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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    TCL pensioners to march to OPMTCL pensioners to march to OPM Disgruntled former Tsumeb Corporation Limited mineworkers want a meeting with prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila in a last-ditch attempt to recover N$116 million from their former pension fund.

    The group plan to march to the prime minister's office to ask her to help recover the N$116 million they claim to have lost.

    The group, who are now squatting behind the Mineworkers Union of Namibia building in Katutura, have vowed to remain there, their spokesperson, Didhard Mparo, told Namibian Sun.

    “We want to ask her how she can help us to get our money back,” Mparo said of their planned meeting with Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

    According to him, they have formally written to the office of the prime minister but have not received a response.

    “We wrote to the prime minister looking to talk to her. We gave her up to Thursday last week but no one from the office of the prime minister has come back to us.

    “Until we see the prime minister or the president we are not moving from where we are. I don't know up to when but we are not moving. Until we see them, we can't go back, we want them to see us and hear what she has to say.” According to him, this is the only option remaining for them. “They forced us to do this,” Mbaro maintained.

    “Right now we are organising a march. We already spoke to the Namibian Police and they will help us facilitate the march,” he said ahead of the planned march.

    The original TCL Pension Fund was created to provide retirement pensions, death and disability benefits for the mine's workers, and the company did not have access to this money.

    In 1996, however, TCL apparently applied to the Registrar of Pension Funds to change the rules to the fund to allow it access to the money, and succeeded.

    Then, between November 1996 and March 1998, the company withdrew all the money from this account, about N$116 million.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Okahandja land ban bad for businessOkahandja land ban bad for businessMoratorium on plot sales still in place A government freeze on land sales at Okahandja has been in place since 2015 while the line ministry investigates irregular transactions. Okahandja officials say they are feeling the pinch in terms of human development and loss of revenue as a result of the temporary ban on the sale or leasing of plots since 2015.

    Last week, the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development told parliament that the ministerial directive against the Okahandja municipality had not been lifted.

    The moratorium was put in place in 2015, the ministry stated, to serve as a “control measure to ensure that administrative processes are correctly followed and further to normalise the situation that caused a public outcry in terms of irregular land transactions, in order to restore trust from the residents of Okahandja.”

    Minister Sophia Shaningwa explained that the moratorium remained in place and that her ministry had instituted a forensic audit in collaboration with the office of the auditor-general.

    One audit had been completed, she said.

    “Based on the findings and recommendations therefore, the ministry will be in a position to re-engineer and regulate the land transaction processes that are in the best interest of all local authorities and this will have to be done with the legal framework governing the operation of the local authorities.”

    Okahandja mayor Johannes Hindjou told Namibian Sun last week that the council hoped the moratorium would be lifted by the end of the year.

    He said the moratorium was put in place shortly before the new council was sworn in and the ban has affected the municipality's ability to provide services.

    “We are failing our residents because of this moratorium. We don't have revenues, so we cannot supply services.”

    Hindjou added that the council was not criticising the moratorium or the need for it, as they accepted that a number of irregularities had forced the ministry into action.

    “But we as councillors are feeling the pinch now. We are however positive that come next year, things will be much better.”

    He claimed that although the town's residents understood the need for the moratorium and supported the ministry's actions, “the residents are also getting tired. They have waited and waited. We need to get rid of this blockage to improve service delivery to our people.”

    Hindjou pointed out that land sales are one of the biggest revenue earners for any local authority and without that income, the town's finances and operations take a punch.

    Hindjou said the municipality already had plans in place for a number of possible extension next year and in the years to come, because available land was limited as previous councils had sold most of the land already.

    “We are asking and hoping that come next year, Okahandja will be back to normal. We need to be able to give shelter and services to the people. And we need the assistance from the sale of land to be able to do this.”

    The mayor said the council had received two reports from the ministry last year, which contained a number of recommendations that they were considering with the assistance of a lawyer.

    Hindjou said the council would meet soon and officially respond to the recommendations in the hope of getting the moratorium lifted.

    Hindjou added that the current council had not forwarded any new land applications to the ministry for approval, merely those that dated back to the previous council and needed to be finalised.





    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 10/01/17--15:00: Navy sees change of command
  • Navy sees change of commandNavy sees change of commandNghipandua officially takes over as commander The Namibian Navy welcomed its second commander on Friday. Namibian Defence Force chief John Mutwa facilitated the first change of command for the Namibian Navy at the Captain PN Sacharia Naval Base in Walvis Bay on Friday.

    Recently appointed defence ministry permanent secretary Rear Admiral Peter Vilho turned over command of the navy to the incoming commander, Rear Admiral Sinsy Bamba Nghipandua. Defence minister Penda Ya Ndakolo explained that such an event usually happens for a number of reasons.

    “It could be due to the failure of the incumbent commander to perform to expectations or because of a new appointment with or without promotion and the latter is the reason why we are holding this change of command ceremony,” he said.

    “The process of this change came into effect on 1 September 2017 when Rear Admiral Peter Vilho was promoted to the position of permanent secretary of the Ministry of Defence and at the same time Rear Admiral Sinsy Nghipandua was appointed as navy commander and promoted to that substantive rank. This ceremony therefore is a mark of the formalities of change of command as a military ritual.” Ya Ndakolo paid tribute to Vilho, who took command of the then Navy Maritime Wing as its commander following the death of Phestus Shanangula in 2002.

    The minister thanked Vilho for his contribution to the development of the defence force and wished him success in his new appointment.

    Ya Ndakolo said Vilho successfully carried out the development agenda of the Navy until the establishment of the naval headquarters and this led to the commissioning of the Namibian Navy into a full-fledged service of the Namibian Defence Force on October 2004. Ya Ndakolo described Nghipandua as a man with remarkable command experience, a renowned administrator, conflict manager and strategist.

