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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Oukwanyama dissidents called to orderOukwanyama dissidents called to order The Oukwanyama Traditional Authority has threatened 22 dissident subjects with legal action for reportedly violating a court order.

    Lawyer Silas Kishi Shakumu, who is representing the traditional authority, claimed the group of dissidents was causing havoc within the Oukwanyama jurisdiction, particularly in the Oshikunde and Omundaungilo constituencies where they were accused of illegally appointing village headmen and allocating land.

    The traditional authority claims the group led by Thomas Haihambo and former senior headman for Ongha George Hikumwah have presided over the illegal instalment of new village headmen at Omundaungilo, Oshipala, Ondwi, Onamungondji, Omhalapapa and Epasha.





    They reportedly appointed new headmen without the consent of the traditional authority.

    These allegations were made during a media briefing at the queen's palace at Omhedi on Wednesday.

    The accused members had been dragged to court by the traditional authority, but both parties opted for an out-of-court settlement.

    The group later made a U-turn by claiming that they had been deceived by their legal representative. They also accused the traditional authority of humiliating them, following the out-of-court settlement.

    The group reportedly didn't want to be accountable for their action and as a result opted for another out-of-court settlement by vowing not to continue with new appointments.

    The agreement was made a court order. However, the traditional authority accused the group of going against the court order by secretly naming new village headmen as well as allocating land.

    The accused include Haihambo, Hikumwah, Ndadi Martin, Lydia Namidi, Wilpard Nambahu, Ndeunyema Ndove, Hashikutuva Nghidipo, Moses Ndilenga, Nghifindaka Nghifikwa, Hashipembe Erastus, Nambala Lydia, Mweshitila Jonas, Selma Kaumanwa, Sesilia Naghama and Haukongo Fanuel.

    “Anybody who was given a village or land by these people must know that your appointment and land allocation is not valid. These people were not appointed by the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority and they have been ordered by the court to stop with their activities,” Shakumu said.

    He also claimed that the group was formed last year, almost immediately after the traditional authority scored a Supreme Court victory against three village heads who had been fired in 2013. Hikumwah was one of the three dismissed headmen who had dragged Oukwanyama Queen Mwadinomho Martha ya Kristian Nelumbu to court for unfair dismissal.

    “They also created their own OTA date stamps which they use to administer their authorities. We took the matter to the High Court and then through their legal representative they opted for an out-of-court settlement,” Shakumu said.

    The traditional authority has threatened to lay contempt of court charges against the 22 members if they continue with their illegal activities.

    “They came back to us claiming that OTA had humiliated them, that they surrendered and therefore, they were not part of that agreement anymore.

    “On 5 June 2017 we went back to the High Court to make another order which was made an order of court on 21 June 2017 stating that they will in future not interfere with affairs of the traditional authority,” he said.

    Attempts to reach Hikumwah proved futile as his phone went unanswered.

    ILENI NANDJATO

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  • 01/25/18--14:00: City's ugly power struggle
  • City's ugly power struggleCity's ugly power struggleCity Police chief claims interference The chief of the Windhoek City Police claims that he is being prevented from doing his job properly. A nasty fight has erupted between the chief of the Windhoek City Police, Abraham Kanime, and municipal CEO Robert Kahimise.

    In documents first filed in the High Court in October last year, Kanime, in his founding affidavit, accused Kahimise and the city council of impeding him in the execution of his duties and victimising and threatening him.

    He asked the court for a special advisory committee, as regulations permit, for him to submit his grievances he has had since November 2014.

    He also asked for an order restraining both the city council and the CEO from interfering in the execution of his duties and responsibilities.

    In his affidavit, Kanime writes: “The Windhoek Municipal Police Service effectively ran well until around 2014 at the same time as the retirement of the former CEO, Niilo Taapopi.”

    According to Kanime, the problems started when the force prevented the erection of shacks at 7de Laan during November of that year.

    He said councillors then started making threats against both him and the City Police.

    He was “summoned” by the mayor for a meeting and said he was threatened with dismissal at the time.

    “I was further given orders to stop implementing by-laws, and action which I considered at the time of being subversive of the rule of law,” he said. He maintaineds that he submitted a memorandum to the mayor over the “unlawful interference” in the police's work but received no response.

    “From January 2015 to April 2016, the unlawful interference in [my] responsibilities and duties by the [CEO] – an overt action on his part to frustrate [my] work – went on unabated.”





    Kanime said he lodged a complaint, in compliance with regulations, stating that he was being victimised by the governing system, attacked by political office bearers, that there was disregard of the rule of law and security principles, a delay in resolving matters and an apparent lack of trust or confidence.

    After this, he said, the interference continued and there was a “lack of morale” among City Police members.

    He said he could no longer do his job effectively and according to his letter to the acting CEO on 18 July 2016, certain important projects and matters were being delayed or ignored.

    Kanime said he did not approach the court at that time as he was waiting for the CEO position to be filled and hoped his grievance would be heard then.

    However, during the shutdown of illegal car-washes in Windhoek during January 2017, he was forced to halt the operation and the urgent letter from the council spoke of the “political ramifications” these actions could have for the city council.

    Kanime in July sought a committee to deal with his grievances but was informed that the matter had been settled at the level of the CEO.

    Kanime then approached the mayor, Muesee Kazapua, to halt the interference and to ensure that the CEO established a committee to investigate his grievances and complaints.

    Kazapua, according to Kanime, undertook to address the matter with Kahimise.

    This did not happen though, although Kahimise informed the mayor that the grievances had been “dealt with”.

    Kahimise filed a lengthy answering affidavit in which he told the court that Kanime's application was a “step in furtherance of a power struggle upon which [Kanime] has embarked”.

    He added that all internal remedies were not exhausted.

    He maintained Kanime had not attached all the relevant documents to show his grievance had been resolved.

    He said Kanime did so purposely, as that would undermine his case.

    He continued by saying that Kanime had, over the years, “sought to arrogate to himself powers over essentially political matters which are not his”.

    Kahimise said Kanime could not bring the application as the head of the City Police, as he was not authorised by any person.

