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  • 10/10/17--15:00: Geingob networks in London
  • Geingob networks in LondonGeingob networks in London Details have emerged of President Hage Geingob's two-day visit to London where he was presumably due to address British lawmakers.

    It has come to light that Geingob addressed business leaders and not necessarily British parliamentarians, as was widely reported last week.

    Geingob, who left for London on Sunday, yesterday spoke at the Burj CEO Business Summit, a sought-after international business awards launched in Washington DC last year.

    The impression created last week was that Geingob would be addressing British MPs in the upper house of the United Kingdom, known as the House of Lords.

    A press officer of the UK parliament, Anouska Russell, told Namibian Sun yesterday that they were informed of Geingob's presence at a private event in the House of Lords.

    “I've been informed that the President of Namibia spoke at an event today in the House of Lords. Unfortunately I do not have any further information on the details as this was a private event,” she said.

    The British High Commission to Namibia said yesterday they were not involved in the travel arrangements for Geingob and his delegation, but played a key role in organising a meeting with Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon and minister of state for the Commonwealth and United Nations.

    “We at the British High Commission were involved in arranging an official meeting between the president and minister of state Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon,” Hans-Christian Mahnke, the political and press officer at the British Embassy, said yesterday.

    On his Twitter page, Lord Ahmed said he met with Geingob on Monday to discuss Commonwealth renewal and bilateral trade agreements.

    Geingob was quoted by NBC as saying that Britain remained an important trading partner for Africa and also emphasised value addition to raw material as key focus for mineral rich countries on the continent.

    State House press secretary Albertus Aochamub yesterday declined to comment and referred Namibian Sun to last week's statement.

    The statement by the presidency last week noted that British prime minister Theresa May would attend the event. However, there was no record of her presence at the two-day event.

    The presidency said Geingob was the only African leader invited to speak at the House of Lords. According to its website, the Burj CEO Awards is attended by British and international executives, the Dubai royal family members, parliamentarians as well as British government officials.

    Geingob was accompanied by a ministerial delegation, which included finance minister Calle Schlettwein, Tom Alweendo of economic planning and Obeth Kandjoze of mines and energy.


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  • 10/11/17--15:00: Cycle Classic hits city
  • Cycle Classic hits cityCycle Classic hits city Namibia's largest cycling event, the Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic for competitive and non-competitive cyclists, will take place in and around the capital city this weekend.

    Preparations for the country's favourite family sporting event are in full swing, with registrations having closed yesterday.

    For the first time since the event's launch in 1999, it will include a 5km fun walk and run as well as a 10km competitive run.

    The mountain-bike race, over three distances, is slated for Saturday, along with the 10km competitive run and 5km fun run-walk. The start and finish for all three events is at the SKW club in Olympia.

    The popular Kiddies Classic, a cycling race for children in several age groups, will be held on Saturday afternoon.

    On Sunday cyclists will participate in the road race. This cycling race usually attracts a large number of entrants for each of its four distance categories.

    In addition to medals and cash prizes for winners in all the categories, all entrants will receive a goody bag and finishers will receive a Cycle Classic token.

    To cater for families and friends supporting the cyclists, runners and walkers, entertainment will be provided on both days of the Cycle Classic. This includes lucky draws with many prizes up for grabs and activities for children.

    The expo facet of the Cycle Classic includes first-time exhibitor eyeBIKE, an organisation that promotes road safety among motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Other exhibitors will be present too.


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    Warriors to face Zim in Hage CupWarriors to face Zim in Hage CupPrestigious tournament launched The fourth edition of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup was launched in the capital yesterday. The annual four-team tournament that was established in 2015 will for the first time see Namibia's Brave Warriors compete against Zimbabwe on 11 November at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in what will be a thrilling encounter.

    The match will aid the Warriors in their preparations for their 2018 Chan participation at a venue to be determined.

    At yesterday's launch the deputy minister of sport, Agnes Tjongarero, called on Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti and his players to put up a good fight and to ensure that the cup remains at home.

    “We cannot allow the cup to leave the country like the last three years. So I tell you to inform your players that we must keep the cup at home so that we show the world we can win as well,” said Tjongarero.

    Mamelodi Sundowns from South Africa won the first three editions of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup.

    Samanthe Heyns, Tafel Lager's brand manager, said the tournament's format has changed to become an officially recognised FIFA international tournament. This provides the national team, the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors, with an extra opportunity to prepare for Chan 2018 after successfully progressing through the qualifying stages.

    “Obviously Tafel Lager has a double vested interest in this event as the founding sponsor of the Dr Hage Geingob Cup as well as being the title sponsor of the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors,” she said.

    Tickets bought in advance will cost N$20 from Web-ticket Namibia and at all Pick n Pay outlets country wide. Tickets bought at the gate will cost N$40.

    The first 5 000 people through the gate will receive a promotional hat or T-shirt and top local musicians will entertain the crowd.

    –Additional reporting NFA


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    2017 Safland Rugby Sevens launched2017 Safland Rugby Sevens launched The third edition of the Safland Rugby Sevens was officially launched in Windhoek on Tuesday, with the organisers promising a bigger and better tournament this year.

    The tournament will take place at Swakopmund on 10 and 11 November.

    Tournament organiser Willem Strauss says the national teams of Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will participate again this year. The Czech Republic will make its debut this year, following in the footsteps of Germany and Poland who attended the previous tournaments. This year the games will be played at the Swakopmund Football Club Stadium, which has two fields next to each other.

