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- 11/05/17--14:00: _Angula in top shape
- 11/05/17--14:00: _You can't satisfy all
- 11/05/17--14:00: _'Swapo is in ICU'
- 11/05/17--14:00: _Erongo Marine alloc...
- 11/05/17--14:00: _Fredericks charged ...
- 11/05/17--14:00: _Russian ready to sp...
- 11/05/17--14:00: _Hai//om demand land...
- 11/05/17--14:00: _'Going will get tou...
- 11/05/17--14:00: _Windhoek to build N...
- 11/05/17--14:00: _Old Mutual victory ...
- 11/06/17--14:00: _We want to win Cup ...
- 11/06/17--14:00: _Desert Storm in Action
- 11/06/17--14:00: _NSSU awards next week
- 11/06/17--14:00: _Leave me to take yo...
- 11/06/17--14:00: _US shooting not a g...
- 11/06/17--14:00: _Aakwashigwana yaaHa...
- 11/06/17--14:00: _Ekenge lyaRussia ly...
- 11/06/17--14:00: _'Swapo okuli mo ICU'
- 11/06/17--14:00: _DTA a lukululwa
- 11/06/17--14:00: _Work with the youth
- 11/05/17--14:00: Angula in top shape
- 11/05/17--14:00: You can't satisfy all
- 11/05/17--14:00: 'Swapo is in ICU'
- 11/05/17--14:00: Erongo Marine allocates shares to employees
- 11/05/17--14:00: Fredericks charged with corruption, money laundering
- 11/05/17--14:00: Russian ready to splash the cash
- 11/05/17--14:00: Hai//om demand land at Otjikoto
- 11/05/17--14:00: 'Going will get tough over MTEF'
- 11/05/17--14:00: Windhoek to build N$1.1 billion water reclamation plant
- 11/05/17--14:00: Old Mutual victory race concludes
- 11/06/17--14:00: We want to win Cup – Mannetti
- 11/06/17--14:00: Desert Storm in Action
- 11/06/17--14:00: NSSU awards next week
- 11/06/17--14:00: Leave me to take your post
- 11/06/17--14:00: US shooting not a gun problem
- 11/06/17--14:00: Aakwashigwana yaaHai//om ya hala evi mOtjikoto
- 11/06/17--14:00: Ekenge lyaRussia lya hala ooplota moDordabis
- 11/06/17--14:00: 'Swapo okuli mo ICU'
- 11/06/17--14:00: DTA a lukululwa
- 11/06/17--14:00: Work with the youth
The championship will take place between 2 and 7 December after it was originally scheduled to take place between 30 September and 7 October in Mexico City, but was postponed due to several earthquakes there at the end of September.
Lindemeier told Nampa they have already booked their accommodation in Mexico and couldn't wait to start competing.
“Angula is anxious at the moment,” she said, referring to the athlete's eagerness to compete, adding, “He has been putting in good times at training and I am positive by the time we travel to Mexico, he will do his best to swim under 50 seconds.”
Lindemeier said despite small glitches that are currently being faced ahead of their travel, the pair is in good spirits and working hard at training.
“We are happy that we received help from a number of people who contributed towards this trip, but due to the cancellation of our first trip in September, we are going to pay penalties [to airliners], but I am happy the competition dates have finally been set.”
Lindemeier expressed optimism that Angula will make the country proud during the championships.
She said the athlete is currently swimming 50 seconds in the 50 metre freestyle which is a good sign ahead of their trip as Angula previously swam the 50m freestyle in 59.79 seconds at the South African National Aquatic Championships in August this year.
At the same event, Angula managed a time of 55.13 seconds in the 50m breaststroke and that in the 100m freestyle, he clocked two minutes and six seconds.
Angula was born without legs and competed in his first swimming competition in March 2016. Later that year, he was classified by the IPC to swim freestyle in the S6 category and breaststroke in the SB5 category. He is currently ranked number one in Africa in the S6 category.
More than 900 athletes from 65 countries are expected to compete for honours during the 2017 IPC World Para Swimming and Para Powerlifting Championships in the North American country.
This is simply because Namibia, and Namibians, are predictable and famous for making taunting remarks.
But before I pen my views about the complaints and decisions, I would like to officially congratulate all the nominees and winners of the 2017 MTC/Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Sports Awards.
I must say that every award went to a deserving winner and all nominees have done a great job throughout the year.
This week, social media has been abuzz about various decisions taken at the awards, especially in the new legend category.
The legend award went to athletes Frank Fredericks and Lucketz Swartbooi and football players Eliphas Shivute, Ronnie Kanalelo, Congo Hindjou, Ricardo Mannetti, Collin Benjamin and Razundara Tjikuzu.
The boxing fraternity saw some of their finest boxers of all time Paulus Moses, Paulus Ambunda and Julius Indongo, along with Namibia's first boxing world champion Harry Simon, rewarded.
Sensational swimmer Monica Dahl was also among the people who were honoured that night.
Professional golf player Trevor Dodds and rugby star Jacques Burger and Paralympics gold medallist Johanna Benson received the same award.
People questioned why the names of Mohamed Auseb, Quinton Jacobs, Agnes Samaria and many others, were left out.
Well, as much as I want to say that some of the choices warrant to be questioned, I still would like to thank all the people that came up with the idea to introduce this legend category.
For a start, I do believe that it was a great initiative by MTC to start recognising many legends that have been doing well in various events over the years.
However, I also felt that some of the people that came up to the stage still needed to earn more accolades before they can be called legends.
I am still not going to make a big deal out of this situation, but would rather give some suggestions as to what can be done for us to improve on this category.
The truth is, Namibia has many legends and choosing 10 people each year going forward must not be a big problem.
It will be important to get all sport federations involved in order for them to submit names of whom they believe deserves to be a legend that year.
The media and sport writers who have been in the industry for more than three years should also be given a chance to submit the names of people whom they believe are legends.
After all these selections are done and names are submitted, a long list should be drawn and kept for immediate and future use.
My advice to the people is that they should stop complaining, but must give alternative ideas as to what can be done to improve this category.
Most of the people who criticise things are actually the ones that have nothing to offer.
We have to give credit to companies which have remained committed and dedicated to sport in this country.
We also have to understand that not every decision will go in our favour because not all people think alike.
Jesse Jackson Kauraisa
The former deputy health minister said the current top leadership of the party has violated the constitution, while she also rejected the sole candidacy claim.
