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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Losers Egypt back in 2018 CHANLosers Egypt back in 2018 CHANSecond chance to compete Egypt will compete at the 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) in Morocco despite being eliminated in the qualifying competition two months ago. The Egyptians lost 4-2 on aggregate to Morocco, who are now automatic competitors in the 16-team event having replaced Kenya as hosts.

    This opened the door for Egypt to be reinstated into the biennial tournament restricted to home-based footballers.

    African football body CAF ditched Kenya as hosts last month for falling behind with preparations and Morocco was chosen to replace them at the weekend.

    Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia are the other finalists.

    A draw on a date to be announced will split the 16 countries into four groups, from which winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.

    Democratic Republic of Congo (twice), Tunisia and Libya won previous Nations Championship tournaments.

    FIFA classify Chan matches as full internationals with results counting toward the monthly rankings.



    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 10/18/17--15:00: Grim milestone for Somalia
  • Grim milestone for SomaliaGrim milestone for SomaliaDrought and conflict force one million people to flee The people of Somalia are in dire straits and are fighting a crippling drought on the one hand and escalating violence on the other. Over one million people in Somalia have been forced to abandon their homes this year seeking food and water, mainly due to drought.

    “We are alarmed at the massive scale of this crisis. On average, a staggering 3 500 people per day have fled their homes this year searching for food and water to stay alive,” said the Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) regional director, Gabriella Waaijman.

    “We are witnessing a mass exodus from rural villages not seen since the deadly 2011/12 famine that killed 260 000 people.”

    Dry rural communities across Somalia have nearly turned into ghost towns, as crops failed, livestock died and families fled in droves after they ran out of all food reserves. Some 49 000 people fled their homes in September alone. Most migrated to overcrowded camps in urban areas, where Somalis share their stories of survival.

    “I was a victim of drought that ravaged my village and the entire region of Lower Shabelle,” said Asha Ali Hussein. Eight months ago she fled Kontuwarey village, bringing her four children to Mogadishu. “I abandoned work on our one-hectare farm due to lack of water. Rivers dried; there was not a drop of water anywhere. We dug the soil to look for underground water but found nothing. All the water holes had vanished.”

    The drought crisis has been spiralling downward in 2017. Half the population, over 6.2 million people, now need humanitarian assistance, of which 3.1 million people are in a crisis situation. With families on the move in search of food, 388 000 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished.

    “Our 15 cows and 20 goats succumbed to the drought. We had a farm and livestock back in Kontuwarey village. Now we are living as displaced people, and we depend on cash assistance from aid agencies in Mogadishu,” says Asha.

    NRC is responding to the crisis with direct cash relief for drought-affected families, in addition to other programmes. Asha has received cash support from NRC for the past four months, including US$81 this month to pay for food, water, healthcare and school fees for her children aged four to ten. This was funded by EU Humanitarian Aid under the EU Cash Alliance for Drought Affected Somalis programme, which has benefitted 400 000 people across the country.

    “We have to continue this urgent response to prevent another famine from occurring in Somalia. Donors have made significant contributions towards this emergency, but more funding is needed. Predictions for the next rainy season are unfavourable. This would push more people over the edge, so continued support is needed,” warned Waiijman.

    While drought was the main cause of displacement in Somalia this year, other causes included conflict, insecurity and flooding.

    Facts about the humanitarian situation in Somalia:

    Over 1 million people have been internally displaced due to the drought and conflict this year, according to the UNHCR-led protection and return monitoring network in Somalia. NRC is also a network member.

    Another one million people are living as refugees outside of Somalia. Over 6.2 million people need humanitarian assistance.

    Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world. 43 per cent of the population lives on less than US$1 per day. Life expectancy is just 51 years.

    NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL

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  • 10/18/17--15:00: Zuma reshuffle reaction
  • Zuma reshuffle reactionZuma reshuffle reaction Reaction from opposition parties in South Africa came in yesterday afternoon following the latest Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma.

    The Freedom Front Plus' Pieter Groenewald says he's surprised that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was not elevated to a Cabinet position.

    He says the choice of an inexperienced candidate to lead the State Security Department is concerning.

    “When it comes to the security forces and institutions in South Africa he must keep absolute control to ensure that they can be manipulated by him and do as he wished.”

    United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has slammed the reshuffle.

    “There should be no excitement about this reshuffling. This government has long collapsed. There's no government in this country. They are just throwing our money away.”

    National Freedom Party Chief Whip Nhlanhla Khubisa says the reshuffle is nothing more than a cosmetic change.

    “These people who have been reshuffled have never settled in their previous portfolios. It's a matter of months they've been in those portfolios. And there isn't much that they've done. And of course, there are issues in even those portfolios.”

    Meanwhile, the South African Communist Party (SACP) has hit out at the removal of Blade Nzimande as higher education minister.

    “We emphatically reject these manoeuvres that place the Alliance on the brink of disintegration. Our view is that this is not a reshuffle but the targeted removal of comrade Blade as a direct attack on the SACP.”

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says his party rejects Zuma's announcement.

    “We reject the reshuffle of the national executive because it does not include the criminal suspect, Jacob Zuma. We also welcome Blade Nzimande's removal. Now he will have all the necessary time to go to the ground and campaign for the removal of the Zuma family in the ANC December conference.”

    ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has responded to Nzimande's axing by saying it's a pity he was removed because he has “done well in education”.

    He says he's aware that the move will negatively affect the alliance.

    “It's a pity that Blade has been removed from that portfolio. He is a cadre of our movement, we regard him highly as the ANC. We think he is talented, he can play other roles.”

    He also told journalists at Luthuli House that the ANC was informed by the president of this latest reshuffle, rather than consulted.

    The Inkatha Freedom Party's Narend Singh says the reshuffle was no surprise and neither was the axing of Nzimande.

