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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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  • 10/19/17--15:00: Purposeful art
  • Purposeful artPurposeful artPainting boobies to create awareness Artists have many roles in society including that of education and awareness and in light of celebrating breast cancer awareness month, tjil spoke to an artist who is doing just this. It all fell into place after she witnessed a resident visual artist who was daring with his work and this motivated Krayzee Sue to venture into body painting.

    Most refer to her work as exposing women but she is simply trying to get the message of people embracing themselves and self-love, across. Seven years down the line, the cause is still the same and even better, people have accepted body artistry.

    “It's all about not being restricted and for one to be able to express themselves however they want. It was really not easy to start off but here I still am. This is the real definition of art,” she said. Body painting is a form of body art and unlike tattoos and other forms of body art, body painting is temporary painted onto the human skin. It can last for several hours or many weeks. Krayzee Sue says the criticism was so harsh when she had started off she thought about quitting.

    Many would argue that her work is soft porn, nonetheless the reason she started kept her going.

    “Namibians are a very conservative people but I didn't just do it for any erotic purpose, but rather to create breast cancer awareness. Most of the women diagnosed with cancer usually have a mastectomy and these victims tend to feel uncomfortable in their skin because they are stripped of at what makes them feel like a woman.

    What my artwork says is that this does not make you any less of a woman,” she said.

    Krayzee Sue does a lot of abstract and floral work on her models to create movement and motion which when interpreted means that even though you have lost body parts to cancer, life does not stand still and there is a bright side of things.

    Krayzee Sue says she does research to keep up with trends and she incorporates her style into it. Today she gets clients but mostly she does her body painting for creating awareness.

    “I always try to replicate what I do especially when a client asks for specific art because that is plagiarism just to copy and paste someone's work.

    Looking back at when she ventured on this journey Krayzee Sue says the perceptions of Namibians has drastically changed due to social media platforms where they are exposed to all sorts of things.

    “Social media is a platform not only meant for catching up with old friends but also a tool to keep us in the loop of current affairs.

    I almost stopped in 2013 when I got criticised for exposing women but I decided I won't let one person stop me,” she said. She says there are other artists slowly emerging who use body painting not only for awareness but for maternity photo shoots or themed parties.

    Although common in women, breast cancer is also on the rise in men and for diversity Krayzee Sue uses both male and female artists. “I believe using male models says that even though they are male, they are still part of the movement and are behind us and support us,” she said.

    Krayzee Sue says she is positive about the future of Namibian body art. She will be having a glow in the dark exhibition next year which is something to look forward to. She will be doing a tribalism canvas painting during the Social Splash event which is the about the community coming together to tackling social issues through arts.

    June Shimuoshili

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  • 10/19/17--15:00: All is fair in love and war
  • All is fair in love and warAll is fair in love and war If you are in a good relationship – the kind where you hold good jobs, raise children together, and have occasional picnics on Sunday afternoons – chances are you are bored out of your skull!

    You see, dear friends, when you are in a good relationship, almost everything is predictable. You drive the same route to work everyday, get home at 17:30 and sit in the same sofa (daddy’s sofa), watch a re-run of last year’s cricket match between the Banana Republic and the Kingdom of Timbuktu.

    How boring is that, not?

    Conversations in a good relationship keep up the same pace; wife gets home and yaps the evening away about how a friend at work is trying to destroy her life – and surprisingly - the husband actually listens to each and every word she utters!

    Yes, gents, some guys actually take the day off just to listen to what their partners have to say. Not me – I just go like; “Really … you don’t say … wow…!” every time my partner tells me the story of how Maria at work feels threatened by her.

    I mean, she works on a farm taking care of miesies’ kids, while Maria works in a neighbouring farm’s kitchen – 20km away and they only get to meet twice a year! How on earth could she be destroying your life?

    When you are in a bad relationship, however, there is no telling when you will walk through the door with a guest only to hear your partner shouting; “Hey, you gave me an STI last night. Who was she?”, or “… Charlie, I want a divorce. Your stuff is already packed in a box to the left, everything you own… in a box… to the left!”

    Fellas, there needs to be friction, arguments, and fights for a relationship to work. I do unfortunately not subscribe to the saying that “Susan and I complement each other so well that I often do not need to say a word – she already knows what I am thinking ….”

    I think that’s the same like saying “Susan and I are fools and are afraid to confront each other with our problems ….”

    Think about it; how boring will it not be for a man to tell the same story over and over again to his partner?

    “Honey, remember the time I got lost in Ariamsvlei …”

    Dear friends, if your partner had her way, she would stab you with a pencil in the neck and shout; “Stop telling me the same crap over and over again … I heard that one countless times before. Why don’t you get yourself kidnapped and have real stories to tell?”

    To be honest, you got to be literally blind to get lost in Ariamsvlei. I mean, the village only has 20 inhabitants – most of them relatives of the headman!

    In a bad relationship, it’s the making up after the fight that makes such relationships exciting, I am told. Trust me; women don’t receive as many gifts as when the man is trying to apologise for something he has done – and it only happens in bad relationships.

    I remember how a dude at a hang-out spot recently bragged the night away about how much of a man he is in his house.

    “Gents, you got to show your wife who wears the pants in the house,” he told us.

    Just then, his wife, angry from having to wait in the car while the brother takes to the shebeen, stormed in. I tell you, I have not seen that dude so afraid in all his life.

    The giant of 1.85 metres was suddenly reduced to a mere 1.5, and, tail between his legs, he excused himself from the group, put on a brave smile and joined the madam!

    “Mbuae, when that woman is that angry … the stories about who wears the pants do not suffice. In fact gents, at such a time – let her wear the pants instead,” were his parting words.

    Eish, it might be a daring Catch-22 scenario, but we are all subject to it, unfortunately.

    At least, in good relationships, household overheads are always taken care of and you do not have to go on a search for your partner in all of Sodom and Gomorrah come month end to settle the bills.