“Our Swapo Party is currently in ICU and we must work hard to revive it, restore it and revitalise it from the hands of (acting president Hage) Geingob and his team,” she said.
“We have a clear understanding of what Hage [Geingob] is trying to achieve with his so-called endorsements.
“He wants to surprise congress with an endorsement proposal of a sole candidacy on the floor using the endorsement he has received so far and thereby, impose himself to power without contesting the elections.
“This plan is a dream and Team Swapo and all the members of our party will not allow it,” she said.
The seven candidates contesting for Swapo's top four positions under the banner of 'Team Swapo' claim that the current party leadership is ill-equipped.
Presidency candidate Nahas Angula said he volunteered to contest for the top seat in order to stop the current leadership from destroying the party and the national economy.
“We cannot allow the party to be misled by those who call the masses 'aafyona', literally saying the party belongs to the elite. We can all see that our economy is shrinking and the government is borrowing like there is no tomorrow.
“We must stand up and save our country,” Angula said. Another presidential candidate and youth minister Jerry Ekandjo said Swapo is the only centre of power.
“All the people in positions are elected through Swapo. One cannot claim that there are two centres of power because even if you are president of the country once your first term comes to an end, you will come back to the party to give you another term,” Ekandjo said.
“The roots of Swapo have dried out and I am here and ready to water them so they bear the desired fruits.”
Ekandjo's running mate for the vice-presidency Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana also appealed to the 700-odd delegates to the Swapo congress to vote for candidates campaigning under the Team Swapo banner. Iivula-Ithana said she is a doer and people must believe in their team.
She added Team Swapo candidates were duly nominated by the central committee of the ruling party in line with the party's constitution. However, she accused Geingob of playing the tribal card.
“Nominations were open to each qualifying member of the party and were not restricted to people from a particular ethnic group. In fact, Geingob chaired the central committee meeting and invited nominations.
“Then it means the Swapo central committee is tribalist,” she said.
She said Geingob is spreading propaganda and is on the mission to causing disunity. Another vice-presidency candidate Helmut Angula accused Geingob campaigners of promising to delegates.
He added Team Swapo genuinely represents the party, while claiming that the Geingob campaign was centred on an individual.
“They are going around promising delegates N$1 000 per vote for their candidate. Let us defeat them at the congress,” Angula said. Secretary-general candidate Armas Amukwiyu said he is there to represent the youth, adding the party needed to be steered in the right direction.
“If elected as the secretary-general I will make the vow here and now that the office of the secretary-general will never again be used to violate the Swapo constitution.
“That office will never be used as a tool to fight people, it will be an office for addressing issues,” he said. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun said she will capitalise on her business acumen to help deliver prosperity to the Namibian people.
“My experience as a businesswoman, comrade, a cadre of change and promoter of prosperity for all will allow me to deliver the desired objectives,” said Namundjebo-Tilahun, who is also contesting for the deputy secretary-general position. Saturday's rally was also attended by over 100 delegates from the Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshana regions.
Erongo Marine is a subsidiary of the Oceana Group, which the Arechanab Community Trust also falls under.
The Erongo Harambee Trust was officially introduced to the public on Saturday by Vice-President Nickey Iyambo.
The 160 beneficiaries are employees who are not in management positions. They will benefit through dividends and everyone is expected to receive about N$30 000 annually.
The initiative is a response to the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
Iyambo lauded the company and said this is a sign that Namibians who have the means are starting to help those who do not have the means.
He said this is what the proposed New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF) aims to achieve, should it be signed into law.
The aim of the NEEEF is to promote equitable, inclusive and shared economic development and to narrow income disparities between the rich and the poor.
“I hope in the next few months, or a year from now, we will see more of these Harambee responses, as Namibians realise it is good to live together in harmony and share resources,” said Iyambo.
Bernhard Esau, the minister of fisheries and marine resources, said employees should not only own shares, but participate in company management.
“There should be skills transfer, we want to see these people becoming managers of this company,” he said.
He reiterated that the ministry will continue to award companies who create employment by allocating bigger fishing quotas to them.
The managing director of Erongo Marine, Martha Uumati, said in addition to making sure the resources are shared, this is part of their corporate social responsibility.
Uumati said the company, which receives an annual quota of 60 000 metric tonnes of horse mackerel, continues to give back to those in need.
The company made donations worth more than N$500 000 at the event.
Announced under what was termed Harambee Moments, the Centre for Resource and Transformation (CERET) received the biggest cheque of N$350 000 to be used for gardening by communities in the Omaheke Region’s Aminius Constituency.
Other donation included N$100 000 for the National Youth Service for its disability project, while the !Nara and Flamingo primary schools at Walvis Bay received N$50 000 each to construct classrooms. Another N$50 000 was given to the DRC School Project and Community Centre at Swakopmund, also for gardening purposes.
The governors of the Otjozondjupa and Hardap Regions, Otto Ipinge and Esme Isaack, took home canned fish worth a combined N$50 000. The fish will be given to communities who are in need of food. - Nampa
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Fredericks, who denies any “involvement in untoward conduct”, is being investigated by French authorities over a US$299 300 payment he received from Papa Massata Diack, son of ex-International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack, on 2 October 2009 - the day Rio won the bid.
Fredericks, a four-time Olympic silver-medallist, had appeared before a Paris judge on Thursday.
French investigators are looking into the possibility that bribes were paid over the awarding of both the 2016 Olympics to Rio and the 2020 Tokyo Games.
The IOC, which is cooperating with the Paris investigation, said its ethics compliance officer would look into the court ruling.
“And she will report to the Ethics Commission which is meeting today,” said the statement, adding: “Like with any procedure the right to be heard has to be respected.”
The investigation centres to a large extent around the activities of Papa Massata Diack, who, along with Lamine Diack, also faces charges in France over millions of dollars paid to cover up doping failures by Russian athletes.
Fredericks insists that the payments, first revealed by France's Le Monde newspaper in March, were received for promotional services provided between 2007 and 2011 under a contract signed on 11 March 2007, and had nothing to do with the Olympics.
Following the corruption allegations, the 50-year-old Namibian stepped down as head of the IOC committee evaluating bids to host the 2024 Olympics.
The IAAF provisionally suspended Fredericks from its ruling council on 17 July as it launched a probe into the graft allegations against him.
In March, Fredericks had also stepped down from an IAAF task force working on getting doping-tainted Russia back into global sport.