    “Although it's the prerogative of the president to reshuffle his Cabinet, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why he's removed Minister Nzimande. And I think what the president is doing is trying to consolidate his power moving towards conference.”

    Zwelinzima Vavi, the former Congress of the South African Trade Unions head and now general secretary of new trade union federation South African Federation of Trade Unions, has slated the move.

    “No longer shocked, nobody can claim to be shocked in South Africa. This is part of a very systematic programme to take us into a kleptocratic, capitalist order, a predatory state.”

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the reshuffle is a sign of Zuma's war against anyone who opposes his project of state capture.

    DA spokesperson Portia Adams says the reshuffle has nothing to do with effecting good governance.

    “We know that the obvious target was outspoken critic and SACP leader Blade Nzimande who follows the likes of Pravin Gordhan, Derek Hanekom, Mcebisi Jonas and others who have failed to toe the line.

    President Jacob Zuma seems to be firing his critics and offering lucrative Cabinet positions to certain individuals.”

    EWN

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    Iilalo yomadhipago gakiinahenda natango iitalala – RukoroIilalo yomadhipago gakiinahenda natango iitalala – Rukoro Omuleli gwAaherero, Vekuii Rukoro okwa pula aakwashigwana yaNamibia ya tonate, ta popi kutya aakwashigwaa itaya idhimbike we kutya oyeli taya mono omauwanawa owala okuza kepangelo lyaGermany omolwa omadhipago gakiinahenda ngoka ga ningilwa aakwashigwana yAaaherero nAanama kepangelo lyaGermany omimvo dha piti.

    Rukoro okwa popi ngaaka konima sho kwa lopotwa kutya omutoolinkundana gwomoNew York ngoka ta lopota kombinga yoshipotha shomadhipago ngoka okwa ningithwa omatilitho geso kaakwashigwana yaGermany moNamibia.

    Rukoro okwa pula epangelo lyaNamibia opo li popye naantu yomondjila kombinga yoshikumungu shoka, omolwaashoka iilalo yawo aniwa natango iitalala na inayi pangwa molwaashoka inaya shunithilwa evi lyawo ndyoka lya kuthwa konima sho kwa dhipagwa aakwashigwana yawo.

    Aanama nAaherero oya tulilemo oshipotha epangelo lyaGermany muJanuari gwonuumvo moNew York shaUnited States, yahala uuyuki ye Germany a pangulwe omolwa omadhipago gakiinahenda ngoka ga ningilwa aakwashigwana yomuhoko gwawo pokati komvula yo1904-08 kepangelo lyoshilongo shoka.

    Oshipotha shoka osha tulwamo kohi yoAlien Tort Statute, nepwaakeno lyoshipotha shoka lyotango olya kwatelwa komeho komupanguli Laura Taylor Swain. Nonando ongaaka, sigo onena Germany ina pewa pambelewa oombaapila dhompangu onkene ina holoka natango komeho yompangu moNew York.

    Pahapu dhaRukoro, omukalelipo gwaGermany moNew Yok okwa tindi okutaamba oombaapila dhompangu na okwa pula aakalelipo yopaveta ya ninge ekwatathan nepangelo lyawo moombelewa onene dhaBerlin.

    Okwa tsikile kutya oya tumu oombaapila dhoka koBerlin ihe natango odha tindwa, sho ombelewa ndjoka ya popi kutya oya hala dhi pitile moHague Convention.

    Rukoro okwa tsikile kutya okwa tulwa miilonga omilandu odhindji ndhoka dhi na okulandulwa aniwa koonakutulamo oshipotha, oshowo aniwa oombaapila dhompangu ndhoka dhi na okutulwa melaka lyaGermany, naangoka ogu li omukalo tagu longithwa koshilongo shoka okweenditha kashona oshipotha shoka, molwaashoka oyeshi shi kutya otaya ka monika ondjo.

    Oshipotha shoka oshuundulilwa komasiku 25 Januari, omvula twa taalela.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Esiku lyOondya mUuyuni tali dhimbulukiwaEsiku lyOondya mUuyuni tali dhimbulukiwaOshituthi oshinene otashi ningilwa moshitopolwa shaHardap Namibia ota wayimine uuyuni mokudhimbuluka esiku lyOondya mUuyuni ndyoka nuumvo tali dhimbulukiwa kohi yoshipalanyolo ‘Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development’. Esiku ndyoka ohali dhimbulukiwa aluhe momasiku 16 gaKotomba na olya nuninwa okuninga omahwahwameko nokukatuka oonkatu opo kukandulwe po onkalo yaantu taya si ondjala, ekalekepo lyoondya miilongo oshowo oondya dhi na iitungilutu.

    MoNamibia esiku otali dhimbulukiwa miitopolwa ayihe o 14 moshilongo, noshituthi oshinene otashi ningilwa nena moStampriet, moshitopolwa shaHardap.

    Oshituthi shoka otashi kwatelwa komeho kuuminseli wuunamapya mboka wu na oshinakugwanithwa shokulonga oondya moshilongo opamwe nuuministeli weyambulepo lyiipotpolwa nookume yalwe miilonga.

    Kwiikwatelwa kuamushanga muuministeli wuunamapya, Percy Misika, oshipalanyolo shonuumvo otashi tala komukundu ngoka hagu gumu onkalo ye yegamenenpo lyoondya, onga oshizemo shembombolokelo lyaantu pehala lyontumba.

    Misika okwa popi kutya embombolokelo lyaakwashigwana yaNamibia miilando olya londa noopresenda 1.4 pokati komvula yo 2001 no 2011.

    Oshituthi shoka ohashi dhimbulukiwa muuyuni kehe omvula momasiku 16 gaKotomba, onga okutyapula etotepo lyEhangano lyoFood and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) mIigwana yaHangana.

    Pahapu dhehangano lyoFAO, muuyuni otamu longwa iikulya oyindji tayi vulu okupalutha aakuyuni ayehe ihe nonando ongaaka oomiliyona 815 dhaantu otadhi si ondjala muuyuni.

