore crucial that the regulation of auditors is efficient, especially in a matter like this where the alleged injury is not only to one person, but the whole financial services industry, every member of the GIPF, in fact, the country as a whole.”
PAAB is defending Hashagen's application.
Last week the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry's deputy permanent secretary for water affairs, Abraham Nehemia, confirmed that the government had failed to acquire technical expertise to repair the plants locally.
Petrus Martin, the chief control officer in the ministry's rural water supply directorate in the Omusati Region, said the plants have a computerised system that is monitored directly from Germany.
In 2006, the German/Namibia research project CuveWaters, through Integrated Water Resources Management and using funds from the German education and research ministry (BMBF), installed two solar-powered desalination plants at Amarika and Akutsima for N$200 million.
In November 2010, the plants were handed over to the ministry.
In March/April and November 2015, the ministry and CuveWaters agreed on final optimisation and maintenance works.
These facilities have been experiencing continual breakdowns, leaving villagers dependent on poor quality water from wells.
“When this CuveWaters project was introduced to us, it was a brilliant idea looking at the advanced technology they were using to turn saline water into potable water. To us it was like manna from heaven and there were even plans to expand the idea to other parts with saline water. Just after the projects were handed over to us, we realised that we do not have capacity to maintain them. Everything has to come from Germany,” Nehemia explained.
Nehemia said spare parts and technicians have to come from Germany to repair the desalination plants.
“Technology used in these facilities was just taken straight from Germany without any adaptability study done. That is why they broke down immediately after they were fixed. These facilities are drawing away our people's expectation from this system and we are not planning to expand it to other areas.”
Martin said the problem with these facilities is that their operating systems are computerised and are monitored directly from Germany. Namibians are only trained how to service the hardware components of the plants, but cannot do anything to the operating systems.
“The facility of Amarika is operating well, only that it does not have a capacity to produce water exceeding its maximum capacity of 3.3 cubic metres daily. The population of Amarika has grown and the system is required to pump more water, which causes it to break down,” Martin explained.
“The desalination plant at Akutsima has two boreholes. One is operated manually, while the other one is electric. The manual one is fine despite the on and off operation like Amariaka, but the electric one is problematic and since breaking down in 2013 it never operated again. It has a sophisticated operating system which can only be fixed by technicians from Germany. We are sorted with the service parts and other hardware maintenance.”
Earlier Namibian Sun reported that the Division of Rural Water Supply cannot afford to pump potable water to Amarika from Okeeholongo, about 25 kilometres away.
Therefore, Martin said that the only hope for Amarika was to provide them with water for their livestock from boreholes drilled by the Ministry of Land Reform at Okatumba village, about 55 kilometres away, to reduce the demand from the desalination plant.
According to a new study ranking the world's most expensive cities, consumer prices in South Africa are 9.41% lower than in Namibia, rent prices are 21.73% lower, grocery prices are 15.56% lower while purchasing power is 74.97% higher in South Africa than in Namibia.
According to the study the take-home salary per month in Cape Town is N$17 358; in Johannesburg it is N$21 477; while in Windhoek it is only N$10 154.
The study indicates that a person would need at least N$32 000 in Johannesburg to maintain the same standard of living that they can have with N$34 938 in Windhoek, while if they spend N$35 211 to live in Windhoek a person would need just N$35 000 in Cape Town.
The Cost of Living Survey indicates that rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the Windhoek CBD costs more than N$7 800 per month and in the suburbs about N$7 000. In Johannesburg it costs N$6 443 to rent in the CBD and N$5 496 in the suburbs, while in Cape Town it costs N$9 098 and N$6 432 respectively.
Besides rent, the monthly cost of utilities in Windhoek for an 85-square-metre apartment is about N$1 282.
Cape Town's utilities cost N$896 per month and in Johannesburg utilities cost N$1 014.
Buying a new Volkswagen Golf or an equivalent car would cost about N$282 500 in Cape Town, in Johannesburg N$265 000 while in Windhoek it costs N$280 000.