    Until then…

    tjatindi@gmail.com

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    Citizens must demand accountabilityCitizens must demand accountability The dust has refused to settle regarding the millions of taxpayers' money paid to UK-based lawyers by the Namibian government. MPs, civil society and even journalists, have pleaded with the authorities to disclose exactly how much was spent on the genocide bill. The astronomical legal fees were paid to foreign-based lawyers who advised government on the genocide negotiations. This scandal has opened a can of worms leading to not-so-good exchanges between the finance minister Calle Schlettwein, the man at the centre of the payments and attorney-general Sacky Shanghala, as well as Anti-Corruption Commission boss Paulus Noa. The ACC has refused to investigate the huge claims paid to the foreign lawyers believed to be over N$30 million, much to the chagrin of Schlettwein. In his strong-worded letter to Noa, Schlettwein has complained about the astronomical legal fees, saying the services of the lawyers were not sourced in compliance with the public procurement procedures. He also took issue with the pricing and claims submitted by the four lawyers, which saw one walking away with N$16 million and another N$14 million, respectively. There is certainly more to this than meets the eye. It also boggles the mind why some Swapo MPs are willing to go to great lengths in blocking the motion from being discussed in the National Assembly. Or do they have something to hide? No one in his or her right mind should justify the enormous genocide bill given other competing priorities that need government attention, like the student funding that has dried up, the shortage of medicine and lack of food at some state hostels. There is nothing untoward about the opposition and civil society using their constitutional right to demand for openness and accountability on the part of the government officials involved in this highly questionable transaction. The primary responsibilities of public officials are to serve the interests of ordinary citizens - first and foremost. Ordinary citizens too have the right to demand for fiscal accountability and how their hard-earned money is being spent by those elected into power.

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    Namibia nailed in slavery     reportNamibia nailed in slavery reportGovernment has inadequate response The report found that children in Namibia are sometimes asked to work in shebeens and on the streets selling cell phone recharge vouchers as well as handcrafts, among others. Slavery continues to take different forms with a new report finding that there are some 40 million victims of modern slavery across the world.

    More than half or 25 million of these people are engaged in forced labour while the remainder, around 15 million, are coerced into arranged marriages.

    Forced labour is a massive underground business.

    According to research conducted globally, the estimated profits from forced labour exceed US$150 billion annually.

    For Africa as a whole, the estimated annual illicit profits are more than US$13 billion: US$8.9 billion from forced sexual exploitation, US$300 million from domestic work, and US$3.9 billion from non-domestic labour.

    The 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery report found that women and girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery, accounting for 28.7 million, or 71% of the overall total.

    More precisely, out of the total women and girls in slavery, 99% are victims of forced labour in the commercial sex industry.

    Modern slavery was most prevalent in Africa (7.6 per 1 000 people), followed by Asia and the Pacific (6.1 per 1 000) and then Europe and Central Asia (3.9 per 1 000).

    For forced labour specifically, the prevalence is highest in Asia and the Pacific, where four out of every 1 000 people were victims, followed by Europe and Central Asia (3.6 per 1 000), Africa (2.8 per 1 000), the Arab States (2.2 per 1 000) and the Americas (1.3 per 1 000).

    More than 90% of all forced marriages took place in Africa and Asia and the Pacific. The prevalence was by far the highest in Africa at 4.8 victims for every 1 000 people.



    The Namibian situation

    The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates that about 16 600 people are enslaved in Namibia while government has had an inadequate response to address the problem of modern-day slavery in the country.

    Although the estimated number of modern-day slaves in Namibia has reduced, the country has still been ranked high on the global index rating across the world.

    Namibia was ranked at number 17 out of 167 countries in terms of slavery prevalence by the proportion of the population.

    With 0.67% of the population estimated to be living in modern slavery, it was also one of the 4th highest in Africa.

    In the 2014 index, Namibia received the same ranking while the report said the country had 20 900 modern-day slaves out of a population of 2.3 million.

    This time around the country also received a fairly poor rating for the action government has taken to address the problem of modern-day slavery in the country.

    According to the report, Namibia received a CCC rating.

    This means that the government has a limited response to modern slavery, with limited victim support services.

    In total, Namibia received a score of 31.33 out of 100 for its government response to modern-day slavery.

    In the category of Survivors Supported it received a rating of 28.15, while for Criminal Justice 22.04, for Coordination and Accountability it received 31.25, for Addressing Risk it received a score of 52.38 and for Government and Business it received a score of zero.

    According to the 2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labour report, Namibia made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate forms of child labour.





    'Dangerous tasks'

    These findings note that children in Namibia perform the dangerous task of cattle herding and also engage in what the report labels the “worst forms of child labour”, which includes sexual exploitation - sometimes as a result of human trafficking.

    According to the report, the key legislative gap is that hazardous work prohibitions in the agricultural sector are not comprehensive.

    “There are no existing social programmes that specifically target child labour in agriculture.”

    It says children aged between five and 14, form part of the working population in Namibia.

    However, there is no data available to show the percentage of the population involved.

    The report adds that children in Namibia are tending and herding livestock, doing domestic work, working in shebeens and working on the streets selling cellphone vouchers and handcrafts.

    They are also involved in the commercial sex industry and forced labour in the agricultural sector, usually as a result of human trafficking.

    “Children are trafficked within the country for forced labour in agriculture, cattle herding, domestic work and commercial sexual exploitation.

    The San and OvaZemba are particularly vulnerable to forced labour on farms or in homes.

    Children from Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe are sometimes trafficked into the country for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour in fishing and street work.

    Some Angolan children are trafficked into Namibia for forced labour in cattle herding.

    The government has not collected and published data on child labour including, its worst forms, to inform policies and social programmes, the report further say.

    It, however, adds while Namibia has established laws and regulations related to child labour including the “worst forms,” gaps exists in its legal framework to adequately protect children from child labour.

    It says the types of hazardous work prohibited for children do not specifically include livestock herding where there is evidence of work under particularly difficult conditions.



    Labour inspections

    According to the report labour inspector funding in Namibia increased from N$3.7 million in 2015 to N$4.6 million in 2016, while the number of labour inspectors remained 97 during that period.

    It said the number of labour inspectors dedicated to children were two.

    According to the report a total of 6 073 labour inspections were done during 2015 while 3 988 were done last year.

    During these inspections no child labour violations were found.