    Omukundu gumwe tagu etitha onkalo ndjoka uunyengwi wokukondolola onkalo yembombolokelo lyaakwashigwana unene moondoolopa, sho omwaalu gwaakwashigwana mboka kwa tegelelwa gu londe pombanda noobiliyona 2 okuya mo-2050.

    Onkalo otayi nayipalekwa woo kaazaizai unene okuza miilonga inayi putuka mboka taya ka konga uuhupilo miilongo ya putuka

    Ehangano lyoFAO, olya popi kutya omayambulepo goondoolopa otaga vulu okukandulapo omukundu ngoka, kau gandja ompito kaantu mboka taya tembukile moondoolopa ya totepo oompito dhoongeshefa oshowo iilonga unene mokati kaanyasha .

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Eikuthilo lyevi mOndonga lya luluEikuthilo lyevi mOndonga lya luluAakwashigwana taya gandja uusama kaaleli Elenga enene melelo lyopamuthigululwakalo mOndonga, moshikandjo sha Onalusheshete, Eino Shondili Amutenya, olya popi kutya eikuthilo lyevi lyuulithilo momudhingoloko ngoka, olya londa pombanda na itali vulu okukondololwa. Aakalimo yomOnalusheshete otaya lundile Amutenya oshowo ngoloneya gwaShikoto,

    Henock Kankoshi nuuministeli womatulululo kutya itaya kutha ko omakemo gaakwashigwana.

    Aakwassigwana oya popi woo kutya otaya ka tumbula omadhina nokusitha ohoni ongundu yaanenentu mboka taya popi kutya oyeli kohi yegameno lyaAmutenya na otaya ikuthile evi lyuulithilo momudhingoloko ngoka. Oya popi kutya oshinima shoka otashi ningwa omolwa onkalo yokwaahauvathana ndjoka yi li melelo lyoshilongo shoka.

    “Kape na omuntu e na ofaalama yuunene woshinano shookilometa dhi vulithe po-50 mOnalusheshete kakele kwaamboka yiikuthile evi nenge ya pewa evi kelelo lyopamuthigululwakalo,”Amutenya ta ti.

    Oshoshili kutya aantu otaya ikuthile evi naakwashigwana otaya lopotelendje, ihe ngame kandi na oonkondo dhokuninga sha, kakele kokulopotela owala elelo lyopamuthigululwakalo,” Amutenya ta ti.

    Aakwashigwana yomomikunda ngaashi Otyolo, Elavi oshowo Ohainghete oya popi kutya Amutenya ngoka a hupu metidho miilonga ndyoka lya ningilwa yakwawo yalwe, ota fundju na ota gamene mboka taya ikuthile evi.

    “Ethimbo kehe tatu kambadhala okuya moshipala mboka taya ikuthile evi ohaye ke tu lopota kuAmutenya, na oheya tetu ningile omatilitho. Oha popi kutya ye oku na oonkondo dhokuninga kehe shimwe shoka a hala moshikandjo she.

    Shoka ke shi ooshoka kutya ke na oonkondo dhokugandja evi molwaashoka keshi mwene gwomukunda. Ota gandja woo evi kuyakwawo ina tseyithila ooyene yomikunda,” aanyenyeti ya tseyithile oNamibian Sun.

    Nonando ongaaka Amutenya okwa pula aakwashigwana mboka ya gandje omadhina gaamboka ya pewa evi nokugagandja kelelo lyoshilongo opo ku ningwe omakonaakono.

    Omudhingoloko gwa Onalusheshete oguli ehala lyuulithilo, na ogu li woo oshitopolwa shehala lyuulithilo shaMangetti, kohi yevi lyaayehe.

    Anafaalama oya popi kutya oya lopota woo uupyakadhi mboka kelelo lyaNdonga, kombelewa yaNgoloneya oshowo kelelo lyevi lyaayehe ihe kape na shoka sha ningwa po.

    Pamulandu gwelelo lyaNdonga, ooyene yomikunda oyo owala ye na uuthemba noonkondo dhokugandja evi momikunda dhawo ihe kaye na oonkondo okugandja evi momikunda dhili momalelo ga yakwawo

    Kankoshi okwa popi kutya oku na uuyelele kombinga yomanyenyeto ngoka, ihe ita vulu okukatuka oonkatu molwaashoka omanyenyeto ngoka inaga ukithwa kuye guukilila.

    “Ombelewa yandje oya yakula omanyenyeto geikuthilo lyevi lyuulithilo mOnalusheshete ihe itandi vulu okukatuka oonkatu dhasha molwaashoka omanyenyeto ngoka inaga ukithwa kungame onda tseyidhilwa owala. Ngame otandi vulu owala okukatuka ngele omanyenyeto guukithwa guukililandje. Pakutala kuuyelele otashi ulike kutya ope na ombalakata momudhingoloko ngoka.”

    Omunashipundi gwelelo lyevi lyaayehe mOshikoto, oshowo omupevi omukomeho gwomavi muuministeli womatulululo, Melania Iiputa okwa koleke oshiwike sha piti kutya ombelelwa yawo oya yakula omanyenyeto ngoka, na otaya konaakona ihe oshidhigu okukandulapo. Okwa popi kutya aakwashigwana otaya popi kutya aantu oyiikuthila evi, ihe sho yo taya kaya kelelo lyoshilongo, otaya lombwelwa kutya olyo lya gandja evi ndyoka. Aanyenyeti oya pula Kankoshi naIputa na ninge ekwatathano nayo opo yamone uuyelele.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Kwa holoka uumbanda wetaandelo lyomukithi gwombulwa moBotswanaKwa holoka uumbanda wetaandelo lyomukithi gwombulwa moBotswana Omalelo gaBotswana ogeli uupathi sha landula sho kwa lopotwa iiyamakuti mbyoka ya si omolwa omukithi gwombulwa momulonga gwedhina Okavango.