Fredericks released a statement at the time, saying: “I categorically deny any direct or indirect involvement in any untoward conduct and confirm that I have never breached any law, regulation or rule of ethics in respect of any IOC election process.”
Concern has been expressed from various quarters of the country, including the farming community.
The executive manager of the Namibia Agricultural Union, Sakkie Coetzee, said government has the right of first refusal when land is sold.
Coetzee, however, added that if a foreign landowner is able to own 46 000 hectares of land, one of the biggest issues will be that local farmers will start to question why they are not able to own large tracts of land, especially if expropriation starts in Namibia.
“Politically speaking, this could come under court scrutiny should expropriation take place in the future. The decision should be very carefully weighed,” he said. He pointed out that Namibia's laws have no limits on how much land a foreigner can own in the country.
“This is entirely in the hands of the line minister.” However, the minister must be satisfied that this constitutes as an investment, he explained.
“The minister will base his decision on the investment the foreigner is making in terms of the Foreign Investment Act,” said Coetzee.
Sardarov's lawyer Sisa Namandje last week issued a statement regarding his client's intention to acquire additional land for expansion.
Sardarov intends to donate N$24 million to government should he obtain the required waiver certificates from the landowners and ministerial consent to buy the land.
The public has been asked to comment on the statement.
Sardarov bought several farms in the Dordabis area measuring 28 000 hectares (around 28 000 football fields) in 2013 through his Switzerland-based company, Comsar Properties SA.
Here the state-of-the-art ranch known as Marula Game Ranch was built.
By the end of 2014, Sardarov already wanted to buy an additional 18 000 hectares of land for expansion.
The owners of the commercial land are to apply for certificates of waiver for the property from the land reform ministry to sell the property to Sardarov.
According to Namandje, deeds of sale will then be entered into with them and the land reform ministry will be approached for written consent to acquire the land.
According to Namandje, his client carefully considered making a tangible financial investment to social programmes in Namibia upon him being given the necessary statutory permits or consents.
“In this regard our client has decided to meet the government halfway in addressing a number of social challenges such as landlessness and rampant unemployment.”
Sardarov acquired commercial and agricultural land on which he has developed a multi-million private game farm. He has since constructed other tourist attraction infrastructure on the land including a multi-million dollar lodge.
Furthermore, he has constructed infrastructure totalling millions, including modern houses for the employees, dams, waterholes, roads and fences and created employment for locals.
According to Namandje the investment by Sardarov is set to grow even more if approval is given to buy the land as plans are to establish a tannery creating further employment.
He said an amount of N$12 million is to be given to the land reform ministry to purchase two farms to resettle landless persons. Also, a further N$10 million will be paid to the government to contribute to the Namibia Premier League and N$1 million to refurbish and renovate two primary schools.
Sardarov the man
Sardarov is described as a flamboyant Russian oligarch with an interest in energy businesses, property, aviation, hospitality and the hunting of wildlife as a sport.
He is among high-profile business people that were exposed in the Panama Papers, an offshore leak which unveiled how the rich create offshore shell companies in tax havens to avoid paying taxes, conceal their riches and even engage in crimes such as money laundering.
Sardarov chairs Comsar Energy Group and his other company named South-Ural Industrial Company (SUIC), two large private firms in Russia and in Eastern Europe.
He is unapologetic about his riches, and was quoted by the Centre for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo as saying he's been “loaded” for years.
“I've been a billionaire for years, and I'm not ashamed to say so.”
A 2014 local environmental impact assessment (EIA) report stated the Russian billionaire visited Namibia in 2006 on one of his many hunting trips to Africa.
According to the report, Sardarov owns the Namibian game ranch through Switzerland-based Comsar Properties SA, which in turn owns Marula Game Ranch (Pty) Limited, together with Namibian partners named as the Popa Group. This company is based in Windhoek and is described as an agent, a construction and engineering company in the mining, transportation, logistics and storage, commercial property development, oil and gas exploration and agriculture, amongst others.
It is not clear whether the Namibian partners still own shares.
The idea of establishing the Marula Game Ranch and proposed lodge arose out of Sardarov's passion and love for nature and wildlife, particularly the pristine ecosystem of Namibia, the EIA said.
He claimed that he wanted to use the ranch to tap into the untapped Eastern, European, Middle Eastern and Asian affluent and high-spending tourists markets.
There were over 7 000 wild animals by 2014 on the ranch which Sardarov bought for N$72 million, and the area will keep around 15 000 animals once completed. The total investment by the Russian billionaire would be over N$700 million, claims the EIA.
The public can make comments for or against the proposal in writing within five days after the statement was published (3 November) to Namandje and it will be forwarded to the land reform ministry.
Questions sent to the land reform ministry went unanswered.
Although she is yet to be issued with an allotment letter, the new resettlement beneficiary, Nelao Tshiguwo, has reportedly warned the families that they would have to start packing since she does not want them on the farm.
Tshiguwo stakes her claim to the farm as an inheritance of the lease right from her father, who was the first resettlement beneficiary in 2008 after the government had bought the farm from the List family in 2007.
However, the Hai//om families still living on the farm, though precariously, say they too have a legitimate claim to make on the farm since they have been living in the Lake Otjikoto area since time immemorial and worked on the farm when it was still under the ownership of the late Carl and Werner List decades ago.
Farm Tsumore is a stone's throw from the lake.
Documents show that the Hai//om had been living around Lake Otjikoto before any other group arrived there.
“We will not be moved; our lives are here,” said Bernard Komogab (66) who has been living and working on the farm since before the government bought it.
As a former farmworker at Tsumore, Komogab was one of 21 Hai//om applicants in the Oshikoto Region who applied for resettlement on Farm Tsumore in 2007.
Komogab said officials at the ministry at the time informed them that their applications for resettlement were not considered because – due to their illiteracy – they incorrectly filled in the application forms.
Ironically, the initial resettlement beneficiary Gervasius Tshiguwo's name does not appear on this master list of applications.
An official in the lands ministry's office at Tsumeb preferring anonymity said this was not the only master list of applications, arguing that there would have been 13 regional lists submitted.
Be that as it may, Komogab said when the deceased Tshiguwo first arrived at the farm in 2008, he agreed to allow the Hai//om former farmworkers to remain on the farm and use portions thereof for their own use.
When Tshiguwo died in 2013 his wife took over the farm. After the wife died in 2014, the daughter, Nelao, according to the ministerial official, applied to inherit the leasehold.