    The data was obtained from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016. The report added that the labour ministry primarily conducts inspections in the formal sector in urban areas leaving self-employed children and children working in rural areas unprotected.

    Further, it was noted that although inspectors have the authority to inspect private farms they often encounter difficulties accessing these farms.

    Namibia was this year also rated poorly in the 2017 US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report which said the country is predominantly a country where children and to a lesser extent women are subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking. It concurs with other findings.

    “Some victims are initially offered legitimate work for adequate wages, but are then subjected to forced labour in urban centres and on commercial farms. Namibian children are subjected to forced labour in agriculture, cattle herding, and domestic service, and to sex trafficking in Windhoek and Walvis Bay,” the report says.

    A recent UN report found that although Namibia has a conducive legal and policy environment for the protection of children and criminalisation of child marriages, the practice is still a common occurrence.

    Statistic on child marriages in Namibia are still sketchy, though Unicef claims that annually,

    5 400 young girls fall victim to child marriages after being married off in traditional ceremonies.

    Arranged marriages and forced marriages for young women are also common practice in some communities including the OvaHimba and San.

    It is reported that young women in these communities do not have a choice; parents and other clan members decide to whom they will be given in marriage.



    ELLANIE SMIT

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  • 10/19/17--15:00: DTA under fire
  • DTA under fireDTA under fire The South West African People's Democratic United Front says it has decided to break away from the DTA because the main opposition has become pro-OvaHerero, while neglecting other tribes.

    According to the party's secretary-general Edward !Aoxamub, they are most aggrieved by the DTA's top leadership's decision to change the party's name without consulting coalition members.

    “We welcome the idea but we fall short of the reason how the change would appeal to the broader masses of Namibia if the present name cannot harvest more members or votes. In fact, Swapo's name is more colonial than the DTA but it campaigns vigorously because that is what matters,” said !Aoxamub.

    The DTA has recently announced plans to unveil its new name and redesigned logo, once approved by the party's extraordinary congress, scheduled to take place on 4 November. It is not the first time that !Aoxamub criticised what he terms the transgressions of the DTA's top leadership. In 2004, he announced his intention to take the party to the Labour Court over unpaid salaries and other benefits and also threatened to leave the party.

    “Our members will have a meeting at the end of November to set up our central committee and from there on we will move on as an independent party,” he said.

    The DTA was formed in 1977 through an alliance of 11 political parties representing all different ethnic groups in the country at the time. According to !Aoxamub, it is time for the country's opposition parties to form one big party to oppose Swapo's ruling.

    He, however, emphasised that a collation is not the route to go. DTA president McHenry Venaani has rejected claims by !Aochamub as that of a “bitter” man and described him a “lose cannon”.

    “We decided three years ago that the DTA is a single entity. In fact, how many times has !Aochamub resigned? He even resigned from the SWAPDUF at some point,” said Venaani.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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    Shacks will go, one brick at a timeShacks will go, one brick at a time The Ondangwa members of the Shack Dwellers’ Federation of Namibia aim to eliminate shacks in their community as they grow the number of brick houses through the buy-a-brick campaign, among others.

    The coordinator of the federation in Ondangwa, Penny Shikongo, made this statement on Wednesday at a donation ceremony where the group received 40 bags of cement from the Ohorongo Cement, through the Oshana Region’s governor’s office.

    “We aim for all our members to one day live in brick houses and to do away with these shacks, and we are doing that one brick at a time,” Shikongo said.

    The coordinator expressed gratitude for the donation received on behalf of the group, adding that they would indeed put the cement to good use.

    “We currently have 28 incomplete houses, which still need the cement we are receiving here today and we will ensure just that.”

    The federation has built close to 200 houses in the town and aims to build more in the near future, as soon as land is made available to them.

    Handing over the building material, Ohorongo Cement’s Ondangwa depot supervisor, Jerry Iyambo said the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust was established with the aim of assisting in the uplifting of communities, general growth and development of Namibia.

    “Ohorongo Cement and two other partners made the decision to support the SDFN that are working towards the provision of community driven houses, as part of its corporate social responsibilities,” Iyambo explained.

    The mayor of Ondangwa Paavo Amwele during the same event noted how the town council shares the same goal as the federation in uplifting people out of poverty, through the construction of affordable houses.

    “The town council will definitely continue to commit itself to allocating additional affordable land, on which more low-cost houses can be built for the people,” Amwele said.

    NAMPA

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    Narimab not off the hook over murderNarimab not off the hook over murder A young man who was set free and discharged in March this year on charges of rape and murder of a schoolgirl more than four years ago, may possibly face the same charges again.

    The High Court discharged Fransiscus Dimitri Narimab, 24, after it found that there was no prima facie evidence presented by the State upon which a reasonable court may convict him.

    However, the Supreme Court granted the State leave to appeal and it is now expected to file the appeal within three months from the date of the order.

    Judge Shafimana Ueitele who was standing in for the trial judge, Justice Boas Usiku, postponed the matter to 27 October for a status hearing.

    Narimab was set free after he was acquitted on a charge of murder, two counts of rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat the course of justice, in respect of the death of the girl.

    His lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji had brought the application for his discharge which now appears to be short-lived.

    He was, along with Ruben Fritz, accused of the rape and murder of Windhoek schoolgirl Alwina Uri-Khos during the evening of March 28 to 29, 2013.

    The body of the girl was found dumped in the bush between the Shandumbala residential area and the Western Bypass.

    State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu in papers initially submitted with the petition to the Supreme Court argued there are reasonable prospects of success on appeal as set out in their grounds.

    “Another court will find that there was evidence linking Narimab to the four counts justifying him to be put on defence,” she stated.

    Ndlovu argued the selling of the cell phone which was proved to belong to Uri-Khos and was with her at the time of her death linked him to the charges.

    She added that the State witnesses, Romario Gariseb and Immanuel Iyambo, testified that Narimab and Fritz were selling the cell phone.

    She emphasised Narimab was the initiator of the negotiations although Fritz had the cell phone in his hands and added that during the bail application, he informed the court that he knew that the deceased had a Nokia cell phone before she died and it had scratched screen.

