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- 02/14/18--14:00: _Gran tortures girl, 7
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- 02/15/18--00:51: _Laid-back January f...
- 02/15/18--14:00: _Shikongo says bye t...
- 02/15/18--14:00: _Fight of a lifetime
- 02/15/18--14:00: _Fighters face Stars
- 02/15/18--14:00: _School basketball l...
- 02/15/18--14:00: _Champion of Zimbabwe
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- 02/15/18--14:00: _NNFU ta shangitha a...
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- 02/15/18--14:00: _Aanafaalama moKavan...
- 02/14/18--14:00: RFA targets billions from road users
- 02/14/18--14:00: Blacklisting may haunt Namibia
- 02/14/18--14:00: Mutorwa lists achievements as he exits
- 02/14/18--14:00: State security monitors Okolo
- 02/14/18--14:00: Vultures get ready to pick Zuma's bones
- 02/14/18--14:00: Beleaguered Cutie hits back
- 02/14/18--14:00: Hellish road to child support
- 02/14/18--14:00: Gran tortures girl, 7
- 02/14/18--14:00: Jooste limits paid SOE board meetings
- 02/15/18--00:51: Laid-back January for price monster
- 02/15/18--14:00: Shikongo says bye to ghetto life
- 02/15/18--14:00: Fight of a lifetime
- 02/15/18--14:00: Fighters face Stars
- 02/15/18--14:00: School basketball leagues flourish
- 02/15/18--14:00: Champion of Zimbabwe
- 02/15/18--14:00: Maputo sees water rationing
- 02/15/18--14:00: NNFU ta shangitha aanafaalama monooli
- 02/15/18--14:00: Taku dhimbulukiwa Gerson Veii
- 02/15/18--14:00: Iilyo yoNCIS ya talelepo Okolo
- 02/15/18--14:00: Aanafaalama moKavango ya landitha omahangu gongushu yoomiliyona 1.7
For the RFA to comply with its legislative mandate and functions in providing funding to approved authorities, there must be a procedures agreement in place, the fund's chief executive officer, Ali Ipinge, said. The agreements with local authorities in the Khomas, Hardap and Omaheke regions were signed in Windhoek on Tuesday. The agreement sets out the conditions of funding and procedures to be followed by the RFA and the authorities.
Ipinge said the RFA is obliged to make funding contributions from the collected revenue to the approved authorities for the maintaining of existing roads.
“The funding is allocated towards maintenance of urban and rural roads, as well as the enforcement of traffic laws and the implementation of road safety initiatives including road research studies,” he said.
The RFA wants to see proper budgeting, project planning and optimal utilisation of the allocated funds by authorities at all levels in the maintenance of roads, Ipinge said.
The total budget allocation to the authorities for the 2018/19 financial year has been increased to N$117 million compared to the previous N$85 million, according to him.
“Similar signing ceremonies will be conducted with all other approved authorities in the remaining regions and will be concluded before 31 March 2018,” he said.
Road user charges consist of fuel levies, annual vehicle license and registration fees, mass distance and cross border charges, as well as abnormal load fees.
Finance minister Calle Schlettwein could not be reached for comment yesterday. However, well-placed sources within the ministry said the minister was trying to re-engage the EU on the matter but was not ready to talk to the media about it.
Namibia was labelled as a tax haven in December last year.
Schlettwein told the media in December that the government had been promised technical assistance and granted time to sort out the issue.
Although Schlettwein insisted that EU funding was still intact, he admitted that the blacklisting tarnished the country's good name, making it a potential target for sanctions.
According to the EU, the 17 countries on its blacklist are those whose tax regimes are deemed unable or unwilling to effectively control taxes and allowed illicit financial flows.
Meanwhile, concerns regarding the sourcing of external funding for the government and, in particular its parastatals, are lingering.
There is also talk in financial circles that Namibia may get more bad news in the next few days that could jeopardise its ability to source funding for projects.
Economist Klaus Schade believes there is no reason for concern.
“The current listing does not have a direct impact except for our reputation that is being tarnished.
The development assistance is not affected and we would still be able to access funding.
“We need to address certain issues the EU has raised in order to be removed from the current list,” he said.
A commentary note on the EU blacklisting states that the most significant and disastrous consequence the move might have for Namibia is a ban on access to EU funds by all Namibian institutions.
This means that Namibian institutions would not be able to receive funding from any EU institution, or intermediaries managing EU funds.
The note also states that loans already issued by these institutions could be recalled.
That includes, but is not limited to, institutions such as the EU itself, the German and European development banks, European embassies and development agencies.
“Innumerable examples exist as to local institutions that may be negatively impacted by these bans, including the Namibian government herself, outstanding and expected AfDB loans, EU-based holders of Namibia's Eurobonds and similar, NamPower (extensive debt funding sourced from the EU or EU-based entities), NamPort (port expansion funding, indirectly, from EU-linked sources), local commercial banks (various funding from EU-based sources),” the note further reads.
Schade, however, said these measures were the “extreme case, when we have failed to comply with measures by the set deadline.”
He also emphasised that the Namibian government was consulting with the EU in order to address the concerns.
Leon Jooste, state-owned enterprises minister agrees with Schade. “EU-based financial institutions follow their own individual due diligence processes and it is presumptuous to assume that Namibian public enterprises will no longer be able to access these financial instruments.
Namibia has a supreme record of abiding by international laws, decrees and conventions and there is no reason for the EU, or any other global grouping for that matter, to question our continuous commitment to maintain that record, he told Namibian Sun.
He added that they are “keeping an eye on the situation and if required, alternative avenues will be explored for our public enterprises”, saying that the government will want to resolve the issues with the EU “as a matter of principle”.
Mutorwa, who was appointed as the minister of agriculture in April 2008 and served in the position until last week, was reappointed as works minister during a cabinet reshuffle by President Hage Geingob last week.