Such inheritance usually has to be applied for and registered within three months after the beneficiary has died. More than two years later, Nelao's application for inheritance of the leasehold is yet to be finalised, reportedly because some paperwork needs to be sorted out.
Yet another ministerial official, also preferring anonymity, said Nelao had requested an extension on her application for the inheritance.
The Hai//om have in the meantime also again approached the lands ministry with a request to be resettled on the farm but their renewed attempts have yet again fallen on deaf ears.
An uncertain future
Stafanus Gamseb, one of the initial Hai//om applicants for resettlement, asked why the lands ministry had not considered the Hai//om former farmworkers as resettlement beneficiaries right from the start as is stipulated in the resettlement policy.
“Why did the resettlement committee not report that there already were people staying there?”
The Hai//om are particularly aggravated by their impending eviction because the adjacent farming unit of Farm Tsumore, Unit B, has been lying vacant for years after it was first bought by the government. Other resettlement beneficiaries have since moved onto that land.
Komogab said: “We are viewed as dogs. However, we know where we come from and we know where we are going. We did not invade this farm. The people who have moved in here found us here. They have come to work the land and get rich from it before they set off again. We do not want Nelao to get the farm. She should go back to Ovamboland. We should get the project back; we also want to get rich.”
John Khamuseb, special advisor to chief Dawid Khamuxab of the Hai//om traditional authority, said the authority was gravely concerned about the families on Farm Tsumore.
He said they advised that the farm be either turned into a cooperative or close corporation where the Hai//om families can remain and farm on a more sustainable and commercial basis.
“Instead, the farm is to be given to an individual while the families are to be left on the side of the street,” Khamuseb said.
“The Oshikoto regional council must go back to the drawing board; a principle mistake was made here. I believe in the concept of 'one Namibia, one nation' and that no one should be left out. The Hai//om should get their fair share of the cake.”
The going over the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) will be tough, but unpopular choices had to be made, finance minister Calle Schlettwein said on Friday.
“The going is tough and there were some tough choices to be made. The fiscal consolidation programme had to be maintained,” Schlettwein said reflecting on the mid-term budget over a breakfast engagement hosted by PwC Namibia, Liberty Life Namibia, Standard Bank Namibia and Namibia Media Holdings (NMH).
Schlettwein, a former trade minister, suggested that a change in the formulation of the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) revenue sharing formula may become necessary.
Schlettwein also suggested that the government and the agricultural industry also encourage further value addition by not exporting live cattle on the hoof to South Africa, saying up to 90% in value was lost as a consequence.
Measures to look at further beneficiating the beef sector lower down the ranks in terms of value by not only placing emphasis on high-value meat usually destined for Scandinavian and European Union export markets was key to him.
Schlettwein indicated that the government would take concerted steps towards reducing the debt-to-GDP ratio to bring it in line to the set threshold of 35%. Namibia's debt-to-GDP currently stands at 42%. While Schlettwein admitted that it was high going by the standards set by international ratings agencies for a upper-middle-income country, Namibia's external debt stock still remained below the African average of 50%.
With changes in domestic asset requirements on the horizon, Standard Bank Namibia economist Naufiku Hamunime welcomed the development saying foreign direct investment flows were often heavily geared toward the primary industries, with little or no emphasis towards developing the secondary and tertiary industries of the economy.
She however raised disappointment at the fact that just 1% of the budget would be allocated towards the ministry of industrialisation, which she said was key in driving the industrialisation agenda of the country.
Hamunime also criticised budgetary allocations that were heavily focused on the wage bill, to the construction and renovation of government buildings which she said affected government's allocation toward the development budget.
In its post-budget review, PwC Namibia noted that no mention was made on the much spoken about solidarity tax, the zero rating of value-added taxes, and tax on capital gains.
Following a revision in spending priorities, personnel expenditure will now account for 50% of the budget, a 5% upwards revision. Subsidies and other current transfers also enjoy a 5% boost, with 12% of the budget geared towards that purpose while borrowing costs have increased to 12%, up 4%.
Schlettwein is set to introduce a motion on the reintroduction of a presumptive tax on the informal economy before the National Assembly closes for the year, a development welcomed by PwC country manager Nangula Uandjaa.
Sebastian Husselmann, the chief engineer for bulk and waste water at the CoW, told Nampa with the second plant in operation, the City will produce more water and less water will be sourced from NamWater.
He explained that the City spends about N$250 million to N$300 million buying water from NamWater annually.
“We found there is a potential to increase our capacity to reclaim water and this is one of our transformational strategic plan objectives to reduce our reliance on NamWater as bulk supplier of potable water,” said Husselmann.
He said the estimated cost for the construction of the new reclamation plant could take between two to five years.
“The process of securing funding and subsequent tendering might take a year or two before construction can commence,” he said.
It is envisaged that the new plant will be constructed next to the current Gammams Water Works in Goreangab, Katutura.
Husselmann noted that the City's water reclamation plant has two ways of recycling water, through the high-water standard purification that can be consumed and semi-purified water used for gardens and sports fields.
He emphasised that 60% of the potable water supplied to Windhoek and Windhoek Rural comes from NamWater as the CoW only has two water aquifers and a water reclamation plant which make up the remaining 40%. He said this is not sustainable.
The chief engineer said as part of CoW's water demand strategies, people are encouraged to set up tanks at home and harvest rain water for their gardens, as it reduces water consumption.
However, he noted that no rainwater or water from resources other than the main supply from the CoW may be used for human consumption, unless it meets certain regulations regarding disinfection. - Nampa
The final leg of the Old Mutual Victory Race Series saw some of the best athletes in the country displaying their talent.
The competition took place at the Independence Stadium over the weekend.
Organisers say that the event has grown from strength to strength since its inception. It is said the event, which begun in 2000, proved to be great as runners keep performing at the highest of their capabilities.
This year's event saw almost 3000 athletes and school learners participating.
Old Mutual states that the Victory Race Series remains a significant vehicle for the Old Mutual Foundation to enable positive futures in various communities of our country.
The races were co-sponsored by Coca-Cola, with Old Mutual pumping in N$1 million for the event.
Incentives in the form of regional race and series prizes were offered in cash, whilst the school and Paralympic organisation with the most entries, received photocopy machines in each region.
Other attributes of the Series include bonus prizes, a full sponsorship to the Two Oceans Marathon for the top male and female of the 21km race, and two junior sports development bursaries for learners.