    “We hope the proximity of these fields will help create a magnificent atmosphere for the tournament,” Strauss said.

    Strauss confirmed that the tournament will include club and provisional competitions, while the schools' competition will include under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-19 players.

    The event will also serve as preparation for the HSBC World Series starting in Dubai three weeks later.

    Elizma Theron, the acting chief executive officer of the Namibia Rugby Union, said the tournament is a boost for sevens rugby in Namibia.

    “We saw the massive boost that the Olympic Games had on the already popular sevens game, and if this tournament could help us get in the Games in 2020, then it would be worth it,” she added.

    South Africa's Blitzbokke are the two-time defending champions of the tournament, and speculations are that they will bring all their star players in preparation for their defence of the HSBC World Rugby Series title.

    Safland is again the main sponsor. Kwesé Sports is the main media partner and will broadcast the games on NBC TV6.

    Sevens rugby is growing worldwide and now features in the Youth Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. The 2018 Sevens Rugby World Cup will take place in San Francisco in July next year.


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    Currie Cup campaign a success: TheronCurrie Cup campaign a success: TheronWelwitschias are gaining confidence The acting CEO of the Namibia Rugby Union, Elizma Theron, says the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias' Currie Cup 2017 campaign was a huge success as the team demonstrated a big improvement compared to last year. Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Theron said the team was on track to achieve the goals set at the beginning of their participation in the competition last year.

    Theron said the NRU knew that they would face huge challenges when they accepted the invitation to play in the Currie Cup, as they relied on amateur players while their opponents used professionals.

    “Last year was a rude awakening for us, but the improvement is evident as we won our first match in the tournament this year (beating Eastern Province 51-25 here) and we came so close to winning two or three other matches,” Theron said.

    She added that the union worked on a four-year cycle with the main aim being world cup qualification.

    “We set ourselves [the goal] of reaching the semi-finals of the Currie Cup by the third year of participating in the tournament and definitely next year we will do that.

    “We also wanted to improve the depth of our players by exposing as many of them as possible international playing standards and we are doing that,” she added.

    She said by playing in the Currie Cup, the Namibian players were slowly gaining confidence and experience in competing at the highest level.

    She added that while the competition has been good for the national team, it has not been good for the local rugby league as the Welwitschias have had to fight for players with local clubs who are competing in the Gold Cup.

    “We are going to structure the local league in a way that will allow all teams to compete properly without fighting for players,” Theron said.

    She added that the Currie Cup has helped change the mind-set of local players who have taken part in the tournament as they now handle themselves professionally, although they are amateurs.

    She paid tribute to coach Lyn Jones, whom she said had brought a vision, focus, belief and professional way of training, explaining that players did not believe they could compete with their South African counterparts before his appointment; a belief that has since changed.

    The Currie Cup First Division is the second tier of the Currie Cup competition, an annual South African rugby union competition organised by the South African Rugby Union.

    Namibia played seven games, winning one and losing the rest to finish seventh out of the eight teams in this year's competition.

    In last year's competition, the Welwitschias lost all five games.


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    Local archers perform well at championshipsLocal archers perform well at championships Namibian archers who participated in the World Archery Youth Championships in Rosario, Argentina, recorded great results.

    In the recurve cadet men's category, Adriaan Grobler finished in 104th place at 60m distance with score of 593, and lost against Cheremiskin Stanislav of Russia 6:2 on set system.

    CF Brandt finished in 105th place at 60m distance with a score of 588, but he did not make the elimination rounds.

    In the recurve cadet women's competition Quinn Reddig finished in 78th place at 60m distance with a score of 576, and lost in elimination against Inga Pever of USA 6:2 on set system.

    In the compound junior women's section, Elizabeth Taljaard finished in 26th place at 50m distance with score of 653. She beat Nora Valdez of Colombia in the first round of eliminations with 135:133, and lost against Fernanda Zepeda of Mexico with 138:135.

    In the compound cadet men's category, Duan Engelbrecht finished 30th at 50m distance with a score of 667. He beat Hugo Rollan Fernandez from Spain with 134:131 in the first round of eliminations, but lost against Ethan Merril of USA with 141:131 in the second round.

    Dirk de Bod finished 32nd at 50m distance with a score of 666. He beat Marcus Arlefur-Wällstedt of Sweden with 141:128 in the first round of eliminations, but lost by one point against Bryan Alvardo Fernandez from Puerto Rico 136:135.

    Christiaan Louw finished in 37th place at distance of 50m with a score of 663. He lost his elimination round against Mathias Fullerton of Denmark by a score of 135:132.

    “Our archers had to compete in severe rainstorms and gusting winds of up to 45km per hour to secure the spots. They did our country proud in this prestigious international competition.

    “They are the hope for future medals at the next World Youth Championships. The next international competition for Namibia's junior and cadet archers will be an African Olympic Qualifier being held in Algeria in June and July 2018,” said a press release from the Archery Association of Namibia.


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  • 10/11/17--15:00: Odinga withdraws from revote
  • Odinga withdraws from revoteOdinga withdraws from revote Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of October's election re-run.

    Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election.

    The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll, which saw Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner, after finding irregularities.

    But Kenyatta says he is ready to proceed with the new vote as planned.

    The country's electoral commission said Kenyatta had won the August vote by a margin of 1.4 million votes - or 54% of the total, compared to Odinga's 44%.