    “He performed his duties with zeal and diligence. I have no doubt that Rear Admiral Vilho is passing over the Navy command to an equally qualified and accomplished commander. All men and women should give him the necessary support and cooperation to take the Navy to greater heights.” Nghipandua became the first flag officer to command that formation as Commander Naval Operations at the establishment of the Naval Fleet in 2005. He was charged with establishing the fleet headquarters and force capabilities design, preparation and employment. He successfully localised all seamanship basic courses and was in the process of launching local specialisation courses for sailors. Under his direct supervision the Navy managed to document and project its training strategy, force design and level as well as its acquisition strategy. Nghipandua served in the defence intelligence in 1990 and was the first NDF officer to command at sea. He led an army operation which resulted in the capturing of five Spanish vessels that were plundering fish in Namibia's territorial waters.

    He also spearheaded a successful counter-intelligence operation which curtailed the intentions of secessionists in the area of Rehoboth.

    His first duty station in the Navy occurred at sea when he became the first offshore unit commander of the naval patrol vessel Oryx.

    While on onshore duties Nghipandua was directly responsible for base construction activities between 2005 and 2009 as a base commander.

    The navy employs a highly trained force of 500 sailors, most of whom were trained in South Africa and Brazil. Its firepower is supplemented by a Marine Corps unit which employs at least 200 marines who have been trained extensively in naval warfare by Brazilian tutors.

    OTIS FINCK

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    Land grabber injured at Katima MuliloLand grabber injured at Katima Mulilo One of the leaders of a group of alleged land grabbers at Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region on Thursday sustained injuries to his leg during a scuffle with police officers.

    Mukendwa Mayumbelo allegedly attempted to stop a front-end loader from demolishing illegal structures. He was admitted to the Katima Mulilo State Hospital under police guard.

    Speaking to Nampa from his hospital bed on Friday morning, Mayumbelo said he regretted the incident, but was quick to point out that they had no option but to block the demolition of their shacks.

    “I know it is illegal to erect the structures there but we have no choice, because we have no place to stay,” he said.

    The land grabbers reportedly turned violent, forcing the police to fire several warning shots into the air.

    Mayumbelo and his friends were also arrested last month for illegally occupying land.

    The Katima Mulilo town council had obtained eviction orders that were handed over to all those who had grabbed land around the town's informal settlements.

    On Thursday the council, with assistance of the police, carried out the first demolitions.

    Council CEO Raphael Liswaniso, who was also at the scene, told Nampa that the council had held several meetings with the land grabbers, pleading with them to desist from the illegal occupation of town land. Liswaniso said two weeks ago, land surveyors who had been sent to the area opposite the Chotto informal settlement were beaten by the same group.

    He said the meetings with the land grabbers started during the time of his predecessor, but the community was still resisting.

    The CEO said that left the council with no option but to approach the courts for assistance before forcibly removing the land grabbers.

    Liswaniso said if the council did not take action the situation would worsen, as it had already escalated beyond control.

    He said most of those guilty of grabbing land at the town were cattle herders from rural areas, while others were from Angola, Botswana and Zambia.

    Liswaniso said the exercise would continue in all areas of Chotto, Dairy Compound, Mahohoma, New Cowboy, and Makaravan East and West.

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    Nation mourns Kunene governorNation mourns Kunene governor Namibians from all walks of life have paid tribute to Kunene's regional governor Angelika Muharukua, who died in a Windhoek hospital early yesterday.

    She was 59.

    The presidency led tributes after announcing Muharukua's death in a short statement.

    State House expressed shock at the news of Muharukua's passing.

    “The presidency wishes to announce, with a great sense of shock, the passing away of Honourable Angelika Kazetjindire Muharukua early this morning, 1 October 2017. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved family, friends and comrades,” read the statement issued by press secretary Albertus Aochamub.

    Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba said he was saddened by the governor's death.

    “It is a sad occasion for me personally and for the Swapo Party. A part of me is still shocked and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure her legacy is honoured,” said Mbumba.

    DTA president McHenry Venaani said Muharukua's passing pained him.

    He was reminded of her tenacity.

    “What I can describe is the fact that all of humanity is handed adversity in our lifetime, her journey was not an easy one but it is how she handled adversity that made her stand out as a leader,” said Venaani.

    According to him, Muharukua did not let her lack of formal training discourage her as a leader.

    “She never went to school or mastered the English language but led with conviction and made her role special. With deep tears in my heart I remember solid Kazetjindire. I commiserate with all and on behalf of our movement convey our deepest condolences to the people of Kunene,” Venaani said.

    Oshana governor Clemens Kashuupulwa, who is the chairperson of the Governors' Forum, also expressed shock, adding they were due to meet this week.

    “I received the sad news while I was already on my way to Windhoek for the meeting. It is very sad to lose such a leader in a country that has few women in national leadership positions. As the chairperson of the Governors' Forum I remember her as a straightforward person. She was open to share her contributions that will push our forum and her Kunene Region forward. Her death is very unfortunate,” said Kashuupulwa,

    Oshikoto governor Henock Kankoshi described Muharukua as a leader who was always concerned about issues affecting her people.

    “We will miss her leadership qualities and what she always stood for. My condolences to the entire Kunene Region.”

    There were also tributes on social media eulogising Muharukua.

    Muharukua joined Swapo in 1979.

    In 1995, Founding President Sam Nujoma appointed her to the National Assembly as a non-voting member.

    In 2005, former President Hifikepunye Pohamba appointed Muharukua to serve as deputy minister of gender equality and welfare. In 2015, she was appointed as governor of Kunene, a position she held until her death.

    The former governor lost her husband, Festus Muharukua, in an accident in 2015 when the vehicle he was travelling in was swept away by a flooded stream in the Kunene Region.

    Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 10/01/17--15:00: Serial rapist on the run
  • Serial rapist on the runSerial rapist on the run The police in the Erongo Region are searching for a man suspected of raping five girls in Walvis Bay over a period of 12 months.

    Detective Inspector Daniel Gurirab confirmed this and said the children were sexually exploited as members of a group.

    “The parents of one of the girls discovered what was going on and laid a charge. They subsequently located the other girls and their parents and convinced them also to come forward. We have a clue who the suspect might be and have not arrested him yet. The search for him is on and the investigation continues.”

    The rapes apparently happened between June 2016 and June 2017 at a flat in Walvis Bay.

    The suspect allegedly fetched the five young girls aged between 15 and 16 years from Kuisebmond and had sexual intercourse with them.

    Three of the victims are high-school learners. Two are from Walvis Bay. One is a grade 8 learner and the other a grade 9 learner while the one from Swakopmund is a grade 6 learner. The two other victims are school dropouts.

    “We are living in a very cruel world where men with money exploit young girls and reward them for sexual favours. As the report indicates, two of the girls are school leavers and they could have influenced the rest of the victims to participate.

    “I believe what took place could have been detected earlier and stopped. Parents must be alert and should be vigilant. They should know the friends of their children,” Gurirab said.

    OTIS FINCK

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  • 10/01/17--15:00: Income gap widens
  • Income gap widensIncome gap widens Namibia is the third most unequal country Namibia is the third most unequal country in the world and the second most unequal country in Africa, a study on income inequality trends released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has found.

    The inequality findings are based on the Gini coefficient, an economic tool that measures income inequality by indexing the gap between the top income earners and the poorest of the poor.

    The UNDP book, 'Income Inequality Trends in sub-Saharan Africa: Divergence, Determinants and Consequences', is the product of more than two years of research.

    It was released in September in an effort to ensure that the region is able to address income disparities, which the UNDP believes are crucial to reaching the sustainable development goals.

    The book found that South Africa is the most unequal country, with Haiti in second place and Namibia third.

    In Africa, South Africa and Namibia are followed by Botswana in third place, all of which have Gini coefficients of more than 0.6.

    At the launch of the publication, Abdoulaye Mar Dieye of the UNDP stated that high levels of inequality “weaken the poverty-reducing power of economic growth in the continent. It can put in jeopardy the aspiration to leave no one behind.”

    He noted that the UNDP book presents the first comprehensive income inequality study on Africa and.

    “[It] systematically explores income inequality and draws lessons to reduce income inequality in Africa. To accomplish this objective, the book presents an Integrated Inequality Dataset for Sub-Saharan Africa, an innovation that helps overcome persistent problems of scarcity and inconsistency of data on income inequality. This is unique. And this is a first,” he said.



    Unfair

    Although the sub-Saharan African region achieved an average reduction in its unweighted Gini coefficient, from about 0.47 to 0.43 between 1991 and 2011, “the region remains one of the most unequal in the world – with 10 of its countries listed among the 19 most unequal in the world,” the book's introduction notes.

    Researchers further found that Namibia and six other sub-Saharan countries - Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Central African Republic, Comoros and Lesotho – which are marked by concentration of land in the hands of a few, and weak access to agricultural assets - are leading the continent in income inequality.

    These seven outlier countries have exceptionally high income inequalities, “making Africa's Gini coefficient significantly higher than the global average.”



    The authors also note that all seven countries are marked by the concentration of land and economic assets in the hands of a few and if all seven were removed Africa would be the same level of inequality as other developing countries.







    Going forward







    “Ultimately, for Africa to significantly reduce poverty, the economic structure must shift more toward light manufacturing and industrialisation to create employment and a more sustainable human development path for the continent,” the book states.



    The study found that a lack of economic diversification, high concentration of means of production and limited distributive capacity of the state are key drivers of inequality in the region.

    “Income inequality in African countries stems from a higher dualistic economic structure, where high-income sectors, such as multinational companies and the extractive sector, offer limited capacity to generate employment compared to the informal sector, where most of the workforce earns far lower incomes.”

    Another factor is a “high concentration of physical capital, human capital and land, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, and the limited distributive capacity of the state, which often manifests ion a 'natural resource curse', an urban bias public policy and ethnic and gender inequalities.”

    The book states that although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addressing income disparities a number of approaches should be looked at.

    They include improving distribution of human capital, particularly secondary education, to positively affect inequality, increasing direct taxation and efficiency of tax administration, as well as increasing well-targeted social expenditures.

    The book's authors also recommend enhancing productivity in the agricultural sector, which is seen as critical in reallocating labour to other sectors of the economy and reducing rural poverty, rural poverty gaps and income inequality.

    Ayodele Odusola, head of strategy and analysis and chief economist for UNDP Africa and a lead editor of the study, said the “key message from the book is there is no silver bullet for addressing inequality on the continent. You have to take countries' context into consideration and realise that policies that accelerate the reducing of poverty may not necessarily be the same policy that reduces inequality.”

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Walter promises to execute Smart BoyWalter promises to execute Smart BoyMwankenwa stepping stone to stardom for Executioner Undefeated Walter 'Executioner' Kautondokwa is looking forward to the day he faces Tanzanian boxer Meshack 'Smart Boy' Mwankemwa in the ring. Walter 'The Executioner' Kautondokwa says he is ready to defend his WBO Africa middleweight title against Meshack Mwankemwa at the Windhoek Country Club Hotel on 21 October.

    If Kautondokwa, undefeated in 15 fights, wins the fight against the Tanzanian it wouild clear a path for him to face Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO middleweight champion.

    Saunders has an impressive record of 24 undefeated fights, which speaks well of his pedigree. He has defended his title only once, and needs a credible and powerful opponent like Kautondokwa.