    “This evidence raises a reasonable suspicion that he was aware that the cell phone they were selling belonged to Uri-Khos,” she argued.

    The State prosecutor argued that where there is evidence of receiving stolen property knowing it was stolen against Narimab he should not have been discharged.



    FRED GOEIEMAN

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  • 10/19/17--15:00: NSFAF cash flow in red
  • NSFAF cash flow in redNSFAF cash flow in redFinance warns about over-commitment The finance ministry will release an additional N$300 million to the Namibia Students Finance Assistance Fund today, but has warned that the fund is by far exceeding its budget. The N$2.7 billion requested by the Namibia Students Finance Assistance Fund (NSFAF) since April by far outstrips the fund's annual budget of N$962 million, a situation that has resulted in severe cash-flow problems.

    The ministry of finance yesterday stated that by today, when the ministry releases an additional N$300 million to NSFAF, the fund will have received close to 100% of its total current budget, after it already received a total of N$647 million to date this financial year.

    The ministry warned that “over-commitment of the budget is unlawful. Over-commitment of the budget is, indeed, not synonymous with budget shortfall.”

    The ministry added while the government's ability to pay is aligned to the flow of revenue, “the national budget is fully funded, and the government retains its ability to pay and will honour its budgeted obligations.”

    The ministry did, however, urge all government offices to ensure that they spend within their budget and avoid over-commitment.

    NSFAF on Wednesday noted that a major factor in its cash-flow problem was caused by 5 000 more students than had been budgeted for.

    This, it said, has brought the total budget requirement for 2017 to N$1.3 billion, which “obviously leaves a great shortfall and poses a great challenge.”

    The finance ministry also pointed out that the NSFAF's public statement issued on Wednesday, in which the fund's monthly cash requests and receipts were highlighted, was ambiguous.

    The ministry pointed out that the statement shared with the public indicated that the total funds requested were N$2.7 billion since April, and the ministry found this “categorisations and juxtaposition of information misleading to the public, because the requested amounts significantly exceed the budget allocation to NSFAF for the financial year, which amounts to N$962,482.183.”

    The NSFAF, under pressure on Wednesday after more than 150 students and beneficiaries protested a delay in benefit payments, said it was facing a “unique challenge” that had never been experienced before.

    Hilya Nghiwete, CEO of NSFAF, said that to date the total number of payments processed for 23 230 students cost N$905 million, of which “only N$501 million is actually paid through the bank.”

    She said although “invoices of N$905 million are processed in this regard, payments to the value of N$404 million are yet to be paid as and when funds are made available. NSFAF has not received these funds and can therefore not pass them on to the beneficiaries.”

    She said that the total number of student beneficiaries this year is 36 806.

    The cash-flow graph published stated that in April, NSFAF requested N$346 million, but only received N$70 million from the ministry of higher education, training and innovation.

    In May, a request of N$103 million was met by a payment of N$78 million.

    This month, NSFAF requested N$629 million, and yesterday the finance ministry transferred N$43 million.

    The ministry of finance pledged that the government would strengthen the budgetary allocation for NSFAF during the 2017 mid-year budget review, to be tabled in November.

    A number of questions sent to NSFAF were not answered before going to print yesterday.





    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Hostel food supply back on trackHostel food supply back on track Atlantic Food Services (AFS) has resumed supplying food to school hostels in the north after receiving a “substantial” payment from the government.

    Earlier, a number of schools in the Omusati Region had suspended classes and sent hundreds of learners home because there was no food for them.

    The government apparently owed AFS N$30 million, which led to the supplier suspending deliveries to school hostels.

    AFS executive director Frans Mbidi said the problem was resolved yesterday when the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture made a payment.

    “We received payment yesterday and since then we have been supplying the schools with food. We guarantee that until the schools close this year we will be supplying food to the schools,” Mbidi said.

    Mbidi would not say how much of the debt was paid but said it was a substantial amount. He added that what mattered was that a solution had been found to the problem that had forced schools to suspend classes.

    He said the food being distributed to schools was enough to last for the next four days. Ordinarily the supply is enough for a week.

    When contacted for comment, the acting director of education for the Omusati Region, Shali Kankodi, confirmed that schools were receiving the food consignments.

    He said all learners were expected to be back at school by Sunday.

    “One cannot say [exactly] when the learners will be back at school as it depends on the availability of food. If the food is there, the learners will be informed to be at school. I think by Sunday all the schools will have received their food and the learners will be back,” Kankodi said.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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    Alleged sex offender in courtAlleged sex offender in court A man accused of preying on underage girls appeared before Magistrate John Sindano in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court yesterday.

    Alexander Krylov (56) apparently started feeling unwell in the dock when prosecutor Tresia Hafeni read out the charges of rape, human trafficking and conducting immoral acts with minor children.

    Magistrate Sindano ordered that the accused be removed and taken to hospital to determine what was wrong with him. Krylov was then transported from the court to a local hospital in a police van. He was admitted to hospital under police guard.

    The case was postponed to 9 November 2017.

    Krylov face charges of rape involving five minor girls. He allegedly fetched the girls from Kuisebmond and took them to flat in Walvis Bay where he had sexual intercourse with them on several occasions.

    Erongo Deputy Police Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said Krylov, who is employed by the Namibian Ports Authority as a marine pilot, was arrested in Walvis Bay.

    The alleged sexual exploitation of the minors (two the victims are 15 years and the other three are 16 years old) started in 2016 and continued until June this year.

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

    According to Detective Inspector Daniel Gurirab the parents of one of the girls discovered what was going on and laid a charge.

    “The other girls and their parents were also located and convinced to come forward. I suspect that the two school leavers influenced the rest of the victims to participate,” Gurirab said.

    Krylov is from Russia but has been living and working in Walvis Bay for some time. He was arrested on a count of kidnapping involving a minor girl in 2009. The charges were subsequently dropped by the plaintiff and he was released.

    OTIS FINCK

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    NUNW: Deadline comes … and goesNUNW: Deadline comes … and goesThreat seemingly comes to naught Opposing camps in the workers' federation slug it out over representatives on Swapo elective structures. The leadership of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), which had demanded an apology from Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba by yesterday afternoon, has not disclosed whether this ultimatum yielded any results.