In Windhoek fuel can cost as much as N$12 per litre, while in Cape Town and Johannesburg it costs about N$13 per litre.
Eating a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant can cost N$400 in Windhoek while an average bottle of wine can be as expensive as N$60 and a plain loaf of bread costs about N$11.
In Cape Town eating a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant costs about the same as in Windhoek at N$450, while an average bottle of wine is also N$60 and a loaf of bread cost N$12.80.
In Johannesburg a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant costs N$500, a bottle of average wine is only N$52.50 and a loaf of bread costs N$12.68.
In Windhoek local beer is slightly cheaper than in Cape Town and Johannesburg at N$17.40, while in the two South African cities beer costs N$17.80. A draught beer costs N$20 in Windhoek and N$25 in Cape Town.
Eggs, milk, rice, fruit and vegetables are much more expensive in Windhoek.
For example apples cost N$31.39 per kilogram in Windhoek and N$23.38 in Cape Town; potatoes are N$28.98 per kilogram in Windhoek and N$18.98 in Cape Town. A litre of milk costs 16.93 in Windhoek and 13.39 in Cape Town while rice is N$25.37 in comparison to N$18 in Cape Town.
The study also points out that one pair of Levi jeans costs N$777 in Windhoek and a summer dress from a chain store N$429.
In Cape Town the same items cost N$670.95 and N$466.34 respectively and in Johannesburg they cost N$761 and N$470.
In Angola consumer prices are 146.7% higher than in Namibia, rent is 530% higher and groceries are 142% higher, while purchasing power is 37.3% lower than in Namibia.
The cities rated the most expensive to live in globally are Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland, San Francisco and Washington D.C in the United States, and London in the United Kingdom.
The cost of living in Namibia is 34.37% lower than in the United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Namibia is 44.95% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Alternatively, enforcing strict compliance with asset declarations and financial disclosure as well as conducting lifestyle audits of all public officials, including senior ones, could help stamp out corruption, a public policy watchdog recommends.
“Corruption is on the rise in Namibia, and authorities are not able to effectively halt the rising tide,” an Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) briefing paper, authored by Max Weylandt, states.
One of the issues at hand, and the basis for the need for an illicit enrichment law to help fight widespread and rising graft, is that prosecutors struggle to get convictions “for corrupt officials as criminals become increasingly sophisticated. Crimes of corruption are by their nature hard to prove in the first place, given their inherent secrecy.”
Corruption has been labelled as a “uniquely difficult crime to prove and prosecute” and these laws “make life easier for prosecutors targeting this visible manifestation in itself.”
For investigators and prosecutors, the laws allow them to “simply show that the official's wealth exceeds what they should reasonably have from their legitimate income,” rather than having to prove the underlying crime.
Illicit enrichment laws have been described as a “catch-all” for corrupt offences and if effective, “removing much of the incentive for corruption and punishing those who try their luck anyway.”
In response many countries, including Botswana and Zambia, have implemented versions of the illicit enrichment laws, a strategy that has been recommended by the United Nations Convention Against Corruption as well as the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.
But the paper warns that due to a number of factors, including operational, ethical and more, “illicit enrichment laws are not the easy solution they may at first appear to be”.
Debates around the compatibility of illicit enrichment tools with human rights laws have not stopped many regions in the world to enact illicit enrichment provisions, with the notable exceptions of North America and most of Western Europe.
“It may be tempting, given the frustrating difficulty of getting convictions in corruption cases, to do everything to strengthen the hand of the prosecution. But the concerns around presumption of innocence, the right to silence and other aspects of the law are not trivial, and would have to be carefully considered,” Weylandt writes.
The law could be hampered by many factors, including a lack of specialised skills, lack of global cooperation and cases could get bogged down in several years of court challenges.
The IPPR advises that the enacting of such a law should “proceed with caution” and draft legislation should emphasise basic rights.
Other options already out there
If the law is not enacted, the IPPR suggests Namibia should “seriously commit to fixing and expanding its financial disclosure systems” as an alternative method of detecting possible corruption.
Information on the interest of officials' could be used as a baseline for investigators and provide leads, the paper suggests.