    Further, for him to seek zero interference from the City “rides roughshod” over the proper division of powers. He further cited a regulation which said that Kanime's job was to “exercise control over the [City Police] in accordance with the objectives, priorities and policies of the municipal council”.

    With regard the demolition of shacks, Kahimise said the action was unlawful and cited several regulations, some predating independence, as well as a Supreme Court ruling.

    He asked for the application to be dismissed.

    The matter was in case management before Judge Thomas Masuku.

    Sisa Namandje appeared for Kanime while Patrick Kauta appeared for Kahimise.

    YANNA SMITH

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  • 01/28/18--14:00: Indongo will fight soon
  • Indongo will fight soonIndongo will fight soonBoxer adjusting in US Speculation that former Olympian Julius Indongo will fight as an undercard when Deontay Wilder from the US takes to the ring has been denied. Indongo has been hard at work since landing in the US and has been seen on social media brushing shoulders with some of the best boxers in America.

    One of those is heavyweight boxer Wilder, who will step into the ring in March to fight Cuban Luis Ortiz.

    Indongo has been pictured with Wilder and this raised questions whether he was preparing to be an undercard.

    Larry E. Brown, Indongo's trainer in the US, has been working closely with the Namibian boxer and said the plan was for him to fight as an undercard when Wilder defends his WBC title against Ortiz but the plan fell through.

    “We were trying to get a fight for him on that card, but were not successful at the time. Perhaps Indongo will fight Wilder's next undercard,” said Brown.

    The American heavyweight has made it clear that he wants to face Anthony Joshua after his fight in March.

    Brown said Indongo would still get a fight in March, but they were not sure who the opponent would be and the exact date the fight would take place.

    “We are not sure yet. Most likely it will be a tune-up fight,” Brown said.

    The trainer is happy with the boxer's performance and said that Indongo was adapting very well to America and was getting much stronger and faster.

    “Indongo is an extraordinary fast learner to the American style of fighting and our goals are to get a shot at the IBO title belt by June or July and eventually unify the 140-pound junior welterweight division,” Brown said from the US.

    Imms 'AC' Moses added that training in the same gym with Wilder was a great opportunity for Indongo to pick up valuable skills.

    The Blue Machine had a successful run last year as he travelled to Russia and Scotland to become a unified junior welterweight champion, only to lose those titles last year in the US to Terence 'Bud' Crawford.

    He returned to Nebraska in a quest to regain his lost status and with great hopes of taking his professional career to the next level by fighting out of the United States after having signed a deal with promoter Lou DiBella.

    Indongo has had 22 fights, one loss, with 11 knockouts.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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    Uruguay rally to beat Canada in World Cup qualifierUruguay rally to beat Canada in World Cup qualifier Uruguay stormed back from a 10-point first-half deficit to defeat Canada 38-29 in a 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifying match on Saturday in Vancouver.

    Lock Rodrigo Capo and Ignacio Dotti scored second-half tries as Uruguay rallied for the victory in the first match of the two-leg qualifier in front of 16,100 at BC Place Stadium.

    The qualifier also doubles as the opening fixture of the six-nation pan-American tournament.

    Uruguay will now be in the driver's seat as they host Canada next Saturday in the return leg in Montevideo to determine which team will enter Pool D next year alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and Fiji.

    Uruguay led 21-17 at the half with the help of three tries. But they fell behind early in the second half before regaining their composure and then holding on for the victory.

    Uruguay captain Juan Manuel Gaminara said the players talked at halftime about not letting up.

    “When we were attacking, we really generated some issues in their defence. We talked about continuing to do that. 'Don't stop because we are playing here in Canada. Really, really go for it,'” he said.

    Rodrigo Silva opened the scoring for Los Teros in the first minute with a try. Canada responded by scoring 17 unanswered points.

    Uruguay, who are ranked 18th in the world, pulled out the victory despite playing shorthanded after prop German Kessler was whistled for a yellow card in the second half.

    Canada's coach Kingsley Jones said his team lacked speed in certain parts of their game.

    “They won the collisions,” Jones said. “Our line speed wasn't what we wanted, particularly in the first half. That allowed them to come out on the ball with momentum.”

    If Canada loses the series against Uruguay, the team has one more chance to qualify for the World Cup.

    -NAMPA/AFP

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  • 01/28/18--14:00: The new VW Polo
  • The new VW PoloThe new VW PoloBestseller gets a reboot Six generations and going stronger than ever MOTORPRESS



    Since its launch in 2010, the Volkswagen Polo hatch has consistently been the second bestselling passenger car in South Africa and has proven itself a fan favourite throughout the region.

    Internationally the Polo has sold more than 14 million units to date, making the Polo one of the world's most successful compact cars.

    The new Polo, a completely redesigned generation of this bestselling car, has a clear, powerful design, more interior room, more efficient engines and pioneering driver assistance systems.

    The sixth-generation Polo has a new exterior design, which makes the car appear sportier, more grown up and beautifully modern.

    The new generation Polo is one of the world's most advanced compact cars - this is reflected in advanced features such as the multitude of driver assistance systems that were previously reserved for the Golf and Passat class.

    The new Polo is also bigger than its predecessor in every dimension and offers more space for the driver and passengers, as well as significantly increased boot volume which increased from 280 to 350 litres.

    In addition to the three standard Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim lines, the special edition Polo Beats (with features including a 300-watt sound system), R-Line package (with a sporty exterior featuring C-shaped front air curtains, side sills, boot spoiler, rear diffuser and 17-inch Bonneville alloy wheels) and the performance-focused halo model, the Polo GTI, (available as from the second quarter of 2018), provide added variety.

    DESIGN

    The sixth-generation Polo is the first Polo based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform.

    This offers the ability to create significantly more dynamic proportions with a long wheelbase, short body overhangs and a sporty ratio of its key dimensions (longer, wider, lower overall height but improved headroom). The design has been made more powerful, masculine, charismatic and expressive than previously, which has resulted in a completely new vehicle.