    NUNW secretary-general Job Muniaro, to whom all questions in this connection were referred, could not be engaged for long enough to get an answer as to what had transpired since the demand for an apology was made last Sunday.

    They had given Mbumba three days to apologise.

    Mbumba said yesterday afternoon that the group had requested a meeting with the Swapo leadership, to which he had agreed.

    This group is accusing Mbumba of having deliberately and maliciously ignored their list of nominees to the Swapo CC meeting and congress.

    This faction, led by Muniaro and the general secretary of the Namibia Public Workers' Union (Napwu), Petrus Nevonga, also demanded that Mbumba admit that he had “misled” Swapo's central committee and politburo by not accepting their list as the authentic delegation to the ruling party's congress and CC meeting.

    Mbumba denied the allegations, saying that he had received two lists from the NUNW – one from the Nevonga/Muniaro group and the other from controversially deposed NUNW president Ismael Kasuto.

    Mbumba earlier said that the fault lay with the NUNW and not with his office.

    Nevonga was kicked out of the Swapo CC meeting last Sunday because Kasuto, who was previously elected as NUNW representative on that structure, was also in attendance.

    After the Swapo CC meeting on Sunday, the Nevonga/Muniaro group held a press briefing to declare their dissatisfaction with Mbumba and Swapo acting president Hage Geingob and accused the two of failed leadership.

    The list of delegates to Swapo's congress this group has submitted includes Anna Shigweda, Loide Shaanika, Sarafina Kandere, Hilma Uushona, Lovisa Ndeyapo Iikali, Julia Endjambi, Ester Nghipondoka, Justina Jona, Jacob Nghifindaka, Job Muniaro, Dr Elijah Ngurare, John Uushona, Evans Mashwahu, Jessy Nombanza, Jacob Penda and Joseph Dinyando.

    The delegates nominated for the Swapo central committee are Anna Shiweda, Loide Shaanika, Jacob Nghifindaka and Job Muniaro.



    The other list

    Kasuto in the meantime issued a statement in which he outlined another list of 16 names of affiliate members who are to represent the workers' federation at the upcoming Swapo congress.

    The names include Kasuto, Simeon Kavila, Sarafina Kandere, Asnath Zamuee, Esther Nailenge, Cornelius Ntelamo, Rocco Nguvauva, Jessy Nombanza, Angula Angula, Suama Itope Kalulu, Nancy Kahua, Desley Somseb, Regina Nambahu, Jackie Karumbo, Paulus Namwandi, and Lahja Hitula.

    Those nominated for Swapo's central committee are Nguvauva, Natangue Ithete, Regina Nambahu, and Zamuee.

    Kasuto said these delegates were nominated and appointed at a constitutionally held central executive committee on 16 September and their names were submitted to Swapo on 20 September.

    He said this list included the “only authentic and inclusive” delegates to the Swapo congress.

    He said all affiliated unions were fairly represented on the list despite the fact that only the Mine Workers Union (MUN) has paid up its membership to the NUNW.

    Albert Liswaniso who was appointed as the acting president after Kasuto's ousting from the NUNW, is quoted as saying that steps would be taken against Kasuto for allegedly “destabilising” the federation.

    To this, Kasuto responded: “I have never destabilised the NUNW. I have only executed the mandate given to me by the NUNW CEC as president of the federation. Mr Liswaniso is a retiree since February and not a member of the NUNW affiliates.

    He has vacated his position in terms of the NUNW constitution (Article 10.2.1). It is strange that he is only waking up now after his retirement.”

    CATHERINE SASMAN

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  • 10/19/17--15:00: Human milk bank coming
  • Human milk bank comingHuman milk bank coming A plan to establish the country's first breast-milk bank is at an advanced stage and may see the milk reserve opening its doors as soon as January next year.

    Nursing mothers will soon be able to donate their excess milk to the breast milk reserve in an effort to save lives.

    Namibian Sun this week interviewed the two pioneers, paediatrician Professor Clarissa Pieper and long-time nurse Birgit Mayer, who shared their commitment to make this milk bank a reality.

    The two medical professionals have been working day and night for the past two years to make sure things fall into place in order to “save the babies”.

    The duo has to date received a pasteuriser from ErongoMed and is only awaiting a training team from France and government inspection before the wheels will start rolling on a full-time basis.

    According to Pieper, the donation of breast milk can boost the survival of premature babies significantly.

    “Ideally, the mother's milk is the best for her baby but although the donated milk may not be best, but it certainly is a better option compared with formula,” she said.

    To date, women able to donate milk have come to learn about the milk reserve through word of mouth.

    Mayer explained that interested mothers will be subject to medical screening including tests for HIV and hepatitis.

    “We know that the pasteuriser kills all the bacteria and viruses but we want to be extra careful,” she insisted.

    She added that once a mother is approved then it is expected of her to express at home and freeze the milk in storage bags for delivery to the bank.

    According to Pieper the demand for breast milk is phenomenal as the country is seeing a sharp increase of premature births. She said that in 2010 the country had 15 premature births every month while in 2017, the figures are around 150 premature births.

    “It is not only necessary for the baby's survival but it is cheaper for the government in particular.

    A premature baby born before the full development of the gastro-intestinal tract will need intravenous feeding which is unbelievably expensive and the antibiotics required, along with monitoring and equipment come at an extra cost,” said Pieper.

    At present most of the donated milk goes to state hospitals, where it is in high demand.

    Pieper emphasised that they have no intention to ever commercialise the venture and pointed out that breast milk will only be provided when a mother dies at birth or cannot lactate, or for premature babies weighting less than 1kg.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that low-birth-weight (LBW) infants should be fed breast milk. When a mother's own breast milk is not available, the alternatives are either expressed breast milk from a donor mother or formula.

    According to WHO studies, compared with formula, donor breast milk is associated with lower incidence of severe gut disorder and other infections during the initial hospital stay after birth.

    Interested mothers can contact Mayer or an assistance to the milk bank, Naomi Lottering, at the MediClinic hospital in Windhoek.

