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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Ondonga frustrates chief /GâsebOndonga frustrates chief /GâsebLeadership vacuum within council The deputy chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia said he was on several occasions denied access to see the Ondonga king. The Ondonga Traditional Authority is seemingly playing a 'hide and seek' game with the deputy chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia, chief Immanuel /Gâseb, who for many months now have been trying to get an audience with the ailing King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, but to no avail.

    /Gâseb said the recent traditional leaders' meeting in Rundu was yet again organised without the input of Elifas, who is the long-serving council's chairperson. /Gâseb told Namibian Sun he has been denied contact with Elifas several times. /Gâseb said as the deputy chairperson he would travel every year to Onamungundo to consult King Elifas as the chair.

    “This makes the managing of the council difficult for me,” said /Gâseb.

    “Since it was reported that Elifas fired the authority's chairperson Peter Kauluma and the secretary Joseph Asino, my role at the council became tough.”

    /Gâseb said he usually consults with Asino, Kauluma as well as the disputed heir apparent of the Ondonga kingdom Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo.

    “They have better understanding of the traditional authority's affairs, but due to the current events, there is no way I can get hold of the king,” he said. /Gâseb said he was advised by urban and rural development minister Sophia Shaningwa not to travel to the north to consult Elifas because of the infighting in the Ondonga Traditional Authority, which has led to the expulsion of several councillors. Shaningwa's ministry is the custodian of traditional authority affairs.

    “Then, when I got an invitation by Uukwambi Chief Herman Iipumbu to attend the annual Omagongo Cultural Festival I called the Ondonga palace to make an appointment with my chairperson so that I can consult him on the affairs of the traditional council. His wife answered the phone and told me that he was at the cattle post and there was no chance I could see him, unless I leave a message,” /Gâseb said. He added that during the festival he met Elifas' wife who told him again that the King was at the cattle post.

    “Later, however, I was informed that Elifas was in attendance and was hidden in one of the rooms in Chief Iipumbu's palace. This annoyed me. I do not know why people have to hide the king from me.

    “Every year I met and always brief him on the council's operations of the past year and consult him on the planned activities of that year together with his council.

    “By then I had confidential documents of the council and I cannot give them to his wife,” he said.

    Approached for comment, Elifas' spokesperson Naeman Amalwa said the king's wife denied ever meeting with /Gâseb at the Omagongo festival. She also denied talking to /Gâseb over the phone. The traditional authority has over the past months denied that Kauluma was in poor health.



    Nangolo represents Elifas

    Meanwhile, /Gâseb has confirmed that Elifas was represented at the recent meeting by Nangolo, while the traditional authority was represented by senior councillor for Onalusheshete district, Eino Shondili Amutenya.

    He said the majority of the authority's councillors, including the new secretary Nepando Amupanda, are not gazetted which disqualified them from attending the meeting.

    “Nangolo can attend our meeting because he has been attending them in the past representing the king.

    Our office still recognises Nangolo as the Ondonga king's successor and representative because no official correspondence was communicated to us that he was withdrawn,” he said. Nangolo also confirmed his attendance to Namibian Sun.

    In July this year, Elifas ordered the expulsion of seven of the eight traditional councillors who were suspended in April, including Kauluma, Asino, heavyweights such as senior headman John Walenga, former Oshikoto governor Vilho Kamanya Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili.

    They were fired because they backed Nangolo as successor to Elifas, but their move was said to be opposed by the royal family led by the king's wife.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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    Law student charged in Westlane robberyLaw student charged in Westlane robbery The six foreigners suspected of the N$467 320 robbery from the security firm G4S at the Westlane Lifestyle shopping complex in Pionierspark on Monday, briefly appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court yesterday.

    One of the accused, a Zimbabwean national, Shane Ntandoyenkosi Moyo, age unknown, is a registered law student at the University of Namibia. Kadhila Amoomo appearing on Moyo's behalf indicated to the court that he is under instructions that his client will plead not guilty to the charges.

    He was expected to write his exam this week and magistrate Sebby Alweendo, on request of Amoomo, ordered Moyo should have access to the keys to his room in order to obtain his student card, study permit, exam timetable and rental agreement.

    The other five accused are Kubeka Mthokozisi, Lukas Ndlovu, Vincent Martin Khumalo, David Vusi Vuthelezi and Mnguni Sibusiso Pumuzile. No ages were given. The accused were not asked to plead to the charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, as well as assault and pointing of a firearm. They are further also charged with theft in that they allegedly stole a pistol, serial number 952697 belonging to G4S or the security company's security official, Joseph Matongo.

    They also face allegations of attempted murder in that they opened fire on a certain Munaruso. State prosecutor Tatelo Lusepani informed the court that the State will object against the granting of bail to the accused on the grounds of, amongst others, the fact that the investigation into the matter is still in its early stages, that they fear interference into the investigations by the accused and that they might easily abscond because they are foreign nationals.

    “It will not be in the public interest nor in the interest of the administration of justice due to the seriousness and nature of the charges, to grant the accused bail,” Lusepani argued. Lawyer Immanuel Udjombala is appearing on behalf of Mthokozisi, Ndlovu, Khumalo and Vuthelezi while Amoomo appears for Moyo and Pumuzile. The matter was postponed to 26 January 2018.

    FRED GOEIEMAN

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    Experts share PPP lessons from South AfricaExperts share PPP lessons from South AfricaTop threats are procurement, risk distribution and political changes Development finance and SA auditing experiences attempt to boost public infrastructure with private money. Dr. Andrew Shaw, PwC capital project partner: “The key to unlocking value in the private sector is creating a competitive bidding environment.” At the recently-held third annual public private partnership (PPP) conference in Windhoek a number of lessons learnt in neighbouring South Africa came to light.

    Both Mpho Kubelo from the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Dr. Andrew Shaw, partner for capital projects and infrastructure for PwC, shared their respective experiences with PPP projects in South Africa.

    Shaw was eager to point out South African laws prohibit strict public private partnerships with state-owned companies, which led to the creation of a private sector participation framework for partnerships with such companies. Both Transnet and Eskom have implemented such formal policies.

    In an attempt to meet the targets of South Africa's national development plan and national growth plan, the need for significantly higher levels of investment in economic infrastructure was identified.

    “State-owned companies have a key role to play in delivering efficient economic infrastructure and accelerating growth in the economy,” Shaw said.



    SOEs

    However, the capacity for state-owned companies to deliver the required levels of infrastructure investment is limited by their weak financial positions and constrained capacity to prioritise and develop large projects, he said.

    Also, limited state support is available in South Africa, he said.

    Currently South Africa is faced with a N$145 billion annual shortfall in public sector investment needed to achieve the desired growth in gross domestic product (GDP).

    “Therefore, it is necessary to crowd-in the private sector as an additional source of infrastructure funding and with strong emphasis on greater discipline, efficiency, risk mitigation, innovation and inclusion of skills in the state-owned company space,” he said.

    To achieve this, state-owned companies must first assess their own capacities and capabilities to prepare, procure and manage private-sector participation projects, he said.

    “They must also critically assess their capabilities to implement the project themselves.”

    Legal requirements must be met as well as constitutional requirements that demand such projects are fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.



    Procurement

    A particular area of concern is procurement, which must be subject to strong governance to ensure that reversing decisions to procure through such partnerships is avoided once procurement has started.

    “To promote confidence, only bankable projects should be taken to the market,” he added.

    Also, a transaction strategy that optimally allocates the risks between the parties must be chosen.