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    Each wants a piece of the pieEach wants a piece of the pie Week after week, we see traditional authorities make headlines and, for all the wrong reasons. There are in-fights, challenges to rulers, fight about land, headmen and chiefs and what not. The chaos in especially the north, is apparent to all and sundry.

    Traditional authorities are a critical service in this country. Besides the fact that they receive taxpayers' dollars, they are in a position of power in the areas where there is communal land. In fact, they hold sway over many people and much like the feudal system of yesteryear, they have fields planted for them and harvested for them, with the harvests stored at the palaces and homesteads of the rulers.

    In our part of the world, culture is still very important and this is good thing as the rest of the world is fast westernising. Many of our people live their subsistence lifestyles and make a good living off of these. This is critically important in the absence of education or available jobs. Critically important when taking into account our very high levels of poverty.

    Traditional authorities are the glue that hold these communities together. They are the ones to sort out disputes, ensure equitable distribution of land, hear social justice matters, complaints and the like. They are the foundation of our rural communities.

    They advise the president on these matters.

    So what on earth is going on? From absent kings to illegally appointed headmen… and then, all the way to Rehoboth, a traditional authority not recognised and one without any assets, but still incapable of even carrying their peoples' culture forward.

    Traditional authorities have the capacity to be wealthy. Self-sufficient. And to serve their people or their subjects, however one wishes to view it.

    There is government support, strong government support for these authorities so why is there no order? Or is it symptomatic of what is going on all over this country? That each wants a piece of the pie, each wants a little more power, each wants to promote his own agenda, and each wants to take care of his own family and his friends.



    Traditional authorities serve people. This needs to be remembered, first and foremost.

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  • 01/28/18--14:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day IT'S A DOG'S LIFE: A dog enjoys a ride with its masters on a donkey-drawn cart while the donkeys, fearful of the whip hanging above them ready to crack on their backs at the slightest sign of sluggishness, plod on outside Bulawayo, Zimbabwe last week. Whoever said while all animals are equal, others are more equal than others, deserves a biscuit! Photo: MOSES MAGADZA

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  • 01/28/18--14:00: PSA to sue Steinhoff
  • PSA to sue SteinhoffPSA to sue SteinhoffFighting for state workers’ pensions The Steinhoff saga is set to continue The Public Servants Association (PSA) trade union says it has approached the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to join an international class action suit against embattled SA retailer Steinhoff.

    In a media briefing on Thursday in Cape Town, PSA deputy general manager Tahir Maepa said the union had approached the PIC in December to join a class action suit against the global retailer.

    The PIC invests on behalf of, and manages the assets of government employees.

    “The PIC indicated that it would join the international class action,” he said.

    Maepa said South African state workers had lost about R17 billion due to the dramatic fall in Steinhoff’s share price.

    The PIC is one of the biggest investors in Steinhoff, whose share price has fallen sharply since news broke that its CEO Markus Jooste was stepping down amid an accounting scandal on 5 December.

    On Thursday at 15:45 Steinhoff shares were changing hands at R7.23 a share. This is over 80% down on the conglomerate’s share price the evening before Jooste abruptly resigned.

    The PIC did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

    There are a number of different class action lawsuits in the works against Steinhoff, which is registered in Amsterdam and trades on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, including by Dutch and German firms.

    At the briefing, the PSA also gave its initial reaction to a trove of Steinhoff documents, including minutes of board meetings and financials, which it was given last week.

    While the union said it had only been able to conduct a “preliminary look” at the documents, there was cause for concern.

    The PSA’s chief accountant, Dominic Storm, said it appeared to make no sense that Steinhoff chief shareholder, Christo Wiese, was also the chair of its board.

    Wiese stepped down from the company in mid-December.

    Storm said the union was also investigating why it appeared that Steinhoff's tax rate had remained relatively flat over the past few years, while its declared revenues had increased year-on-year.

    But he noted the union did not yet believe there was a “prima facie” case against the group, and it would still conduct a deep analysis of the documents.

    The union also said that it would not disrupt the upcoming Sun Met horse race on Saturday, but would hold a "solidarity march" against Jooste's role in the South African horse racing fraternity.

    -Fin24

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  • 01/28/18--14:00: Two nabbed with 11 carcasses
  • Two nabbed with 11 carcassesTwo nabbed with 11 carcasses On Wednesday evening last week, two men were caught with 11 antelope carcasses, three Oryx, three kudu and five hartebeest at Okambingana, a resettlement farm in the Okorukambe constituency in the Omaheke Region.

    One of the suspects, the son of the owner of the farm, produced a permit at the approach of the community police.

    He then called a staff member at the environment ministry and complained that he was being accused while he was in possession of a permit.

    It was then that the ministry officials went to the Okambingana farm for investigations.

    The suspect indeed had a valid permit but the number of carcasses exceeded the number on the permit which allowed him to shoot two Oryx, two hartebeest and two warthogs on the farm between January and September this year.

    Upon arrival the officials and police demanded to see the sites where the game was shot to prove if it was within the farm boundaries, as per the permit, but this was to no avail as they discovered that the hunting was done on road M0057.

    According to the environment ministry's warden, Ben Nowaseb, the trophy value of the animals that were hunted and killed is estimated at N$40 000.

    The two are currently arrested and held at the Witvlei station while police investigations continue. The environment ministry has urged resettled farmers to adhere to the rules and regulations of the ministry regarding allocations for hunting.

    The ministry also applauded the community members and encouraged them to continue working along with them in the quest to curb illegal acts.

    The meat will be donated to charity organisations. – Issued by MICT

    Julia Kamarenga

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    PG to decide on soldier accused of drowning daughterPG to decide on soldier accused of drowning daughter The case of a soldier arrested on suspicion of killing his daughter by drowning her in Windhoek's Goreangab Dam in February last year is now in the hands of the prosecutor-general (PG).

    The case was sent from the Katutura Magistrate's Court to the PG's office for a decision on the matter.

    The case was postponed to 30 April.

    Gabriel Tulinane David is charged with assaulting the mother of his child and murdering his five-year-old daughter, Cornelia Indileni David, on 19 February 2017.