Moreover, asset declarations need to “be expanded to uniformly cover all senior officials. Unlike now, their mandatory nature needs to be enforced across the board, and non-compliance punished.”
Asset declarations should be audited to ensure their truthfulness and to help provide potential leads.
And, in line with a proposal made by President Hage Geingob in 2016 during an interview, the IPPR says lifestyle audits should be common practice, for all officials, including high-ranking officials.
“Privacy concerns will have to be considered, but public officials implicitly agree to subject themselves to a certain level of scrutiny when entering public service.”
Lifestyle audits are a method of detecting illicit enrichment that “determines whether the standard of living of a public official is clearly not appropriate for their level of earnings.”
Lifestyle auditors examine not just assets and spending, but also activities of public officials.
“The concept of lifestyle audits would likely make sense to many Namibians. In many towns, rumours abound around certain officials and how they can possibly afford their fancy cards, big houses and extravagant holidays,” the IPPR paper notes.
While the about 208 employees at the troubled bank have sleepless nights over their future, Advocate Andrew Corbett, who represented BoN in the legal battle, 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.
On Friday last week, an attempt by Sisa Namandje, for the respondents, 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 BoN in April disempowered six executives and directors of the SME Bank and took charge of it following the discovery of what appeared to be unsound investments of close to N$200 million, allegedly made in South Africa.
The six are SME Bank CEO Tawanda Mumvuma; Finance Manager Joseph Banda, General Manager of Treasury and Investments Alec Gore; Chairperson of the Board George Simataa, Vice-Chairperson Enock Kamushinda and ordinary director Ozias Bvute.
The Namibian government has over the past four years pumped about N$477 million into the SME Bank since its establishment in 2013.
The respondents in the matter are SME Bank and its Zimbabwean shareholder - World Eagle. They have until 15 September to show cause why the bank should not be liquidated.
The incident happened at around 04:00 about 10km before Tsumeb.
According to the Oshikoto police, the truck driver lost control of the vehicle, which left the road, overturned and fell into a deep hole on the side of the road.
The two occupants, the 30-year-old driver and the 44-year-old co-driver died on the spot.
A case of culpable homicide has been opened and police investigations continue.
Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo is facing the toughest fight of his life when he meets Terence Crawford of the US on 19 August in Nebraska.
Indongo is the current IBF and WBA world champion while Crawford holds the WBO and WBC and Ring Magazine world titles.
In order to give boxing fans a chance to see him fight, MTC, in collaboration with the Nestor Tobias Boxing Academy, is offering four lucky customers a golden opportunity to travel with the team.
Flight tickets, accommodation, meals and a single ticket to the fight will be paid for by MTC. Winners will be responsible for sorting out their own visas and passports, and within capability MTC will assist where possible. Tickets are not transferable for cash.
To qualify for this opportunity, customers need to purchase data bundles between 11 and 31 July. Different prices of data bundles provide a different number of entries into the draw.
The lucky draw will be done on 2 August and winners will be notified via telephone. Winners will leave Windhoek on 16 August and return on 24 August.
At the press conference Nestor Tobias said that the fighter was prepared mentally, physically and psychologically for the fight.
“Crawford needs to be applauded for taking this fight. It is going to be tough when the Blue Machine stands in front of him. They keep referring to our champion as an unknown, but come August they will know who he is,” he said.
Tobias urged more businesses to come on board and sponsor flight tickets for boxing fans. “We want to bring the title home,” he said.
He was tight-lipped about the amount of money the boxer will earn from the fight.
“He has signed a contract and knows how much he will receive at the end of the night,” Tobias said.
Indongo, a man of few words, said that he grew up without fear.
“If someone beat me up at the cattle post, my elders would send me back to fight again. The attitude of never giving up was instilled in me at a young age, so I will meet Crawford without any reservations.”
He further said that in his culture people only speak of an individual when they fear him or her. “I am who they speak of in boxing circles in the US at the moment. They are threatened by me. However, I will remain humble and focus on our game plan.”
Tim Ekandjo from MTC said that the more data bundles customers buy, the better their chance of winning.