    Iiyamakuti mbyoka oya yi meni lyaBotswana sho ya kungululwa komeya okuza moNamibia nomalelo goshilongo shoka oge na uutile kutya shoka osha nika oshiponga kuundjolowele meni lyoshilongo shawo.

    Okavango Delta olyo owala ehala hali nana aatalelipo oyendji muumbugantu waAfrika, na oli li woo ehala lyiiyamakuti niishitwa ya gamenwa.

    Okwa holola woo egandjo lyuusama kutya omalelo gaNamibia oga li ge na okukatuka oonkatu dhomeendelelo, opo iiyamakuti mbyoka ya si yi hwikwepo onga omukalo gwokuyanda etaandelo lyomukithi ngoka. Namibia okwa koleke etukuko lyomukithi gwombulwa moMahango Game Reserve moBwabwata National Park oshiwike sha piti, ngoka gwa dhipaga oondjambameya 120 oshowo oongalangombe 25.

    Okwa lopotwa oondjambameya odhindji dha si woo mOkavango River kombinga yaNamibia mesiku lyotango lyaKotomba.

    Shoka osha kolekwa kepangelo lyaNamibia momasiku ga 7 gaKotomba sha landula omapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa nokadhagadhaga.

    Etukuko lyomukithi gwombulwa moNamibia, olya kolekwa pambelewa momasiku 11 gaKotomba. Pahapu dhomunambelewa omupopiliko gwuuministeli womidhingoloko moNamibia,

    Romeo Muyunda, oondjambameya 64 odha kuthwa po mpoka dha sile nokuhwikwapo, opo ku yandwe etaandelo lyomukithi.

    Muyunda okwa koleke kutya ongulohi yOlyomakaya, oondjambameya 20 odha hwikwapo, omanga 32 dha hwikwapo mOsoondaha.

    “Momaandaha 12 odha kuthwa mo momulonga, na okwiipyakidhilwa niilonga,” Muyunda a lombwele oNamibian Sun.

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya oondjambameya ndhoka otadhi ka yalulwa nokukuthwamo opo dhi hwikwepo, opo omulonga ngoka gu wapalekwe.

    Pahapu, dhe omalelo gaBotswana otaga pangele okutulapo ondhalate ya kola pokati kaNamibia noshilongo shoka, opo ku yandwe iiyamakuti mbyoka ya kwatwa komukithi ngoka kayi taandelithe omukithi. Omukanda ngoka gwa pitithwa komalelo gaBotswana ogwa holola kutya iiyamakuti mbyoka ya si oya kungululwa komeya okuza mOkavango River nokuya meni lyoshilongo shoka. Omulonga ngoka hagu kungulukile monooli yaBotswana okuza moNamibia.

    Hasho oshikando shotango iilongo mbyoka tayi dhidhilike onkalo ndjoka. Mo 2004, Botswana okwa li a dhidhilike etukuko lyomukithi gwombulwa moChobe National Park ngoka gwa taandele moNamibia, ngoka gwa tula moshiponga oshikondo shaatalelipo moshilongo.

    Etukuko lyomukithi ngoka olya etitha epatitho lyiitopolwa yimwe moChobe National Park nokudhipaga oongalangombe 200 niiyamakuti yilwe.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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    Rural schools in dire straitsRural schools in dire straits It is sad to see northern schools sending hostel pupils home because of a lack of food. The situation in the north is embarrassing to say the least and should have been avoided at all costs. You surely cannot expect a hungry child to concentrate on his or her learning. New Era reported yesterday that close to 500 learners from Omusati schools were sent home at a critical time when some are busy with their year-end examinations. The affected schools include IK Tjimuhiva Combined School as well as Mwaala, Onegumbo and Shikongo Iipinge secondary schools. The food supplier, Atlantic Food Services, is reportedly owed about N$30 million by government despite earlier assurances by Treasury that all outstanding invoices would be settled by end of August. It is not only Omusati learners that are affected as the same supplier is contracted for other regions such as Oshana and Omaheke according to the education ministry. We have strongly voiced our concerns regarding the unprecedented austerity measures undertaken by the government since last year. It is now clear that some of these uncoordinated cuts are threatening children and poor households who can't afford private education. Already sometime this year government had announced subsidy cuts by 50% to learners at public schools. The subsidies were cut from N$500 to N$250 per learner and thus compromises heavily on the quality of education, especially the vulnerable, who are not privileged enough to be enrolled at private schools. The school feeding programme has also been highly affected and at some schools it was temporarily suspended. The majority of our people, especially those in the rural areas, already have to put up with an inferior education system. It is a ruinous state of affairs which has spread throughout the system, including high levels of maladministration and the downgrading of the quality of education. This budget roller-coaster has now become a pattern for our country but authorities must see to it that education programmes continue uninterrupted. There must be a proactive engagement where the needs on the ground are assessed well in advance and timely addressed.

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  • 10/18/17--15:00: Shot of the
  • Shot of theShot of the SILHOUETTE: A plane takes off during sunset from Kuwait's International Airport on the outskirts of Kuwait City on 9 October 2017. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 10/18/17--15:00: World Food Day celebrated
  • World Food Day celebratedWorld Food Day celebrated Today, Namibia will join the rest of the world in celebrating World Food Day under the theme 'Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development'.

    World Food Day, celebrated annually on 16 October, promotes worldwide awareness and action for people who suffer from hunger and the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

    In Namibia, the event will be celebrated in all 14 regions with the main event to be hosted in Stampriet, Hardap Region today.

    The agriculture ministry, as the ministry responsible for food production, as well as the rural and urban development ministry, along with other organising partners, will be hosting the event in Namibia.

    According to the permanent agriculture secretary Percy Misika, the theme for this year recognises the negative effects of migration on food security and rural development.