In an emotional gathering a packed auditorium at the Government Office Park, staff and representatives of Meatco, commercial and communal farmers' unions and the Meat Board of Namibia came together to wish Mutorwa well and say farewell to the man they described as their leader.
Mutorwa assured the industry that he was “not lost to them” and as a member of parliament and a cabinet member he would still make contributions to the sector.
He said the agriculture and works ministries must work together. According to him one of the areas in which the two ministries must collaborate is with regard to road infrastructure in rural areas.
According to him rural farmers produce a lot but have limited access to markets.
“I know the plight of the farmers when it comes to access to markets and the poor road infrastructure. Therefore we have to work together.” Mutorwa further urged the ministry staff to continue implementing projects, adding that the relocation of the veterinary cordon fence must be realised. “There are still a lot of farmers that are excluded from the formal market and we cannot afford not to tackle this issue. We will succeed in getting it shifted.”
Mutorwa jokingly remarked that he can now openly speak about issues affecting farmers in the northern communal areas as he was no longer the agriculture minister.
According to Mutorwa he also farms north of the Red Line. He further added that operators had been appointed at the Katima Mulilo and Oshakati abattoirs but renovations had not commenced at the abattoirs. Meanwhile the Rundu abattoir is almost completed.
With regard to the south, the Neckartal Dam is 96% complete. Mutorwa stressed the importance of the dam for the south and the entire country, saying that water has already been flowing into the dam after the recent rains received in the south. “We must green the south of the country. We should not just have Green Schemes at perennial rivers and therefore that dam will be very important for the south and for projects at Mariental.”
Agriculture deputy minister Anna Shiweda spoke about some of the achievements at the ministry during Mutorwa's tenure.
She listed several policies, bills, laws and projects that were finalised.
According to her the most tangible projects were the Green Scheme Project, the establishment of the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA), the Agribusiness Development Agency and Fresh Produce Business Hubs, the abattoirs that were constructed and upgraded in the north, and the Neckartal Dam.
She further said that Namibia and China would soon sign a new agreement making exports of Namibian beef to China a reality.
Policies that were finalised included the Green Scheme Policy, the Food Security Policy, the Water Supply Policy, and the National Rangeland Strategy mentioned the Food Safety Policy. Shiweda also mentioned that acts and laws included the Forestry Act, the Water Resources Management Act, the Meat Industry Act, the Animal Health Act, the Agronomic Bill, the Meat Company Bill and the Seed Variety Bill.
“Every year since 2008 a policy or law has been developed under the leadership of Mutorwa,” she said.
According to Shiweda despite the challenges the sector has been faced with in the past years the contribution made by Mutorwa has been outstanding.
“It is not easy to provide policy direction in a dry country such as Namibia, it takes mental and physical strength, flexibility and sensitivity, and these are all traits seen in Mutorwa.”
The ministry's permanent secretary, Percy Misika, said it was difficult to accept that Mutorwa was not at the agriculture ministry anymore.
“He was a father, brother, comrade, leader and supervisor to us and we appreciate the guidance that he has given us. The ministry has advanced to greater heights due to his leadership,” he said.
It is reported that state security agents visited the area to investigate claims that hundred settlers will be evicted once the Oshikoto Communal Land Board grants a leasehold to businessman Samuel Namwele and former Okaku constituency councillor Joseph Endjala, who applied for the leasehold on the 2 593-hectare piece of land last year. France Casita (77), who claims to have been living at Okolo since 1991, said state security agents from Omuthiya visited Okolo on two occasions last month and this month.
“They have been coming here asking us questions related to how we came here and how many people have settled here. These two officials first came here last month and they returned at the beginning of this month,” Casita said.
Casita, who lives at Okolo with his wife, children and livestock, said he was shocked to learn that they would be chased from a place they have called home for almost three decades.
“I am aware that we are being chased away from this land. I have been living here with my family almost all our lives and now we are being chased away. I am old and I have nowhere else to go and look for the land for me and my family,” he said.
The Central Intelligence Service unit at Omuthiya refused to comment.
Upon investigation, Namibian Sun was informed that Okolo was established as a farm in 1985 by the late businessman Mathew Elago, but he never settled there. He died in 2008.
In 2014 Onalusheshete senior headman Eino Shondili Amutenya divided the land into two parts, with Endjala claiming 1 235 hectares while Namwele claims the other 1 358 hectares. Ondonga Traditional Authority issued the two with grazing permits on 30 September 2014. On 3 July last year a newspaper advertisement was placed, listing the names of the leasehold applicants for the land in question.
After seeing the advertisement, the settlers wrote to the communal land board, objecting the granting of the leasehold to the applicants.
On 12 October last year, the chairperson of the Oshikoto Communal Land Board, Sointu Angula-Mupopiwa, advised the settlers to approach the Ondonga Traditional Authority to clarify the ownership issue and provide the board with relevant documents before 30 November.
The complainants requested the board to give them until yesterday to clarify the matter.
Angula-Mupopiwa could not be reached for comments, but Namibian Sun understands that the communal land board has not discussed the matter yet.
The settlers are proposing that the farm be turned into a village, while Namwele and Endjala want them to vacate the land.
When contacted for comment, Namwele said that he and Endjala purchased the farm from the late Elago in 2006 and they only found seven settlers there at the time.
They said the numbers have been increasing since then and the settlers started vandalising infrastructure at the farm.
Yesterday, a day after the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee announced that it was recalling its beleaguered head of state, members of the elite anti-corruption unit, known as the Hawks, which had been previously dillydallying, descended on the Gupta family's Saxonwold compound, and initially made three arrests, with more likely to follow.
On Tuesday, ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe said Zuma will face tough consequences if he continues to cling to power against his party's wishes.
“As a disciplined cadre of the ANC, you are given a chance to resign on your own. But if you lack discipline, you will resist. Once you resist, we are going to let you be thrown out through the vote of no confidence, because you disrespect the organisation and you disobey it.
“Therefore we are going to let you be devoured by the vultures,” Mantashe said.