    Private-sector participation will create the best value when focused on lower capital costs through innovation and fixed-cost schedules, reduction of operational expenditure through greater system efficiency, new technology strategies, optimised use of existing assets and the growth of markets or access to new markets, Shaw said. Detailed commercial analysis of each prospective opportunity is a must.

    “Robust, up-front analysis is critical to developing a successful value proposition, the distribution of risks and rewards, and a long-term sustainable transaction,” he said.

    “The key to unlocking value in the private sector is creating a competitive bidding environment.”

    Other success factors include strong political support, a clear commercial framework with accountability, strong governance processes and consistent transparent regulatory environments.



    Risks

    In his presentation, Kubelo listed three examples where the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) had to manage and mitigate risks for successful completion and return on investment of public private partnership projects.

    One project entailed the building and operation of a new hospital.

    The risks were that shareholder disputes may derail the project while the strain on the South African government's treasury could lead to delays or even defaults in repayments.

    Clearly-defined dispute resolution mechanisms were essential while the development bank also had to restructure loans in order to accommodate the public partner.

    Another example was of the rollout of a fibre optic network in a city which faced a change in political leadership leading to the challenge of the procurement process. The bank's own resources were needed to ensure the legality of the contract and that it provided value for money. In the third example, the bank funded a PPP whereby the private sector partner was to provide petroleum on the government's behalf. Again the newly-elected government revoked the original concession and scrutinised the procurement and awarding processes of its predecessor. The DBSA had to ensure a transparent and fair procurement process before allowing the law to take its course in that case.

    In summary, Shaw said: “In our experience the procurement process is important, risk and reward balance must be maintained on both sides, governments do not have unlimited resources. Appropriate risk allocation is key, and we had to remain neutral throughout all disputes.”

    The PPP conference was hosted by the ministry of finance, PwC Namibia and Standard Bank Namibia.



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  • 11/15/17--14:00: MPs hit the campaign trail
  • MPs hit the campaign trailMPs hit the campaign trailParliament sitting adjourned to next week The Popular Democratic Movement says the ruling party is abusing its majority in the National Assembly. Two sessions of parliament have been cancelled presumably to allow Swapo lawmakers to attend campaign events ahead of the ruling party's congress next week.

    The move to cancel yesterday and today's sessions was criticised by the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), which accused the ruling party of abusing its majority in the National Assembly. PDM national chairperson Jennifer Van der Heever said Swapo was undermining the will of the people.

    An SMS was sent out on Tuesday informing MPs and journalists that “due to unforeseen circumstances” the parliament proceedings would be adjourned until Tuesday 21 November.

    Yesterday, the PDM strongly rejected the “abrupt politically-motivated adjournment of the National Assembly”, saying it was making a mockery of parliament as a democratic institution representing the will of the people. National Assembly Speaker Peter Katjavivi defended the adjournment, saying there would have been no quorum in the first place.

    “As we have all observed, during this time of the year, our various political parties as represented in parliament, are involved in various party strategies which seem to be drawing parliamentarians away from the routine business of the House,” he said.

    “Case in point was the DTA party conference which saw it rebranded as PDM and the upcoming preparations for the Swapo Party congress, amongst others. Therefore, we thought it wise to relieve members for two days from the normal parliamentary business.”

    Van der Heever responded that PDM was never granted such courtesy. Katjavivi, however, appealed to MPs that they have business to take care of and that time is of the essence.

    “We acknowledged that there is urgent and very important business to be completed in the House before we break off for recess this November.

    “Therefore, I have directed that all MPs attend parliament next week, without fail, so that we can conclude these important matters,” said Katjavivi.

    Swapo is readying itself for a watershed congress which will elect a new leadership for the next five years.

    The main presidential contest will see acting party president Hage Geingob vying for the top seat along with veteran politicians Nahas Angula and Jerry Ekandjo.

    Geingob yesterday held a campaign meeting in Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region. Some of his rivals, who are campaigning under the Team Swapo banner, were seen in the Zambezi Region.

    The party will also elect a vice-president, secretary-general and deputy secretary-general.



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 11/15/17--14:00: Epic housing crisis
  • Epic housing crisisEpic housing crisisLand key to abolish shack homes Strong interventions are needed to solve the housing crisis, which has resulted in a proliferation of shacks. A new Namibian book on the explosive growth of informal settlements in Namibia warns that unless serious efforts and a shift in strategies are urgently undertaken to provide affordable urban homes, more than 500 000 shacks will exist by 2030 that will house around two million people.

    The authors of the just-released “Informal Settlements in Namibia: Their Nature and Growth”, John Mendelsohn and Beat Weber, who studied the subject for more than a year, argue that in order to prevent around half of the country's population living in shacks within 13 years, affordable land, instead of houses, are key.

    “To address the housing crisis of Namibia's low-income urban residents, the focus should shift from the provision of housing towards the provision of affordable land.”

    One of seven detailed recommendations the book urges is that “government and local authorities should supply land with a minimum of cost and at maximum speed.”

    The construction of houses should be in the hands of the residents, and they should be “allowed to build at their own pace, with a minimum of obstacles and a maximum of encouragement”.

    The authors say that the provision of low-cost urban land can be done on a cost recovery basis, as detailed in the book, and that this would attract the private sector to support these initiatives.

    In 1991, 86% of Namibia's homes were formal brick houses, compared to 12% shacks. In 2001, 77% of homes were formal brick while 21% were shacks. The 2011 figures showed that shacks had increased to 32%, with formal brick homes reduced to 32% of all houses in Namibia.

    By 2023, it is estimated that urban shacks will outnumber all rural houses, and all formal urban brick houses by 2025, making shacks, at the current expansion rate, the predominant housing type by that year, in Namibia.



    Change of ideas

    The authors also list two of the reasons the national housing programmes to date have had little impact on stemming informal settlement growth.

    These programmes “tend to focus on the provision of finished houses at prices that are unaffordable for most low-income residents, and the scale of the national housing programmes has been insufficient to effectively address the demand for land and housing by low-income migrants.”

    It is estimated that around 12 000 shacks are built annually in Namibia, and that urban growth overall is mainly fuelled by the rapid expansion of informal settlements.

    The authors warn that the “economic, social and environmental costs of informal growth and unplanned urban development are huge for Namibia as a country and as a society.”





    The “new forms of poverty and inequality” experienced by the residents of these informal urban settlements “will be entrenched over generations to come if towns fail to develop in ways that facilitate the transition from rural to urban society.”

    It is estimated that in 2011, almost 380 000 urban (excluding rural) residents had no access to toilet facilities. Mendelsohn estimated that by now that figure could be at 600 000.

    In everyone's interest

    Providing access to land for homes “provides one of the very basic conditions for households to build security investments, become an integral part of the formal town and contribute to its economic base and public funds,” the authors found.

    Mendelsohn said it is in the interest of local authorities, some of which he says have begun implementing pre-emptive steps to transform informal areas into formal areas such as Otjiwarongo, to tackle the issue, even if it is step by step.

    “If we calculate the losses of money of all those people living in informal settlements, and not contributing to rates and taxes, the amounts are staggering.”

    He said most informal settlements receive such a large influx because the formal housing market does not provide affordable options.

    The book describes how people from impoverished rural areas, if provided with homes in urban areas that “provide them with confidence, services, security and long-term outlooks, can be economically productive. The integration of low-income residents into the formal land market will also raise public funds from rates and taxes for the betterment of all.”