    Kenya's vice-president, William Ruto, has now called on the commission to declare Kenyatta president as a result of Mr Odinga's announcement.

    The election re-run was due to take place on 26 October, but Odinga said on Tuesday: “We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC [electoral commission] to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel... All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one.”

    As a result, he said, “considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large” it was best that he withdrew from the race.

    Odinga's coalition party believes the election will have to be cancelled as a result of his withdrawal, allowing “adequate time to undertake the reforms necessary to conduct an election that is in strict conformity with the constitution, the relevant laws and the constitution”.

    But Kenyatta, speaking at a rally in the southern town of Voi, said: “We have no problem going back to elections. We are sure we will get more votes than the last time.”

    He added: “We are also telling him it is the people's right to choose their leader. It is their sovereign right to choose their leader of choice.”

    The withdrawal could be a strategy for Raila Odinga to exit the political scene on his own terms.

    The annulment of President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in the 8 August election was a much-needed political high for Odinga.

    He felt vindicated for challenging the election and pushed for changes to the electoral system as a condition for his participation in the re-run.

    The electoral commission has rejected the changes he demanded, largely because of contractual agreements with the companies providing key services for the election.

    With President Kenyatta's party having won a majority of MPs in both houses of parliament, it is likely that Odinga was headed for another defeat and that would be too much for a man, who has been nicknamed the enigma.

    The legal consequences of Odinga's withdrawal are unclear.

    Constitutional lawyers disagree on the way forward and whether the 26 October election can still take place and if, despite his withdrawal, Odinga will still be on the ballot.

    Although many Kenyans are jaded by the never-ending political drama, they will now have to belt-up for a drive further into unchartered territory.

    Odinga's opposition coalition - the National Super Alliance (NASA) - has previously made clear its participation in the election was contingent on reforms being made.

    But Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says it has made the necessary changes.

    Prominent opposition senator James Orengo has called on people to protest on Wednesday, using the slogan “no reform, no elections”.


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    Israel plans 4 000 new settler homesIsrael plans 4 000 new settler homesAuthorities pushing further into the West Bank Following heavy criticism from former US president Barack Obama, Israel's plans quietened down but with Trump silent on the matter, the country is forging ahead into the West Bank. Israel is to advance plans for nearly 4 000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as part of a push to greatly boost settlement growth, an Israeli official said on Tuesday.

    The approvals are to include units in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron for the first time in years.

    The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that “3 736 housing units will be approved at different stages of planning and construction”.

    He did not give a timeframe or a precise breakdown, but said the homes would be located throughout the West Bank, including in Hebron and at the Migron and Beit El settlements near Ramallah.

    “In total, about 12 000 housing units will be approved in 2017, at various stages of planning and construction, four times the number in 2016,” the official said.

    Israel faced heavy criticism of settlement construction from US president Barack Obama's administration, but that has not been the case with his successor Donald Trump.

    Israeli media say that a planning council is expected to meet next week to approve at least some of the plans.

    Haaretz daily said that if the Hebron housing is approved it would be the first time for the southern West Bank city since 2002.

    Hebron is home to around 200 000 Palestinians, with about 800 settlers living under Israeli army protection in several heavily fortified compounds in the heart of the city.

    It is holy to both religions, with Old Testament figures including Abraham believed to be buried there.

    The 1994 massacre of 29 Muslim worshippers in Hebron by Israeli-American Baruch Goldstein led to an agreement three years later giving the Palestinian Authority control over 80% of the city.

    The settlers and about 30 000 Palestinians living adjacent to them fall under Israeli military rule.

    Last month, Israel gave the settlers there the authority to manage their own municipal affairs in what critics denounced as reminiscent of “apartheid”.

    About 430 000 Israeli settlers live among 2.6 million Palestinians in the West Bank, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.

    Settlement building in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem is considered illegal under international law.

    It is also seen as a major obstacle to peace as the settlements are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition government leans heavily on settlers and their supporters to maintain its thin parliamentary majority.


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    OmuAmerika a hala omupanguli a kuthwe mo moshipotha shawoOmuAmerika a hala omupanguli a kuthwe mo moshipotha shawoTa popi kutya omupanguli okwa gama ombinga Gumwe gwomaalumentu aakwashigwana yaAmerika, mboka taya tamanekelwa oshipotha shedhipago lyaAndrè Heckmair okwa lundilwe gumwe gwomaapanguli moshipotha shawo kutya okwa yi pondje uuthemba we. Kevan Townsend okwa tulilemo oshipotha shenyenyeto Omupanguli Christie Liebenberg ngoka ta kwatele komeho oshipotha shawo, nOkomisi yoJudicial Service Commission na ota pula opo omupanguli ngoka akuthwe o moshipotha shawo.

    Kevan Townsend, pamwe nomutamanekwa omukwawo moshipotha shoka, Marcus Thomas otaya tamanekelwa oshipotha shedhipago lyaAndrè Heckmair ngoka a yahwa momutse momasiku ga 7 gaJanuari, mo-2011, sha ningilwa mepandanda lyaGusinde Street moKlein Windhoek. Oye mu yeke ongodhi ye yopeke oshowo ondjato ye yiimaliwa ndjoka yali yi na iinaliwa yaSwiss Franc 100.