    The WBO number 10-ranked Namibian has just won an important all-African matchup in Ghana against fellow rated Obodai Sai with an impressive fifth-round stoppage.

    Mwankenwa is next to taste Kautondokwa's punches. But Mwankenwa is also not an easy opponent, coming fresh from a win in June and having a total of 22 fights, 17 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws and with that record he is making clear his intention to dethrone the Namibian on his home turf.

    “We are working very hard for this fight as a win will take us closer to challenge for the world title. The current champion is Saunders who just successfully defended his world title on 16 September. This fight against the Tanzanian is an opportunity for Kautondokwa to improve his ranking,” says his trainer and promoter, Nestor Tobias.

    “I am sure I can beat anyone in front of me as I believe in myself and my team. I bring something new to boxing which has not been seen in a long time, which is a real educated power that will send you straight to sleep,” the boxer brags.

    “Despite the respect I have for Saunders, I can face him anytime and anywhere. I do not just think I am ready to face him, but I know so. He has done well to become a champion, but I don't think he has faced an opponent like me before,” Kautondokwa says.

    In the main undercard of the night, Namibia's promising welterweight prospect Mike Shonena will make his Africa debut when he fights for the vacant WBO Africa welterweight title against Juma Waiswa from Uganda.

    Shonena remains undefeated after 10 fights. Juma Waiswa has a record of 11 fights, 10 wins and one loss.

    The event, titled 'Champions in Action', will for the first time see a fight between a man and a woman, billed as 'Selma vs Michael'. Very little is known about them, and why they are included in the line-up.

    Asked for comment, Tobias said he too was excited about the fight between Selma and Michael but he could not reveal much. He urged boxing fans to turn up on 21 October to see how this fight will pan out.

    There will be eight other exciting undercards to give boxing fans value for their money.

    Tickets are available at Computicket outlets, Antonio's shop in Post Street Mall and at the Windhoek Country Club reception.

    General tickets sell for N$200. A VIP table seating 10 persons costs N$10 000.



    –Additional reporting boxingscene.com

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 10/01/17--15:00: Cycling club changes lives
  • Cycling club changes livesCycling club changes livesEmpowering the youth through cycling It has barely been a year since the as NCCS Pro Team Academy was formed but it has already made an impact on young people's lives in Katutura. The cycling club known as NCCS Pro Team Academy aims to distract young people's attention from ills such as alcohol and drugs towards involvement in healthy sport and exercise, and to become one of the strongest Namibian-owned pro cycling teams to participate in world tours.

    The club with eight members and three managers is the brainchild of Ebben-Ezer Iita, who loves the sport of cycling and wanted to give back to the youth.

    He started cycling for fitness and enjoyed it so much that he formed the club after discussions with a friend who is a professional cyclist, Loto Petrus, who is now the NCCS team captain. The club identifies aspiring cyclists from poor backgrounds and develops them into elite riders.

    “My idea is to teach young people that cycling is not only supposed to be a white-dominated sport but that they too can participate,” said Iita.

    According to Iita boys from poor communities are not given the chance to flourish in the sport. “Sponsors only look at the richer youth. But we are fighting for inclusivity as well so that we can push our young people to do better for themselves.”

    Although the club is for boys and girls alike, it is male dominated. Iita feels that with time they will introduce more women to cycling. “Girls are not forthcoming. We want to change that and to empower them so that they are aware of the benefits of cycling.”

    Chiponeni 'Fiffy' Kashululu, a member of the club, says he started cycling in 2008 and has not looked back.

    “This is what I have always wanted to do. When the club was established I joined. NCCS keeps me off the streets, protecting me from bad habits such as drugs, alcohol abuse and theft.

    “My life has really changed as I can now see the world from a different perspective,” he says.

    Petrus, who helped start NCCS PRO Team and is a former African champion and three-time Namibian road bike champion, says he started cycling at the age of 11 and has never looked back. He has achieved many accolades as a cyclist and has two years left before he retires from professional cycling.

    “Cycling kept me away from bad influences. After retiring I will work on making sure that young people take up the sport. Not because I want money, but because of the love and passion I have for the sport.”

    Jacob Kiyola, team manager of NCCS Pro Team, says they want to instil the values of discipline, hard work and teamwork in young people's lives.

    “The club is different from the rest in the country as we recruit cyclists from poor backgrounds and develop them into professional cyclists. We give them full support, starting with equipment, accommodation, race registration and supplements.

    “This is very costly, especially the equipment. People from poor backgrounds cannot afford it although they are talented. Our team is serious about recognising this talent and helping them reach their full potential.”

    The club is currently busy with Etameko, a cycling initiative that helps riders at grassroots level to gain skills and encourages them to participate in cycling events.

    “In this manner we help the youth to stay away from crime, drugs and alcohol abuse. We have been working closely with Physical Active Youth (PAY) located in Katutura to achieve this goal of ours. This will be a good feeding system for young cyclists.”

    The team also has a social initiative for club supporters because of a lack of spectators at cycling events. “This is the only way we can promote cycling and have a good sponsorship exposure,” Kiyola says.

    At the moment the team is preparing for the Nedbank Desert Dash scheduled for 8 December.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Hero’s funeral for MuharukuaHero’s funeral for Muharukua

    The Office of the President has announced that former governor of the Kunene region, Angelika Muharukua will be given a hero's funeral.
    This is according to spokesperson in the Office of the President Albertus Aochamub.
    “The Presidency wishes to announce that President Hage Geingob has decided to accord the status of ‘National Hero’ to the late Angelika Kazetjindire Muharukua. To that end the late Muharukua will be bestowed a full hero’s funeral and all the relevant arrangements that accompany such a burial will be followed,” Aochamub said in a statement this week.
    Aochamub said further funeral arrangements will be made available as soon as they are finalised.
    Muharukua collapsed and died at her Hochland Park residence in Windhoek on Sunday a crime report released by the police showed.
    Muharukua was born on 12 January 1958. She joined Swapo in 1979. In 1994, the founding president, Sam Nujoma, placed her on the Swapo party’s list for the 1994 National Assembly composition. In 2005, former president Hifikepunye Pohamba appointed Muharukua to serve as deputy minister of gender equality and welfare. In 2015, she was appointed as governor of the Kunene region, a position she held until her death.