The Guptas, an immigrant family from India, who are Zuma's long-term friends and developed close business ties with one of his sons, Duduzane, are at the centre of graft allegations involving billions siphoned from state-owned enterprises, among other government entities.
Zuma, who had been given until yesterday by the ANC NEC to resign, now faces a no-confidence in parliament today, as the ruling party moves to force the scandal-prone president from the country's highest office.
Zuma addressed the nation live on television yesterday and once again claimed he had done nothing wrong.
Commenting on his discussions with the ANC top six leadership, which has been pushing for Zuma's removal ever since the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president during a closely fought national conference in December last year, Zuma said, “I asked what was the problem.
Why must I be persuaded? Have I done anything wrong. And they couldn't say.”
He also claimed that he agreed last week with Ramaphosa, on a delayed resignation.
Earlier yesterday, speaking after addressing ANC MPs at their caucus meeting at parliament, party treasurer-general Paul Mashatile told journalists that South Africans could not be expected to wait any longer for Zuma to resign.
“It is very clear that for us as the leadership of the ANC, we can no longer wait beyond today. We don't want to keep South Africa waiting. If President Zuma will at some point respond, he will respond but we can't continue waiting.”
ANC parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu said depending on the availability of the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Ramaphosa could also be elected as the country's new president at the same sitting tomorrow. Zuma's woes are only beginning once he leaves office, with a decision expected soon from prosecuting authorities on the reinstatement of 783 charges linked to South Africa's infamous arms deal. A commission of inquiry into the state capture saga is also expected to start soon.
The battle between former football star and entrepreneur Nelson Akwenye and his estranged celebrity wife, Ilke, is heating up, with answering papers filed yesterday in the High Court.
Ilke’s answering affidavit, including a lengthy filing by First National Bank and a request for a joinder by Standard Bank, form part of the documents required in response to Nelson’s urgent application to halt the selling of four luxury vehicles on auction, heard by the court on 1 February.
On that day, Judge Hosea Angula ruled that the respondents - Ilke, her company Squirrel Investments 24, Namagri Properties and Aucor Namibia - had to give reasons why his interim order halting the sale of the vehicles should not be made final.
Ilke told the court that firstly, her estranged husband had been served with divorce papers on 31 January of this year.
“His irresponsible financial behaviour and denial of our financial debts have been the main reason why our marriage failed. Mainly his domestic abuse resulted in the end of our marriage.” Nelson had denied that he was served with any divorce papers saying only that Ilke left the common home in November last year, indicating she would seek a divorce.
Pitiful financial situation
She denied that Nelson had made any contribution to the establishment of her company and added that he had used her pension monies from Sanlam to “pay off car debts”. Additionally, she said that her inheritance from her father, in excess of N$1 million, was used to pay the deposit for the Mercedes-Benz G63. In the annexures, documents indicate that N$1.4 million was put down as deposit for the luxury 4x4.
Ilke wrote that she is blacklisted on ICT. She has been handed over for the Evelyn Street property, with more than N$600 000 owed to Standard Bank. On Erf 296 in Auasblick, her and Squirrel Investments have been handed over for debts exceeding N$4 million, also in favour of Standard Bank, and the debt on the Range Rover SDV, roughly N$480 000, has caused more legal action, also in favour of Standard Bank.
The four vehicles had all been surrendered on 19 January. In the case of the Range Rover SDV, it was surrendered to Standard Bank where there is outstanding debt, while the Range Sport was surrendered to Bank Windhoek. The Mercedes-Benz and Isuzu were both surrendered to First National Bank on the same day.
Ilke told the court her brother had loaned her roughly N$70 000 to assist with making car payments.
Regarding the property at Erf 431 in Auasblick, bond held by FNB, she was handed over. She said she had attempted to sell the property for N$4.5 million to Ralph Strauss, but her estranged husband sued Strauss in this regard and the sale had been halted.
Ilke has made several personal loans to cover outstanding payments and according to her affidavit, there is in the region of N$470 000 in total debt.
She added that she owns the Kleine Kuppe property at Erf 875 and the property is fully paid off and the title deed is in her name.
“May I add that [Nelson Akwenye] is not the beneficial owner of the above-mentioned [properties] as they are registered in my name and the name of my company, I made substantial payments in respect of these properties and vehicles and the bond applications are in my name only.
“The appeal of to transfer all of these assets show that [Nelson] cannot afford these bills, given his financial position.”
Nelson pleads poverty
In supporting documents filed yesterday by Ilke, Nelson had told an officer at the Maintenance Court on 22 November last year that he could not afford to make monthly contributions to his children, due to his financial position, and countered that he could only afford N$1 500 monthly for both children, along with their medical aid. He also confirmed to a social worker in the case that he was unable to afford his eldest child’s tuition fees at Windhoek International School.
First National Bank appears to concur with Ilke on the ownership of the vehicles.
In a lengthy affidavit submitted by Charlotte Morland, manager of the One Legal Department at the bank, it appears as though the vehicles unquestionably belong to the bank and that Nelson was aware, as far back as October last year, that he could no longer make payments and repossessions were imminent.
Morland told the court that the bank does not require leave to intervene as it is the principal and Aucor, the fourth respondent, is its agent. FNB had instructed the auctioning off of the Mercedes-Benz and the Isuzu vehicles due to outstanding debt.
She confirmed that Ilke is the owner of Erf 431 in Auasblick and that no documents indicate that Nelson is a “beneficial owner”. She also attached the couple’s antenuptial agreement, which states that each party can dispose of his or her property as they choose. Morland added that FNB will soon move against the Auasblick property, as the sale to Strauss has been stalled and payments are outstanding.
Morland continued by saying that as the legal owners of the Mercedes and the Isuzu, they bank had the right to sell the vehicles. The Mercedes was sold to Extreme Transport for just over N$2 million, while the Isuzu was sold to Immanual Tuyapeni for just over N$181 000. The sales were made before the court issued a temporary interdict against the auctioning off of the vehicles.