He explained that a data bundle of 40 MB costs N$13.00 with one point allocation; 80 MB costs N$20.00 and will offer a two-point allocation; 400 MB costs N$85.00 with a 12-point allocation; 800 MB costs N$139.00 and offers a 25-point allocation; 1.5 GB costs N$235.00 and offers a 60-point allocation; 3 GB costs N$353.00 and offers a 150-point allocation; and 15 GB costs N$1 069 and offers a 1000-point allocation.
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti has called up a 23-man squad to face Zimbabwe in Sunday’s 2018 Africa Nations Championships encounter at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Among these men are Hendrik Somaeb, who was released by Jomo Cosmos, Absalom Iimbondi, Roger Katjiteo and Petrus Shitembi, who are already in camp preparing for the match, with the expectation to boost and carry the team through to a win.
Mannetti said Iimbondi and Katjiteo were on loan to clubs in Botswana. Shitembi was also on a short-term loan at Stellenbosch FC.
“As for Somaeb, he was released by Jomo Cosmos and now we wait for administrative processes to take place ahead of the announcement of the match-day 18 towards the end of the week.”
A notable omission is diminutive midfielder Wangu Gome who, despite being released by Wits earlier this year, was left out of the training camp due to personal reasons.
Lloyd Kazapua, who did not play in the Cosafa Cup tournament, is joined in camp by Edward Maova and Charles Uirab to battle it out for the starting role on Sunday.
Riaan Hanamub, who impressed at Cosafa, together with Larry Horaeb, Ferdinand Karongee and Tiberius Lombard, bring stability at the back, while captain Ronald Ketjijere, Oswaldo Xamseb and Dynamo Fredericks are options in midfield.
The CHAN is a competition organised by CAF to give locally based players of each country a chance to compete at continental level, as they are always overshadowed by players who play abroad for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The two sides will meet again on Sunday, 23 July for the second leg at the Harare Sports Stadium. The winners will the progress to the third and final round to face either Lesotho or Comoros.
Tickets for Sunday’s match are available from Computicket from today at N$30 each.
The Brave Warriors in camp:
Goalkeepers - Lodyt Kazapua, Edward Maova and Charles Uirab.
Defenders - Tiberius Lombard, Charles Hambira, Romario Ndjavera, Ferdinand Karongee, Riaan Hanamub, Larry Horaeb, Edmund Kambanda.
Midfielders - Ronald Ketjijere (captain), Dynamo Fredericks, Immanuel Heita, Oswaldo Xamseb, Dynamo Fredericks, Benyamin Nenkavu, Petrus Shitembi, and Absalom Iimbondi.
Strikers - Itamunua Keimuine, Hendrick Somaeb, Roger Katjiteo, Mapenzi Muwanei and Muna Katupose.
Zambia stormed through their group in 2016, winning all three matches, but were disqualified from the competition when two of their players failed MRI scans that suggested they were older than they claimed.
It was a bitter disappointment for the majority of the Zambian side that were the correct age, and Bwale says they are putting the players in line for selection this year through stringent tests to make sure there is no repeat.
It follows extensive countrywide trials that have seen a number of hopefuls assessed by the technical team.
“Last week the number was overwhelming and there were about 50 boys so now we have 40. About 15 boys have to go for us to remain with a manageable number,” Bwale told FAZFootball.
“There is a lot of age cheating but we are carrying out the interviews with them. We are trying to eliminate those that are trying to cheat. If somebody has got talent but they are not in our age group we are going to send them away.
“We will work with only the eligible players. So we are not compromising on that.”
Zambia has appointed Mwansa Kapyanga as their head coach for the 2017 Cosafa under-17 championship. Kapyanga, secretary of the Kasama United Youth Academy, is a hugely respected figure within Zambian football and has been tasked with finding the next batch of young stars to enter the national team system.
Zambia has a tough pool at the Cosafa under-17 championship, having been drawn in Group B alongside last year's beaten finalists South Africa, Mozambique and Madagascar.
Group A at the championships includes hosts Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Malawi.