    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 10/19/17--15:00: Netumbo's huge ambition
  • Netumbo's huge ambitionNetumbo's huge ambitionVice-presidency an important springboard The deputy prime minister talks about the upcoming Swapo congress and her own political ambitions. Deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has her eyes set on the ruling party vice-presidency, but she is also relishing the prospect of becoming the country's first female president.

    However, she faces a long road and must first prevail at the upcoming sixth Swapo congress before she can stake a claim to the national presidency one day.

    Nandi-Ndaitwah is vying for the Swapo vice-presidency along with prominent leaders such as home affairs minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and veteran politician and businessman Helmut Angula.

    Nandi-Ndaitwah is the preferred candidate of acting Swapo president Hage Geingob, who will also contest the top seat at next month's congress. Geingob will be challenged by former prime minister Nahas Angula and youth minister Jerry Ekandjo.

    In an interview with Namibian Sun this week, Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is turning 65 next Sunday, said she realises that the Swapo vice-presidency is a worthwhile endeavour for someone with presidential ambitions.

    “Namibians are there to plan and to decide. And should they decide that I will be their first female president, then that will be respected,” she said.

    “Even the first, second and current presidents were there not on their own, but because of the decision made by members of Swapo who were endorsed by all Namibians by voting for them.”

    She added that the dawn of 50/50 gender representation within Swapo has made it easier for women to occupy leadership positions.

    The international relations minister laughed off reports linking her to the formation the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) shortly after the explosive 2004 Swapo congress, which saw former president Hifikepunye Pohamba taking over the reins of the ruling party from its influential leader Sam Nujoma.

    The RDP was started by leading Swapo figures such as the late Hidipo Hamutenya, Kandy Nehova and Jesaja Nyamu.

    “I have never been part of it. This has been said, but I have kept quiet because this is a non-issue.

    I cannot engage myself on a non-issue.

    And I will not entertain those that thought they could use this to drill me then and to distract me,” she said.

    Nandi-Ndaitwah also insisted that the ruling party was going strong and was not divided as many have suggested.

    “This is campaign time, there is no division, and people were saying it during our last congress when there was de-campaigning between Geingob, Jerry Ekandjo and Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.

    “So Swapo is not sick, it is healthy and it will remain healthy,” she insisted.

    The deputy prime minister also dismissed a claim by Helmut Angula in a local weekly that Geingob's slate for the Swapo congress was inexperienced.

    Geingob's preferred candidates also include urban and rural development minister Sophia Shaningwa, who has been nominated for the powerful secretary-general position, and acting Swapo School rector Marco Hausiku.

    “Well, he did not say that to me, but if it is true then I think Namibians must judge for themselves. Can they really say President Geingob is inexperienced? Can they really say I am inexperienced despite the different positions that I have held?

    “Can they really say that about Sophia Shaningwa who served as a regional governor, councillor and even minister? And Marco Hausiku, who is a long-time teacher and minister?” she asked.

    Shaningwa is expected to face stiff competition from Oshikoto regional coordinator Armas Amukwiyu, while businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun and former health deputy minister Petrina Haingura are also standing for the deputy secretary-general position.

    Nandi-Ndaitwah said she would make sure the national agenda to eradicate poverty is moved up a few gears if elected at the congress.

    “That has to be pushed so that it is realised, and to do that, you include many other things such as empowerment, economic development, trade and investment. So everything else falls into place,” she said.



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  • 10/19/17--15:00: Knife crime soars
  • Knife crime soarsKnife crime soars Okapi knives, youth and boozy nights are frequent fatal elements in male-on-male murder cases, an analysis of these violent crimes from the past six months shows.

    A Namibian Sun overview of crime reports dating back to May shows that at least 38 cases of murder and 25 of attempted murder involving male suspects and male victims were opened.

    Twenty-eight, or 73%, of the murder cases were stabbings, as were 40% of the attempted murder cases. Moreover, 38 of the 65 male-on-male murder and attempted murder cases were linked to drinking.

    It is likely alcohol was present in more of these crimes, as initial police crime reports do not always indicate whether alcohol was a factor. Okapi knives are the most popular murder weapons.

    These cheap pocketknives are not only popular in Namibia, but in southern Africa as a whole, and have earned the nickname 'the Saturday night special' due to their close association with crimes, especially over weekends and at party hotspots.



    Guns are another popular weapon in these kinds of crimes.



    Drunken arguments are most often mentioned as the catalyst of such crimes.



    While knives and guns dominate, there have been reports of blunt instruments such as planks used to kill a drinking companion, but these are rare.



    In contrast, domestic murders are increasingly linked to axes. Three women have died since September from wounds inflicted on them by their axe-wielding boyfriends.



    Motives are not often mentioned, and many crime reports simply state that an argument broke out at a bar between the suspect and victim, which resulted in a stabbing.



    Fights over money, beer or cigarettes were cited as motives in at least three cases since May.



    National crime statistics from 2013, 2014 and 2015 indicate that assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH), common assault and rape were the most reported crimes in Namibia.



    The Namibian police received 32 855 reports of assault GBH, 26 367 reports of common assault and a total of 3 128 reports of rape during that time. The numbers did not indicate the gender of the victims.



    In addition, police crime statistics show that more than 1 100 cases of murder were reported between 2013 and 2015.



    Out of the four categories into which murders are divided, the category with murder weapons other than firearms tops the list.



    In 2013, 227 murders that did not involve firearms were reported, and 202 arrests were made.



    In 2014, 261 murder cases that were not related to firearms were reported, and 222 arrests were made.



    In 2015, 273 murders with another weapon were reported, and 255 arrests were made of which 44 were of juveniles.



    Statistics from 2012 showed that 262 adult males were charged with murder, and 84 adult women were charged with murder.



    Eighteen male juveniles were charged with murder and 12 female juveniles, younger than 18, were charged with murder.



    Last year's crime statistics could not be obtained yesterday.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 10/22/17--15:00: Haikali speaks on NPL CEO
  • Haikali speaks on NPL CEOHaikali speaks on NPL CEOPosition to be filled in December The MTC Namibia Premier League will not only thrill the fans but put bread on the table for many who will be fortunate enough to be employed as the vacancies start to be filled. Former Namibia Premier League CEO Mathew Haikali has revealed that he is looking at the position he once had with a keen interest.