The vehicles were repossessed at the time.
“Very importantly, [Aucor] was cited as the fourth respondent only insofar as it may have an interest in the outcome of the application and no relief is or was sought against it. The [1 February judgement] in no manner operates against [Aucor] and [Aucor] is not interdicted by [the ruling].”
The bank remains the owner of the vehicle until the entire loan is paid off and as such, FNB says that the assertion that Nelson is the beneficial owner of the vehicles is incorrect.
“He failed to cite FNB as a party to these proceedings despite knowing he is required to do so.”
Morland added that Nelson was well aware of the status of the loans and furthermore that the bank could not engage, discuss or make arrangements with him as their relationship with their client, Ilke, was and is confidential.
Standard Bank, where three loans are held, two for properties (Erf 296 in Auasblick and the Evelyn Street property), as well as the loan for the repossessed Range Rover SDV, applied for a joinder as a fifth respondent. Failing this, the bank said it would apply for an intervention application.
Judge Hosea Angula is set to review the answering papers before making a final ruling. Graham McCulloch of Fischer Quarmby and Pfeiffer are acting for First National Bank, while Weder, Kruger and Hoveka act for Standard Bank. Nelson is represented by Nambili Mhata from Sisa Namandje. Ilke has no counsel and by her own admission, prepared and filed her own papers, because she cannot afford a lawyer.
The public posts, encouraged by a first post by single mother Azille Wesche of Swakopmund, evoked not only support but also mockery, shaming and in some cases threats of violence towards the mothers.
But the campaign was not based on a name-and-shame strategy, Wesche explained.
Wesche was instructed by court officials last year that child support court proceedings could not commence unless she herself supplied his residential or working address, which she did not have.
Although she reached out to his family and friends, her request was ignored.
Her social media post was the best option available to her to locate him.
“The law can't help me until I have his work address or residential address.
Our son is turning five now and I am still waiting for my child support,” part of the post read.
A long road to justice
A long-standing problem, the lack of investigative officers at maintenance courts in Namibia force single parents to do much of the legal footwork themselves.
A social worker advised Wesche that a cheap, but effective post on social media could help flush him out.
“Another social worker actually said I should hire a private investigator. Do you know how much milk and diapers and school fees cost? I am already trying to sue for child support, where am I supposed to get the money to pay a private investigator?”
She said the ordeal cemented the fact that “government doesn't help unless you have valid information or evidence. That upset me quite a bit.”
Her actions followed years of fruitless and humiliating private negotiations with the father.
She claimed he had made only small and rare payments, totalling less than N$1 000 over the past four years.
The father, whose name is known to Namibian Sun, refused to comment on any questions posed to him telephonically yesterday, or to confirm his child-support contributions.
When Wesche approached the court for help in 2017, she was surprised by how difficult the legal road would be.
“My experience has been horrible,” she said.
The official she dealt with was “rude and arrogant” and said she could not help her without the required address.
Weshe said the experience made her realise that “government could put a little bit more effort to help mothers. There are a lot of single mothers out there. So it was weird that she could not do anything to help me. I have a certified copy of his ID. Why can't they track him down through the system?”
She nearly gave up.
“I got so fed up, I just thought, let's just leave everything and move on with my life. A year went by, but when I again asked him to help with child support, and he laughed, I said this guy has been making a fool of me long enough.”
Eventually she decided to use social media as a tool to locate him.
She posted a photo of the father and several screenshots of correspondence between the two on the topic of child support in recent months.
“I thought I was the only person going through this at this level. But once people started tagging me in their posts or messaged me, I saw it affected a whole bunch of women. I was quite angry.”
She acknowledged that “some mothers also abandon their children, and then the father should also make a case for child support. It goes both ways.”
A risky move
The social media posts were supported, but in some cases led to threats.
One mother, who copied Wesche and posted her child's father's photo asking for his address, said her former partner threatened to shoot her, if she did not delete the post.
“A lot of the men are really angry that I did this.”
Since January, her child's paternal family has chipped in with N$450 for school expenses. The father has stayed mum, she said.
“I am not leaving this. The school fund payment was just to shut me up. I don't know if he ever wonders what his son eats, or how he gets clothes. Life is very expensive.”
Lucia Mbwale, in her early 40s, appeared in the Opuwo Magistrate's Court yesterday facing a charge of attempted murder.
Magistrate Erwid Nakulonda refused to grant Mbwale bail and postponed the matter for further police investigations. The Kunene police's crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu told Namibian Sun the incident occurred on Sunday evening at Ovinjange village on the outskirts of Opuwo, after the child refused to obey her grandmother's order to fetch water.
It is alleged that Mbwale grabbed the girl and pushed her into the fire that was set to prepare dinner. Mbwale only took the child to the hospital on Monday. Hospital officials notified the police which led to Mbwale's arrest on the same day.
Kanyetu said the victim sustained multiple burns to her face and thighs and her condition has been reported as stable.
Jooste said under normal circumstances, a board does not have to sit more than four times in a year. They are more than welcome do so, provided that they do so on a pro bono basis, he added in an interview with Nampa.
Should there be a pressing need which will require a given board to meet more than four times, such a board will be compelled to apply for an additional board meeting, which will be scrutinised by the ministry, he said.
The public enterprises ministry will monitor closely the number of times each board meets, he added.
“We will pick it up in their budget. If they want to meet more often than that, they do that pro bono, so they are not paid. I would not have a problem necessarily. It should not be necessary to meet more than four times,” stressed the minister.
Jooste was responding to questions by Nampa on how the ministry intends to curb the abuse of funds by the boards of public enterprises in the form of sitting fees.
According to recent media reports, the board of Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) met more than 16 times last year, pocketing at least N$600 000 in the process.
The reports further purported that the board’s chairperson claimed N$10 580 for chairing a meeting, while other board directors claimed NS5 983.
Board members at bigger public enterprises, such as the Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) reportedly earn up to N$20 000 just for attending a board meeting.