    He pleaded not guilty to both charges during preliminary court proceedings on Tuesday.

    Magistrate Bernadine Kubersky informed the accused that he may bring a formal bail application in the next few days.

    Until he is granted bail, the accused will remain in custody at the Wanaheda police station.

    The girl's body was retrieved from the dam on 21 February 2017, two days after David had collected her from her relatives' home in the Babylon informal settlement to take her to town, where they supposedly would have spent time together.

    David is represented by defence lawyer Trevor Brockerhoff, while prosecutor Victoria Thompson is representing the State.

    NAMPA

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    Mnuchin's 'weak dollar' talk sets nerves on edgeMnuchin's 'weak dollar' talk sets nerves on edge'Use of language' rebuked Nations previously agreed they would refrain from competitive devaluations, and will not target their exchange rates for competitive purposes. Washington - US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin comments apparently signaling he favoured a “weaker dollar,” drew a sharp rebuke from Europe on Thursday, after it drove the US currency sharply lower.

    Mnuchin's remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a bastion of trade liberalisation, underscored concerns that the United States is taking a more adversarial approach towards trading partners as part of its nationalist economic agenda.

    “Obviously a weaker dollar is good for us, it's good because it has to do with trade and opportunities,” Mnuchin said on Wednesday.

    He tried to clarify his comments later, but they nonetheless sparked a sharp response from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Thursday.

    In a press conference following the ECB's policy meeting, Draghi rebuked the “use of language” that could upset currency markets.

    Quoting from an International Monetary Fund statement in October, Draghi said nations had agreed they would “refrain from competitive devaluations, and will not target our exchange rates for competitive purposes.”

    That language has been standard for many years after the Group of 20 of the world's major economies adopted the commitment, amid the global financial crisis, to prevent a repeat of the actions of the early 20th century that prolonged the Great Depression.

    The euro blasted to levels above US$1.25 as Draghi spoke, its highest since December 2014, but later eased back somewhat.

    Following the uproar, which saw the US dollar fall to three-year lows on Wednesday, Mnuchin walked back from the implications of his comments, clarifying that he was not signaling any change in US policy favoring a strong dollar.

    “I thought my comment on the dollar was actually quite clear... we are not concerned with where the dollar is in the short term,” Mnuchin told reporters.

    “It is not a shift in my position on the dollar at all,” he said. “In the longer term, we fundamentally believe in the strength of the dollar.”

    It was an inopportune time for Mnuchin to weigh into currency markets as the dollar already had weakened since Tuesday, when US President Donald Trump signed fresh protectionist measures against China and South Korea.

    Green light

    So Mnuchin's comments were widely interpreted as a possible green light from Washington to let the value of the dollar slide to make US exports cheaper, in another bid to taking aim at China and other trading partners.

    The statement also deviated from a US tradition of Treasury secretaries publicly favoring a strong dollar, which a few of his predecessors defied with comments that were open to interpretation, and with similar consequences.

    Gregory Daco, chief US economist at Oxford Economics, said openly favouring a weaker US currency could spur “a race to the bottom.”

    “Everybody wants to have a currency that's more competitive than the dollar or their trading partner,” he told AFP. “It might be bold but it might not be the smartest move.”

    But Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors told AFP, “I'm not sure Mnuchin has much of a filter. He basically says what he wants to say and that's what he thinks.

    And, he said, “I don't think they will be unhappy if the dollar falls.”

    Joseph Gagnon, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, told AFP he was pleased to see Mnuchin favoring a weaker dollar.

    “A strong dollar has been very harmful and been going way too long,” he said. “I'm sure the Europeans are not thrilled but the fact is that they have already a big trade surplus, especially Germany.”

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tried to tamp down any implication Washington might be attempting to jawbone the currency.

    Asked if Trump would prefer a weaker or stronger dollar, she said, “We believe in free-flowing currency. The president has always believed in that.”

    She said the dollar remained the global reserve currency due to its stability and strength of the US economy.

    – Nampa/AFP

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    Rössing Fun Walk to aid cancer victimsRössing Fun Walk to aid cancer victims SPORTS REPORTER



    The upcoming 2018 Rössing 5km fun walk is aimed at attracting walkers in aid of cancer victims.

    The fun walk will be one of the popular events at the upcoming Rössing national marathon championship and a large number of people are expected to walk in aid of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) in their fight against cancer in Namibia.

    The fun walk is scheduled to take place in Swakopmund at the Vineta North Sports Field on Saturday, 10 February, starting at 09:00, following a scenic route along the ocean.

    “The event has over the years attracted walkers across the country, as this is also the best event for groups, families, friends and pets.

    Participants can enter on Saturday, 10 February at the venue from 07:30 to 09:00 at N$10 per walker,” the organisers said.

    There will be many fun prizes for participants in the walk, namely best themed and most original costume; funniest hat; youngest walker (excluding toddlers in prams and pets), oldest; tallest and cutest pet walker.

    The prize-giving ceremony will start at 10:00.

    Meanwhile, runners are gearing up for their events, as some are looking at advancing from the 10km to the newly introduced 21km, which is expected to become a popular event on the Namibian athletics circuit.

    The 2017 marathon champion in the men's open will see Paulus Iiyambo defend his title.

    “Training has been going well and I am ready for the marathon, and also to defend my title,” Iiyambo said.

    The first prize for the marathon is N$10 000 each for the men's and women's open winners, with cash prizes for runners finishing second (N$5 000), third (N$2 000), fourth (N$1 000) and fifth (N$500) in the marathon which is the day's main event. An extra N$1 000 cash bonus is up for grabs should the marathon records be broken in the open categories. The first prize for the half-marathon winners is N$3 000 each for the men's and women's open winners.

    The marathon and half-marathon start at 07:00. The 10km run starts at 07:15 and the 5km fun walk and Uranium Relay at 09:00.

    Registration is on Friday, 9 February from 18:00 to 21:00 at the Vineta North Sports Field.