    Misika said the urban population in Namibia grew by a staggering 49.7% while the rural population shrank by 1.4% between 2001 and 2011.

    “The vision for the agriculture ministry is to be recognised as the leading contributor to food security, agro-product competiveness, increased and equitable access to natural resources for improved livelihood, wellbeing and wealth for all.”

    The event, which is observed annually around the world, celebrates the founding of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations on 16 October with the purpose of highlighting global and national efforts to combat world hunger and creating awareness of food problems.

    According to the FAO, there is more than enough food produced in the world to feed everyone, yet 815 million people go hungry. One of the greatest challenges the world faces is how to ensure that a growing global population - projected to rise to around 10 billion by 2050 – has enough food to meet their nutritional needs. To feed another two billion people in 2050, food production must increase by 50% globally, the FAO says.

    The organisation further notes that large movements of people today are presenting complex challenges which call for global action. Many migrants arrive in developing countries, creating tensions where resources are already scarce, but the majority, about 763 million, move within their own countries rather than abroad.

    According to the FAO, three-quarters of the extreme poor base their livelihoods on agriculture or other rural activities.

    “Creating conditions that allow rural people, especially youth, to stay at home when they feel it is safe to do so, and to have more resilient livelihoods, is a crucial component of any plan to tackle the migration challenge,” it says.

    Rural development can address factors that compel people to move by creating business opportunities and jobs for young people that are not only crop-based, such as small dairy or poultry production, food processing or horticulture enterprises.

    It can also lead to increased food security, more resilient livelihoods and better access to social protection and reduced conflict over natural resources and solutions to environmental degradation and climate change.

    The organisation adds that by investing in rural development, the international community can also harness migration's potential to support development and build the resilience of displaced and host communities, thereby laying the ground for long-term recovery and inclusive and sustainable growth.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 10/18/17--15:00: Top lawyer dumps clients
  • Top lawyer dumps clientsTop lawyer dumps clientsWithdraws from N$6.7m fraud case over lack of funds The fraud matter of Swakopmund-based Spranger couple has been postponed to next year as they have no counsel to act on their behalf. The lawyer of the Swakopmund estate agents, who are facing a criminal charge of fraud involving N$6.7 million, misappropriated from a Democratic Republic of Congo military general, withdrew from the trial this week.

    This is after the accused indicated that they are not in a position to pay for his service.

    The High Court on Tuesday accepted the application by Advocate Louis Botes to withdraw his services from the accused Erwin Spranger and his former wife, Lorinda Heidi Spranger due to lack of funds.

    On Tuesday, Botes appeared on behalf of the accused as a friend of the court.

    The two are accused in that they, during the period from 10 February 2010 to 6 July 2010, misappropriated General Francois Olenga's funds totalling N$6.7 million.

    The money was said to have been transferred by Breadfeld Trade Limited on behalf of Olenga into the account of Kintscher Estate Agents and Auctioneers.

    The banking details supplied to Olenga purported to be Spranger's trust account while it was actually his business account. Both Spranger and his wife had signing rights for this bank account. According to the State, once the money was paid into the said bank account, the Spranger couple stole, misappropriated, or converted all of Olenga's money for their own use.

    State Advocate Eric Moyo, during the pre-trial disputed the dissolution of the marriage and alleged that the accused persons were at all material times a married couple.

    According to him, they practice as estate agents under the name and style of Kintscher Estate Agents and Auctioneers with their place of business at Woermann Brock Mall in Swakopmund.

    Judge Naomi Shivute advised the Spranger couple of their right to apply for legal aid or to try and acquire a lawyer of their choice as they are in the process of selling their house.

    Erwin Spranger informed the court that they will heed the advice but stressed that it will be very difficult to get a lawyer to appear on their behalf.

    Moyo, though he did not object to the postponement, emphasised that bringing witnesses from outside of Windhoek and outside of the country in this case is a protracted process.

    “We will appreciate it if we are placed in a position to know when the case is ready for trial,” he stated.

    The charge sheet alleges that Erwin Spranger during January 2010 agreed with Olenga that the general would pay monies over to him for the purpose of developing his properties in Namibia.

    Spranger allegedly misrepresented to Olenga that he would keep the money in trust on the general's behalf. It is further alleged that Spranger misrepresented to Olenga that he would spend the money on expenditures expressly approved by Olenga.

    Spranger would upon Olenga's demand, pay back the said funds to him, according to their agreement.

    Judge Shivute postponed the matter to 15 February 2018 for case management.



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    Swanu questions genocide legal billSwanu questions genocide legal bill'Public purse under threat' Questions have been posed in parliament as to why other channels, such as the United Nations, could not be used to evaluate the genocide documents. Namibia's oldest political party Swanu has joined the chorus of critics questioning government's decision to seek the advice of United Kingdom-based lawyers on its genocide claim against Germany.

    The Namibian government is currently negotiating with its German counterpart on how the latter must make amends to the 1904-08 Nama and OvaHerero genocide.

    Namibia's special envoy Zed Ngavirue yesterday could not explain why the UK lawyers were enlisted.

    “I was not the one to decide that. On the technical committee level we only indicated that we needed a peer review for the documents that we prepared,” Ngavirue said.

    In September, Sacky Shanghala said as the attorney-general, he does not need to acquire any cabinet approval for this kind of decision.

    “There is no requirement in the Namibian Constitution, whence I derive my powers and existence from, for a cabinet approval or consultation,” Shanghala recently told parliament.

    He further confirmed a Namibian lawyer based in the UK, Anna Uukelo, had been paid N$16 million.

    Three European advocates were paid N$14 million, N$385 401 and N$816 574.

    In a statement in parliament, Swanu Member of Parliament (MP) Usutuaije Maamberua said “it seems that the public purse is under threat”.

    Maamberua asked why Namibia ignored “valuable” international bodies such as the United Nations instead of spending millions when the country is paddling through an economic crisis.