Jooste is concerned that the boards of public enterprises meet multiple times in a year, yet this does not translate into positive results, particularly with regards to the execution of the parastatals’ core mandates.
To enact this and other changes, Jooste said the ministry will need the refined State-Owned Enterprises Governance Act to be passed into law, as it is “severely confined” by the current legislation governing public enterprises in the country.
Jooste noted that achieving this will require the constant support of both the President and Prime Minister as “these are difficult things politically”. - Nampa
Data released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) this morning, shows annual food inflation at 1.7% compared to 2.2% the previous month and 13.5% in January 2017.
Shikongo said this at the unveiling of a Windhoek plot where his house will be built this year by Standard Bank, through its Buy-a-Break initiative.
“This has been a long road for me. The things I have achieved have been hard.
“I have been living in the ghetto this whole time, but this is a great day for me,” Shikongo said.
The athlete urged Namibian youth to stand up and make the nation proud.
“If you want to achieve something and do not have legs, use your arms. If you do not have arms, then use your legs.”
Shikongo said he will not be living in his house alone, as he will be sharing it with some of his friends, who are also para-athletes.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Standard Bank head of marketing Sigfried Tjijorokisa lauded Shikongo's achievements, while saying he is among the phenomenal people in the country, who achieve the extraordinary.
“This is a celebration of an exceptionally talented individual, who made the choice to face his fears and to transform the challenges that life presented him into opportunities,” she said.
Deputy sports minister Agnes Tjongarero said all the para-athletes in the country have made the nation proud, by winning medals at international events, and for that they needed to be rewarded.
She added that it is not easy to live with a disability.
“The latest statistics reveal that 5% of the Namibian population of just over 2 million live with some form of disability and continue to face challenges on a daily basis.”
This, the deputy minister said, is despite the country having made significant progress in terms of empowering people with disabilities and promoting their inclusion throughout society.
Moses became the mandatory challenger for the vacant WBO world lightweight title when his ranking improved from three to two.
It is anticipated that his clash with Beltran will be the fight of Moses' life, as he makes an attempt to clinch a second world title, after winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight crown in 2009.
Moses may also be running out of time, as he turns 40 in June, and is three years older than his opponent.
However, the Namibian boxer is adamant that age is nothing but a number, as he has more experience behind his name, with 40 wins and three losses in 43 fights.
Beltran has fought 42 times, registering 34 wins, seven losses and one draw.
The Mexican is based in the United States and is currently seeking citizenship. His application will most likely be aided by a win tonight, according to media reports.
Moses became the second Namibian, after Harry Simon, to win a world title when he won the WBA crown in 2009.
This achievement has given the Namibian boxer confidence going into his fight with Beltran.
“My final preparations are going well. I have no injuries, I am relaxed and all I can say is that I will connect, and when I connect, I touch and when I touch he will fall,” Moses said.
The odds seem to be in his favour.
Moses was recently presented with a custom-made gold ring by MTC and Nestor Sunshine Promotions. Promoter Nestor Tobias expressed confidence in his boxer, shortly before leaving for the US.
“All Hitman wants to do is to win and I do believe that he is ready for that, because he did not rest throughout the festive season.
“Beltran wants so many things, which includes being a US citizen, but all we want is just the title.
“It took us hard work and dedication to secure this fight, because Moses was not a mandatory challenger in November.
“After negotiations and the showing of records, we finally managed to make him a mandatory challenger,” Tobias said.
The teams will meet for the second time this season, after African Stars emerged victorious with a 5-0 win over Life Fighters in Otjiwarongo last year.
The fact that these two clubs traditionally share supporters from the same Otjiherero-speaking ethnic group, intensifies their rivalry.
The last time the two teams met, their supporters clashed after the final whistle was blown.
Life Fighters returned to the topflight this season, after playing non-league football since being relegated nearly 11 years ago.
Both clubs have acquired new signings during the 2017/18 season break.
Life Fighters has however brought in the most players, securing seven new signings during the transfer window, compared to the one signing by their rivals.
Stars are the favourites for Sunday's match, given their formidable form during the first round of the season.
Life Fighters have a long way to go before they can challenge for the league title, but their immediate intention is to avoid relegation at all costs.
Meanwhile, Tigers FC and Citizens will be looking to redeem themselves, following poor starts to their individual campaigns, when they meet tonight at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 20:00.
The league champions have failed to produce good results and are facing the threat of relegation, as they linger in the bottom half of the table.
Citizens, on the other hand, are also trying to avoid dropping further in the league standings.
The other weekend fixtures are as follows:
Unam vs Tura Magic - Unam Sport Stadium at 15:00
Young African vs Chief Santos - Legare Stadium at 15:00
Blue Waters vs Mighty Gunners - Kuisebmond Stadium at 15:00
Eleven Arrows vs Rundu Chiefs - Kuisebmond Stadium at 17:00
Civics vs Life Fighters - Sam Nujoma Stadium at 17:00
Black Africa vs Young Chiefs - Sam Nujoma Stadium at 19:00
Young African vs Young Chiefs - Legare Stadium at 15:00
Unam vs Tigers - Unam Sport Stadium at 15:00
Eleven Arrows vs Mighty Gunners - Kuisebmund Stadium at 15:00
Blue Waters vs Rundu Chiefs - Kuisebmund Stadium at 17:00
Black Africa vs Chief Santos - Sam Nujoma Stadium at 15:00
African Stars vs Life Fighters - Sam Nujoma Stadium at 17:00
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, a member of the committee, Kilian Stahlhut, said only four primary school basketball teams from within Ongwediva joined the primary school league last year.
“The number of primary school teams has increased to eight this year, and we have at the same time added the high school league for the first time this year,” Stahlhut said.
The high school league also consists of eight teams. The committee currently caters for school teams that are from the Oshana Region, due to the lack of a sponsor, but it is considering the extension of the league to other northern regions once sponsorship is secured.