    Menyenyeto lye, Townsend, okwa popi kutya Liebenberg okwa li a tsu kumwe nayo opo ya gandje omatompelo gamwe, ihe lwanima omupanguli okwa indike omukalelipo gwopaveta gwaatamanekwa mboka opo a tsikile nomatompelo ngoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ompanguli okwa kala nokuya moshipala aakalelipo yopaveta nokukala te ya kondjitha opo kaya gandje omatompelo gawo lyiikwaveta .

    Omutamankkwa okwa popi kutya omupanguli okwa gandja ethimbo lya gwana komunambellwa omufali gwiihokolola mompangu gwepangelo, Antonia Verhoef opo a gandje oompata dhe nehokololo lye inaa yiwa moshipala.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omupanguli okwa kala tuulike a gama ombinga na okwa longitha ewi lyomuthindo mokupopila omaihumbato ge.

    Metiyali, efaulo kohofa lyaMbanga Siyomunji, ngoka ta kalelepo Townsend, moshipotha shoka, olya geyitha omupanguli.

    Okwa holola okuuva nayi kwe omolwa omaihumbato gomukalelipo ngoka, ta popi kutya okwa tumu etumalwaka lyoWhatsapp, mOmaandaha ta tseyithile aakuthimbinga moshipotha shoka, kutya ita kala mo mompangu esiku tali landula, omolwa uuwehame.

    Siyomunji okwa gandja ombaapila yefudho lyuuwehame, ihe omupanguli okwa popi kutya omaihumbato goludhi ndoka itaga idhidhimikilwa.

    Liebenberg okwa undulile oshipotha shoka, komasiku 16 gaKotomba.


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    Namibia okwiikolelela kiilandithomwa tayi zi pondje  yoshilongoNamibia okwiikolelela kiilandithomwa tayi zi pondje yoshilongo Iimuna oshowo oshikondo shonyama moNamibia osho tashi dhana onkandangala onene mekoko lyeliko lyoshilongo, nekalekepo lyoondya.

    Nonando ongaaka Namibia natango onkene iikolelela miilandithomwa mbyoka hayi zi pondje yoshilongo, naashoka otashi tula moshiponga egamenenepo lyoondya moshilongo.

    Oshikondo shomalanditho guunafaalama shoka unene shi na uunafaalama wiimuna osha talika ko onga shimwe shomiikondo tayi e ta oompito dhiilonga yopaumwene moshilongo, sho sha gandja iilonga kaaniilonga yeli pokati ko25 000 no 30 000.

    Ndhoka oohapu dhaDr John Purchase, Omukomeho gwoAgricultural Business Chamber moSouth Africa ngoka a popi kombinga yegamenenepo lyoondya oshowo onkandangala ndjoka tayi dhaninwa kiimuna, pethimbo lyoCongress of the Livestock Producers' Organisation of Namibia

    “Namibia ota tyapula uuwanawa wetumo lyoongombe oshowo onyama momalandditho gopondje yoshilongo, na okuli shimwe shomiilongo yoAfrika iishona mbyoka ya gwanitha po oompango dhaEuropa, dhomatumo giilandithomwa miilonga yawo.”

    Pauyelele mboka wa hololwa owa ulike kutya moshilongo, konyala opresenda 40 dhaanamagumbo odhi na iimuna.

    “Ondi wete kutya omu na oshikondo shi li nawa ihe otandi dhilaadhila kutya osha simana opo mu gwedhe ongushu koshikondo sheni.”

    Purchase okwa popi kutya omanga South Afrika, a tulwa ponomola yotango miilongo mbyoka hayi longo oondya odhindji muAfrika, uupyakadhi owuli mpaka kutya aaakwashigwana oyendji moshilongo shoka itaya vulu okulanda iikulya.

    Okwa popi kutya Namibia oku na uupyakadhi wa faathana kakele kutya oshilongo ohashi kutha pondje iipumbiwa yawo oyindji, na oyi na ondilo noonkondo.

    Namibia oku na aakwashigwana ya thika poomiliyona 2,3 noGDP ndjoka hayi zi muunamapya oya kalela po owala ooopresenda 7.1, okuyeleka naandjoka hayi zi miimuna.

    Pahapu dhe, Namibia okuli omukomeho momalanditho gopondje onyama ndjoka yongushu yoomiliyona dhaU$600, oshowo iimuna yongushu yoomiliyona dha U$46.

    Omandjembele ogeli ponomola ontitatu, gongushu yoomiliyona dhaU$29 oshowo o'bovine meat' yongushu yoomiliyona U$23. Oshititano, oonzi dhi na omwenyo oshowo iikombo yongushu yoomiliyona U$22.

    “Oshikondo sheni osha nkondopala meeto moshilongo lyiimaliwa yopondje,” Purchase a popi, ihe okwa tsu omuthindo kutya Namibia okwiikolelela unene melando lyiinima yopondje, naashoka otashi tula moshiponga onkalo yegameno lyoondya.

    Osuuka oyimwe yomiinima mbyoka Namibia ha kutha pondje yoshilongo kongushu yoomiliyona U$61, taku landula epungu lyongushu yoomiliyona U$48. Oshititatu iikolitha yongushu yoomiliyona U$47.

    Iikwatelela kolopota yoWorld Food Report yomvula ya ziko, Purchase okwa popi kutya Namibia okwa tulwa momusholondondo gwiilongo yi na iiyemo yopokati, nopokati komvula yo-2000 no 2015 Namibia okwe shi pondola okukokeka eliko lye.

    Nonando ongaaka embombolokelo lyaakwashigwana koondoolopa oshowo ondjele yili pombanda yokwaahena iilonga oyo unene tayi shunitha oshilongo pevi.