    Poverty, in itself, has little to do with families living in shacks, and instead, implementing pre-emptive town planning based on the in-migration rates, and making affordable land available, could slow down, and eventually, stop the need for shacks.



    JANA-MARI SMITH

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  • 11/15/17--14:00: O Grace, where art thou?
  • O Grace, where art thou?O Grace, where art thou? Despite vehement denials by local authorities, a Zimbabwean parliamentarian yesterday told Namibian Sun that Grace Mugabe has fled to Namibia a day after the military took control of Zimbabwe.

    Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) MP Eddie Cross claimed Zimbabwe's controversial first lady was seeking political asylum in Namibia after her deposed husband Robert Mugabe reportedly negotiated with the military for her to flee the country while he prepares to step down.

    “What I understand is that Grace was given the opportunity to leave Zimbabwe, which she took. I understand she has left for Namibia and wants to seek asylum in Namibia due to issues that she has with the South African police following the now infamous Sandton assault charge,” said Cross.

    However, Namibian authorities yesterday denied that Grace was in the country. Some reputable journalists also confirmed last night that Grace was indeed still in Zimbabwe. International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah specifically dismissed such reports when approached for comment by New Era.

    Attempts to reach the local Zimbabwean embassy proved futile yesterday. News that the Zimbabwean first lady has fled to Namibia was widely shared on social media networks as well as international media websites. The two countries enjoy strong relations. Zimbabwe's military seized power on Tuesday in an operation it claimed was targeting 'criminals' around the ailing and 93-year-old Mugabe.

    The long-serving Zimbabwean president also spoke to South African president Jacob Zuma, saying he was confined to his home, but fine.

    “There was a bit of gunfire and explosion in Harare on Tuesday evening. Mugabe is a prisoner of the army now, although they call him president or commander-in-chief,” said Cross.

    Social media was abuzz with the latest developments in neighbouring Zimbabwe yesterday, with many claiming a transitional government was being put in place. Cross, however, rejected this as “pure speculation”, adding Zimbabweans really do not know what is being discussed under the tables.











    “What I understand is that by Friday, Mugabe will give his last speech to the nation, he will announce his retirement from politics and install Emmerson Mnangagwa who will serve until Zanu-PF has elected a new president,” he said. The dismissed former vice-president returned to Zimbabwe yesterday to take control of the country's government. Nicknamed 'The Crocodile', Mnangagwa was sacked last week from government for, among other charges, disloyalty and little probity in the execution of duties. He later fled the country in the wake of his abrupt removal from office. Cross predicted that a cabinet reshuffle is likely to take place, while “Zimbabwe will once again have a constitutional government” this coming weekend. By yesterday a number of cabinet members, including the ministers of finance, education and youth were all detained by the army.



    Namibia concerned

    Meanwhile, the Namibian government said it was worried about the unfolding events in Zimbabwe. “Namibia is concerned that the present situation in Zimbabwe creates uncertainty that is not conducive to peace, stability and consolidation of democracy in Zimbabwe and the region as a whole,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah. “Namibia notes that the Zimbabwe Defence Force has assured the Zimbabwe public and the international community at large that they have not overthrown the Government of Zimbabwe and that they have no intention to take over the governance of the country.” The PDM also issued a statement in which it called for a peaceful transitional of power. “The Popular Democratic Movement would also like to issue a call to the would-be transition government that its first order of business should be to set the wheels in motion for free and fair elections as soon as possible. It is only through an authentic democratic process that peace, order, socio-economic stability, and good governance can truly be restored and put in the hands

    of its rightful owners – the Zimbabwean people.”





    JEMIMA BEUKES



    SOUGHT-AFTER: Beleaguered Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe.

    Photo: NAMPA/AP

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    Quest to turn swords into ploughsharesQuest to turn swords into ploughsharesAgricultural cooperative symbol of hope in CAR Thousands of people have been killed in the conflict in the Central African Republic and more than 900 000 people displaced. If you remain locked in violent behaviour, you will have nothing to eat and you will suffer hugely. - Richard Ngueringu, farmer Florent Vergnes - Around him, pigs squeal and goats bleat and beat their hooves in excitement as feeding time approaches.

    Life has changed a lot for Richard Ngueringu, a former militiaman in his early thirties who has witnessed some of worst things that humanity can offer.

    Once a member of a so-called self-defence group, he says he has witnessed hundreds of killings, as well as atrocities, in Central African Republic's years-long conflict.

    Today, in the central town of Bambari, he has swapped his weapon for a bucket of corn meal, under an innovative scheme to help former fighters return to civilian life.

    "Before the troubles began, I was a farmer. In fact I took over this farm, when my parents died. This is where we grew up," says Ngueringu, a giant of a man who gestures at the walls with powerful, ditch-delver hands.

    "I want to show what our fathers did to feed us, to help us and aid our families."

    Chronically unstable

    Seen from the outside, such thinking may seem hugely ambitious, given CAR's mountainous problems.

    Deeply poor and chronically unstable, the country has been gripped by conflict since 2013.

    Longtime leader Francois Bozize was overthrown by a mainly Muslim rebel alliance, the Seleka, unleashing a counter-offensive by so-called self-defence militias, the "anti-balaka."

    France intervened militarily and the UN has deployed one of its biggest peacekeeping forces to the country.

    But most of CAR's territory remains in the hands of militia groups and violence - committed in the name of ethnicity or religion - is common.

    Thousands of people have been killed and more than 900 000 people displaced, almost a quarter of the total population.

    Ordinary life

    In the midst of this gloom, Ngueringu and a group of other local fighters have chosen to try to return to ordinary life.

    He has founded an agricultural cooperative called Kekereke-Ti-Ye, meaning "Our Future," in the local sango language.

    "If you remain locked in violent behaviour, you will have nothing to eat and you will suffer hugely," Ngueringu says.

    "I brought in young ex-fighters to help with the project. I explained to them the importance of getting together as a group to do farming, which was what we used to do before the troubles."

    The "troubles" lasted five years, when Bambari was used as a base for a militia group called the UPC - the Union for Peace in Centrafrique - drawn from the Fula people, also called Fulani.

    Ngueringu was a "section leader" in the anti-balaka. Clashes in Bambari and the Ouaka region at the turn of last year left dozens of people dead.

    Although violence continues in the region, his cooperative now employs 22 young men and eight young women, all of them former fighters.

    "I couldn't manage a farm all by myself," he says.

    UN, FAO

    Ngueringu's farm has since been integrated into a UN programme after being spotted by the local NGO Esperance, meaning Hope.

    "We see that people want to leave, they are tired of the fighting," says Rosmon Zokue, with the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

    The FAO supplies the farm with so-called "installation kits" that includes vital agricultural items such as wheel barrows, spades, boots and veterinary kits.

    The scheme is part of the UN's peacekeeping strategy to reconstruct CAR through "disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration" - a process launched by the government in September.

    "The goal is to train young people in techniques for growing vegetables and self-sufficiency. We have to boost their capacity for resilience," says Grace-a-Dieu Sathe Demonkombona of the FAO.

    The FAO aims to expand the scheme to involve some 1 300 young people in Bambari and a further 3 000 across the country.

    Challenges

    One potential new recruit is Ismael, a 17-year-old former anti-balaka member, who wants to become a pig farmer because the militia "do not pay you and you die unnecessarily".

    When asked about his past, Ismael says, several times, "I didn't do anything." But, eventually, he admits: "I went on patrols with my friend, and we did very bad things."