    Entry forms and more information are available on the Rössing website at www.rossing.com

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    Khomas launches preparations for Newspaper CupKhomas launches preparations for Newspaper Cup The Khomas Region has started preparations for the 2018 Newspaper Cup which will be held in Katima Mulilo by advertising the positions of head coach, assistant coach and team manager to lead the team.

    Speaking exclusively to Nampa, regional chairperson David Goagoseb told Nampa anyone interested could apply.

    “We are looking for someone with a minimum of a Confederation of African Football (Caf) B-Licence with five years' coaching experience at a higher level - premier league, first and second division - for the head coach,” Goagoseb said.

    He said for the assistant coach, they were looking for someone with a minimum of a Caf C-Licence with the same number of years in the job.

    For the manager, they want someone who is well versed with junior football matters, especially in the Namibian context, with good youth management experience.

    “He must be able to coordinate all off-field football activities for the team to ensure that all players and off-field staff are provided with the highest level of support to enable them to compete and perform at the optimum capacity,” he said.

    The team manager would be the link between the coach, parents, players and the team, he explained.

    The experienced football administrator said they encourage anyone to apply, including foreign coaches who are able to work with young players, work overtime and work on a voluntary basis.

    He stressed that there are no monetary returns for the technical team.

    Goagoseb said they decided to advertise the positions this year as a way of being open and transparent and afford any qualified individual who would like to be involved with the regional team the opportunity to apply.

    “Previously we gave opportunities to coaches and we have struggled to produce the desired results as coaches do not understand their mandate. Coaches use the platform to advance their clubs using the region. We now want neutral people who understand the regional expectations,” he added.

    The successful candidates will be given a two-year contract.

    “We want to build a strong team for this year and next year. At the same time we also want continuity. This is a development tournament,” he stated. Goagoseb said the Khomas Region has won the tournament more times than any other region in the country, having won it four times since the Newspaper Cup's inception, having last won the competition in 2011.

    The closing date for applications is 31 January.

    -Nampa

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  • 01/28/18--14:00: Boxing levelling up
  • Boxing levelling upBoxing levelling upKalakoda Promotions aim to revamp Nam boxing A South African boxing promoting company known as Kalakoda Promotions has a vision of giving Namibian boxing the face-lift it deserves. ADOLF KAURE



    During a recent exclusive interview with Sport Wrap, Kalakoda Promotions' co-owner, Jeremy Bean, explained how their merger with Salute Boxing Academy would help Namibian boxing in the long run.

    “We have a programme in South Africa which we want to transplant into Namibia. The programme is called 'Future Champs': basically what 'Future Champs' does is that it uses boxing as well as mentorship personal development to engage the youth.

    “So basically how it will start is that we build gyms that are made of shipping containers. It's a container gym system that has a boxing ring in the middle.

    We would like to open these gyms across Namibia with the assistance of the government and the corporate sector.

    “This can only happen with support. We need endorsement and we need finances.

    The vision that we have is that we would like to open one of these gyms for each of Namibia's 14 regions.

    “If we could get the support on the eve of a big tournament, we can open the gyms then. The minister, business person or celebrity can open the gym and then the tournament can happen, so that it can get the correct media attention.

    “That's our vision,” said Bean.

    Kalakoda Promotions signed a broadcasting deal in early 2017 with the new African broadcasting platform Kwése.

    Kwése strategically looked at boxing as a sport which they wanted to support in terms of developing original African content and Kalakoda Promotions partnered with them to produce pan-African boxing events across the continent.

    “Right from the start we looked at Namibia as a strategic territory because of the talent base here.

    We looked at the small population and high quality and high talent. Kwése also said to us that they are looking at Namibia as a key territory to sell (market) their boxers,” he said.

    In different countries that we go to, there are different rules that apply. In Ghana and Nigeria for example, Kalakoda Promotions have their own licence.

    But in Namibia, the Act does not allow foreigners to take out a license so the requirement is that you partner with a local promotion.

    This is what let Kalakoda Promotions to partner with Salute Boxing Academy in an effort to enhance boxing in Namibia.

    “Kiriata Kamanye of Salute Boxing Academy has a very strong government network, and he saw what we wanted to do and the huge exposure that we could provide the country through boxing using boxing as a platform to push brand Namibia,” said Bean.

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    Angola faces currency test in economy shake-upAngola faces currency test in economy shake-up Daniel Garelo Pensador - Angolan President João Lourenço was elected five months ago promising an “economic miracle”.

    But the path to transforming the oil-dependent country's economy will be long and difficult - as was highlighted by anger over the de facto de-valuation of the local currency.

    Since January, new central bank governor Jose de Lima Massano has been presiding over something of a fiscal revolution, weaning the local kwanza currency off its artificial peg to the dollar, and phasing in a floating exchange rate.

    The local unit has been fixed at a rate of 166 to the US dollar since 2016, even if the kwanza has changed hands at a rate of more than 400 for a US dollar on the black market.

    “We have an exchange rate that doesn't reflect reality,” Massano conceded.

    Officials are treading cautiously with the reforms.

    Before the currency is allowed to float completely freely by the end of 2018, the kwanza is now trading between two rates that authorities are for now keeping secret to avoid speculation.

    The central bank chief justified the move by pointing to the urgent need to stem the “continuing decline of currency reserves”.

    In 2014, Angola - which is Africa's second largest oil producer - was badly hit by the plunge in the price of crude which is by far the country's largest source of income.

    The decline threw the country into a prolonged crisis.

    After many years of a centrally-controlled exchange rate, Angola came dangerously close to recession and saw its US dollar reserves severely depleted by an unsuccessful effort to prop-up the kwanza.

    Forex

    Angola was thought to have had US$20 billion in reserves at the start of 2017, which had slumped to US$14 billion by November, according to analysts.

    “If our foreign currency spending continues at this pace, we run the risk of seeing (reserves) halve between now and the end of the year,” warned central bank chief Massano.

    Such a dramatic evaporation of hard currency prompted the new government to take action.

    Major global brands such as the Emirates airlines have recently begun to back off from Angola because of the currency crisis.

    The Gulf carrier has been struggling to repatriate hard currency from its ticket sales to its head office because of strict exchange controls.