“The league is currently funded with our own resources, and as such, we are appealing to companies, organisations or individuals to offer us some sponsorships for the further development of our game,” Stahlhut said.
This year's league started last weekend at the Valombola Vocational Training Centre (VVTC) court, but the good rains received in the area forced the committee to shift some of the games to this weekend.
The league will run until 19 March to allow school children to prepare for the examinations. Stahlhut said the second leg of the league will start in June and end on 8 July, when its activities is expected to be finalised.
The primary school league teams are Ongwediva Control Combined School (CS), Charles Anderson CS 1, Charles Anderson CS 2, Hashiyana CS, Erundu CS, Kleine Kuppe Private School, Liberty Heritage Private School and Oshakati West Primary School.
Mweshipandeka High School, Oshakati Secondary School (SS), Ekwafo SS, Iipumbu SS, Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School (SSS) 1, Gabriel Taapopi SSS 2, Eheke SS and Evululuko SS are the teams playing in the high school league.
Jail, beatings by pro-regime thugs and perennial disappointment at the ballot box never dented the 65-year-old's desire to move the country past the decades of autocratic rule by former president Robert Mugabe and his acolytes.
The leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) took his furtive first steps on the country's complex and sometimes violent political scene as a trade union activist in the 1980s.
He went on to form a unity government with Mugabe after disputed elections in 2008 in which he beat the veteran autocrat - now 93 years old - in the first round of the vote.
But violence against Tsvangirai's supporters, which he claimed cost 200 lives, prompted him to pull out of the run-off.
Only outside mediation helped put the lid back on Zimbabwe's fractious politics and usher in a period of power sharing and relative calm.
But Tsvangirai was quickly relegated to junior partner in the coalition and excluded from all major economic and foreign policy decisions, as well as from any debate over the role of the security services.
He faced off against Mugabe three times at the ballot box and had been expected to oppose him once again in presidential elections set for 2018.
“Zanu-PF has not won recent elections, it has rigged them,” Tsvangirai told AFP previously.
“Anyone who is interested in ending Zanu-PF should unite, in spite of ideological differences.”
'Never break my spirit'
A teetotalling non-smoker from Zimbabwe's majority Shona community, Tsvangirai had widely been seen as the best hope for reviving Zimbabwe's divided politics and moribund economy and was a forceful anti-corruption advocate.
Mugabe's government detained him on numerous occasions over his vocal criticism of the regime.
Security forces swooped on Tsvangirai in 1989 after he bluntly warned about the rising tide of political repression in the country.
Tsvangirai also claimed to have been the target of four assassination attempts - including one in 1997 in which he said attackers attempted to throw him out of his office window.
His political career almost ground to a halt in 2001 when he was tried over allegations he had conspired to kill Mugabe, levelled by a self-proclaimed ex-Israeli spy. Tsvangirai was eventually cleared.
In March 2007, police violently cracked down on Tsvangirai and dozens of opposition activists when they attempted to stage an anti-government rally.
Images of his bloody, mangled face were seen worldwide, leading to global condemnation of Mugabe and his security forces.
“Yes, they brutalised my flesh. But they will never break my spirit. I will soldier on until Zimbabwe is free,” he said at the time.
Crushing 2013 defeat
Tsvangirai was recognised on several occasions for his commitment to political change, and was widely thought to have been shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
In 2009, just three weeks after becoming prime minister in Zimbabwe's first post-independence power-sharing government, his wife Susan was killed in a car crash that also left him injured.
But some commentators suggested that it was his crushing defeat in fraud-riddled elections in 2013 that he was never able to recover from.
And in 2016 he announced that he was undergoing chemotherapy to treat colon cancer.
Tsvangirai surprised many by outlasting Mugabe in active public life after the former president was eased from power following a military takeover that saw Mugabe's former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa become president.
Tsvangirai and Mnangagwa enjoyed a cordial relationship with the opposition veteran attending the new president's inauguration.
Born in 1952 in Gutu, a remote farming area south of the capital Harare, Tsvangirai was the eldest of nine children whose father worked as a bricklayer.
He grew up in the eastern Buhera region and was forced by poverty to leave school early and start work as a trainee weaver so that his siblings could continue with their studies.
After working as a weaver for two years he became a foreman at a nickel mine in Mashonaland, northern Zimbabwe, where he would stay for 10 years until taking the plunge and becoming a trade unionist.
Ushered in relative calm
Unlike most of Zimbabwe's leading politicians, Tsvangirai did not fight in the liberation war against Britain despite being 28-years-old when Zimbabwe won its independence.
He did join the Zanu-PF, but left after becoming disillusioned with the party's direction.
In 1988 he was elected secretary general of what later became the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.
Tsvangirai emerged as a powerful political force in December 1997 when he led the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions in crippling strikes over the rising cost of living which brought the country to a standstill.
An eloquent and persuasive speaker, he kept up the pressure even after the strike was ended as Zimbabwe's economic woes worsened.
In 1999 he created the MDC in a bid to end Mugabe's grip on power, firmly held since independence in 1980 until November 2017.
Tsvangirai's critics argued that his commitment to contesting elections and a willingness to share power allowed Mugabe to cling to office.
But to his supporters he sacrificed personal gain to stabilise Zimbabwe when its economic and political prospects were at their lowest, ushering in an era of relative calm.
The city is cutting the water supply to consumers to just 40% of normal levels, Casimiro Abreu, deputy director of the National Emergency Centre said in a statement.
About 1.3 million people in Maputo and its surroundings are affected by the restrictions, raising fears of disease outbreaks.
“Diarrhoeal diseases including cholera are likely to occur in some neighbourhoods where populations will resort to unsafe sources; there,” said Abreu.
Low rainfall over the past three years has left a dam that supplies the city with most of its water to just 19% of capacity.
Meteorologists forecast that the region will receive below-normal rains during the first three months of this year.
Southern Africa has experienced a severe drought in recent years, aggravated by the El Nino weather phenomenon.