    Olopota oya holola kutya Namibia oha nduluka owala oopresenda 40 dhiikulya mbyoka hayi liwa moshilongo, naashoka otashi ulike kutya oopresenda ndhoka dha hupuko ohadhi kuthwa pondje yoshilongo nondando ohayi kala yi li pombanda noonkondo.

    Purchase okwa tsikile kutya olopota oya holola kutya oopresenda 18 dhaantu ohaya hupu moshimaliwa shooUS$39 komwedhi.

    Okwa tsikile kutya eshuno pevi mepangelo ewanawa oshowo iilonga yankundipala oyo yimwe yomomaupyakadhi ga taalela oshilongo ponkatu yopashigwana.


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  • 10/11/17--15:00: ACC ita longo pauyuuki aniwa
  • ACC ita longo pauyuuki aniwaACC ita longo pauyuuki aniwaACC oku na olwaamambinga Omuniilonga melelo lyondoolopa yomuumbugantu woshilongo, okwa popi kutya Okakomisi kOkukondjitha Uulingilingi moshilongo itaka longo pauyuuki nokwiihumbatela aantu ayehe sha faathana. Omuniilonga melelo lyondoolopa yaKeetmanshoop okwa popi kutya, oAnti-Corruption Commission (ACC) itayi longo pauyuuki na kayi na oonkondo melelo lyawo konima yomutumba gwomautho ngoka gwa ningilwa aaniilonga yaali yelelo lyaMaltahöhe .

    Adam Isaak, ngoka ta kalelepo aaniilonga yaali mboka ya kuthwa miilonga melelo lyaMaltahöhe omolwa okwiihumbata nayi oshowo shi na sha negandjo lyotendela yethaneko lyosasiyona yookadhima mulilo, okwa popi kutya omutumba gweutho gwaaniilonga mboka yaali ogwa kalako momasiku 19 sigo 22 gaSepetemba.

    Okwa popi kutya momasiku 19 gaSepetemba, Omupeha omukomeho gwoACC, Erna van der Merwe okwa shangele ombaapila elelo lyondoolopa yaKaiti, ndjoka yuukithwa komunambelewa omukuluntu gwondoolopa, Desmond Basson, ta pula ngele Isaaka okwa tula mo tuu efudho sho a yi a ka kalelepo aaniilonga mboka nongele okwa pitikwa tuu okulonga iilonga yilwe.

    Isaak okwa popi kutya ye okwa tothwamo nonando ACC ina ninga omapulaapulo ga faathana komunambelewa omugandji mayele gwiikwaveta gwelelo luondoolopa yaVenduka, Tjizembua Hongonekua, ngoka e li omunashipundi gwomutumba gwomautho ngoka, na okwa mono iifuta yomalweenddo okuza kelelo lyaMaltahöhe, pethimbo lyomitumba nddhoka dha ningwa.

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya ACC ota longithwa onga oshilongitho shokukwatela komeho iikonene yopaumwene yoohandimwe, niilonga yawo otayi tongola papolotika oshowo paundikushi.

    Okwa pula woo kutya omolwashike Karel Cloete, omunambelewa omukuluntu gwomakonaakono moACC, a pitikwa opo a ninge ombangi pethimbo lyepwaakeno lyiipotha mbyoka tayi tamanekelwa aaniilonga mboka yaali.

    Okwa popi kutya omutumba gwiipotha ngoka oguli oshinima shomeni, ta okwa popi kutya elelo lyaMaltahöhe otali longitha olopota yoACC miipotha mbyoka tayi tamanekelwa aaniilonga.

    Omutumba gwomautho ngoka ogwa ningwa sha landula omayele ngoka ga gandjwa koACC, sho okakomisi hoka ka manitha omakonaakono gako miipotha yuulingilingi, mbyoka tayi tamanekelwa aaniilonga.

    Advocate van der Merwe okwa pula opo Isaak a shangithe omanyenyeto ge noACC.

    “Oto lopota ngiini Lucifer kuSatan?” Isaak a pula.


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    Aakwashigwana yaChina ya tulwa miipandekoAakwashigwana yaChina ya tulwa miipandeko Aakwashigwana yaChina yaali yoomvula dhili pokati ko 36 no 42, oya tulwa miipandeko kopolisi yaShikoto sho gumwe a ndopa okugandja omukanda gwe gwomalweendo peinda lyopolisi pOshivelo omanga omukwawo a tulwa miipandeko sho a kambaddhala okugandja ombumbo yoshimaliwa shooN$200 komunambelewa gwopolisi.

    Opolisi oya popi kutya, etulo miipandeko ndyoka olya ningwa mEtiyali lwopotundi onti: 09:15, sha landula sho AaChina mboka yali molweendo okuza mOvenduka ya yi peinda ndyoka pOshivelo.

    Omunambelewa okwa pula aakwashigwana mboka opo ya gandje omikanda dhawo dhomalweendo ihe ngoka a li omufaalela kali e na omukanda. Ngoka ta hingi aniwa okwa tula oshimaliwa shooN$200 meke lyomunambelewa gwopolisi opo e ya pitike ya tsikile nolweendo lwawo naashoka osha etitha etulo miipandeko lyawo.