    In September, Lourenço succeeded long-serving strongman, Jose Eduardo dos Santos who had ruled the country - and its economy - with an iron fist for 38 years.

    Lourenço has waged a campaign against corruption, notably targeting Dos Santos family members and challenging critics who said he would be puppet of the old regime.

    Diversification

    His economic plan has been no less drastic, defined by austerity measures, privatisations and efforts to diversify the economy.

    “Angola has no other choice but to diversify,” said Lourenço at a press conference last week.”It's absolutely vital - our survival depends on it.”

    The cornerstone of his reforms are efforts to lure foreign investors and their US dollars back to Angola - not least through the currency shake-up.

    The kwanza has lost 18% of its value against the US dollar and 25% against the euro in just three weeks.

    The shift quickly pushed up prices in the country where inflation officially already runs at 30%.

    Luanda

    In the capital, where millions live in poverty, prices have fluctuated wildly.

    “Any products that are imported are more expensive,” complained Ibrahim Nour, a retailer in the Palanca district.

    “This devaluation should have been done before, during the economic boom,” argued Precisio Domingos, an economist at the Catholic University of Luanda.

    “Now it's much harder for the people.”

    To avoid increasing the country's widening deficit, the government is now looking to renegotiate its debts - a process described by finance minister Archer Mangueira as “a priority”.

    Investors have until now welcomed the reforms of Angola's new order.

    “Lourenço is using the political capital he got after coming into office to make big strides,” said William Jackson, an analyst at Capital Economics.

    “Although the devaluation could cause short-term problems, it might be positive in the long term.”

    – Nampa/AFP

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  • 01/28/18--14:00: Be a standout administrator
  • Be a standout administratorBe a standout administrator I have a dream and that dream is to one day applaud sports administrators for a job well done. Well, of course in this dream I will not be applauding all administrators around the country, but my hope is that it will at least be a handful.

    The year has barely kicked off and here I'm nipping. But there is a great need to do so considering the fact that sport administrators are the bridge to success or failure for many clubs.

    Now, when I speak of this, I not only focus on those in charge of small clubs and such but those who actually have a bit of resources and manpower to execute task.

    See, the call for better management of sport is heard across Namibia if not Africa on a regular. Often this call comes from built-up frustration.

    Last year, Zimbabwe was disqualified from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament after its football association failed to pay a former national coach.

    In athletics, Kenya failed to implement robust drug-testing procedures and because of this nearly 40 athletes have failed tests in the last four years.

    We all know that Kenya has the best athletes in the world and should be focused on protecting these gems as it provides the country with much-needed exposure internationally.

    I wonder if administrators take time to think about the power they have and how they can harness that power to serve the athletes.

    My question is: are Namibian administrators doing enough to ensure success?

    There is a host of different sport disciplines in Namibia. I do not want to generalise, but what I'm trying to do is to create awareness and debate around the fact that we have problems.

    So I will use an example of how during the 2014 football World Cup qualifying campaign, seven African countries forfeited matches after they were found to have fielded ineligible players - an administrative oversight.

    We try so much to jump through hoops instead of doing things the right way and avoiding trouble in the end.

    Sports administrators should be responsible for carrying out administrative tasks across a wide range of functions within sports clubs and organisations.

    For instance, you could be focusing your efforts on marketing, fundraising or general administration tasks.

    Alternatively, you could be responsible for organising and scheduling sports events, managing budgets or overseeing the recruitment and training of staff.

    This is mostly office-bound activities, but goes a step further. As journalists we are tasked to be innovative. Make your job interesting and engage with readers, they say.

    Sport administrators should be able to plan, organise and direct sport and recreation programs and services in accordance with policies set by management, owners, and boards of directors or executive committees.

    They should regulate the activities around sport and then maintain contact with sport organisations in order to see that the regulations are implemented and coordinated effectively.

    Sport administrators are also involved in promoting participation in sport and have a mandate to promote the image of sport by maintaining a good example as a management body.

    Attend sporting tournaments, training courses and meetings where the administrative aspects of sport events are dealt with. Plan and manage the building of sporting facilities such as sports stadiums and recreation complexes.

    But of course you knew all this so now, how about you giving us as sports journalists updated databases of players in various sport codes on time as a start for the year. Is that difficult? Okay, how about you answer office lines or your social media inboxes on time with the right information?



    That shouldn't be difficult. Let us all do our job and avoid the run-around.

    On top of that , there are many opportunities to work as a sports administrator in sports clubs, amateur and professional, sports academies and schools, sports administration and governance bodies, health facilities, sports charities and not-for-profit organisations and community centres.

    I always say employing the right people in the right positions is the step to take if you want to grow your company or brand.

    For those who will join new clubs, please continue and stick with the vision you have. Ask for help. I know resources are scarce, but source funds internationally as well.

    On a lighter note: Sport Wrap wishes to inform readers that we will be accepting opinion pieces from now on. If you have something to share regarding sport in Namibia, please email us. Letters should be 300 words or less.



    limba@namibiansun.com

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  • 01/28/18--14:00: A week of stark contrasts
  • A week of stark contrastsA week of stark contrastsThemes at Davos From booing Donald Trump to adoring Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, the World Economic Forum’s annual week in Davos covered a spectrum of debates. Jitendra Joshi- It began with blinding snowfall, warmed up as France's president auditioned for "leader of the free world", and ended in another chill with US President Donald Trump drawing boos and hisses.

    Here AFP recaps key themes that emerged over a week of meetings at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss Alpine village of Davos, which closed on Friday:

    Every year, the WEF features hundreds of panels and thousands of delegates debating everything from the benefits of meditation to how to avert the next pandemic.

    But Trump grabbed the headlines before, during and after the event as he became the first US president to attend Davos since Bill Clinton in 2000.

    It shaped up to be a story of stark contrasts given the chasm between Trump's protectionist rhetoric and the Davos elite's commitment to open borders and a liberal world order.

    ‘America first’

    Trump struck some "America First" notes in a 15-minute speech ending the forum, while also assuring the world's corporate movers and shakers that "'America First' does not mean America alone".