    This is after the MTC Namibia Premier League chairman Patrick Kauta announced last Wednesday that the league will appoint a CEO before the end of the year.

    Kauta also confirmed that the MTC NPL will advertise many vacancies in order to boost the administration of the league.

    The CEO will be the one directly running the affairs of the premier league given that chairman Kauta has other pressing responsibilities.

    The MTC NPL are now confident that they will be able to employ a CEO given that MTC and FNB has sponsored the league with N$20 million per season over a period of three years.

    “I know that many people will be vying for this position because it is a very important post to have.

    “I will definitely consider applying for it once the vacancies are out because I do believe I have the experience and I was the only CEO of the league.

    “I will however still think about it before I make any decision concerning the position,” Haikali said.

    The former Media Institute Southern Africa (MISA) director was appointed to the post in 2009.

    Haikali, however, lasted only three years in the position after he was dismissed by the NPL in 2011.

    The former CEO was released on allegations of financial mismanagement and breaching his employment contract.

    He however feels that he was unfairly dismissed and has contested his dismissal with the Labour Commission.

    The football administrator admitted that it is going to be a difficult process for the recruiters given the numbers of applicants he expects to see contesting for that position.

    “We all want the best for Namibian football and I do believe that I have what it takes to lead the game.

    “My experience in football is vast and the fact that I have been in various important leadership positions can be a good thing for Namibian football.”

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 10/22/17--15:00: Tartan track falling apart
  • Tartan track falling apartTartan track falling apartIndependence Stadium needs attention It has been three years that the tartan track at Windhoek's Independence Stadium has needed attention and athletes are still waiting. The tartan track at the Independence Stadium in the capital remains a hazard for users after meagre efforts to fix it in 2014 and 2016 failed.

    The track is damaged close to the finish line, where visible patches can be seen.

    These patched-up areas have since come loose at some places and could result in runners tripping over it, which could lead to injuries.

    Several athletes and coaches have on various occasions complained about the dangers of the track.

    Approached for comment, the director of sports Sivute Katamba told Nampa at the close of last week their maintenance committee is busy compiling a list of all government sports facilities that need to be renovated.

    “There are a number of facilities that need attention and when our maintenance committee delivers that document which will have all the costs, the ministry will look at which of those facilities need urgent attention first,” he said.

    Katamba added that with the current financial difficulties in the country, it becomes difficult to renovate facilitates if it is not budgeted for.

    The Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service earlier this year received a budget of about N$385 million; almost N$100 million less than last year. This budget is shared by three directorates which are sports, youth and national service.

    The entire stadium was renovated for the 2014 Confederation of African Football Women's Championship held in October that year.

    In January 2016, more renovations were done at the 25 000-seat venue for the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations Cup matches in May that year. However, these renovations were mostly focused on the grass pitch.

    NAMPA

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  • 10/22/17--15:00: WHO reverses Mugabe position
  • WHO reverses Mugabe positionWHO reverses Mugabe positionGlobal outrage followed announcement over the weekend Reactions of shock and horror followed the WHO's announcement that Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe was appointed as a goodwill ambassador. The head of the World Health Organisation says he has reversed his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a “goodwill ambassador”.

    In a tweet, Tedros Ghebreyesus said that “I'm listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible.”
    Late on Sunday, he announced a full reversal of the decision saying it is in the best interests of the WHO.

    The appointment of Mugabe was met with widespread shock and condemnation, including from the United States, which sanctioned him more than a decade ago over his government's human rights abuses.

    The 93-year-old Mugabe has been criticised at home for going abroad for medical treatment as his once-prosperous country's economy suffers.

    “The decision to appoint Robert Mugabe as a WHO goodwill ambassador is deeply disappointing and wrong,” said Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, a major British charitable foundation. “Robert Mugabe fails in every way to represent the values WHO should stand for.”

    Ireland's health minister, Simon Harris, called the appointment “offensive, bizarre.” 'Not the Onion,” tweeted the head of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, in a reference to the satirical news site.

    With Mugabe on hand, WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia announced the appointment at a conference in Uruguay this week on non-communicable diseases.

    Tedros, who became WHO's first African director-general this year, said Mugabe could use the role “to influence his peers in his region” on the issue. He described Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies.” A WHO spokesperson confirmed the comments to The Associated Press.

    Two dozen organisations — including the World Heart Federation, Action Against Smoking and Cancer Research UK — released a statement slamming the appointment, saying health officials were “shocked and deeply concerned” and citing his “long track record of human rights violations”.

    The groups said they had raised their concerns with Tedros on the sidelines of the conference, to no avail. The UN agencies typically choose celebrities as ambassadors to draw attention to issues of concern, but they hold little actual power.

    Zimbabwe's government has not commented, but the state-run Zimbabwe Herald newspaper called the appointment a “new feather in president's cap”.

    The 93-year-old Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, has come under criticism at home for his frequent overseas travels that have cost impoverished Zimbabwe millions of dollars. His repeated visits to Singapore have heightened concerns over his health, even as he pursues re-election next year.

    The US in 2003 imposed targeted sanctions, a travel ban and an asset freeze against Mugabe and close associates, citing his government's rights abuses and evidence of electoral fraud.

    NAMPA/AP

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    Epangelo otali manitha etungo lyuutomeno monooliEpangelo otali manitha etungo lyuutomeno monooli Ominista yUunamapya, John Mutorwa oya popi kutya epangelo olyiitulamo mokutota po ongeshefa yoongombe dhaaniimuna monooli yoshilongo, pakumanitha etungo lyuutomeno mOutapi oshowo Eenhana.

    Mutorwa okwa popi ngaaka pethimbo a talelepo okatomeno komEenhana moshitopolwa shaHangwena mEtine lyoshiwike sha piti, opo a tale onkalo moka mu na okatomeno hoka.

    Okwa li woo a talelepo okatomeno komOutapi mEtitatu lya piti.