In order to create an equal platform for a diverse group of competitors, the track categories were divided into Severe Disability, Disability, 5km and 21km and accommodated entrants from under 15 years of age to veterans (50 years and older).
The Victory Race series was hosted in three other major regions in Namibia as follows:
• Oshana: Oshakati: 10 June 2017
• //Karas: Keetmanshoop: 08 July 2017
• Erongo: Swakopmund: 29 July 2017
The contest attracted well-known Namibian athletes over the years such as the likes of Luketz Swartbooi, Raynold Ita, Willem Rooi, Elizabeth Monguni, to mention just a few, whilst old-timers such as Simon Paulus, Roden Gudus Gustav and Johannes Skrywer were early beneficiaries of the sport bursary scheme.
At yesterday's media briefing Mannetti said that 90% of the squad was made up of local players. Three players, namely Denzel Haoseb, Larry Horaeb, and Peter Shalulile, play for South African outfits Jomo Cosmos and Highlands Park respectively.
Mannetti said he was impressed with the players' recent performances, hence the call-up.
The coach has called up new players to replace some players like Muna Katopose and Benyamen Nenkavu, who are injured.
These new faces are Junias Theophilus, Panduleni Nekundi, Tjiuana- Tja Tjinotjiua and Christiaan Jakobus.
He said the selection of these players could be attributed to their form in the Namibia Premier League.
“Nekundi has been scoring goals consistently for his club African Stars; I had to look at that. Things will even get better as the months go when it comes to identifying more players because not everyone is fit yet,” he said.
He further said the players out on injury were not ruled out of Chan, but just for the weekend's encounter.
He encouraged those who were not called up for the squad not to lose hope. “It's not the end of the world; if you work hard you stand a chance as no one is safe in the squad. We want real competition and fresh faces,” added Mannetti.
Focusing on the weekend's game, Mannetti said their rivals were focused on Afcon preparations, while they concentrated on Chan 2018.
“We have two different purposes - we want to win the Cup and to prepare well for Chan. Right now on paper the Warriors of Zimbabwe are the better team and we are underdogs going into the match.
“We want to give our players more game time before Chan but obviously to also win the Cup. The pressure is on Zimbabwe, they must come to the party because as underdogs we will work hard.”
After Saturday's match, the Warriors plan to have training matches in December outside the country before Chan 2018.
The match is slated to kick off at 16:00 with a curtain raiser between Young Gladiators and Brave Gladiators to start at 13:00.
Full squad list:
Edward Maova, Charles Uirab, Loydt Kazapua, Ferdinard Karongee, Tjiuana-Tja Tjinotjiua, Charles Hambira, Edmund Kambanda,Larry Horaeb, Tiberius Lombard, Denzil Haoseb, Riaan !Hanamub, Imannuel Heita, Dynamo Fredericks, Christiaan Jakobus, Ronald Ketjijere, Petrus Shitembi, Wangu Gome, Absalom Iimbondi, Junias Theophilus, Hendrik Somaeb, Panduleni Nekundi, Rodger Katjiteo and Peter Shalulile.
WBO Africa featherweight champion and world number three Sakaria 'Desert Storm' Lukas will defend his title against Diethebe Tello.
Tello is the current WBA Pan-African featherweight champion, making this an interesting clash between two powerful continental champions. Lukas remains undefeated in 20 fights while Tello boast with an impressive record of 27 fights and seven losses.
In the main undercard, Jeremiah 'No Respect' Nakathila will defend his WBO Africa junior lightweight title against Sibusiso Zingange from South Africa.
Nakathila is currently rated number nine by the WBO in the junior lightweight division and remains a top prospect. Zingange is the current African Union Boxing (ABU) junior lightweight champion.
Nakathila boasts with an impressive record of 14 fights and only one loss while Zingange has a record of 13 fights, 11 wins, one loss and one draw.
Promoter Nestor Tobias says this is an event not to be missed and a Christmas bonus for boxing fans to thank them for their support during the year.
“This is definitely the night of champions, Lukas facing another champion while Nakathila faces another champion. These fights will be tough and that is the kind of fights we want to show fans, exciting, nail-biting and entertaining,” he said.
According to Tobias, the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy will also be celebrating their recent WBO Best Africa Promoter Award with the fans at this boxing event and thus the theme 'Celebrating Boxing Excellence'.
“We are nothing without our fans, and this fight is therefore in celebration of their excellence, because their excellence rubs off on us and we will never take them for granted,” said Tobias.
The fight is promoted by the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy and sponsored by MTC.
VIP tables sell for N$10 000 while general tickets sell for N$200. Tickets are available from Computicket, MTC Nestor Sunshine boxing office and Antonio's Art shop in Post Street Mall.
The event will see eight other exciting undercards.
WBO AFRICA FEATHERWEIGHT - 12 ROUNDS
Sakaria 'Desert Storm' Lukas v/s Tello Dithebe
WBO AFRICA JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHT-12 ROUNDS
Jeremiah 'No Respect' Nakathila v/s Sibusiso Zingange (SA)
LIGHTWEIGHT- 4 ROUNDS
Harry Simon Junior v/s Sackaria Sheehama (Pro Debut)
Timoteus 'Remember' Shuulula v/s Niikoti Johannes
Max Iipinge v/s December Nuuyoma
BANTAMWEIGHT 4 ROUNDS
Andreas Amupolo v/s Frans Nanda
WELTERWEIGHT- 4 ROUNDS
Charles Shinima v/s Jason Mashala
FLYWEIGHT- 4 ROUNDS
Jacob 'Ja-Ja' v/s Salatiel Moses
BANTAMWEIGHT- 4 ROUNDS
Andreas Mwenyo v/s Jamba Gabriel (Pro Debut)
BANTAMWEIGHT- 4 ROUNDS
Nghitumbwa Filipus v/s TBA (To be announced)
The awards slated for 13 November will recognise the young sport stars in the Khomas Region for their achievements.
The venue has not been confirmed yet, but NSSU's Solly Duiker hinted that it could take place at Jan Möhr Secondary School.
“We are going to award some of the finest talents that the Khomas Region has to offer.
“These will be athletes who have excelled at many competitions this year.
“There are many prizes to be won and an official invitation will be send to many stakeholders,” Duiker said.
Duiker further revealed that there would be no other sport events for the NSSU until next year.
The administrator said he was happy with the way school sport had gone this year.
He hoped that more could be done to improve school sports next year.
“We also want Team Namibia to be well prepared for the Zone Six Games next year.