Omutumba ngoka gwa longekidha kumuni gwa li gwa nuninwa okugandja uuyelele kombinga yepulo komeho nokuninga Omatando 1,2 no 3 oshitopolwa shondoolopa.
Omutumba ngoka inagu za iiyimati iiwanawa sho aakwashigwana inaya mbilipalelwa komayamukulo ga gandjwa kelelo lyondoolopa omolwa omapulo ngoka ya pula.
Omapulo gamwe ongaashi sho aakwashigwana ya pula kutya sigo uunake taya vulu okukala itaya tungu pomahala gawo sho uule woomwedhi dha piti elelo lya kala nokutseyithila aakwashigwana mboka opo kaya tunge pomahala gawo molwaashoka otashi yi moshipala oompangela dhokuninga ehala ndyoka ondoolopa. Nale okwa li woo kwa ningwa omatilitho gokuhanagulapo omatungo gaakwashigwana, ihe ngashiingeyi elelo otali indile aakwashigwana ya kutheko uumwene wopoloyeka ndjoka, nokulongela kumwe nelelo lyondoolopa.Aakwashigwana oya holola kutya sigo onena inaya mona eyamukulo kutya sigo uunake ye na okukala moondjindikila ndhoka.
“Otwa hala okuuva kutya sigo uunake itatu vulu okutunga pomahala getu. Tse yamwe otatu kulupa yamwe opo twa mono iilonga na otwa hala okutunga omahala getu,” omukwashigwana gumwe a popi.
Omukwashigwana gumwe okwa popi kutya oye na omahala mOmatando ihe otaya thiminikwa opo ya ka hiile palwe na oya li taya vulu okulongitha iimaliwa mbyoka taya longitha mohiila monena mokulonga omahala gawo ngoka.
Omunambelewa omukuluntu gwondoolopa yaNgwediva, Damian Egumbo okwa popi kutya elelo olya kutha ko omapulo agehe goshigwana na otali ka gandja omayamukulo mbala.
Pethimbo lyomutumba, oshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun osha dhidhilike ongeyo yi li maakwashigwana mboka ya popi kutya elelo lyondoolopa ndjoka kali na ko nasha noshigwana ihe omupopiliko gwondoolopa ndjoka, Jackson Muma okwa yelitha kutya elelo otali kambadhala ngaashi tashi vulika opo li shonopeke uule wethimbo ndyoka, na okwa pula oshigwana shi longele kumwe nelelo. Sha landula sho omapulo gamwe po ga pulwa nokupewa omayamukulo, elelo olya pula opo mboka ye na omapulo ye ga shange nokuguukitha koshikondo shoompangela dhondoolopa, ihe elombwelo ndyoka inali taambiwako nawa koshigwana shoka sha pula opo omapulo gasho agehe ga yamukulwe.
Yamwe oya popi kutya oya enda iinano iile ya za ngaashi kOvenduka opo ya kale momutumba ngoka onkene oshihwepo opo omapulo ageye ga yamukulwe.
“Omolwa iiyamakuti oyindji mbyoka tayi dhipagwa ngaashi unene oompanda otwa mono kutya ope na ompumbwe onene yokutula miilonga ongundu yoludhi ndoka , na otwa yi moonkundathana nomalelo ga yoolola opo tu tule miilonga ongundu ndjoka nokukondjitha uukongo moshilongo,” Kashihakumwa ta ti.
Okwa popi kutya ongundu ndjoka oya taambiwako kUuministeli wOmidhingoloko nOmatalelepo, na otayi ka longela kumwe naakuthimbinga ya yooloka moshikumungu shoka.
“Otwa ningi ekwatathano naMinista Pohamba Shifeta opo tu pulakene kutya okuuvitile ngiini ongundu yetu, na okwe tu pe omukanda ngoka tagu utha elongelokumwe lyetu noongundu dha yooloka ndhoka tadhi kondjitha uukongo moshilongo,” Kashihakumwa ta ti.