    Minista okwa popi kutya okwa gandja elonmbwelo lya hugunina kuamushanga muuministeli mboka oshowo aanambelewa mboka ye na oshinakugwanithwa shoka opo ya kwashilipaleke emanitho lyetungo lyuutomeno mboka .

    “Amushanga oshowo aanambelewa naya kwashilipaleke kutya okatomeno komOutapi oka tameka okulonga okuya pehulilo lyo2017 nongele hasho naka kale kapwa okuya oehulilo lyomwedhi Maalitsa mo2018,” Mutorwa a popi.

    Etungo lyokatomeno komOutapi olya tameke muFebruali gwomvula 2012, na olyali li na okumanithwa momwedhi gwotango gwomvula yo 2013 ihe oopresenda owala 70 dhiilonga dha manithwa.

    Omunambelewa Anton Fourie gwoBurmeister and Partners Consulting Engineers okwa lombwele Mutorwa kutya etungo lyokatomeno komEenhana olya manithwa noopresenda 98, niilonga mbyoka ya hupako otayi manithwa muule woomwedhi mbali, nopoloyeka ndjoka ya tameke mo-2013 otayi kala ya manithwa.

    Okwa popi kutya etungo lyuutomeno mboka uwali olya kala ethimbo ele omolwa aatungi mboka taya nyengwa okumanitha iilonga.

    “Itandi vulu okutumbula omadhina gaatungi mboka molwaashoka oya pumbwa okugamenwa,” Fourie yamukula sho a pulwa kutya oolye aatungi.

    Mo-2011, Oshikondo shOmayakulo gUundjolowele wIimuna osha tengeneke kutya monooli yoshilongo omuna oongombe dha thika poomiliyona 1.6, ihe oya kala kaye na omahala mpoka taya tomene nokuningila ongeshefa yawo, sha landula epato lyokatomeno komOshakati noKatima Mulilo petameko lyomvula ya piti, mboka wa li tawu longelwa kuMeatco.

    Epangelo olya li lya uvaneke momwedhi Aguste nuumvo kutya, otali ka patulula uutomeno mboka muNovemba gonuumvo.

    NAMPA

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  • 10/22/17--15:00: Swapo okwa ndopa - Angula
  • Swapo okwa ndopa - AngulaSwapo okwa ndopa - AngulaAngula ta gandja uusama kuSwapo Swapo okwa ndopa okugwanitha po omauvaneko ge ngoka a ningile aahogololi ye ngaashi oku ya kutha moluhepo, okwaahathike pamwe kwopaliko, okwaahena iilonga oshowo onkalathano ya piyagana. Ndhoka oohapu dhaNahas Angula ngoka eli methigathano lyuupresidnde wongundu yoSwapo, pamwe nomupresidende Hage Geingob oshowo Jerry Ekandjo.

    Shika otashi kala oshikando oshitiyali Angula ta kutha ombinga methigatano ndyoka, sha landula ekuthombinga lye mo 2004, na okwa dhengwa mo methigathano komupresidende nale Hifikepunye Pohamba oshowo nakusa Hidipo Hamutenya.

    Okwa longa woo onga omuprima gwoshilongo, Ominista yElongo, Omaudhano nOmithigululwakalo okutameka mo 1990 sigo 1995 oshowo Ominista yElongo lyOpombanda pokati ko 1995 no 2005.

    Momahwahwameko ge gopamushanga ngoka gwa tulwa moshifokundneki shoThe Namibian mEtitano, Angula okwa holola omaiyuvo ge kombinga yendopo lyongundu yoSwapo mokundalupo onkalo yokwaathike pamwe paliko onkalo ndjoka yi li itayi taambulwapo mokati kAaNamibia.

    Omunamimvo 74, Angula ngoka ta pewa uusama omolwa e gwo pevi lyoshungu yelongo moshilongo.

    Okwa popi kutya Swapo okwa pumbwa okukwatathana naanyasha nokuya pa omukumo.

    Okwa popi kutya aanyasha oya taalale omashongo ogendji, ngaashi okwaahena iilonga, ompumbwe yomagumbo, ompumbwe yoompito dhenkondopeko, omayambidhidho goongeshefa, ombuto yoHIV nomukithi gwoAids oshowo omaupyakadhi ogendji.

    Angula ngoka e li omutotipo gwoshiketha shoNamibian Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) okwa popi kutya aailongi oya pumbwa omayambidhidho momailongo gawo, na okwa popi kutya oshiketha shoka osha pumbwa okutalululwa shi vule okulonga tashi kandula po oompumbwe dhaailongi.

    Lwopokati mpoka, omunongononi gwopaliko oshowo gwopapolotika, Dr Omu Kakujaha-Matunda okwa popi kutya omapopyo gaAngula oge li iiyolitha unene, sho a kala oshitopolwa shoSwapo uule woomvula 27 dha piti.

    “Nonando okushi shi okuholola omaiyuvo ge miikundaneki, Angula itandi mu kutha mo mwaamboka ya etitha onkalo yopaliko ndjoka twiiyadha muyo ngashiingeyi. Okwa li oshitopolwa shepangelo.”

    Matundu okwa pula kutya Angula ngoka a li woo ominista yelongo okwa longo shike mokuyambulapo oonkalo dhaakwashigwana pethimbo a kala mombelewa yoshigwana.

    Omunongononi gwonkalo yopolotika, Hoze Riruako okwa popi kutya Angula na hulithepo omukalo gwokukala tiihumbata a fa keshi omukwaSwapo.

    Okwa popi kutya Angula okwa kala noshinakugwanithwa shokutula miilonga oompango nomilandu, na okwa pumbwa okuzimina kutya omilandu ndhoka ya tula miilonga inadhi e ta iiyimati iiwanawa moshikondo shelongo.

    Riruako okwa pula kutya omolwashike Angula ngoka a kala oshitopolwa shongundu okuza kuunyasha we opo ta popi ngashiingeyi kutya ongundu oya ndopa.

    Angula okwa ningi oshilyo shomutumba gwopashigwana mo-1990.



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  • 10/22/17--15:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day VIVE LE FRANCE: A person walks through morning mist across the Parc de la Tete d'Or in downtown Lyon, France during the early start of autumn. PHOTO: NAMPA/AFP

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