    Repeating President Hage Geingob's rhetoric that Namibia is an offspring of the UN, Maamberua said it only makes sense for it to appeal to this body to lodge its genocide claims.

    “It is natural that an important matter such as the genocide that the UN would in all probabilities be ready to render advice. Similarly, the UN could not have completed its decolonisation process over Namibia without having an opinion on the genocide issue,” he said.

    Maamberua also demanded the government explain the value of the legal advice sought while the negotiating team under Ngavirue's leadership already compiled and presented the Namibia position paper to its German counterpart in July 2016.

    “Besides the works of legal research, purportedly to determine whether Namibia had a case to demand reparation from Germany cost N$36 million. What would it cost the taxpayers at this rate, if we were to go all the way to litigation?” he ridiculed the expenditure.

    He also questioned Shanghala's attitude while finance minister Calle Schlettwein stated that “the services were not sourced in compliance with the public procurement procedures.”

    Maamberua also asked why the government is giving conflicting versions of payments made to the UK lawyers citing the N$11 million paid towards legal fees by the international relations ministry and N$36 million paid by Shanghala's office.

    “If the payment was under the annual tender of the AG's office why is it the only item under social grants, in 2017/18 budget and nothing before or after?” Maamberua asked.

    He further pointed out that “lines of accountabilities” in this case must be identified.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    MyLifeChange247 illegal, says BoNMyLifeChange247 illegal, says BoN The Bank of Namibia is warning members of the public to refrain from using the fraudulent financial scheme, MyLifeChange247, also known as MLC247.

    MLC247 is a peer-to-peer funds exchange programme where participating members are promised high returns of up to 75%, by donating sums of money from as little as N$200 to other participating members of the scheme.

    The scheme accepts donations from members of the public as a regular feature of its business, and further extends these funds to other members. Members are encouraged to participate in a referral system where income potential is subjected to the successful direct and indirect referral of new members for which commissions are accepted as a regular feature of the scheme.

    The central bank, based on its assessments, however found the scheme to be unsustainable and in contravention of the Banking Institutions Act. Its spokesperson, Kazembire Zemburuka, warned members of the public that funds donated in the scheme stood a good chance of being lost. Zemburuka also appealed to members of the public to refrain from participating in the promotion if activities of MLC247.

    “By transacting with or getting involved in the business practices of the MLC247, such participating members of the public are committing an offence in terms of the Banking Institutions Act of 1998 and if convicted, may be subjected to a fine or imprisonment,” Zemburuka said. According to a MLC247 presentation, the scheme currently has 85 000 active members spread across South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Kenya, Norway and Namibia.

    “As a peer-to-peer global funds exchange community, members grow their funds towards a 75% compounded monthly growth and receive such growth from other members who are dreaming to achieve their goals in the same way,” MLC247 said in a presentation.

    The Namibian Facebook page currently has 53 likes. On its Facebook wall is also a link to join its local WhatsApp group.



    OGONE TLHAGE

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    Education ministry has until mid-NovemberEducation ministry has until mid-November Student teachers and teachers have vowed to take drastic action against the education ministry if the vacancy bulletin is not released by mid-November.

    This is despite the minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, announcing last week that the vacancy bulletin will be released end of October.

    The over 200 student teachers, mostly from the University of Namibia's Khomasdal campus and full-time teachers, made the vow during a peaceful demonstration in front of the ministry's head office on Tuesday.

    The demonstrators were received by the ministry's deputy permanent secretary, Charles Kabajani. They, however refused to hand over their petition to him and demanded to see permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp, but also refused to hand it over to her.

    They demanded that Hanse-Himarwa receive the petition and when she did not show up, read it out loud to the media.

    Speaking to members of the media thereafter, Student Representative Council member for academic affairs, Ruth Mweendeleli expressed concern that final-year students had not yet been able to apply for any teaching positions because the vacancy bulletin is delayed. She said students “have been waiting for too long and are tired of waiting”, adding that they fear they will “end up on the streets with their degrees”.

    “We are hoping this demonstration will sensitise the minister to release the bulletin as soon as possible,” she said.

    In the petition, they also demanded that teachers who applied for promotional posts be appointed as a matter of urgency.

    “The ministry is creating conditions where these teachers have to run departments or schools without proper and timeous compensation and it is not fair,” the petition read.

    NAMPA

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    Kavango teenage pregnancy headacheKavango teenage pregnancy headache Nearly 5 900 teenage pregnancies were recorded in the Kavango East and West regions between April 2016 and June 2017, the chief social worker in the health ministry, Annastacia Mulinima, has said.

    Speaking at a recent dialogue in Rundu on quality education in the two regions, Mulinima said the 5 887 recorded teenage pregnancies proved to be a headache for both the health and education ministries.

    The dialogue, organised by the Generation of Africa Intellectual Trust in collaboration with the Regional Directorate of Education, was aimed at discussing progress made and barriers encountered in the delivery of quality education in the regions after 27 years of independence.

    Mulinima said poverty was one of the major contributors to the high teenage pregnancy rate.

    “Each case is seen on its merit where we find out what the reason is why the young girls are falling pregnant.

    Poverty is one of the major reasons while substance abuse is another,” she said.

    Mulinima said the two ministries along with the gender ministry are contacted by teachers when they notice that something is wrong with a female learner.

    The director of education in the Kavango East Region, Fanuel Kapapero, echoed the social worker's sentiments, saying teenage pregnancy was the biggest challenge in his region.

    With regard to the statistics, Kapapero said some pregnancies went unreported and the number could be even higher.

    “Teenage pregnancy requires stakeholders to put our heads together in tackling the issue,” the director said.

    Kapapero said the majority of pregnancies occurred in secondary and combined schools.

    “Unfortunately, even learners in primary schools are producing kids,” he said.

    The director said another challenge in the region was teenage marriages.