Kashihakumwa okwa yelitha kutya ongundu ye ndjoka otayi ka kala tayi ningi omakonaakono niizemo otayi kala tayi pewa omalelo gomondjila opo ga vule okulongitha omauyelele ngoka.
Okwa popi kutya oshigwana otashi dhana onkandangala onene mekondjitha lyuukongo mboka na okwa pula po shi lopote omainyengo kehe taga limbililike momidhingoloko dhawo, opo osheendo shoka shi vule okuninga omakonaakono.
“Uuna twa yakula olopota nena otatu ka ninga omakonaakono opo tu mone uukwashili wolopota.”
Kombinga yiiyemo, Kashihakumwa okwa popi kutya ope na omahangano gontumba ngoka ga holola ohokwe mokugandja omayambidhidho giiyemo kongundu ndjoka.
“Otwa tegelela eyambidhidho enene mbala, ihe ngashiingeyi otatu vulu okwiinyenga nokuyamukula kehe keithano tatu ningilwa.”
Ondilo yomagumbo hayo owala ihe niilongithomwa ya kehe esiku momagumbo oyi na ondilo sha etitha aalandi ya kale itaya vulu okulanda iinima oyindji.
Kwiikwatelelwa kolopota ompe ndjoka ya pitithwa kombinga yiilando mbyoka yi na ondilo muuyuni, oondando dhaSouth Africa odhili pevi kashona noopresenda 9.41 okuyeleka noondando dhaNamibia, ondando yohiila oyi li pevi noopresenda 21.73 omanga ondando yiikulya yi li pevi noopresenda 15 56, nondjundo yaalandi oyi li pombanda noopresenda 74.97 moSouth Afrika okuyeleka moNamibia.
Olopota ndjoka oya holola kutya oondjambi moCape Town odhi li poN$17 358; Johannesburg N$21 477; omanga mOvenduka dhi li pooN$10 154.
Olopota oya tsikile kutya omuntu ota pumbwa oshimaliwa shooN$32 000 moJohannesburg okukala nonkalamwenyo yontumba ihe mOvenduka otashi mu pula oshimaliwa shooN$34 938 okukala nonkalamwenyo ndjoka.
Ngele oya longitha oshimaliwa shooN$35 211 okukala mOvenduka nena otaya pumbwa owala oshimaliwa shooN$35 000 okukala moCape Town.
Olopota yoCost of Living Survey oya holola kutya ohiila yehala li na owala ondunda yimwe yokulala pokati kondoolopa yaVenduka otali koho oshimaliwa shooN$7 800 momwedhi omanga momahala gamwe moshilando ooN$7 000. MoJohannesburg otashi pula ooN$6 443 okuhiila mondoolopa omanga momahala galwe moshilando shoka tashi pula ooN$5 496 omanga moCape Town tashi pula ooN$9 098 okukala mondoolopa nopomahala galwe moshilando shoka ooN$6 432.
Kakele kohiila, omayakulo gomahala gokukala mOvenduka mehala lyuunene woosquare-metre 85 oge li pooN$1 282.
Omayakulo goludhi ndoka moCape Town otaga pula oshimaliwa shooN$896 komwedhi omanga moJohannesburg taga pula ooN$1 014.
Okulanda ohauto ompe yoVolkswagen Golf nenge yongushu yi thike mpoka moCape Town otashi pula owala mondjato ooN$282 500 moJohannesburg N$265 000 omanga mOvenduka tayi pula ooN$280 000.
Movenduka omahooli otaga koho ooN$12 molita omanga moCape Town no Johannesburg taga landwa kooN$13 molita.
iikulya morestaurant yomuthika gwopokati mOvenduka otayi landwa koshimaliwa shooN$400 omanga ekende lyomaviinu tali koho ooN$600, nomboloto ooN$11.
MoCape Town iikulya mbyoka otayi koho ooN$450 morestaurant yopomuthika gwa faathana naandjoka yomOvenduka.
Ekende lyomaviinu nalyo oli na ooN$60 omanga omboloto yi na N$12.80.
MoJohannesburg iikulya mbyoka oyi na ooN$500, ekende lyomaviinu ooN$52.50 nomboloto ooN$12.68.