    STAFF REPORTER

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  • 10/02/17--15:00: More countries want CHAN
  • More countries want CHANMore countries want CHANSearch for new CHAN host gains momentum Three more countries have expressed interest in hosting the African Nations Championships (CHAN). The Brave Warriors will have to wait a little longer before making final arrangements for their maiden appearance at the 2018 Total African Nations Championships (CHAN).

    This is because three new countries have emerged in contention to host the championship following a recent decision to strip Kenya of the hosting rights.

    Africa's football governing body CAF on Sunday night announced that at the end of the deadline for submission of applications at midnight on Saturday, three federations had submitted bids - Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco.

    At its meeting on September 23, the CAF executive committee decided to complete the process of selecting a new host country for the tournament scheduled for January 2018, within 15 days.

    Namibia will be making their first appearance at the competition having qualified with a 2-1 aggregate win over Comoros in the qualifiers' final round courtesy of a Muna Katupose brace at the Sam Nujoma on 20 August.

    The draw procedure for the finals is to be confirmed as 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams.

    The hosts will be seeded in Group A, and the title holders will be seeded in Group C should they qualify.

    Total CHAN is a competition made up of players selected in their CAF members' national championships. The fifth edition is to be held in 2018.

    The CHAN finals will be held early next year, with 16 teams competing for the grand prize of U$1.25 million (N$16.2 million).

    SPORT REPORTER

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  • 10/02/17--15:00: Hockey league concludes
  • Hockey league concludesHockey league concludes It was a rip-roaring final round in the Bank Windhoek Field Hockey Premier League that took place over the weekend in Windhoek as WOBSC and Unam were crowned champions of the men's and women's premier leagues respectively.



    Men's Premier League

    In the Bank Windhoek men's premier league, Saints played WOBSC and the latter suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 2-1. Saints needed a bonus point to have any chance of winning the league but this did not transpire.

    Cody van der Merwe and Liam Hermanus scored for the Saints.

    Unam played BDO Wanderers and won 2-1. Baggio Karigub was the top goal scorer for Unam with a brace.

    Newly crowned champions WOBSC played BDO Wanderers. It was a must-win game for WOBSC to secure the premier league title.

    WOBSC did not leave anything to chance and took the game to BDO Wanderers from the first minute. WOBSC won the game 9-1.

    With this score line, WOBSC players were in high spirits as they clinched the title.



    Women's Premier League

    In the women's premier league, Unam took on BDO Wanderers. BDO Wanderers could not hold out and lost 4-0 to Unam. Theodora Amutjira scored a hat trick for her team, Unam.

    Later, WOBSC took on main champion contenders Saints. It was a thrilling game as Saints attacked for most part of the game but it was not good enough on the day. Instead, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Kaela Schimming scored for Saints while Vanessa Schoeman scored for WOBSC.

    Unam had to play Nust in their last round fixture but the game was forfeited by Nust.

    This resulted in Unam taking 5-0 victory. As a result, they are now champions in the women's premier league.

    SPORT REPORTER

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    Young Gladiators annihilated by SAYoung Gladiators annihilated by SAJunior team fails to qualify The Young Gladiators suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of South Africa in the 2018 FIFA under-20 Women World Cup qualifier at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday. The team lost 4-0 to South Africa in their second leg match to confine them to an aggregate defeat of 9-0 in their 2018 FIFA under-20 Women World Cup qualifier.

    In the first leg two weeks ago, they lost 5-0 and hoped to redeem themselves on home turf in the second leg, which was not to be.

    After a good start, South Africa took the lead on 22 minutes through Gabriela Salgado, who scored from a loose ball after the Young Gladiators defence failed to clear a free kick.

    The home side regrouped with Millicent Hikuam marshalling the defence well while Mellissa Matheus, in goal, also had a fine game and Anna Shaende held her own at right back.

    Memory Ngonda started upfront but due to lack of supply from the midfield, she was unable to make an impact together with striker partner Kylie Van Wyk.

    South Africa got their second goal on 34 minutes, thanks to captain Linda Motlhalo, who finished past the advancing Matheus after a well-timed pass from Ntombi Ndlovu.

    In the second half, Beverly Uueziua and Iyaloo Rooi came on for Kamunikire Tjituka and Veronica van Wyk respectively as the home side looked to restore some pride. But two minutes into the second half, South Africa made it 3-0 as Motlhalo scored an audacious free kick from 35m that flew into the top corner over the head of Matheus.

    Later on Ngonda had a shot at goal from a free kick and so did Hikuam, before Ndlovu made it 4-0 from close range on 63 minutes to cement South Africa's place in the second round of the African leg of the qualifiers.

    Julia Rutjindo came on for Alicia Gertze, allowing Hikuam to move into midfield to supply the threatening Rooi while Uueziua stamped her authority down the right wing and had a dangerous cross turned wide by the versatile captain Ngonda.

    After the match, Young Gladiators assistant coach Shama Gure, who stood in for Mervin Mbakera, said the mental strength of the opposition won the game for them.

    “The mental strength of South Africa was our downfall today and they were quicker and clinical with their possession and we always had to play catch-up. It was a learning curve for us and we go back and try to come back better next time,” Gure said.

    South Africa will now face Burundi in the second round in November, with that winner to advance to the third and final round of qualification for France 2018. Africa will have only two representatives.