    Pauyelele wopolisi, omuhingi ngoka a tulilwa mo oshipotha shonkambadhala yokufuta ombumbo omunambelewa, okwa holola mompangulilo yaTsumeb ohela, omanga mukwawo ngoka a tulwa miipandeko kaanambelewa yomatembu a pewa omasiku 14 opo a gandje omukanda gwe gwomalweendo nenge a tulilwe moshipotha ngele okwa ndopa okugandja omukanda gwe ngoka.

    Moshiningwanima shilwe, mOmaandaha opolisi yaShikoto oya tula miipandeko omulumentu gwoomvula 20, ngoka a tsu nombele omunaskola omukwawo mondjila yawo yokuza koskola.

    Oshiningwanima shoka osha ningilwa momukunda Okambugha, lwopotundi onti-15:40.

    Nakusa okwa tumbulwa kedhina kutya omunamimvo 19 , Mhanda Fredrick.

    Opolisi oya hokolola kutya mboka yaali oya li mondjila yawo okuza koskola sho omufekelwa a kuthamo ombele nokutsa mukwawo montulo kombinga yokolulyo.

    Nakuninga oshihakanwa okwa falwa moshipangelo shepangelo mOmuthiya na okwa lundululilwa mOshipangelo shaNandjokwe hoka a hulithile.

    Moshiningwanima sha yooloka, omudhimba gwomunamimvo 49, Christopher Kamati ogwa dhika gweendjelela momuti mofaaalama yedhina Farm Vryheid no.888 South mOshivelo.

    Nakusa ngoka e li omufekelwa moshipotha shuulunga wiimuna okwa li a yi kOshakati mOmaandaha na okwa tomeke omulilo egumbo lyombangi moshipotha shoka ta tamanekelwa, omuniilonga omukwawo mofaaalama ngoka a hupu moshiponga shoka shomulilo.

    Omudhimba gwe ogwa falwa mopolisi yaTsumeb opo gu ka konaakonwe.


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  • 10/11/17--15:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day CHILDHOOD HORROR: Syrians displaced from the city of Deir Ezzor gather on the outskirts of Raqa. Syrian fighters backed by US special forces are battling to clear the last remaining Islamic State group jihadists holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqa. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 10/11/17--15:00: Who is fooling who?
  • Who is fooling who?Who is fooling who? We have heard so many good speeches concerning good governance and across-the-board accountability in ensuring solid administration. The government of the day has made it clear that it will promote greater accountability and transparency in the public service in order to gain people's trust. We have had endless talk-battle on tackling corruption, especially in government where the culture is deeply entrenched. However, there is a marked slow pace in making this a priority, and the inefficient use of public funds and resources appears to be the order of the day. We were and still are disappointed to learn that government has paid millions to four lawyers based in the United Kingdom. The lawyers were paid handsomely after offering legal advice on the government's reparations demand against Germany for the 1904-08 Nama and OvaHerero genocide. Thus far there are conflicting reports as to exactly how much of taxpayers' money was spent on the lawyers, with attorney-general Sacky Shanghala claiming the bill totalled N$36 million, while the international relations ministry played it down to N$11 million. The finance ministry on the other hand claimed the actual amount was N$47 million. Recently Shanghala briefed parliamentarians on the genocide bill, saying a Namibian working in London, Anna Uukelo, was paid N$16 million while other European advocates were Dexter Dias (N$14 million), Richard Reynolds (N$385 401) and Cameron Milles (N$816 574). Namibians are now demanding that government play open cards and put to rest speculation about the huge fees paid to the UK-based lawyers. In an unprecedented move, finance minister Calle Schlettwein also took issue with the manner in which the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) handled what was supposed to be an inquiry into the questionable huge sums paid to the four lawyers. ACC chief Paulus Noa's remarks in one of the dailies that the probe was closed because “there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing” earned him a rap on the knuckles. Schlettwein's efforts and patriotism set an example for his fellow comrades in cabinet especially at a time when there is a need to significantly curtail government spending. The authorities must stop playing hide and seek when state taxpayers have so much at stake.

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    Tweya preaches ICT inclusivityTweya preaches ICT inclusivity Information minister Tjekero Tweya has urged players in the IT sector to make more opportunities available to young people.

    He feels the youth is excluded from participating.

    “Young people continue to be at the epicentre of unemployment which is over-arching, not only affecting the youth, but other sectors as well. We must, therefore, be insanely excited as IT people and work beyond the call of duty as owners and leaders of IT to pave the way for the youth to rapidly and smoothly penetrate the IT sector,” Tweya said.

    Tweya made the comments at the opening of the Information Communication Technology Summit in Windhoek.

    According to Tweya, criticism levelled against the IT sector was not without reason, saying it was a joint responsibility of not only government, but the private sector too.

    “IT people must take all critique levelled against them to heart and start looking at the IT sector from the eyes of those who are left out of the IT house. So, let us kindly shepherd our people excluded from IT out of the darkness and dangers of IT exclusion; and let us create light at the end of the IT tunnel to facilitate IT inclusion for all Namibians,” Tweya said.

    It was also necessary to broaden the ownership of businesses involved in the sector Tweya felt. This he said would help further promote inclusivity.

    “Corporate Namibia and big IT companies must start opening up their business models for broader shareholding giving young people access to IT, and rest assured, you will see an industrial revolution in IT once young people are elevated to strategic roles in ICT companies,” Tweya said.

    Tweya also took issue with the theme of the summit, saying that it should live up to its promise of promoting inclusivity.

    “This cannot just be another theme. Come next year October at the fifth National ICT Summit, I will hold you all accountable and question you how far you got in unlocking these economic opportunities to include the broader community and the youth,” Tweya said.