Cape Town in neighbouring South Africa faces the prospect of having to turn its taps off in early June and now restricts residents to 50 litres per day.
The water scarcity has forced South Africa to declare the drought a “national disaster”.
Omashango ngoka otaga ka tamekitha etulo miilonga lyokaliindeli kokulanditha iimuna nokukwathela aanafaalama yomonooli ya vule okulanditha iimuna yawo.
Kakele kokutula miilonga omashango ngoka miitopolwa ngaashi Oshana, Omusati noKunene, eshangitho lyaanafaalama otali ningilwa poombelewa dhiikandjohogololo meyambidhidho lyomalelo gopamuthigululwakalo oshowo uuministeli wuunamapya.
Ehangano olya popi kutya omukalo ngoka otagu kuunganeka aanafaalama kwiikwatelelwa kutya ohaya longo nokunduluka shike, lyo ehangano tali ningi oonkundathana naalandi. Pahapu dhomunambelewa omukwatakanithi gwoNNFU monooli nonooli yaKunene, Chacks Ashikutuwa, okwa popi kutya monena aanafaalama oyiishangitha owala ihe inaku tothwamo kutya aanafaalama haya nduluka nokulonga shike. Okwa popi kutya omulandu ngoka gwomaishangitho otagu ka e ta pamwe aanafaalama nokulanditha pangundu.
Ashikutuwa okwa popi kutya oshinakugwanithwa shoNNFU okuyambulapo oshikondo shuunafaalama nokukwashilipaleka ekuthombinga lyaakuthimbinga ayehe moshikondo shoka, nokutula miilonga melandulathano iilongadhalwa yuunafaalama nuunamapya opo ku vule okuyambulwapo onkalamwenyo yaakwashigwana unene yomomikunda.
Okwa tsikile kutya uukwashilyo woNNFU otawu ka gandja uuwananwa pwundji kaanafaalama ngaashi ompito yomahogololo nomawi guutokolitho womatokolo kaanafaalama pethimbo lyomutumba gwoNNFU oshowo ompito kaanafaalama ya kale oshitopolwa shelelo lyoNNFU National Council. Okwa tsikile kutya uukwashilyo mboka otawu ka gandja woo ompito kaanafaalama ya vule okukala taya kundathana iikumungu mbyoka ye ya pamba pankatu yopashigwanana .
Amakutuwa okwa popi kutya omashangitho gotango otaga ningilwa mOshakati moshitopolwa shaShana mOlyomakaya puuministeli waanyasha. Otaga landulwa komashango ngoka taga ningilwa moshitopolwa shaMusati mUutapi mOmaandaha, puuministeli waanyasha. Mopuwo omashango otaga ningwa momasiku 22 gaFebruali omanga mOmakange omashango ngoka taga ningwa momasiku 23 gaFebruali. Aanafaalama okwa tegelelwa ya falele omikanda dhawo shuukwashigwana oshowo uuyelele kutya aaanafaalama ya shike.
Komrade Gerson Hitjevi Veii, Okomanda onene yomatanga gaakwiita nale moNamibia na okuli okwatwe yotango yaNamibia yopapolotika ndjoka ya pangulwa kohi yompango yomo 1962 tayi ithanwa Communism Act mondholongo ya Robben Island.
Nakusa Veii okwa li omupresidende gwoSwanu okuza mo 1966 sigo 1981 na okwa longa woo onga omupeha presidende gwoSouth West Africa National Liberation Front (Swanlif), ongundu ndjoka ya li ya totwapo onga ekwatathano pokati koSwanu, Swapo, oshowo Rehoboth Volks Party, oshowo oongundu dhilwe ndhoka dha li tadhi kondjitha epangelo lyokatongotongo moNamibia.
Pankondo dhe onga omuleli gwoSwanlif, muDesemba 1966 pethimbo lyomutumba gwoshigwana ngoka gwa ningilwa moFreedom Square, okwa pula emangululo lya Johny Otto, Jason Mutumbulwa oshowo Nathanael Maxuilili, mboka ka kwa li ku shiwike kutya oyeli peni pethimbo ndyoka. Okwa li woo a popi omatumbulo gemangululo lyoshilongo okuza muukoloni, noohapu dhoka odho dhe mu tulitha modholongo yaRobben Island pokati ko 1966 no 1972.
Konima sho a mangululwa mondjeedhililo yaRobben Island, Veii okwa tsikile nekondjelo lyemanguluko.
Okwa ningi okomanda onene mekondjelomanguluko na okwa kutha ombinga miinyangadhalwa oyindji mwa kwatelwa omutumba gwoTurnhalle Constitutional Conference.
Nakusa Veii, okwa kala omunapolotika omukuluntu pamwe naanapolotika yalwe aakuluntu ngaashi Nathaniel Maxuilili na oya kunu ombuto yuunapolotika maanyasha ngaashi Vekuii Rukoro, Dan Tjongarero, Kuzeeko Kangueehi, Axel Johannes, Jefta Tjozongoro, Mogkanedi Thlabanelo, Joshua Hoebeb, Immanuel Ngatjizeko noyendji.
Elelo lye olya longa oshilonga oshinene mokuyanda omananathano gopapolotika, pakutala konima yoshiningwanima shomomasiku 10 gaDecemba mo 1959 , okwa holoka ekwatathano enene naanapolotika yalwe ngaashi Sam Nujoma, Fanuel Kozonguizi, Zed Ngavirue, Uatja Kaukuetu.
Veii okwa pewa efumbiko lyopapangelo na okwa fumbikwa momawendo gomapandafule moshilandopangelo. Ohungi yokumudhimbuluka otayi ningwa mOlyomaya gomasiku 17 gaFebruali ano ngula potundi onti 10:00 poombelewa dhoSwanu moKatutura, konima yo Black Chain Shopping Centre.
Aantu mboka ya gumwa ketokolo ndyoka oye thike po 200.