“There will be many more activities in order to improve the performance of many young Namibian athletes.”
JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
“I say to Mr Mugabe you should ... leave me to take over your post,” she said in an address to thousands of indigenous church followers at a stadium in Harare.
“Have no fear. If you want to give me the job give it to me freely,” Grace Mugabe said.
Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been touted as a possible successor to the 93-year-old Mugabe, has recently fallen out with him.
On Saturday, the president threatened to fire Mnangagwa, accusing him of fanning factionalism to garner support ahead of a party special congress due in December.
Amid party divisions over who should become leader - an event only likely to occur when the incumbent dies - Grace Mugabe, 52, said the party will soon change its constitution to allow a woman to be vice president.
The move would likely see her replace Mnangagwa and pave the way for her to succeed her husband, who is Africa's oldest president and has ruled the former British colony for 37 years.
Mnangagwa was appointed vice-president in 2014, taking over from Joice Mujuru - who was axed after Grace Mugabe launched a campaign accusing her of plotting to topple the president.
Mugabe's wife on Sunday also accused Mnangagwa of a dark past of clandestine plots, including planning to stage a coup around the time of Zimbabwe's independence in 1980.
“In 1980 this person called Mnangagwa wanted to stage a coup. He wanted to wrestle power from the president. He was conspiring with whites. That man is a ravisher,” said Grace Mugabe.
Despite his advanced age and concerns over his health, Mugabe has refused to name a successor.
He has been endorsed as his party's candidate for next year's election.
Asked what policies he might support in response to the shooting at a press conference in Tokyo, Trump said that based on preliminary reports, the gunman was “a very deranged individual, a lot of problems.”
“We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. But this isn't a guns situation,” he said. “Fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction.
“This is a mental health problem at the highest level,” he said. “It's a very, very sad event.”
The man authorities have identified as the gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church faced court-martial and was discharged from the Air Force for allegedly assaulting his wife and child, according to an Air Force spokesperson.
Ann Stefanek said on Sunday that Devin Kelley was sentenced to 12 months' confinement after a 2012 court-martial.
He ultimately received a bad conduct discharge and reduction in rank. She said Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge.
Authorities did not announce his name at a news conference on the shooting, saying only that the suspect was a white male in his 20s.
But a US official and a law enforcement official identified Kelley as the person who opened fire on Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others.
The US official told The Associated Press that Kelley lived in a San Antonio suburb and that he doesn't appear to be linked to organised terrorist groups.
At the address listed for Kelley in New Braunfels, two sheriff's vans were parked outside and police officers stood at the gate of a cattle fence surrounding the property.
Law enforcement officials gathered at the property declined to comment on why they were there. Several messages left for his relatives went unreturned.
Neighbours said that they heard intense gunfire coming from the direction of the address listed for Kelley in recent days.
“It's really loud. At first I thought someone was blasting,” said Ryan Albers, 16, who lives across the road.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin, the gunman arrived at a Valero gas station near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs at around 11:20 on Sunday. He was dressed in black, wearing tactical gear and a ballistic vest.
He crossed the street to the church, left his vehicle and started firing a Ruger AR assault-type rifle at the church. Then he entered the church and fired.
As he left the church, the shooter met an unidentified area resident with his own rifle who pursued him. The suspect was found dead in his vehicle near the border between Wilson and Guadalupe counties.
Nonando ina pewa natango ombaapila yetulululo lye, mwene omupe gwofaalama ndjoka Nelao Tshiguwo, kwa lopotwa a kunkilile aakwashigwana mboka yeli mofaalama ndjoka kutya naya pakele iinima yawo molwaashoka ineya pumbwa.
Tshiguwo okwa popi kutya ofaalama ndjoka oyi li uuthiga we okuza kuhe ngoka a li a tulululwa tango mofaalama ndjoka 2008, konima sho epangelo lya landa ofaalama ndjoka mo-2007 okuza kofamili yaList.
Nonando ongaaka ofamili yaHai//om families oya kala mofaalama ndjoka na oya popi kutya oya kala mofaalama ndjoka ethimbo ele sho ya kala momudhingoloko gwaLake Otjikoto nokulongela mofaalama ndjoka pethimbo ya li momake gaCarl naWerner List . Ofaalama ndjoka otayi adhika oshinano oshishona okuza moLake Otjikoto. Oombaapila otadhi ulike kutya aaHai//om oya kala mofaalama ndjoka, omanga inamu ya ongundu yilwe. “Itatu zi mo mofaalama ndjoka, onkalamwenyo yetu omo yi li muka,” Bernard Komogab (66) ta popi, ngoka a kala ta longo mofaalama ndjoka omanga epangelo inali yi landapo. Onga omuniilonga gwomofaalama ndjoka, okuli woo mongundu yaa Hai//om, yeli omi 21 mboka ya ningi eindilo opo ya tulululwe mofaalama ndjoka konima sho ya landwa po kepangelo mo2007.
Komogab okwa popi kutya aanambelewa yuuministeli pethimbo ndyoka oye ya tseyithile kutya eindilo lyawo inali taambiwako omolwa omukalo gwa puka ngoka ya longitha mokuudhitha ofoloma ndhoka.
Natango edhina lyaangoka a pewa ofaalama ndjoka, Gervasius Tshiguwo, inali holoka momusholondondo gwaaningi yomaindilo.
Omunambelewa muuministeli womatulululo ngoka ina hala okutumbulw kedhina, okuzilila mombelewa yomoTsumeb okwa popi kutya kapwa li owala omusholondondo gumwe, ihe okwa tegelelika omisholondondo dha za miitopolwa ashihe 13. Komogab okwa popi kutya nakusa Tshiguwo sho e ya mofaalama ndjoka mo-2008 okwa zimine opo aakwashigwana mboka ya kale mofaalama ndjoka, nokulongitha po oshitopolwa shimwe shofaalama onga shawo. Sho Tshiguwo hulitha mo2013, omukulukadhi gwe okwa kutha ko ofaalama naasho omukulukadhi gwe a si mo 2014, omwanakadhona Nelao okwa ningi eindilo lyokuthigululapo ofaalama ndjoka. Omaindilo ngoka ohaga ningwa aluhe muule woomwedhi ndatu ihe konima yoomvula mbali eindilo lyaNelao natango otali ungaungiwa nalyo.