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  • 10/11/17--15:00: Osona donates to 7de Laan
  • Osona donates to 7de LaanOsona donates to 7de Laan The Osona Fishing Company donated over 400 boxes of canned fish to more than 250 vulnerable community members in the 7de Laan informal settlement in Windhoek on Monday.

    Each member will receive 12 cans; the remainder of the fish will be distributed later.

    Speaking at the handover ceremony, fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau said the policy objectives of the ministry are to share fish and fishery products with the needy members of various communities nationally.

    “We therefore have a deliberate policy to encourage those Namibians who have been granted rights into our fisheries to share the products of this fishery with less fortunate members of our society,” said Esau.

    He noted that right holders are directed to sell 30% of Namibia's horse mackerel fish locally, so that Namibians can have access to fish.

    “We equally wish to encourage a culture of fish consumption in Namibia, because we need to have a healthy and well-nourished population,” Esau mentioned.

    On her part, Osona Fishing Company chairperson, Selma Petrus called for an extraordinary commitment to better the lives of all Namibians through the involvement of corporate companies in their social responsibility programmes.

    “We are committed to being accountable to the Namibian nation with dedication, commitment, integrity, discipline and hard work to eradicate poverty for the common good of all,” Petrus noted.

    The company will today make another donation of fish and clothing to the Uis community in the Erongo Region.

    Osona Fish Company is made up of six Namibian-owned companies as fishing right holders.


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  • 10/11/17--15:00: ACC accused of corruption
  • ACC accused of corruptionACC accused of corruptionIts work allegedly based on politics and cronyism A municipal worker says the anti-graft body is not treating everyone on an equal footing. A Keetmanshoop council worker is accusing the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of bias, and weak and ineffective management after it turned its sights on his participation in a disciplinary hearing at the Maltahöhe Village Council.

    Former opposition party functionary, Adam Isaak, is representing two employees who have been suspended from the Maltahöhe council on allegations of misconduct in the award and execution of a tender for the design and construction of a fire station.

    He is representing the accused as “director-general/manager” of a firm trading under the name Legalabour Consultants with a postal address in Maltahöhe.

    The hearing against the two accused was scheduled for 19 to 22 September.

    On 19 September, ACC deputy director Advocate Erna van der Merwe wrote a letter to the Keetmanshoop municipality CEO Desmond Basson to enquire whether Isaak has in fact taken leave to attend to the hearing and whether he has the requisite permission to perform outside remunerative work.

    Isaak claims that he is being singled out since the ACC has not made similar enquiries with the City of Windhoek whose legal advisor, Tjizembua Hongonekua, is chairing the disciplinary hearing and who has reportedly received subsistence and travelling allowance(S&T) from the Maltahöhe Village Council for the duration of the hearing.

    “It looks like a plot against me. The [ACC] letter was drafted in the corridors. You cannot suck any old complaint out of your thumb while no charge has been laid against me. The ACC is being used as a tool to settle personal vendettas against me. The ACC is a corrupt institution. Its work is based on politics and cronyism. Its investigations are not independent and people at grassroots level are being treated harshly while powerful figures are going scot-free,” fumed Isaak.

    He claimed that the credibility of the ACC is compromised because of its alleged biased disposition towards him.

    “There is a personal fight going on at the Maltahöhe Village Council and whoever represents the accused are being treated in a hostile manner,” Isaak said, adding: “I have no problem to declare my interests as long as this applies to everyone; the playing field must be levelled.”

    Isaak also questioned why Karel Cloete, an ACC senior investigating officer, was allowed to act as a witness at the hearing.

    He said the disciplinary process is an internal matter dealing with a civil case.

    Isaak further accused the Maltahöhe council of having used an ACC report as the basis for charges formulated against the two accused.

    The disciplinary hearing follows a recommendation by the ACC after it has done its preliminary investigation into the alleged corruption.

    Advocate van der Merwe proposed that Isaak register his grievance with the ACC.

    “How can you report Lucifer to Satan?” questioned Isaak.

    Catherine Sasman

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  • 10/11/17--15:00: Townsend petitions JSC
  • Townsend petitions JSCTownsend petitions JSCAmerican murder accused takes judge to task Kevan Townsend, accused of the murder of André Heckmair in 2011, is planning to lodge a formal complaint against his presiding judge. One of the accused in the murder of André Heckmair is accusing the presiding judge in the recusal application lodged by his co-accused, of gross negligence and disgraceful public conduct during the arguments and subsequent judgment in the case in May and July.

    He is also alleging the judge has violated his constitutional rights.

    Kevan Townsend lodged a complaint against Judge Christie Liebenberg with the Judicial Service Commission.

    Liebenberg is the presiding judge in his and Marcus Thomas’s murder trial.

    Thomas had lodged a recusal application which was refused and he subsequently petitioned the Supreme Court to hear his appeal.

    Kevan Townsend, together with his co-accused Marcus Thomas, are accused of killing André Heckmair with a single gunshot to the back of the head on 7 January 2011 in Gusinde Street in Klein Windhoek. They allegedly robbed him of his cell phone and wallet containing at least 100 Swiss francs.

    Townsend alleges that Liebenberg, during arguments and his subsequent judgment in the recusal application, had provided a disclaimer to the state and defence saying he had received the heads of argument and neither of them needed to recite at length the contents, but should merely briefly highlight pertinent parts thereof. They were told to present any new thoughts or points relevant to their filed heads of argument.