    One of the main challenges of the programme will be to engage fighters in agricultural work, but also persuade them to ditch their weapons forever, even if conflict again breaks out.

    "The development of the town is going to go hand-in-hand with re-establishing peace and security and social cohesion," says Bertrand Touaboy, CAR's minister of entrepreneurship.

    "Without it, this project will have developed nothing but words."

    The reporter asks Ismael if he would again take up arms if Seleka rebels returned to the town.

    He hesitates, smiles and looks at his shoes before saying: "I gave up working for the anti-balaka". – Nampa/AFP

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  • 11/15/17--14:00: Africa briefs
  • Africa briefsAfrica briefs DRC adopts 2018 budget of US$6.5 bln

    Democratic Republic of Congo's cabinet on Tuesday adopted a budget for 2018 of 10.3 trillion francs (US$6.5 bln), down around 10.5% from 2017.

    The budget, which must now be approved by parliament, assumes GDP growth next year of 4.4%, up from 3.2% this year. Inflation is predicted to slow to 28.5% from a revised rate of 40% this year, it said in a statement.

    Congo has suffered from political instability after elections due last year did not take place, allowing term-limited President Joseph Kabila to stay on beyond the end of his mandate and sparking deadly protests against his rule.

    The budget dedicates nearly 913 billion francs to organising elections, which are now set to take place in December 2018. – Nampa/Reuters

    Sudan to unify currency rate

    Sudan is taking steps to close the gap between its official and unofficial currency rates and scrap subsidies by end-2019 to win foreign investment after US sanctions ended, minister of state for finance Magdi Hassan Yassin said.

    Sudan's central bank has held the official exchange rate at 6.7 pounds to the US dollar but currency is largely unavailable at that price. The pound currently hovers around 25 pounds to the US dollar from 23.5 last week as importers' demand for dollars spiked following the US decision to lift trade sanctions, currency traders said on Tuesday.

    Analysts and officials say Sudan must conduct tough reforms such as floating its currency if it hopes to benefit from sanctions relief and begin to attract new investment. – Nampa/Reuters

    Egypt agrees repurchase transaction with global banks

    Egypt's Central Bank has reached terms for a one-year, US$3.1 billion repurchase agreement with international banks after paying back the same consortium of banks a similar US$2 billion agreement last week.

    The repurchase transaction was provided by the banks against most of the Egyptian dollar-denominated sovereign bonds issued by the finance ministry and listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

    Egypt last year launched an ambitious economic reform programme tied to a US$12 billion three-year International Monetary Fund loan agreement. – Nampa/Reuters

    Angola's inflation more than 26%

    Angola's inflation quickened to 26.25% year-on-year in October compared to 25.18% in September, data on the national statistics agency's website showed.

    Price growth on a month-on-month basis rose to 2.39% in October from 2.14% previously. – Nampa/Reuters

    Kenya central bank sees 5% inflation in 2018

    Kenya's central bank governor expects inflation of around 5% in 2018 and going forward.

    Patrick Njoroge said it was inevitable that commercial lending rate caps will be removed, but timing of the move was uncertain.

    Kenya capped commercial lending rates a year ago at 4 percentage points above the central bank rate, which stands at 10%, and also imposed a minimum deposit rate of 70% of the central bank rate. – Nampa/Reuters

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    ‘Red Line’ might be gone by 2022‘Red Line’ might be gone by 2022 If you look at our NDP 5, there is a target date there for removing the Red Line. – Ipumbu Shiimi, BoN Governor RUNDU – The governor of the Bank of Namibia (BoN), Ipumbu Shiimi, says the government is seriously considering the removal of the veterinary cordon fence (VCF), more commonly known as the Red Line, by 2022.

    Shiimi said this during a public lecture he recently delivered at the University of Namibia (Unam)’s Rundu Campus on the agricultural potential of the two Kavango regions.

    “If you look at our National Development Plan 5, there is a target date there for removing the Red Line. I am talking about 2022,” Shiimi said.

    The Red Line is a pest exclusion fence separating northern Namibia from the central and southern parts of the country.

    It encases several northern regions: Oshana, Kavango East, Omusati, Zambezi, Omaheke, Kunene and parts of Khomas and the Oshikoto Regions.

    This may not be an easy exercise for the government, Shiimi said, as it will require a lot of resources.

    Namibia has to show that it has enough disease control facilities in that area to the countries where its meat products are exported for consumption.

    He said the country will have to show that the meat it exports is disease-free and will not contaminate the rest of the commercial sector.

    Shiimi said Namibia should also have enough veterinarians, adding that education institutions such as Unam should have programmes to equip learners with this skill, which is at a deficit in the country.

    Namibia will also have to make sure that cattle in the country do not mix with cattle from neigbouring countries.

    “Cattle from the other side of the border should also be properly vaccinated and managed to make sure the government does not transmit diseases to other countries,” he said.

    To remove the Red Line, the government has to have the aspiration and commitment to do so and similarly put up all the necessary infrastructure, Shiimi said. - Nampa

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    Price monster eats humble piePrice monster eats humble pieFood inflation still dropping Namibia’s overall annual inflation rate in October was 5.2% compared to 5.6% the previous month and 7.3% a year ago. Jo-Maré Duddy – The price monster is no longer having the consumer for breakfast: Average food inflation for the first ten months of 2017 was just below 6% compared to nearly 10.9% in the corresponding period in 2016.

    The latest figures released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) yesterday show annual food inflation of 3.5% last month, down from 3.8% in September and drastically lower than the 11.9% a year ago.

    Breads and cereals spent its sixth consecutive month in deflation. The food category slipped even further into negative territory, recording -2.7% against -2.4% in September. In October 2016, annual inflation for breads and cereals was 13%.

    Consumers’ bread, however, can no longer be buttered on both sides. After spending three consecutive months in deflation, oils and fats last month registered an annual inflation rate of 0.5%. Compared to the 13.6% of October 2016 though, it seems like the price monster is still buttering up the consumer, even going easy on the jam. Sugar inflation last month dropped to 6.4%, the lowest so far this year and a lot sweeter than the 18% of a year ago.

    Rest of the basket

    After a quick dip into deflation, fruit was back in positive territory last month with a rate of 1.6%. A year ago it was an unhealthy 17.1%. Vegetables, which were in deflation from April to August this year, recorded inflation of 2.1% for the second month in a row. In October 2016, vegetable inflation stood at 12.3%.

    Meat lovers got a bit of breather with inflation of 9.2% in October, slightly down from 9.4% the previous month. The rate, however, is significantly tougher than the 5.3% a year ago. Fish inflation of 15.2% was a fresh breeze compared to the 18.2% in September and the 26.2% a year ago.

    Housing, water and electricity recorded a rate of 8.6%, down from 8.9% in September, but up compared to 7.8% a year ago. This category carries the biggest weight in the consumer basket, followed by food.

    The third heaviest item, transport, registered an inflation rate of 4.4%, up from 3.9% in September and 3.6% a year ago.

    Namibia’s overall annual inflation rate in October was 5.2% compared to 5.6% the previous month and 7.3% a year ago.

    This brings Namibia’s average overall inflation rate for the first ten months of 2017 to nearly 6.4%, not much lower than the 6.6% for the same period in 2016.

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  • 11/15/17--14:00: Business as usual in Harare
  • Business as usual in HarareBusiness as usual in Harare We have just been told safety first, but as you can see we are operating as usual. – Shop assistant in Harare Crecey Kuyedzwa - Most retail outlets in Harare yesterday opened for business despite armed forces seizing control of Zimbabwe, including the state-owned radio and television station.