Aakwashigwana yaaHai//om natango oya ningi eindilo opo ya tulululwe mofaalama ndjoka, ihe eindilo lyawo olya gwile momakutsi gwa thita. Stafanus Gamseb, okwa pula kutya omolwashike uuministeli inawu zimina eindilo lyaakwashigwana mboka opo ya tulululwe mofaalama ndjoka okuza petameko ngaashi tashi dhamunwa momulandu gwomatulululo. “Omolwashike okomitiye yomatulululo inayi lopota kutya mofaalama moka omu na nale aantu.”
Komogab okwa popi kutya ofaalama yi li pooha nofaalama moka haya zi oya kala kayi na aantu ethimbo ele konima sho ya landwa po kepangelo, ihe ngashiingeyi omwe ya aantu. Okwa tsikile kutya yo inaya yalulwa na inaya hala Nelao a mone ofaalama ndjoka, nopehala naya pewe po ofaalama ndjoka. John Khamuseb, omugandjimayele gwowina kuchief Dawid Khamuxab gwElelo lyoHai//om traditional authority, okwa popi kutya elelo lyawo olya tulwa momalimbililo omolwa aantu mboka yeli mofaalama ndjoka. Okwa pula opo ofaalama yi topolwe yo aantu mboka yelimo monena ya tsikile nokukala mofaalama ndjoka, molwaashoka kashi li mondjila ofaalama yipewe omuntu gumwe, omanga oofamili ndhoka dha kalamo tadhi tulwa pomutenya.
Okwa pula elelo lyaShikoto li talulule oshinima shoka.
Oshigwana osha holola omaiyuvo gasho mwakwatelwa aanafaalama.
Omukomeho gwoNamibia Agricultural Union, Sakkie Coetzee, okwa popi kutya epangelo olyali li na uuthemba okutinda sho evi ndyoka lya landwa tango. Coetzee, okwa tsikile kutya ngele aazaizai oye na uuthemba na otaya pitikwa opo ya kale ooyene yooplota dhuunene woohecta, nena aanafaalama moshilongo otaya ka tameka taya pulaapula kutya omolwashike yo itaya pitikwa nokukala noomavi guunene mboka. Omunambelewa ngoka okwa tsikile kutya oompango dhaNamibia inadhi ya moshipala elanditho lyevi lyuunene wontumba kaazaizai netokolo ndyoka ohali ningwa kuuministeli wuna oshinakugwanithwa shoka. Omukalelipo gwopaveta gwaSardarov, Sisa Namandje oshiwike sha piti okwa pititha omukanda moka omuyakulwa gwe a holola oompangela dhe dhokugwedhela oshitopolwa shevi shoka e na nale.
Sardarov oku na oompangela dhokugandja omagano oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 24 kepangelo ngele okwa pewa ompito opo a lande po evi ndyoka a hala, noshigwana osha pulwa opo shi gandje omaiyuvo gasho kombinga yoompangela ndhoka.
Sardarov okwa landa oofaalama momudhingoloko gwaDordabis dhuunene woohecta 28 000 hectares mo 2013 okupitila mehangano lye lyaSwitzerland, Comsar Properties SA. Pevi mpoka pwa tungwa ongeshefa ye yoMarula Game Ranch.
Okuya pehulilo lyo2014, Sardarov okwa kala a hala okulanda oohecta 18 000 ndhoka dha gwedhwapo.
Ooyene yoofaalama ndhoka oye na okuninga omaindilo guunzapo okuza kuuministeli opo yapewe epitiko ya landithe po oofaalama dhawo ndhoka. Namandje, okwa popi kutya omuyakulwa gwe okwa pangela okuyambidhidha ooprograma dhopankalathano moshilongo, mwa kwatelwa okukondjitha okwaahena iilonga, ngele okwa pitikwa opo a vule okulandako oofaalama ndhoka.
Sardarov sho a mono evi ndyoka, okwa tungupo ofaalama yopaumwene oshowo ehala hali nana aatalelipo, mwakwatelwa egumbo lyaayenda. Okwa tungile woo aaniilonga ye omagumbo, oondama, oomboola noondjila na okwa gandja oompito dhiilonga kaantu yomomudhingoloko. Namandje okwa tsikile kutya omapungulo ngoka taga ningwa komunangeshefa ngoka otaga ka ya pombanda ngele okwa pewa evi ndyoka ta pula. Sardarov omunangeshefa gwaRussia moshikondo shomagumbo, iikwankondo, omatukodhila nomatalelepo oshowo omaudhano guukongo wiiyamakuti.
Oku li gumwe gwomaanangeshefa mboka taya kwatakanithwa na oya hololwa polweela komikanda
dhoPanama Papers, dhoka dha holola nkene aakengeli yamwe po muuyuni taya iyambapaleke pakuyanda okufuta iishoshela yokongulu, nekuthombinga miimbuluma yoonzo dhiimaliwa tadhi holekwa.
Sardarov okuli omunashipundi gwoComsar Energy Group oshowo ehangano lye limwe lyoSouth-Ural Industrial Company (SUIC), omahangano omanene gopaumwene moRussia mUuzilo waEuropa.
Mo 2014 olopota yo environmental impact assessment (EIA) oya lopota kutya omunashimaliwa ngoka okwa talelepo Namibia mo 2006, molweendo lwe lyuukongo muAfrika. Palopota ndjoka, Sardarov okuli mwene gwoNamibian game ranch okupitila mehangano lye lyaSwitzerland- Comsar Properties SA, ndyoka li li yina yehangano lye lyoMarula Game Ranch (Pty) Limited, pamwe nookume ke mongeshefa AaNamibia, Popa Group. Ehangano ndyoka olili mOvenduka na otaku popiwa kutya omukwatakanithi gwopangeshefa moshikondo shomatungo, uuindjinia, oomina, omalweendo, oompungulilo oshowo omatungo gomagumbo, iikwamahooli nomiku dhohaasa. Inashi yelithwamo ngele ookume ke AaNamibia natango oyeli tuu oshitopolwa shooyene yongeshefa dhoka. Okwa li kwa lopotwa kutya ehala lyiiyamakuti lyopaumwene lyomunangeshefa ngoka, oli na iiyamakuti yi li po 7 000 mo-2014, niiyemo yomapungulo mongeshefa yomunangeshefa ngoka otayi tengenekwa yili poomiliyona 700.
Oshigwana otashi vulu okupopila nokutinda epungulo ndyoka muule womasiku gatano konima sho omukanda ngoka gwa pitithwa momasiku gatatu gaNovemba kuNamandje, nomaiyuvo otaga ka ukithwa kuuministeli womatulululo.