    However, it is alleged that the judge stopped Townsend’s lawyer prematurely from doing so.

    “What transpired next was a gross and disgraceful public display of vitriol, open hostility, prejudicial bias and blatant ethical disregard, the true scope and extent of which is most faithfully conveyed through the study of the audio recordings that documented the proceedings,” Townsend says.

    In a sworn summary of the allege conduct, which was provided to Namibian Sun, he maintains that Liebenberg persistently and constantly interrupted both defence lawyers which he argues was an overt attempt to intimidate them through a demeaning and argumentative posture.

    “It was a blatant use of the tactics of coercion against the defence lawyers during court proceedings in an attempt to force them away from their legal reasoning and stance, into submissive position of consent with his position,” the accused argued.

    He alleges the judge disregarded his disclaimer by allowing State Advocate Antonia Verhoef a disproportionate amount of time to recite her previously filed heads of arguments while simultaneously displaying gross impatience with the defence when they attempt to present legal contentions and rebuttals to the court.

    The judge is accused of displaying “malicious condescension at any and all validating legal elements of the defence, their legal reference and/or merits, and their supporting case law in a malignant attempt to embarrass and undermine the validity of their defence lawyers’ legal assertions”.

    “He submitted our defence counsel to demonstrative and belittling outbursts of vituperation in apparent attempt to demoralise them,” he said.

    In his summary, Townsend alleges the judge “intentionally steered the court deliberations to suit his agenda instead of adopting an impartial and objective tone of sincere and observed considerations”.

    “He chose a combative, accusing and demeaning tone of hostility in defending his actions rather than earnestly addressing the merits of the defence’s assertions,” he said.

    The complaint has not yet been submitted to the Judicial Commission.

    Meanwhile, the absence of Townsend’s counsel Mbanga Siyomunji on Tuesday, upset Judge Liebenberg. Siyomunji is said to be ill.

    The judge expressed his discontent with the conduct of the lawyer, who allegedly on Monday, through a Whatsapp message, informed everybody involved that he will not be in attendance due to illness.

    In his absence on Tuesday, Siyomunji handed in medical certificate but Liebenberg said such conduct is unacceptable.

    He postponed the matter to 16 October for continuation of trial.


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    Early Christmas for Okombahe elderlyEarly Christmas for Okombahe elderly About 260 families from Okombahe in the Erongo Region received their early Christmas yesterday when MTC executive Tim Ekandjo handed over food hampers valued at over N$100 000.

    Ekandjo, who made the donations in his personal capacity, said he wanted to give back to the special community of Okombahe.

    “Having been a student at Martin Luther High School brings back very fond memories of Okombahe because we regarded Okombahe as our capital city, after Omaruru. I have not visited Okombahe since 1997 when I matriculated from MLH, and I wanted to do something special for the elders,” said Ekandjo, who was accompanied by his family as well as the regional leadership.

    “Sometimes God blesses us with favour, and positions us in such a way that we are blessed with resources not always meant for us. I came back here after 20 years to share the little I have been blessed with, with you, and being back here today reminds me of where I come from, and the important chapter this part of the world played in my upbringing. We must always remain respectful to our elders, and today I do not want you to thank me for sharing my blessing, but I want to thank you for being willing to accept it and thank the Almighty God for using me in the manner he does today.”

    The event which took place at the Okombahe Community Hall was attended by about 300 people, local councillors as well as the chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council Hafeni Ndemula, who expressed gratitude towards Ekandjo for his generous donation.

    “I would like to thank Tim Ekandjo, for not forgetting his community of Okombahe, for coming back to plough back and help the elders in the month of International Elders Month. Okombahe and the Dâures constituency is one of the poorest, and donations of this kind help the community,” he said.


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    Deadlock over governor's final resting placeDeadlock over governor's final resting place There is a stalemate among family members of the late Kunene governor Angelika Muharukua over her final resting place.

    As a result there is now confusion as to whether the funeral will take place this weekend.

    Muharukua's special advisor, Katuutire Kaura, yesterday told ww that the deadlock had put funeral arrangements on hold.

    “We have been dealing with this since Monday last week. I don't really know what her personal preferences were,” he said when asked about claims that the late governor wanted to be buried next to her father in Kunene.

    Last week, the presidency announced that the governor would be accorded a hero's funeral, with the burial to take place at Heroes' Acre south of Windhoek.

    However, the family is divided on whether she must be buried in Windhoek or next to her father's grave at Ovinjange.

    On Tuesday government postponed a memorial service that was due to take place yesterday at Okatjetje village in Kunene. No reasons were given for the postponement.

    When contacted yesterday the information ministry permanent secretary, Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana, confirmed that the government was waiting upon the family to decide on the way forward.

    He also emphasised that flags would only be flown at half-mast once the president had gazetted the mourning period after the family had made a decision.

    “We cannot fly flags at half-mast for the whole year,” he said.

    Ua-Ndjarakana said the family's final decision would be respected. He added that the government only offered a befitting site at the Heroes' Acre for the burial and it was not a command.

    “We will continue to mourn and remember her as our hero and bury her according to the wishes of the family,” he said.

    A source at the information ministry said the funeral was likely to take place next week. The presidency promised to release the programme for the funeral yesterday morning but at the time of going to press, there was still no communication in this regard. Muharukua died at her Windhoek home from a suspected heart attack. She was 59.


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