    A survey conducted by Fin24 showed that by 10:00 most retail outlets had opened for business, although walk-in traffic at the outlets was much lower than usual.

    A Pick n Pay outlet which is less than 200m from the Zimbabwean parliament, where a tank and armed soldiers were deployed, was open for business although the customer count was lower than usual.

    A shop assistant who spoke to Fin24 said their head office hadn't told them to close.

    “The only communication we got is that we can close if there is any riot or looting. We have just been told safety first, but as you can see we are operating as usual,” the assistant added.

    Edgars, which is partly owned by Edcon South Africa, was also open for business, but at the time of the survey fewer than ten customers where in the shop.

    The Truworths outlet in Kwame Nkuruma Road, 100m away from the cordoned off area, was also open.

    However, Power Sales, which is run by South Africa's PEP, was closed. Other shops that were closed for business include Stanbic Bank and Stanchart Bank.

    Old Mutual, stationed 200m away from Parliament, was open for business, but with no clients coming in. Its banking subsidiary, CABS, was also open for business with depositors queuing for the little that they can get from the banks that have limited withdrawals to as little as US$20 per week.

    Ex-Barclays Bank, which now owned by First Merchant Bank of Malawi and is just 400m from President Robert Mugabe's office, was also open for business.

    Platinum miner Zimplats' spokesperson, Business Chindove, said it was business as usual at the mine and at the head office in Harare. The mine is about 160km from Harare. – Fin24

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  • 11/16/17--14:00: Discipline key - Davies
  • Discipline key - DaviesDiscipline key - DaviesTest match tomorrow The Hage Geingob Rugby Stadium is set to come alight tomorrow when Namibia meet Uruguay in their first of two test matches. Windhoek Draught Welwitschias coach Phil Davies says his team will play a disciplined match against Uruguay in their first test match tomorrow at 16:00.

    Namibia, who last played in July, will come up against a Uruguayan squad which last played in September. The second test match is scheduled for 25 November.

    Davies acknowledged that his team would be the underdogs going into the match, but promised exciting rugby from his players.

    “We do know that Uruguay is an experienced nation when it comes to rugby and we know what we have to do in order to stay in the game.

    “It is a big test for us as you know that Uruguay is ranked 19th in the world and we are at 21 at the moment.

    “It is a great opportunity to improve on our rankings and also to introduce some of our younger players. This is also an opportunity to try out different combinations.

    “In this first match, we will have to remain disciplined through the match,” Davies said.

    Youngsters such as centre Justin Newman, Cliven Loubser of the Sharks under-20 team and Prince !Goaseb of the junior Blue Bulls, who arrived this week, might get a chance to shine in these two test matches.

    Davies acknowledged that not having Cheetahs duo Torsten van Jaarsveld and Aranos Coetzee available for selection was a big loss.

    Other players such as Wian Conradie will also be missing from the team because of university examinations, while UK-based Tjiue Uanivi is expected to be in action in the second test match.

    The matches serve as preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers in June and July 2018.

    The test matches also form part of the NRU centennial celebrations.

    Namibia Breweries Limited managing director Wessie van der Westhuizen pledged the company's commitment to the national team and to continue as sponsor.

    “We have got some great ambitions from a sponsorship point of view on how to assist and show our support towards Namibian rugby. It is our wish to see the team winning,” Van der Westhuizen said.

    The team is privileged to get a new kit sponsorship from Mizuno, which is a Japanese sports equipment and sportswear company.

    The company has pledged its commitment to supporting Namibian rugby until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be staged in Japan.

    Tickets for the match are selling at N$50 for adults and N$10 for schoolchildren.



    Team list

    Namibia

    15 Johan Tromp, 14 Lesley Klim, 13 JC Greyling, 12 Daryl de la Harpe (VC), 11 David Philander, 10 Cliven Loubser, 9 Damien Stevens, 8 Christo van der Merwe, 7 Thomasu Forbes, 6 Rohan Kitsoff (C, 5 Ruan Ludik, 4 Mahepisa Tjerko, 3 AJ de Klerk, 2 Obert Nortje, 1 Collen Smith. 16 Neil van Muren, 17 Casper Viviers, 18 Nelius Theron, 19 Johan Retrief, 20 Max Katjijeko, 21 TC Kisting, 22 Theuns Kotze, 23 Justin Newman, 24 PW Steenkamp, 25 Adriaan Booysen.



    Uruguay

    1 Mateo Sanguinetti, 2 German Kessler ,3 Juan Echeverria,4 Ignacio Dotti ,5 Rodolfo Garese,6 Juan Manuel Gaminara (C),7 Manuel Diana,8 Alejandro Nieto,9 Santiago Arata,10 Rodrigo Silva,11 Gaston Gibernau,12 Andres Vilaseca,13 Nicolas Freitas,14 Federico Favaro,15 Gaston Mieres Replacements: 16 Carlos Pombo,17 Carlos Arboleya,18 Matias Benitez,19 Diego Ayala,20 Diego Magno,21 Franco Lamanna,22 Agustin Ormaechea,23 Agustin Della Corte

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    Mannetti: We will be underdogsMannetti: We will be underdogsChan draw takes place today The Brave Warriors will be underdogs against whoever they face at the upcoming 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) finals in Morocco based on their pot four seeding for the final draw set for today. Ahead of the draw in Rabat, Morocco, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday released the draw procedures that include the seeding of the 16 teams. Namibia find themselves in pot four, together with Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania.

    Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti is excited about the draw which takes place today.

    “I'm excited and can't wait to see the final draw because we will be underdogs in any group based on our seeding in pot four. The pressure will be on the teams in the other pots to do well and that gives us the chance to cause upsets and go about our business without pressure,” said Mannetti.

    The four pots consisting of 16 qualified teams were decided based on a ranking established by taking into account their performances at past editions of the competition designed especially for players plying their trade in their national domestic leagues.

    Hosts Morocco are joined in pot 1 by Angola, Cote d'Ivoire and Libya, while pot two consists of Cameroon, Guinea, Nigeria and Zambia. Pot tree has Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Sudan and in pot four are Namibia, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania. The Chan organising committee also approved the calendar for the final tournament to start from 13 January to 4 February 2018 in the following cities: Casablanca (Group A), Marrakech (Group B), Tangier (Group C) and Agadir (Group D). The opening and final matches will be played at the newly refurbished Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca.

    “We go to Chan to leave a mark. We qualified against all odds and now we have another chance to make history. I believe in the boys' ability and when the draw is done we can then put proper pressure on the three oppositions in our group so that we continue our good run,” states Mannetti.

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  • 11/16/17--14:00: BA gets caretaker coach
  • BA gets  caretaker coachBA gets caretaker coach The executive management team of Black Africa announced yesterday that Lucky Richter will be the caretaker coach of the team with immediate effect.

    The former player and coach will lead the team for their match with Orlando Pirates today at Sam Nujoma Stadium.

    Cassius Moetie, chairman of Black Africa, said the management team of Black Africa was delighted to have Richter back in the structures of the red-and-black outfit, which he had played for and served for 17 years. Moetie said Richter was always at Black Africa's matches in past football seasons; and the coach watched how the team prepared for premier league encounters.

    He further mentioned that Richter would head the technical department.

    “Richter will also mentor his assistant coaches, Arnold Subeb and Moses Katjiteo, to build them to a level where they are fully fledged coaches to assume full responsibility of the Black Africa technical department going forward.” According to Moetie, Richter represented Namibia at all levels of football before and after independence for the under-17, -20 and -23 national football teams.