Okwa lopotwa kutya aanambelewa yegameno lyepangelo yomonanguwi oya talelepo ehala ndyoka opo ya ninge omakonaakono komapopyo kutya aakwashigwana mboka otaya ka tidhwa po pehala ndyoka, ngele elelo lyevi olya zimine okugandja omukanda gwokuhiila evi ndyoka, komunangeshefa Samuel Namwele oshowo kansela nale gwoshikandjohogolo Okaku, Joseph Endjala, mboka ya ningi eindilo omvula ya piti, opo yapewe uuthemba wokuhiila oshitopolwa shoka shevi shuunene woohecta 2 593.
France Casita (77), ngoka a popi kutya okwa ningi omukalimo gwomOkolo okutameka omvula yo 1991, okwa popi kutya aanambelewa yegameno ya za mOmuthiya oya talele po omudhingoloko gwawo, omwedhi gwa piti, oshowo omwedhi nguka.
“Oye tu pula omapulo ngaashi kutya otwe ya ko ngiini huka naantu yangapi ye li aakalimo yomomudhingoloko nguka ngashiingeyi. Aanambelewa mboka oye ya ko omwedhi gwa piti oshowo petameko lyomwedhi nguka,” Casita a popi.
Casita, ngoka e li omukalimo gwomOkolo, pamwe nomukulukadhi gwe, oyana niimuna yawo okwa popi kutya okwa haluka sho a nongele kutya otaya tidhwa pehala mpoka ya kala uule womimvo odhindji.
Oshikondo shoCentral Intelligence Service mOmuthiya osha tindi okutya sha komapopyo ngoka gaakwashigwana.
Konima yomakonaakono, oNamibian Sun oya nongele kutya Okolo oya totwapo onga ofaalama mo 1985, nomunangeshefa nale Mathew Elago, ihe ina kala pevi ndyoka sigo osho a hulitha mo 2008. Mo 2014, mwene gwoshikandjo Onalusheshete, Eino Shondili Amutenya okwa topola evi ndyoka miitopolwa iyali, naEndjala okwa popi kutya oshitopolwa she oshuunene woohecta 1 235 omanga Namwele ta popi kutya she oshuunene woohecta 1 358. Elelo lyaNdonga olya gandja omikanda mbali dhepitiko lyuulithilo kwaamboka yaali momasiku 30 gaSepetemba mo 2014.
Momasiku gatatu gaJuli okwa tulwa moshifokundaneiki etseyitho lyomadhina gaamboka ya ningi omaindilo gokuhiila evi ndyoka.
Sho ya mono etseyitho ndyoka aakalimo oya shangele omukanda kelelo lyevi taya pula opo omukanda gwokuhiila evi ngoka kagu ziminwe.
Momasiku 12 gaKotomba omvula ya piti, omunashipundi gwokomitiye yelelo lyevi lyaayehe, moshitopolwa shaShikoto, Sointu Angula-Mupopiwa, okwa gandja omayele kaakwashigwana mboka ya ninge omapulo kElelo lyaNdonga, kombinga yuumwene wevi ndyoka nokugandja omikanda ghomondjila kokomitiye ndjoka omanga omasiku 30 gaNovemba inaga thikana. Aakwashigwana mboka oya pe okomitiye ndjoka sigo Etitatu lyoshiwike shika opo ya kale ya yelitha oshikumungu shoka.
Angula-Mupopiwa ina vula okumonika a popye sha ihe oshikundaneki shoNamibian Sun oshuuvite kutya elelo lyevi inali kundathana natango oshikumungu shoka. Aakalimo pehala mpoka otaya popi kutya oya hala ehala ndyoka li ningwe omukunda, omanga Namwele na Endjala yahala aakwashigwana ya thigepo ehala ndyoka.
Sho ya ningilwa omapulo, Namwele okwa popi kutya yo naEndjala oya landa ofaalama ndjoka kuElago mo 2006, na oyali ya dha po owala aantu ya thika puyaheyali pethimbo ndyoka. Oya popi kutya aakwashigwana oya yonagula woo omboola ndhoka dhi li mehala ndyoka.
Shoka otashi ulike kutya oprograma ndjoka otayi gandja omulilo omuwanawa kaanafaalama, pahapu dhangoloneya gwoshitopolwa shoka, Samuel Mbambo.
Mbambo oye omutoti po gwoprograma ndjoka.
Oprograma ndjoka oya nuninwa okuyambidhidha nokutsa omukumo aakwashigwaa moshitopolwa ya longe nuudhiginini nokulonga oondya dhawo dha gwana.
“Sho twa tameke oprograma ndjika otwa li twa pangele okulonga oohecta 2 000 ihe omolwa omaupyakadhi gontumba otwa longo owala oohecta 1 750,” Mbambo a popi.
Aakuthimbinga ayehe ngaashi, Agro Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) oshowo Agricultural Business Development Agency (Agribusdev) oyo ya landa ko omahangu ngoka kaanafaalama, pahapu dhaMbambo.
“Omolwa ompumbwe yiiyemo ya taalela AMTA, ina vula okulanda po omahangu getu agehe, ihe nonando ongaaka iimaliwa mbyoka ye ya moshitopolwa shaKavango East okupitila moprograma ya Operation Werengendje oya thika poomiliyona 1.7.”
Kakele komahangano goAMTA noAgribusdev, omahangu gamwe oya landwa po woo kehangano lyoNamibia Breweries Limited oshowo omahangano omadhungi goombiila moSouth Africa.
Mbambo okwa popi kutya Operation Werengendje oya gandja oompito dhokulanditha kaanafaalama opo ya vule okwiimonena iiyemo. Okwa popi kutya elalakano unene lyoprograma ndjoka okugalula uutsa waanafaalama pakulonga oondya dhawo yene.
Okwa gwedha po kutya oprograma yilwe tayi tulwa miilonga kakele kwaandjoka yokulonga oondya, oyo ku galula esimano lyuuntu womuntu.