    Boys and girls as young as 15 get married, he said.

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  • 10/18/17--15:00: Hostels run out of food
  • Hostels run out of foodHostels run out of foodCaterer is owed N$30 million Schools in the Omusati and Oshana regions have suspended classes and sent learners home after their hostels ran out of food. Hundreds of learners at more than three boarding schools in the Omusati Region have been sent home due to a lack of food, resulting in the indefinite suspension of classes.

    The caterer, Atlantic Food Services, reportedly stopped supplying the ministry because of a N$30 million outstanding payment. The company has halted delivery until payment is made.

    The situation has affected school hostels in the Omusati and Oshana regions.

    On Tuesday, along the Okahao-Oshakati road, this reporter came across a grade 11 learner from Etalalaleko Secondary School hitch-hiking to Oshikuku.

    When approached, she said she was going home because there was no food t the hostel. She said they were given letters addressed to their parents, informing them of the temporary suspension of classes and that learners should remain home until further notice.

    “The children will stay at home until you are informed via the radio or contacted via telephone. Parents, you are asked to communicate with the office as from next week Monday in order to be informed when the learners must return to school,” the letter from Etalalaleko Secondary School principal Shivute Bekele read.

    When contacted for comment, the acting education director for the Omusati Region, Shali Kankodi, confirmed what he described as a drastic measure taken by the affected schools because of empty storerooms.

    Kankodi said 16 schools were affected. Etalalako Secondary School, IK Tjimuhiva and Hiaukambe combined schools are among those that have sent learners home.

    “All the hostels are affected. However, it depends on how they have sorted out their supplies as some have food up until Thursday while others only have up to today [Wednesday],” Kankodi explained.

    Kankodi said in the case of Etalaleko Secondary School, where over 80% of the learners are in the hostel, the school management saw it fit to suspend classes temporarily.

    He said the learners could only return to school once food became available. The principal of Gabriel Taapopi Secondary School, Sakaria Eelu, told Namibian Sun yesterday that his school was also affected but the situation was not so dire that it had to send children home.

    Eelu said learners were being given bread and fruit cordial.

    “We are surviving but not in a normal manner. We are still receiving some food items every week but not like what we used to get… in the evenings learners just have bread and Oros,” Eelu said.

    Concerned residents are worried that the food shortage will affect the schools' results in the grade 10 and 12 national examinations, which are now under way.

    Another worry is the cost of transporting learners to their homes, which will have to be paid by their parents. Kankodi said because of budget cuts the government is no longer providing transport for the learners.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    DTA takes issue with BIPA Katutura officeDTA takes issue with BIPA Katutura office The DTA is taking issue with a decision by the Business and Intellectual Authority (BIPA) to acquire a property for way above its market value.

    This follows a recent newspaper article in which BIPA CEO Tileinge Andimba, ministry of trade permanent secretary Gabriel Sinimbo and Offshore Development Company acting CEO Philip Namundjebo are alleged to have authorised the acquisition of a building which used to house a gambling business.

    According to party president McHenry Venaani, the deal lacks the requisite checks and balances and warrants the removal of both Sinimbo and Andimba.

    Venaani said it was shocking that a newly established public enterprise would acquire a building without getting the necessary board and ministerial approval.

    “For the permanent secretary in the ministry of industrialisation to collude with the BIPA CEO to purchase a run-down property in Katutura, which formerly served as a bar, for N$18 million without the knowledge or approval of the BIPA board or the consent of the ministry paints a worrying picture for the future of BIPA,” he said of the development.

    Venaani also questioned the purpose of the newly established Procurement Board.

    “What is the purpose of the existence of the Public Procurement Act and board of directors, if transactions of this nature are being completed without the knowledge or consent of the [line] ministry or board members?” Venaani asked.

    “It is on that basis that the DTA calls for the immediate suspension of the permanent secretary in the ministry of industrialisation and the BIPA CEO, pending an urgent investigation into this matter by the responsible minister and bodies,” he said.

    The deal apparently cost BIPA N$18 million for the acquisition of the property and a further N$11 million for renovations.

    OGONE TLHAGE

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  • 10/18/17--15:00: Hoffmann fights back
  • Hoffmann fights backHoffmann fights back'I won't leave it here' A German NGO pleads for a review of the decision to have the genocide activist removed. Long-time chairperson of the Nama Genocide Technical Committee Ida Hoffmann is considering legal steps against Nama chiefs Petrus Kooper and Dawid Frederick who, in an unexpected and unprecedented move, decided to remove her from the committee on grounds yet to be explained to her.

    The two chiefs in late September issued a letter in which they said Hoffmann would be removed as convener and chairperson of the committee and that she would no longer be recognised as a representative on any of the internal instruments, bodies or institutions of the genocide committee.

    By Tuesday this week, Hoffmann said she had still not received any reason for her surprise expulsion, weeks before a Nama and OvaHerero delegation was to leave for the court case in New York.

    “As far as I am concerned, if the traditional leaders are not human enough and cannot man up to their actions by asking me to sit down with them and talk, which they should have done in the first place, then I do not have much of a choice other than to take legal steps,” said Hoffmann.

    She added: “I have not received a warning letter, there was no disciplinary hearing and I have not been suspended. I have received no reasons from them.”

    Hoffmann received the notice from the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA) on 20 September.

    This notification informed their OvaHerero and OvaMbanderu counterparts not to communicate with Hoffmann on genocide matters in future.

    Hoffmann said Kooper had in the meantime pleaded with her not to take legal action against the NTLA decision, but she insisted the Nama chiefs would have to put that in writing, which they reportedly have yet to do.

    Hoffmann, the public face of the Nama technical committee, said she had practically single-handedly advocated since 1991 that the genocide matter be dealt with by the new independent government when she solicited discussions with the founding president, Sam Nujoma.