    “He won various trophies while with Black Africa as player and as coach and developed his own youth academy in Windhoek that produced about 12 players for the national football team.

    “He also played professional football for Bloemfontein Celtic in the professional soccer league,” Moetie said.

    Richter was introduced to the players on Wednesday at training and Moetie informed and advised players to embrace the wealth of experience Richter brings.

    “Listen to his technical advice and if you internalise those instructions, nothing can stand in our way to reclaim our NPL championship come May 2018.”

    The new appointee underwent various UEFA, FIFA and CAF coaching and football administration courses in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and various other courses offered by the Namibian Football Association (NFA).

    Moetie is calling upon all football lovers, and in particular Black Africa supporters to come in big numbers to the stadium to watch them face Orlando Pirates.

    He further appealed to supporters to travel with the team to Otjiwarongo when they meet Life Fighters in their away match on 19 November at 15:00.

    The Black Africa and Orlando Pirates match will kick off at 20:00.



    Below are the weekend fixtures

    Saturday

    13:00 Tura Magic v Rundu Chiefs, Sam Nujoma Stadium

    15:00 Civics v Chief Santos, Sam Nujoma Stadium

    17:00 African Stars v Young Chiefs, Sam Nujoma Stadium

    19:00 Tigers v Mighty Gunners, Sam Nujoma Stadium

    15:00 Life Fighters v Young African, Mokati Stadium

    15:00 Eleven Arrows v Citizens, Kuisebmond Stadium

    17:00 Blue Waters v Unam, Kuisebmond Stadium

    Sunday

    15:00 Civics v Young Chiefs, Sam Nujoma Stadium

    17:00 African Stars v Chief Santos, Sam Nujoma Stadium

    19:00 Orlando Pirates v Young African, Sam Nujoma Stadium

    15:00 Tigers v Rundu Chiefs, UNAM Stadium

    15:00 Tura Magic v Mighty Gunners, SKW Stadium

    13:00 Life Fighters v Black Africa, Mokati Stadium

    13:00 Blue Waters v Citizens, Kuisebmond Stadium

    15:00 Eleven Arrows v Unam, Kuisebmond Stadium

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    Scots see minimum booze priceScots see minimum booze price Britain's top court on Wednesday supported the Scottish government's innovative plan to stop people “drinking themselves to death” by imposing a minimum price on alcohol.

    Scottish lawmakers want to set a price of at least 50 pence per 10ml of pure alcohol in a beverage, a volume known as a “unit” in Britain, the first time such a policy has been tried anywhere in the world.

    The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) - backed by spiritsEUROPE and wine industry representatives CEEV - asked the Supreme Court in London to strike down the Scottish government's plan.

    But seven Supreme Court justices in London dismissed the SWA's contention, ruling unanimously that such pricing is “a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim” and does not breach EU law.

    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who devised the plan in 2009 when she was health minister, said she was “absolutely delighted”.

    “This has been a long road, and no doubt the policy will continue to have its critics, but it is a bold and necessary move to improve public health,” she said.

    The ruling brings to an end a five-year legal battle which went all the way to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in 2015. Judges there ruled that mimimum unit pricing would breach EU trading rules if alternative tax measures could be introduced.

    Scotland's semi-autonomous government cannot vary tax on alcohol, as this power is held by the British government in London, but it can regulate the retail sector north of the border.

    Scotland already has some of the toughest alcohol laws in Britain, including a ban on multibuy deals such as buy-one-get-one-free in supermarkets and “happy hours” in pubs.

    In 2014 it introduced the lowest drink driving limit in Britain, slashing the previous limit by over a third.

    There were 1 265 alcohol-related deaths in 2016 in Scotland, a 10% increase on the previous year in a nation of 5.3 million people.

    Sheffield University has suggested the policy could lead to 121 fewer deaths and 2 000 fewer hospital admissions a year.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Da Vinci's Jesus sells for N$6.5bnDa Vinci's Jesus sells for N$6.5bn“Jesus Christ.” That was the reaction of mega art dealer Larry Gagosian after a rediscovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci became the most expensive work ever sold, soaring to US$450.3 million (almost N$6.5 billion) at a Christie's auction in New York on Wednesday.

    Alex Rotter, the auction house's co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art in the Americas, placed the winning bid on behalf of an unidentified client after a 19-minute war that saw offers at US$200 million, US$300 million and US$350 million fall short. The result obliterated previous world records for an art sale of any kind, including the auction mark of US$179.4 million for a Pablo Picasso painting sold in 2015. The 500-year-old “Christ as Salvator Mundi,” which had been estimated at US$100 million, was the highly anticipated star of Christie's evening sale of postwar and contemporary art - an unconventional move by the auction house because of its vintage. The previous auction record for an Old Master painting was held by Peter Paul Rubens, whose “The Massacre of the Innocents” sold for US$76.5 million in 2002. The salesroom full of millionaires and billionaires included Point72 Asset Management's Steve Cohen; Blackstone's Tom Hill, who collects Old Master works and declined to comment; and philanthropist Eli Broad.

    “Would you believe it?” Broad said. “It's wild.”

    The purchase can be thought of as “a business decision,” said Roland Augustine, co-owner of gallery Luhring Augustine.

    “They'll put it in a museum and have people lining around the corner to see it.” Russian collector Maria Baibakova said the record could raise the stakes for future sales.

    “Someone was willing to go all the way for once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Baibakova said. “Will we see a US$1 billion painting? Until now I didn't think it was possible.” The da Vinci was being sold by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev's family trust. The fertiliser king purchased it for US$127.5 million in 2013 and it's been at the heart of an international legal battle. Rybolovlev assembled a US$2 billion trove with the help of art entrepreneur Yves Bouvier, but in recent years has been selling off works from the collection, often at steep discounts.

    “Salvator Mundi,” which belonged to England's King Charles I in the 17th century, disappeared around 1900. In 2005, it was bought at an estate sale and, after six years of research and restoration, attributed to da Vinci, the first such rediscovery in more than 100 years. Before the auction, Christie's secured an irrevocable bid by an anonymous investor, meaning it was sure to sell.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 11/16/17--14:00: Liberia under pressure
  • Liberia under pressureLiberia under pressureInternational community wants election delays ended In its first real democratic transition in almost seven decades, the international community is ramping up pressure to bring election litigation to an end. The European Union on Tuesday joined an international chorus urging Liberian political parties and its electoral commission to end “unnecessary delays” and elect a new president.

    A second round of voting to choose a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was suspended indefinitely by the Supreme Court on 31 October pending the resolution of a fraud complaint lodged with the electoral commission.

    Charles Brumskine, the Liberty Party candidate who came third in the first round of voting on 10 October, filed the complaint, but was soon backed by the ruling Unity Party's candidate, Vice-President Joseph Boakai, who placed second.

    The European Union delegation to Liberia, in a statement, said it would “encourage all concerned to work constructively and in good faith to conclude the current complaints process without unnecessary delay.”

    The runoff between former international footballer George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Boakai was originally set for 7 November.

    Hearings into the party's grievances against the National Elections Commission (NEC) are ongoing with no decision expected for at least a week, after which the parties are expected to take the matter back to the Supreme Court.

    International donors have poured billions of dollars into Liberia since Sirleaf was elected in 2005, and are nervously monitoring what should be the country's first democratic transition in seven decades.