Movenduka ombiila yomoshilongo oyi na ombiliha okuyeleka nonando yomoCape Town noJohannesburg sho tayi koho ooN$17.40, omanga miilando mbyoka iyali yaSouth Afrika tayi koho ooN$17.80. Ombiila yodraught otayi landwa kooN$20 Ovenduka omanga moCape Town yi na ooN$25.
Omayi, omahini, olwishi, iiyimati niihape oyi na ondilo mOvenduka.
Oshiholelwa okashako komayapela kookilograma yimwe oke na ooN$31.39 mOvenduka omanga moCape Town taka landwa kooN$23.38, iihakautu oyi na ooN$28.98 mokilo mOvenduka omanga moCape Town yi na ooN$18.98. Olita yimwe yomahini oyi na ooN$16.93 mOvenduka omanga moCape Town yi na ooN$13.39.
Olopota oya tsikile kutya ombulukweya yimwe yoLevi jeans otayi landwa kooN$777 mOvenduka omanga ohema yopuupyu tayi pula ooN$429 ihe moCape Town ombulukweya ndjoka otayi landwa kooN$670.95 nohema ndjoka N$466.34 omanga moJohannesburg ooN$761 nooN$470.
MoAngola oondando odhili pombanda noopresenda 146.7 okuyeleka moNamibia, ohiila oyi li pombanda noopresenda 530 niikulya oo142, nondjele yaalandi yi li pevi noopresenda 37.3 okuyeleka naNamibia.
Iilando yi na ondilo muuyuni ongaashi Zurich naGeneva moSwitzerland, San Francisco naWashington D.C moUnited States, oshowo London moUnited Kingdom.
Omutumba ngoka otagu ningwa nena poombelewa dhongundu mOmuthiya, nelelo epe lyongundu moshitopolwa shoka otali ka hogololwa oshowo ookandindate ndhoka taya ka kutha ombinga momahogololo pethimbo lyokongressa onene yongundu ndjoka tayi ningwa nuumvo.
Eundulilo komeho lyomutumba ngoka gwali gu na okuningwa mehuliloshiwike olya ningwa sha landula omukanda gwomomasiku ga 7 Juli ngoka gwa shanga kuamushanga- ndaji gwoSwapo, Nangolo Mbumba, ngoka gwa nuninwa omukwatakanithi gwongundu mOshikoto, Armas Amukwiyu, ngoka a tseyithilwa opo uundulile komeho omutumba nokukandula po iikumungu mbyoka yi li po ya tothwamo momukanda ngoka.
Mbumba okwa popi kutya omutumba ngoka inagu pula komeho molwaashoka oondokumende dhimwe ndhoka dha tumwa koombonge oonene dhongundu inadhi yela.
Mbumba okwa koleke koNamibian Sun kutya ombaapila ndjoka oya za kombelewa ye na okwa holola kutya ombaapila ndjoka kayi na uupyakadhi washa molwaashoka oya tseyithile owala aakuthimbinga kutya inaya ninga omutumba omanga iinima yimwe po inayi tulwa pomahala ngaashi shi na okukala.
Iinima yimwe ongaashi kutya omahala geni taga ka hogololelwa aaleli noolye taya ka kutha ombinga momathigathano gomahala ngoka, ondjokonona yawo yopapolotika, uukwashilyo wawo nongele owa futilwa tuu noombaapila dhopaveta ngaashi uukalata wuukwashigwana wawo niinima mbyoka oya pumbwa okutuminwa okomitiye yokomakonaakono.
Omukanda gwaMbumba ogwa holola woo oondokumende ndhoka dha yakulwa koombelewa oonene dhongundu pafax kutya inadhi yela na inadhi holola woo kutya oolye taya ka kala oshitopolwa shokomitiye yelelo lyopombanda. Momahogololo ngoka taga ningwa nena moshitopolwa shoka, Elelo lyAakokele mOngundu yoSwapo, itali ka kalelwa po molwaashoka omulandu gwelelo lyawo kagu li pomahala.