    The 1 500-strong audience, primed for a much more severe tongue-lashing, seemed content to leave it at that. But Trump then complained to WEF chairman Klaus Schwab of "how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be". Cue the booing from some in the hall.

    If Trump meant to find some kind of balance between his domestic gallery and a sceptical foreign audience, his finance minister upended decades of consensus underpinning the gargantuan flows of money that grease world trade.

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sent the US dollar spiralling to three-year lows against the euro by telling reporters in Davos that a weaker greenback was good for US trade.

    Trump insisted that Mnuchin had been misquoted, and the treasury chief tried to walk back the comment.

    But the damage was done, as European governments rebuked the violation of US commitments made in various economic fora, suspecting another attempt by the Trump administration to bend world trade to its advantage.

    Magic ‘Merkron’

    If some of the noises from Team Trump were jarring for the Davos crowd, the "Merkron" harmony was music to their ears.

    Separate speeches at the WEF by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were acclaimed as defending a rules-based order and stepping into a global leadership void created by Trump's election and Britain's Brexit vote.

    If Merkel has been hampered by protracted coalition talks following an election setback, Macron is walking tall on the international stage and was hailed as the week's standout star, the "darling of Davos".

    For The New York Times, Macron in particular "laid claim to the mantle of leader of the free world" with his hour-long speech on Wednesday, which mixed English and French as he called for a reboot to globalisation to stave off populism.

    Tech giants

    "Davos is a good place to announce that their days are numbered," billionaire investor George Soros said, describing tech giants such as Facebook and Google as monopolies that could be manipulated by authoritarian regimes to subvert democracy.

    Every year Silicon Valley decamps en masse to the Swiss Alps, and its visionary leaders are usually guaranteed a warm reception from politicians keen to harness their companies' potential to transform productivity and shake up old business models.

    But the anti-tech backlash has begun and was on brutal display this time, with Davos audiences warned of the dangers to free societies of fake news on social media, and threats to a free press from Google and Facebook gobbling up advertising revenue.

    More broadly, experts said that intelligent robots and all-knowing online networks threaten to drag humanity into a nightmare of mind control and mass unemployment.

    "This will be decided by the people who own the data. They control not just the future of humanity, but the future of life itself," said Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli author of bestselling books about technology and anthropology.

    Icy

    The Davos crowd are used to snow and icy paths - the Swiss prefer not to grit the roads, to avoid environmental damage. Every year, there are lengthy queues at the conference cloak-rooms as delegates shed layers of clothing and switch from hiking boots to smart shoes and high heels.

    But the snowfall at the start of the week was the region's heaviest in two decades, after a winter that has already seen tourists trapped in some of Switzerland's ski resorts.

    The snow disrupted road and rail traffic from Zurich, the nearest city to Davos, and affected flights of VIP helicopters. Within the village, attendees trudged on foot rather than risk getting snarled up in long lines of shuttle buses and limousines.

    More snow was forecast for Friday night and Saturday. But Trump had already left, choppered away to Zurich and the waiting Air Force One after a series of meetings where his delegation blew a storm through the usual bonhomie. – Nampa/AFP

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  • 01/28/18--14:00: Trump 'respects' Africa
  • Trump 'respects' AfricaTrump 'respects' AfricaWrote letter to the AU In what appears to be a U-turn on his earlier comments on African countries, Donald Trump told the AU he deeply respects Africans. US President Donald Trump in a new letter to African leaders says he “deeply respects” the people of Africa and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will make an “extended visit” to the continent in March, his first in that role.

    The letter dated on Thursday is addressed to African leaders as they gathered for an African Union summit this weekend in Ethiopia's capital.

    US diplomats have scrambled for days to address shock and condemnation after Trump's reported comparison of African nations to a dirty toilet. Trump has said he didn't use such language, while others present say he did.

    Many in Africa were taken aback by the comments after nearly a year of little attention to Africa by the Trump administration.

    Concerns have been widespread over proposed deep cuts to US foreign aid and a shift from humanitarian assistance to counterterrorism.



    AU 'frankly alarmed'

    On Friday, Trump met with Rwanda's president and new African Union chair Paul Kagame at the World Economic Forum, calling Kagame a “friend.”

    The 55-nation continental body's summit is expected to respond to Trump's vulgar remark. An AU spokesperson said the organisation was “frankly alarmed” by the comments, and a number of African nations have spoken out or summoned US diplomats to explain.

    Trump's letter, seen by The Associated Press and confirmed by two US officials, says the US “profoundly respects” the partnerships and values shared by the US and Africans and that the president's commitment to strong relationships with African nations is “firm”.

    The letter offered Trump's “deepest compliments” to the African leaders as they gathered.

    It notes that US soldiers are “fighting side by side” against extremism on the continent and that the US is working to increase “free, fair and reciprocal trade” with African countries and partnering to “safeguard legal immigration.”

    The letter gave no details on Tillerson's upcoming visit.