    “The Liberian people demonstrated their commitment to democracy through the high turnout of voters on 10 October who cast their ballots in a peaceful atmosphere,” the EU statement added, calling for a process “which respects the will of the people.”

    Battered by back-to-back civil wars between 1989 and 2003 and an Ebola crisis that killed thousands between 2014 and 2016, the election is considered a crucial test of the West African nation's stability.

    The EU declaration follows a joint statement from the African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) and Liberia's United Nations peacekeeping mission which fired a warning shot to those calling for a re-run of the whole election, dragging the process into the new year.

    “We cannot but express concern over the prospects of a significant delay in bringing the litigations to their closure, thereby thwarting completion of the election process before the constitutionally-mandated date of government transition in January 2018,” the statement released last Friday said.

    The joint statement expressed hope that “the collective will and aspirations of the Liberian people will not be compromised for individual ambitions,” an apparent jab at the losing candidates.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Ompumbwe yomagumbo moshilongoOmpumbwe yomagumbo moshilongoEmbo epe lya nongonona onkalo yomagumbo moshilongo Namibia okwa pumbwa okulonga nuudhiginini opo ku shunithwe pevi ondjele yomagumbo goombashu ndjoka tayi londo pombanda kehe omvula moshilongo, na otayi hwahwamekwa kompumbwe yomagumbo gopamuthika mokati koshigwana. Okwa pumbwa okuningwa oonkambadhala dha kwata miiti opo ku vule okukandulwa po ompumbwe yomagumbo ndjoka tayi etitha e yo pombanda lyetungo lyomagumbo goombashu moshilongo.

    Embo epe kombinga yonkalo yomalukanda moNamibia, olya kunkilile kutya kakele ongele kwa ningwa oonkambadhaala dhokulundulula onkalo ndjoka, nena Namibia otaka kala e na oombashu taku tengenekwa dha thika po 500 000 okuya momvula yo 2030, noombashu ndhoka otadhi ka kala omagumbo gaakwashigwanataya tengenekwa ye Ii pomiliyona mbali moNamibia.

    Aashangi yembo ndyoka opo lya pitithwa tali ithanwa “Informal Settlements in Namibia: Their Nature and Growth”, John Mendelsohn oshowo Beat Weber, mboka ya indungike kombinga yonkalo ndjoka uule wethimbo li vulithe pomvula yimwe oya kunilile kutya opo ku yandwe onkalo ndjoka yomwaalu omunene gwaakwashigwana tagu zi moombashu muule woombula 13, nena omagumbo gomakuma oga pumbwa okutungilwa oshigwana.

    Mboka oya kunkilile kutya epangelo pamwe nomalelo goondoolopa oya pumbwa okugandja evi kondando tayi vulika kukehe gumwe.

    Mo 1991 oopresenda 86 dhoamgumbo moNamibia ogali ga tungwa noondhopi, okuyeleka noopresenda 12 dhomagumbo ga tungwa noombashu.

    Omwaalu ngoka ogwa kala tagu londo pombanda kehe omvula, sho mo 2001, oopresenda 77 dhomagumbo ga tungwa nomakuma omanga oombashu dha li pooprsenda 21. Mo 2011 omiyalu odha ulike kutya omwaalu gomagumbo goombashu ogwa londo pombanda sigo opoopresenda 32 omanga omagumbo gomakuma ga shuna pevi sigo noopresenda taku tengenekwa dhili po32.

    Okuya mo 2023 otaku tengenekwa kutya omagumbo goombashu otaga ka londa pombanda noonkondo oshowo okuya mo 2025.

    Aashangi mboka oya popi kombinga yomatompelo gaali kutya omolwashike ooprograma dhokutunga omagumbo ndhoka dhili miilonga ngashiingeyi moNamibia itadhi pondolasha.

    Oondando dhili pombanda noonkondo oyo yimwe yomiinima mbyoka itayi hwepopalitha onkalo yomagumbo moshilongo nonando ope na ooprogramma ndhoka dhili miilonga dha nuninwa okutungila aakwashigwana omagumbo, shoka otashi yelithwa kutya aakwashigwana oyendji itaya vulu oondando dhomagumbo ngoka taga tungwa.

    Natango ondjele yomagumbo ngoka taga tungwa oyi li pevi okuyeleka nompumbwe yomagumbo mokati koshigwana. Otaku tengenekwa kutya oombashu dhili 12 000 ohashi tungwa kehe omvula moNamibia, nonkalo ndjoka otayi thiminikwa unene embombolokelo lyaakwashigwana moondoolopa omolwa okukonga uuhipilo.

    Onkalo yokwaahathike pamwe paliko ndjoka yi li ya taalela nale aakwashigwana moNamibia otayi tsikile nokuya pombanda ngele kape na shoka sha ningwapo.

    Okwa tengenekwa kutya mo 2011 konyala aakwashigwana ya thika po 380 000 momalukanda kaye na uundjugo nomwaalu ngoka otashi vulika gwa li po 600 000.

    Kombinga oondoolopa dhilwe otadhi kambadhala okulundulula omalukanda gadho ngaashi ondoolopa yaTjiwarongo nonando oonkambadhala ndhoka otadhi ningwa kashona nakashona.

    Onkalo ndjoka otayi etitha woo ekanitho lyiiyemo komalelo goondoolopa molwaashoka aantu mboka taya lumbu moombashu dhaahena nokuli omayakulo goomuni ihaya futu iishoshela yomayakulo ngoka.

    Embo ndyoka olya tsikile kutya aantu mboka taya zi komikunda ngele oya mono omahala gawo gomagumbo gopamuthika, nena shoka otashi ka etitha ya kale nomukumo moonkalamwenyo dhawo oshowo egameno.







    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Omukwaniilwa  /Gâseb uuvitile nayi elelo lyaNdongaOmukwaniilwa /Gâseb uuvitile nayi elelo lyaNdonga Omupevi omunashipundi gwoCouncil of Traditional Leaders moNamibia okwa popi kutya okwa indikwa iikando yontumba opo a vule okumona omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga.

    Elelo lyaNdonga olya kala uule woomwedhi ngashiingeyi otali indike omupevi omunashipundi gwoCouncil of Traditional Leaders in Namibia, chief Immanuel /Gâseb, opo a ninge ekwatathano nOmukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas.

    /Gâseb okwa popi kutya omutumba gwelelo lyaaleli yopamuthigululwakalo ngoka gwa ningilwa omasiku ga piti moRundu, ogwa ningwa pwaahena oshipopiwa shaElifas ngoka a kala omunashipundi gwelelo ndyoka uule woomvula odhindji.

    /Gâseb okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya okwa indikwa iikando oyindji opo a ninge ekwatathano naElifas. Okwa popi kutya onga omupevi gwaElifas melelo ndyoka, ota pumbwa a ye mOnamungundo kehe omvula opo a kundathane nomunashipundi iipambele yelelo lyawo ihe ina pewa epitikilo ndyoka, naashoka okwa popi kutya osha ningitha iilonga ye iidhigu.

    “Shika otashi ningitha iilonga yandje iidhigu,” /Gâseb a popi.

    “Konima nkene Elifas a tidha omunashipundi gwelelo ndyoka Peter Kauluma oshowo amushanga Joseph Asino, iilonga yandje melelo oya dhigupala.”

    Okwa tsikile kutya shito okwa kala hayi mekwatathano na Asino, Kauluma oshowo Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo molwaashoka oye na euveko kombinga yiipambele yelelo ihe omolwa onkalo ndjoka yi li melelo ndyoka, ngashiingeyi ita vulu okumona omukwaniilwa.