    She said she was the one who had convened discussions on the genocide matter with Nama traditional leaders in 1999 and again in 2007, after more than a decade of non-action by the Nama leaders.

    “The most interesting thing is that the Nama leaders have not done anything. When we called a meeting in Mariental on 14 December 2007 with our OvaHerero counterparts, I had to cover up the shame of the Nama leaders because they have done nothing to the cause; they are mere followers,” said Hoffmann.

    She claimed that she was the one who brought the Nama genocide matter to the attention of the Namibian parliament after OvaHerero paramount chief Kuaima Riruako had first tabled his motion on genocide in 2006, which called for the matter to be debated and for dialogue with Germany for reparations.

    “Now I have to contend with the ungratefulness of the Nama leaders. I do understand that it has a lot to do with ignorance, but they do not want to learn,” fumed Hoffmann, adding: “I have brought them into the house that I have built. The Nama leaders must get out of my house!”

    She said the bone of contention was that some Nama leaders wanted to turn the genocide matter into an intra-tribal or family matter.

    “I speak on behalf of the human remains of our ancestors who cannot speak for themselves and on behalf of all the Nama,” Hoffmann said.

    Chief Kooper at an earlier occasion would not comment on the matter. Chief Frederick on Wednesday said the Nama leaders were yet to convene to discuss the Hoffmann matter.

    Frederick, however, hinted that the Nama chiefs were dissatisfied with Hoffmann for allegedly unilaterally co-opting people onto the technical committee and who failed to properly report to the Nama traditional chiefs.

    A German NGO, Berlin Postkolonial, in the meantime has addressed a letter to Kooper and Frederick to express its concern over Hoffmann's removal from the technical committee.

    It described Hoffmann as having been one of the “most energetic drivers of the campaign for a German apology and reparations in connection with the 1904 to 1908 genocide,” saying that Hoffmann had become one of the most respected voices of the campaign to the German public.

    It called Hoffmann an “indispensible mainstay who connects” its work with what is going on in Namibia, saying her removal would be an unfortunate setback for the communities in southern Namibia.

    “Her removal puts in jeopardy working relations she has helped to build over the many years. We dearly hope that this decision can be reviewed in a way that will safeguard the work that is dear to all of us and, indeed, unites us,” said Christian Kopp and Reinhardt Kössler of Berlin Postkolonial.

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  • 10/18/17--15:00: Swapo loses in court again
  • Swapo loses in court againSwapo loses in court again KENYA KAMBOWE

    Swapo has lost another case in the High Court after Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula ruled in favour of a Helao Nafidi councillor who was withdrawn by the ruling party from the local authority council in 2015.

    Angula this week set aside a decision taken by Swapo to withdraw Ester Ndatala Nghidimbwa from the Helao Nafidi council.

    In his ruling, Angula said Swapo had violated the basic principles of natural justice by not granting the applicant a hearing before deciding to recall her from the council.

    “The decision to withdraw the applicant without first affording her a hearing was unlawful and had to be set aside,” Angula ruled.

    Nghidimbwa was sworn in as councillor instead of another candidate, Lucia Nghililewanga, after the local authority elections held in November 2015.

    However, on 8 August 2016, Swapo ordered Nghidimbwa’s removal after discovering that she was in fact a candidate for the regional council election and not for the local authority election.

    Nghidimbwa then dragged the ruling party to court after it failed to comply with an instruction from her lawyers to reverse its decision of removing her from the council.

    She argued that the decision by Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba to withdraw her was made without a fair process being followed.

    She was not afforded an opportunity for a hearing, nor was she given a chance to be cross-examined or call witnesses before the decision was made.

    The respondents in the matter included the Swapo Party, the Swapo secretary-general, the Helao Nafidi town council, Helao Nafidi mayor Eliaser Nghipangelwa, Nghililewanga and the Electoral Commission of Namibia.

    The judge also ordered that the respondents pay the legal fees of the applicant. Henry Shimutwikeni represented Nghidimbwa while Advocate Gerson Hinda and Dirk Conradie represented the respondents.

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  • 10/18/17--15:00: Muharukua hailed at memorial
  • Muharukua hailed at memorialMuharukua hailed at memorial JEMIMA BEUKES

    Swapo veteran politician Libertina Amathila yesterday hailed the late Kunene governor Angelika Muharukua as a champion of the marginalised, especially women and young Namibians.

    According to Amathila the late Muharukua was hardworking, caring, empathetic and a very thoughtful person.

    “She had zeal and immeasurable passion for every task she took on,” Amathila said at the official memorial service in honour of the late governor in Windhoek.

    “She lived her life to the fullest and expressed herself the best way only she knew how. She would express herself in the same sentence in both English and Otjiherero, and she will make perfect sense, whether you understand both languages or not,” she said.

    The secretary-general of Swapo, Nangolo Mbumba, said Muharukua was a “distinguished freedom fighter”.

    According to him, she was she was a born leader and a generous person.

    “Muharukua stood firm during the apartheid regime and confronted their rulers with bravery. She was also a community activist in the Kunene Region and ensured schools and clinics were brought to the region,” he said.

    He added that she was unfazed by protocol or titles and never hesitant to call the state presidents.

    “She was truly a political philosopher; she knew who to speak to and what to say. She was a straight talker and never minced her words.”

    DTA president McHenry Venaani said Muharukua was a natural leader and a worthy political opponent.

    “Indeed an extraordinary gender activist in a society where it is difficult for women. She has left an indelible mark,” he said.

    Nudo leader Asser Mbai said Muharukua’s death was untimely.

    “Angelika was a unique person; she will be dearly missed by the entire nation. She will be remembered as someone not easily frustrated or disturbed by an issue.”

    There was also a glowing tribute by President Hage Geingob during yesterday’s memorial service.

    Muharukua died in Windhoek on 1 October 2017 and will be buried at her home village of Okatjetje in the Kunene Region this Saturday.

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