    NAMPA/AP

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    Ya dhini oompango dhelelo lyopamuthigululwakaloYa dhini oompango dhelelo lyopamuthigululwakaloTaya gandja evi oshowo omikunda nonando kaye shi oshitopolwa shelelo Elelo lyoPamuthigululwakalo mUukwanyama olya ningile omatilitho goonkatu dhopaveta yamwe po yomaalelwa yelelo ndyoka mboka taya yi pondje ooompango dhelelo. Omukalelipo gwopaveta gwelelo lyUukwanyama, Silas Kishi Shakumu, ngoka ta kalelepo elelo ndyoka okwa popi kutya ongundu ndjoka otayi e ta evundakano unene momudhingoloko gwaShikunde oshowo Omundaungilo moka taku popiwa kutya otaya ulike ooyene yomikunda nokugandja evi shaheli paveta. Elelo otali popi kutya ongundu ndjoka tayi e ta evundakano otayi kwatelwa komeho kuThomas Haihambo, oshowo elenga nale mOngha George Hikumwah naamboka aniwa otaya langele ooyene yomikunda momukunda ngaashi Omundaungilo, Oshipala, Ondwi, Onamungondji, Omhalapapa nEpasha. Okwa lopotwa kutya oya langeke ooyene yomukunda pwaahena epitiko okuza kelelo lyoshilongo shoka, naashoka osha popiwa pethimbo lyomutumba gwiikundaneki ngoka gwa ningilwa pOmbala yUuwanyama, mOmhedi, mEtitatu lyoshiwike sha piti. Mboka ayehe oya falwa kompangu kelelo lyoshilongo, ihe oya holola ohokwe opo oshikumungu shoka shi kandulwepo pondje yompangu na ooya uvaneke kutya itaya ka tsikile we naashoka ya kala taya ningi. Etsokumwe ndyoka olya ningwa palombwelo lyompangu, ihe elelo lyoshilongo shoka olya popi kutya ongundu ndjoka otayi tsikile nokuya pondje elombwelo lyompangu ndjoka, paku langeka natango ooyene yomikunda nokugandja evi. Mboka taya patanekwa oya tumbulwa komadhina kutya Haihambo, Hikumwah, Ndadi Martin, Lydia Namidi, Wilpard Nambahu, Ndeunyema Ndove, Hashikutuva Nghidipo, Moses Ndilenga, Nghifindaka Nghifikwa, Hashipembe Erastus, Nambala Lydia, Mweshitila Jonas, Selma Kaumanwa, Sesilia Naghama oshowo Haukongo Fanuel. “Kehe ngoka wa pewa omukunda nenge evi kaantu mboka shi tseya kutya uliko lyoye nenge evi ndyoka wa pewa kali li pamulandu. Aantu mboka inaya ulikwa kelelo lyUukwanyama na oya pewa elombwelo kompangu opo ya hulithepo shoka taya ningi,” Shakumu a popi. Okwa tsikile kutya ongundu ndjoka oya totwapo omvula ya piti, konima sho elelo lyUukwanyama lya sindanapo mompangu oshipotha pokati kelelo nooyene yomikunda yatatu nale, mboka ya tidhwa miilonga mo 2013. Hikumwah okuli gumwe gwoomwaamboka ya tidhwwa miilonga, na oyali ya fala Omukwaniilwa gUukwanyama, Queen Mwadinomho Martha ya Kristian Nelumbu, kompangu. “Oya totopo wo oshihako shawo shelelo lyUukwanyama, shoka haya longitha mokuninga omatokolo gawo ngoka kage li paveta. Otwa fala kompangu oshikumungu shoka ihe okupitila maakalelipo yawo yopaveta oya tokola opo oshikumungu shoka shi kandulwepo pondje yompangu.”

    Elelo olya popi kutya otali ka katuka oonkatu dhopaveta omolwa iilyo mbyoka yi li 22 ya dhini etokolo lyompangu ndyoka lya ningwa. Oonkambadhala okuninga ekwatathano naHikumwah odha hulile uunyengwi, sho ongodhi ye yopeke inayi yamukulwa.



    ILENI NANDJATO

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    NHE taka tunga omagumbo 200 mOshakatiNHE taka tunga omagumbo 200 mOshakati Ehangano lyoNational Housing Enterprise (NHE) olya tseyitha kutya otali ka tunga omagumbo geli po 200 gondando yopevi mondoolopa yaShakati, onga oshitopolwa shoonkambadhala dhokuhulithapo ompumbwe yomagumbo mokati koshigwana moshilongo.

    Omagumbo ngoka otaga ka tungwa mEkuku Extension 6 okupitila metsokumwe tali ithanwa NHE's public-private partnership (PPP) pamwe nomahangano galwe gaali.

    Poshituthi shetamekitho lyiilonga yetungo ndyoka shoka sha ningwa pehulilo lyoshiwike sha piti, kuMinista Sophia Shaningwa, Minista okwa pandula NHE omolwa oonkambadhala ndhoka ta ningi mokukondjitha onkalo yompumbwe yomagumbo mokati koshigwana.

    Shaningwa okwa popi kombinga yomagumbo ngoka ga tungwa kohi yopoloyeka yokutunga ehwata lyomagumbo, kutya inaku ningwa omapekaapeko gomondjila kombinga yomalanditho, naashoka osho tashi etitha omagumbo ngoka ga kale kage na aalandi sigo onena.

    Okwa pula aatungi opo kaya tule oondando dhomagumbo pombanda molwaashoka otaye kiiyadha ye na omagumbo kage na aantu. Okwa popi kutya ompumbwe yomagumbo gondando yopevi oyi li omukundu gwa taalela iilongo yaAfrika, na Namibia okwa kwatelwa mo miilongo mbyoka molwaashoka aakwashigwana oyendji itaya vulu oondando dhomagumbo ndhoka hadhi tulwa po.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omolwa onkalo ndjoka, epangelo olya pumbwa okutula po omudhingoloko gu li nawa gwelongelokumwe pokati kepangelo nomahangano gopaumwene, opo ya wayiminathane mokutunga omagumbo gondando tayi vulika kaakwashigwana.

    Okwa popi kutya okwa tseyithilwa kutya omagumbo ngoka taga tungwa, itaga kala nondando yi vulithe poN$500 000, na okwa holoka kutya kuye ndjoka oyi li ondando ombwaanawa.

    Shaningwa okwa pula woo iiputudhilo yoombanga yi kale tayi ningitha onkalo ompu mokugandja omikuli dhokulanda omagumbo, ta popi kutya oombaanga nadho otadhi dhana onkandangala onene mokukwashilipaleka kutya AaNamibia oya mona omagumbo.

    Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaShana, Clemens Kashuupulwa okwa pula omalelo goondoolopa opo ga gandje evi kuNHE opo ku kandulwpeo ompumbw eyomagumbo.

    Pahapu dhomunashipundi gwaNHE, Sam Shivute, NHE ota kwashilipaleke egwanithepo lyeuvaneko lyiinakugwanithwa ye, mokukwashilipaleka kutya aakwashigwana oya tungilwa omagumbo, gondando yi li nawa.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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