Omapulo ngoka ga pulwa oshikondo shoka, inaga yamukulwa sigo onkundana ndjika ya nyanyangithwa.
“Ongundu yetu yoSwapo oyi li moICU na otwa pumbwa okulonga noonkondo opo yi vule okuza mo, nokuyikutha momake gaangoka ta longo pehala lyomupresidende gwongundu ndjoka Hage Geingob nongundu ye.” Haingura okwa popi woo kutya Geingob okwa hala omutumba gwomahogololo gongundu ndjoka ga kale owala nomukuthimbinga gumwe kehe pompito yethigathano naashoka itashi pitikwa.
Ookandindate heyali ndhoka tadhi kutha ombinga methigathano kohi yomahwahwameko “Team Swapo” odha popi kutya elelo ndyoka li li koshipundi ngaashiingeyi kali na elandulathano.
Nahas Angula ngoka e li methigathano lyuupresidende wongundu okwiiyamba opo a kuthe ombinga methigathano ndyoka, ye a hupithe ongundu okuza kelelo ndyoka li li miilonga, na otali teya po ongundu.
“Itatu zimine ongundu yi tewepo kwaamboka taya ula aantu kutya “Aathigona” na otaya holola omaiyuvo kutya ongundu ndjoka oyaakengeli owala. Atuheni otu wete nkene eliko lyoshilongo tali tekapo nepangelo otali li oongunga nayi. Otwa pumb aokuthikama nokuhupitha oshilongo shetu.”
Omukuthimbinga gulwe natango methigathno lyuupresidende Jerry Ekandjo okwa popi kutya Swapo yimwe owala noompito adhihe odha tulwa po kuSwapo. Okwa popi kutya aantu itaya vulu okupopya kutya ope na oongundu mbali molwaashoka nomupresidende gwoshilongo ngele oshikako shoye shuuleli sha puko nena oho galukile kongundu opo wu vule okupewa oshikako oshitiyali.
Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana ngoka ta kondjele ompito yuupeha presidende wongundu, okwa lombwele osheendo shaantu ya thika po-700 mboka taya ka kutha ombinga momutumba gwomahogololo opo ya hogolole aaleli yawo okuza mehwahwameko lyoTeam Swapo.
Helmut Angula ngoka e li methigathano lyuupeha presidende naye okwa lombwele aayambidhidhi yawo kutya yo otaya kalelepo ongundu na inaya fa ehwahwameko lyoGeingob ndyoka tali kalele po owala omuntu gumwe.
Okwa popi kutya momahwahwameko gaGeingob aantu otaya uvanekelwa iimaliwa ya thika poN$1 000 mokuhogolola ookandinate dhehwahwameko ndyoka.
Armas Amukwiyu ngoka e li methigathano lyuuamushanga wongundu, okwa popi kutya ye okulile po aanyasha , ta popi kutya ongundu oya pumbwa okuukithwa kombinga yomondjila.
Okwa popi kutya ngele okwa hogololwa nena ota uvaneke kutya ombelewa yuuamushanga itayi ka longithwa pambambo nokuya pondje Ekotampango lyoSwapo, nokulongithwa mokukondjitha aantu.
Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, ngoka naye e li methigathano lyuuamushanga wongundu yoSwapo, okwa popi kutya otaka longitha ongeshefa ye mokuyambulapo AaNamibia.
Omahwahwameko ngoka oga kaliwa kaantu yevulithe pe-100 okuza miitopolwa ngaashi Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omusati nOshana.
Edhina ndyoka olya tseyithwa pethimbo lyokongresa yongundu ndjoka, ndjoka ya ningilwa moRamatex Complex mOvenduka, mehuliloshiwike lya piti. Omupresidende gwongundu ndjoka McHenry Venaani okwa popi kutya oya nongele kutya etimbo olya thikana opo ya ninge omalunduluko mongundu yawo nokukwatako uundemokoli.
Venaani okwa yelitha omafatululo gedhina lyongundu yawo ngoka epe, ta popi kutya oya pumbwa okusindana onakuyiwa na kakushi owala okulukulula edhina lyawo oshowo oshilimbo shawo.
Okwa popi kutya ongundu yawo oyi na ondjodhi yuukumwe nepangelo ewanawa okuza koombinga adhihe dhoshilongo, nokutala woo komahala ngoka inaga talika ngele tashi ya komayambukepo moshilongo.
Okwa popi woo kutya ongundu yawo otayi tala kaakiintu mboka taya tekula aanona yawo na ohaya mono iiyemo yi li pevi lyooN$2 000 na ihaya mono omakwatho okuza koohe yaanona opo ya kale taya mono omakwatho.
Ongundu yoDemocratic Turnhalle Alliance oya totwapo muNovemba gwo1977 sha landula omutumba gwoTurnhalle Constitutional Conference mOvenduka mo1975 sigo 1977 ,onga ongundu yompilameno tayi kondjitha ongundu yoSouth West Africa People's Organisation (Swapo).
Our political leaders do not have enough trust in the youth and they also do not believe in our abilities to lead this country.
This generation of politicians, if not some of them have failed the youth miserably.
The youth in this country are capable of contributing towards the development of the country.
Instead, we are treated like inexperienced and immature people.
If the youth want to be the leaders of tomorrow just as much as we are promised by our elders than we need to be very strategic and use force to become the leaders we are destined to be.
The time for nodding our heads in agreement when our leaders say something is done.
The times when we clap our hands every time our leaders say something is done.
The time when we used to agree with our leaders without questioning them is done and as the youth we need to stand up for ourselves and what we believe in.
We cannot sit at the dinner table serving our leaders; we need to eat with our leaders.
We cannot sit and let our leaders lead while we follow, we need to take the lead with them.
We all need to enjoy the benefits that come with leadership in this country.
I am not calling for a national revolt from the youth when it comes to authority. I am also not asking the youth to rebel but they need to stand up for themselves and fight for their own rights.
Promises have been made for many of us about how our lives would change in the future but nothing really happens for us.
The youth need to work together and for one another if one day we really want to lead this country.
I am also not saying that all the old politicians should walk away from their jobs and that they should make way for young people but they need to create opportunities that are beneficial for the youth.
I am also not only referring to the political circles in the country but in general, we need to see more young people in positions that can help them help other young people.
*Romeo Tjiramba is a Hospitality and Tourism student at Nust