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    Volleyball finals conclude on high noteVolleyball finals conclude on high note The Bank Windhoek Namibia Volleyball Federation Cup finals took place at Unam's main campus in Windhoek over the weekend.

    Four of the strongest teams that had advanced to the final round locked horns one last time to contest for the spots on the podium, after two competitive rounds in Swakopmund and Katima Mulilo.

    Starting this action-packed day was the fight for third place in the women's division where the teams from Oshikoto Nampol VC and Khomas Nampol VC started the day off.

    After some good volleyball on both sides, the greater experience and individual class of the Khomas Nampol women's team proved to be too much for Oshikoto Nampol. A convincing 3-0 saw the KNVC secure third place and therefore a spot on the podium as well as prize money of N$6 000.

    Followed by this, the men's team of the Navy VC from Walvis Bay faced Katima Mulilo's Unam Campus team. The team from Zambezi won 3-0. They took home N$6 000 in prize money.

    The SKW women's team faced a courageous NDF squad. The great individual class and physical strength of SKW, who fielded volleyball veterans like Elina Viejo, Loretha du Toit and MVP Chido Maisiri, saw them clinch the first set. What initially seemed to be a one-sided match turned into a heartbeat final with both teams taking the following sets to even out at 2-2.

    NDF, led by the hard spikes of the promising Nokokure Kambatuku, displayed excellent fighting spirit and great defensive work. In the tie break, NDF almost went for the title, leading 8-1, but SKW showed great spirit and took the final set 15-11, in the end beating a disappointed NDF with the final score of 3-2.

    The much-anticipated men's final turned out very similar to the previous match, with Khomas Nampol VC going into the game as the favourites facing a courageous NDF side. KNVC took the first two sets with great individual performances from players like Natangwe Messah, Panashe Chiguta and Rehabeam Hengari.

    A lot of unforced errors and technical mistakes in the following two sets brought back the brave NDF team, led by legends Eddy Uuyepa and Andreas Engombe, to even out the score to 2-2. Again, the game had to be decided by a tie-break in which the great individual class of KNVC helped them secure the greatly celebrated title.

    Both winning teams (SKW women, KNVC men) won gold medals, N$10 000 cash prizes and a trophy. The second-placed teams of NDF took home N$8 000 and silver medals.

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    Archers at Youth World ChampionshipsArchers at Youth World Championships Seven archers and two coaches are representing Namibia at the Youth World Archery Championships and Youth Olympic Qualifier 2018 in Rosario, Argentina, this week.

    The local archers are competing against the world's top archers between 14 and 20 years of age in the recurve and compound bow categories.

    In the recurve cadet men's group 113 archers are competing, 94 in the recurve cadet women's group, 37 in the compound junior women's group and 46 in the compound cadet men's group.

    Compound archers will shoot at a distance of 50 metres and recurve archers at 60 metres.

    Only the recurve archers will stand a chance to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, as compound archery is not an Olympic discipline.

    “In preparation for this prestigious competition the Namibian archers had qualifying shoots in Namibia and all archers competed well. Our young team will represent Namibia in this international event with the hope of winning medals and setting records,” said Christo Brandt, vice president of Target Archery.

    The Namibian archers are: Adriaan Grobler (cadet recurve men), CF Brandt (cadet recurve men), Quinn Reddig (cadet recurve women), Babette Taljaard (junior compound women), Dirk de Bod (cadet compound men), Christaan Louw (cadet compound men), and Duan Engelbrecht (cadet compound men). Frank Reddig and Marja Woortman are their coaches.



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    Etanga lyaakwiita yomomeya lya pewa komanda omupeEtanga lyaakwiita yomomeya lya pewa komanda omupeNghipandua a ningi omukomeho gwEtanga lyAakwiita yomOmeya Omukomeho gwEtanga lyAakwiita moNamibia,John Mutwa okwa ningi elunduluko nokulundulula lyotango komanda gwOshikondo shAakwiita yomOmeya poCaptain PN Sacharia Naval Base mOmbaye, mEtitano lya piti. Ngoka ngashiingeyi uulikwa nokuninga amushanga gwuuministeli wEgameno, Rear Admiral Peter Vilho okwa gandja oshinakugwanthwa shoka a kala nasho kukomanda omupe Rear Admiral Sinsy Bamba Nghipandua.

    Ominista yEgameno, Penda Ya Ndakolo oya yelitha kutya omalunduluko goludhi ndoka aluhe ohaga ningwa nomatompelo gontumba.

    Ya Ndakolo okwa popi kutya omalunduluko ngoka oga tulwa miilonga mesiku lyotango lyaSepetemba, sho

    Rear Admiral Peter Vilho a yelwa nokuningwa amushanga gwOshikondo shegameno, nopethimbo lya faathana Rear Admiral Sinsy Nghipandua okwa ulikwa nokuyelwa a ninge komanda gwoshikondo shoka, shEtanga lyAakwiita yomOmeya.

    Ya Ndakolo okwa pandula Vilho ngoka a kutha ko oshinakugwanithwa shekomanda lyetanga ndyoka, sha landula sho komanda gwoshikondo shoka nale Phestus Shanangula a hulitha mo- 2002.

    Minista okwa pendula Vilho omolwa iilonga ye mbyoka ya e ta omalundululuko geyambulepo lyoshikondo shoka, na okwe mu halele ompolo monkalamwenyo ye.

    Ya Ndakolo okwa popi kutya Viliho okwa yambulapo oshikondo shoka sha etitha etotepo lyoombonge oonene dhoshikondo shoka oshowo osha etitha woo etamekitho lyiilonga okuudha yoshikondo shoka muKotomba gwo-2004.