    Okwa tsikile kutya okwa kumagidhwa kOminista yEyambulepo lyOondoolopa nIitopolwa Sophia Shaningwa opo kaye we kombala yaNdonga omolwa onkalo yoontamanana, ndjoka ya etitha woo etidho lyaaleli melelo ndyoka, ndjoka ya taalela elelo lyoshilongo shoka.

    “Sho nda mono ehiyo okuza kelenga enene lyUukwambi Herman Iipumbu opo ndi ka kale poshituthi shomagongo, onda dhengele ombala yaNdonga nda hala okupopya nomukwaniilwakombinga yiikumungu yelelo lyetu ihe omunyekadhi oye a yamukula ongodhi na okwa lombwele ndje kutya omukwaniilwa okuli kohambo na itandi vulu oku mu mona, sha po ongele tandi dhigi po etumwalaka.

    Koshituthi shomagongo natango onda tsakanene nomunyekadhi ngoka a lombwele ndje kutya Elifas oku li kohambo. Lwanima onda lombwelwa kutya Elifas omo e li moshituthi shoka na okwa holekwa muyimwe yomoondunda mombala yaIipumbu.

    Shika osha uvitha ndje nayi kandi shi kutya omolwashike aantu ye na okuholeka omukwaniilwa. Kehe omvula otwa kala hatu tsakanene nokukundathana kombinga yiipambelele yelelo niinyangadhala mbyoka tayi ningwa. Ohandi kala woo ndi na omishangwa dhomeholamokombinga yiilonga yetu, ndhoka itandi vulu okugandja komukulukadhi.”

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo, omupopiliko gwaElifas, Naeman Amalwa okwa popi kutya omunyekadhi gwaNdonga okwa tindi kutya okwa tsakanena na/Gâseb poshituthi shOmagongo na okwa tindi woo kutya okwa popi na/Gâseb mongodhi. Elelo lyaNdonga olya kala nokutinda uule woomwedhi dha piti kutya Kauluma ke na uukolele.



    Nangolo oye ta kalele po Elifas

    /Gâseb okwa koleke woo kutya Nangolo oye a kalelepo Elifas moshigongi shaaleli yopamuthigululwakalo shoka sha ningwa, omanga elelo lyopamuthigululwakalo lya kalelwa kelenga lyomoshikandjo sha Onalusheshete, Eino Shondili Amutenya.

    Okwa popi kutya konyala iilyo yelelo iipe ngaashi Nepando Amupanda, inaya tulwa miilonga papangelo, na itaya vulu okukutha ombinga momutumba ngoka.

    “Nangolo ota vulu okukala momutumba gwe tu molwaashoka okwa kala nokukalelapo omukwaniilwa nale. Ombelewa yetu oya taambako Nangolo natango onga omulanduli nomukalelipo gwomukwaniilwa na inatu tseyithilwa kutya okwa tidhwa miilonga.”

    Nangolo okwa zimine woo ekuthombinga lye momutumba ngoka.

    MuJuli nuumvo, omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas okwa tidha ookansela yaheyali yomookansela 8 mboka yali ya kuthwa iilonga muApilili nuumvo.

    Mwaamboka ya tidhwa omwa kwatelwa omunashipundi nale gwelelo ndyoka Peter Kauluma oshowo ngoka a li omupopiliko gwelelo ndyoka Joseph Asino.

    Yamwe po mbyoka ya tidhwa omwa kwatela omalenga omanene nale ngashi John Walenga, Ngoloneya nale gwaShikoto, Vilho Kamanya, Kashona kaMalulu, Tonata Ngulu naFillemon Nambili.

    Mboka oya tidhwa molwaashoka otaya yambidhidha Nangolo onga omulanduli gwomukwaniilwa.



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    Omukuluntuskoa a pula aalongi ya pangelithe iipundi niitafula yoskolaOmukuluntuskoa a pula aalongi ya pangelithe iipundi niitafula yoskola Omukuluntuskola poskola yedhina Uukumwe Combined School momudhingoloko gwaOshivelo, moshitopolwa shaShikoto, Moses Manze ngoka ta gandja ombedhi kaalongiskola omolwa omaliko goskola ngoka ga yonagulwa, okwa gandja elombwelo kaalongiskola yamwe po opo ya kale ya pangelitha iipundi niitafula mbyoka ya teka omanga oskola inayu fudha mesiku lyotango lyaDesemba.

    Omulongi poskola ndjoka ngoka ina hala edhina lye li tumbulwe okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya, Manze okwa ithana aalongi yopakathimbo ya ne poskola mpoka na okwe ya pe elombwelo opo ya pangelithe iipundi niitafula mbyoka ya teka moongulu dhawo. Omukuluntuskola ngoka okwa lombwele aalongi mboka kutya oya pumbwa okupangelitha iinima mbyoka ngele oya hala ookondalaka dhawo dhiilonga dhilelepekwe. Omulongiskola ngoka okwa popi kutya keshi kutya omolwashike aalongi mboka ye na okwiihumbatelwa ngaaka komukuluntuskola.

    “Aalongi hayo taya teya iipundi niitafula ihe aanaskola, noshitiyali ke na uuthemba wokuningila aalongiskola omatilitho. Ngele omulongi okwa teya oshinima ope na omilandu ndhoka hadhi landulwa.” Sho a ningilwa omapulo, Manze okwa koleke kutya okwa pula aalongi ya pangelithe omaliko goskola ngoka, ihe okwa tindi kutya okwa tala owala kaalongi yopakathimbo.

    Okwa koleke kutya okwa ithana aalongi mboka yopakathimbo yeli yane mombelewa ye ihe okwa popi kutya okwe shi ningi konima sho a tseyithile aaniilonga ayehe poskola, pethimbo lyoshigongi shoka ya li ya ningi. Manze okwa popi kutya omolwa onkalo yompumbwe yiimaliwa ndjoka ya taalela epangelo, oskola itayi vulu okutsikila nokukala tayi pangelitha iipundi niitaafula mbyoka tayi teka.

    Okwa popi kutya ota gandja ombedhi kaalongi omolwa eteko lyiinima mbyoka molwaashoka aalongi oye shi ninga omukalondjiigilile okukala ka ye li mootundi pethimbo aanaskola taya ilongo omutenya, naashoka otashi etitha aanaskola ya teye iinima molwaashoka kaye na ekondololo lya sha. Ngele owa tala kiipundi niitafula yomondondo yotango nontiyali iinima mbyoka oyi li owala nawa na inayi teka ihe ngele owa tala mondondo ontine okuya pombanda, iipundi niitaafula moondondo ndhoka oya teka molwaashoka aalongi ihaya kala moongulu pethimbo aanaskola taya ilongo omutenya yo ihaya ningi omalongekidho ga sha, nopethimbo ndyoka aanaskola ohaya kala taya nuka kombanda yiipundi niitaafula shoka hashi etitha eteyo lyiinima.”

    Omukuluntuskola okwa popi kutya okwa longitha iimaliwa ya thika poN$7 000 okuza mondjato ye mwene opo a pangelithe iinima mbyoka tayi teka poskola oshowo eshina lyokuninga ookopi.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo, Omukomeho gwElongo mOshikoto, Lameck Kafidi okwa popi kutya ke na ontseyo yonkalo ndjoka onkene ita vulu okutya sha.



    KENYA KAMBOWE

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