    Ya Ndakolo okwa hokolola Nghipandua kutya okuli omulumentu ngoka e na ontseyo yekomando, na okwa popi kutya ke na omaipulo gasha nomalimbililo kombinga yelelo lye. Okwa pula egandjo lyeyambidhidho kuNghipandua.

    Nghipandua okwa ningi omunambelewa gwotango gwo'first flag officer' okukomanda iilonga yoCommander Naval Operations sha landula etotepo lyoNaval Fleet mo- 2005.

    Kohi yelelo lye, Etanga lyOmomeya lyAakwiita olye shi pondola okutula pambaapila omulandu gwawo gwomadheulo nokutula miilonga omilandu dhawo dhiilonga.

    Nghipandua okwa longela oshikondo shodefence intelligence mo- 1990 na okwa li omunambelewa gwotango gwoNDF, a ningi komanda mefuta.

    Okwa kwatele komeho iilonga yetanga ndyoka, mbyoka yeetitha woo etulo miipandeko lyoosikepa ntano dhaSpain ndhoka dhali dha kwatwa sho dhaadhika tashi kwata oohi shaaheli paveta momeya gaNamibia.

    Iilonga ye yotango metanga ndyoka oya tamekele mefuta, sho a ningi komanda gwotango gwooffshore unit, moskepa yokupatolola yovessel Oryx.

    Pethimbo ndyoka Nghipandua okwa li e na oshinakugwanithwa shetungo lyokamba yaakwiita mboka, pokati komvula yo-2005 no 2009, onga komanda gwokamba.

    Etanga lyomOmeya oli na aakwiita ya thika po-500, mboka oyendji ya dheulwa moSouth Afrika oshowo moBrazil, etanga ndyoka otali yambidhidhwa koshikondo tashi ithanwa

    Marine Corps shoka shi na aakwiita ya thika po-200, mboka ya dheulwa kaanongeki yaBrazil.



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    Ngoloneya gwaKunene a hulithaNgoloneya gwaKunene a hulitha AaNamibia okuza koombinga noombinga dhoshilongo otaya gandja omahekeleko gawo nokuulika oluhodhi omolwa eso lyaNgoloneya gwOshitopolwa shaKunene.

    Angelika Muharukua, ngoka a hulitha ongula yOsoondaha moshipangelo shaVenduka, mepupi lyoomvula o-59.

    Omupresidende gwoshilongo okwa tseyitha eso lyaMuharukua, momukanda ngoka gwa pitithwa mOsoondaha.

    “Omupresdende ota tseyitha mpaka nehaluko enene eso lyomusimanekwa, Angelika Kazetjindire Muharukua, ngoka a hulitha ongula yesiku lyotango lyaKotomba, mo-2017. Omahekeleko getu oguuka kaakwanezimo, ookume oshowo ookomrade,” omukanda ngoka gwa pitithwa kuamushanga gwomupresidende, gwiipambele yiikundaneki,Albertus Aochamub gwa holola.

    Amushanga gwongundu yoSwapo, Nangolo Mbumba okwa popi kutya okwa haluthwa keso lyangoloneya.

    “Oshikumuthi noonkondo paumwene oshowo kongundu yoSwapo. Ngame onda haluka noonkondo na otatu ningi kehe shoka tatu vulu opo tu kwashilipaleke kutya oshilonga she shoka a longo osha simanekwa.”

    Omupresidende gwoDTA,

    McHenry Venaani okwa popi kutya eso lyaMuharukua, olye mu ehama noonkondo.

    Venaani okwa popi kutya omuleli ngoka ina shololithwa konkalo kutya ina mona elongo, na okwa longo nuudhiginini onga omuleli.

    “Ina mona elongo nenge ontseyo yelaka lyoshiingilisa ihe okwa lele nuudhiginini. Nomahodhi taga tondoka momutima gwandje otandi dhimbulukwa ependafule

    Kazetjindire. Pamwe nongundu yetu otatu gandja omahekeleko kaantu yomoshitopolwa shaKunene,” Venaani ta ti.

    Ngoloneya gwaShana, Clemens Kashuupulwa, ngoka e li omunashipundi gwolutu lwoongoloneya okwa holola ehaluko lye omolwa eso lyaMuharukua, ta holola woo kutya oyali ye na okukala ya tsakanena, oshiwike shika.

    “Onda yakula onkundana ndjoka, omanga nda li mondjila nduuka kOvenduka hoka tatu ka tsakanena andola. Otashi uvitha nayi noonkondo okukanitha omuleli moshilongo shika shi na omwaalu omushona gwaaleli aakiintu. Onga omunashipundi gwoGovernors' Forum otandi dhimbuluka nakusa onga omuntu ngoka ha popi oshinima kondandalunde. Okwa li aluhe a pyakudhukwa okugandja omayele ngoka taga yambulapo olutu lwetu oshowo oshitopolwa she shoka a kala ta lele. Eso lye ekanitho enene.”

    Ngoloneya gwaShikoto, Henock Kankoshi okwa hokolola Muharukua onga omuleli ngoka aluhe e na oshisho naantu ye.

    “Otatu ka yuulukwa ongushu yelelo lye. Otandi gandja omahekeleko kaantu yomoKunene.”

    Muharukua okwa wayimine oSwapo mo- 1979.

    Mo- 1995, omukokoli presidende Sam Nujoma okwe mu ulike onga oshilyo shOmutumba gwoPashigwana.

    Mo-2005, omupresidende, Hifikepunye Pohamba okwa ulike Muharukua ninge Omupevi Minista gUuthikepamwe nOnkalonawa yAanona. Mo-2015 okwa ulikwa a ninge ngoloneya gwaKunene sigo osho a hulitha.

    Ngoloneya okwa kanitha omusamane gwe

    Festus Muharukua, moshiponga shohauto mo-2015 ho ohauto ndjoka a li ta hingi ya kungululwa po komeya moshitopolwa shaKunene. Omalongekidho gefumbiko otaga ka tseyithwa nale.

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    Yahamano ya sila miiponga yiihauto monooliYahamano ya sila miiponga yiihauto monooli Iiponga iiyali mbyoka ya ningilwa moshitopolwa shaHangwena oshowo mOshikoto oya faalela oomwenyo dhaantu yahamano mehuliloshiwike lya piti.

    Mokati kaamboka ya hulithile miiponga mbyoka, omwa kwatelwa aanaskola yaali oshowo omunambelewa gwopolisi.

    Aanaskola yaali yomondondo onti-12 oshowo omukomeho gwomuhandjo moskola yedhina Eengedjo Senior Secondary School, oya hulitha konima sho ohauto yombaki moka yali ya londa yiidhenge mumwe nohauto yoBMW pondje yOmungwelume.

    Kwiikwatelelwa koohapu dhOmunambelewa omupopiliko gwOpolisi mOhangwena, Kaume Itumba, ohauto yombaki oyali tayi zilile ombinga ya Omungwelume na oyali tayi tanaukile kombinga yOngenga sho yiidhenge mumwe nohauto yoBMW ndjoka yali tayi zi kombinga ya faathana.

    Oonakuninga oshihakanwa ayehe oyali koshipundi shokomeho, naanaskola mboka yali konima yombaki oya ehamekwa. Okwa lopotwa kutya ohauto yoBMW oyiidhenge woo mohauto yotuukala ndjoka yali ya thikama pomunkulo gwondjila.

    Oonakusa oya tumbulwa komadhina kutya omunamimvo 53, Moses Petrus oshowo omonakadhona Patricia Linda Petrus. Omunaskola gumwe okwa tumbulwa kedhina kutya oNdeshiilenda Joseph.

    Omukuluntuskola Tuulikefo Nghishitende okwa koleke kutya osha li ehuliloshiwike lyokuya komagumbo, nangaashi shito, Petrus okwa li aluhe ha faalele aanaskola mboka haya zi pomudhingoloko gwa Ongenga.

    “Kaye shi aanaskola ayehe mboka yali mohauto moka haya sikola moskola yetu ihe yamwe oyo mooskola dha yooloka dhomomudhingoloko gwaMungwelume.

    Okwa li te ya faalele komikunda dhawo ngaashi aluhe he shi ningi uuna ku na omahuliloshiwike gokuya komagumbo. Okwa longela oskola ethimbo ele, nokamonakadhona okali mondondo onti-12 na oya li owala opo ya tameke omakonaakono gawo,”

    Nghishitende a popi.

    Aanaskola mboka yeehamekwa oya pangwa moshipangelo shaNgela oshowo shaShakati noyendji oya lalekwa.

    Aanaskola mboka yeehamekwa unene otaya mono epango moshipangelo sha Ongwediva MediPark Private Hospital.

    Aantu yatatu natango oya hulithile moshiponga shohauto shoka sha ningilwa mOshikoto, omanga aalumentu yaali yeli konkalo ombwiinayi moshipangelo, sha landula oshiponga shoka.

    Omunambelewa omukonaakoni gwiimbuluma moshitopowa shoka, Naomi Katjiua, okwa popi kutya elola lyohauto yoToyota Corolla olya topa, sheetitha ohauto ndjoka yi gwe nokugalangata.

    Pahapu dhaKatjiua, mohauto moka omwali aafaalela yatano mwa kwatelwa omuhingi.

    Okwa popi kutya omuhingi naafaalelwa yaali oya hulithile poshiponga omanga aafaalelwa yaali ya falwa moshipangelo shaTsumeb.

    Katjirua ina vula okutseyitha edhina lyomunambelewa gwopolisi, omunamimvo 42, ngoka a hulithile moshiponga.

    Oonakusa yalwe yaali oya tumbulwa kutya omunamimvo 29, Gabriel Kakoo Shivute oshowo omunamimvo 33, Deacon Tjirambera Mingeri.



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  • Shot of the dayShot of the day FOOTBALL LOVERS: Spectators watching a game of football from a tree at the Otji Festival Boxing Bonanza held at the Paresis Stadium in Otjiwarongo on Saturday. Photo: LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Inequality keeps getting uglierInequality keeps getting uglier The rich-poor gap is far worse in our country even if politicians keep arguing that it is narrowing. A new study has once again highlighted the high levels of inequality in our country, putting us as the third most unequal nation in the world. The United Nations Development Programme has also found that Namibia is the second most unequal country in Africa after South Africa. In fact, resource-rich southern Africa is considered as the most unequal region on the continent. Abject poverty and high unemployment still blight developing nations like Namibia. There is so much social instability and the inequality especially in rural areas is unacceptably high. For a nation that prides itself as a model for democracy where peace and stability is emphasised more than anything, we ought to do more to arrest this disconcerting trend. This entrenched inequality threatens our future and that of our children. The glaring inequality between the rich and poor is there for all to see. In fact, it is a gap that continues to widen, with many previously disadvantaged Namibians still living in squalor compared to a minor few. It is disappointing that in the heart of high inequality lies the inability to create job opportunities for Namibians at large, especially the youth, who continue to wallow in need each day. Even if it takes us years to solve the economic inequality, it is our moral obligation to take this country to greater heights. There must be equal education opportunities for all children regardless of family circumstances, race or gender. This must be coupled by human capital development particularly among the youth. Our social assistance programmes need to be strengthened as they are clearly not working. We can't claim to have lifted thousands of Namibians out of poverty, while we are not prioritising funding to the needy and all programmes associated with their plight. Instead millions are spent on unnecessary projects which only benefit a well-connected few. We must tackle and address the disparities between the haves and have-nots before the situation further deteriorates.

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