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    Archaic abortion law nails poorArchaic abortion law nails poorDiscussions on topic must be put on the table The fact that abortion is illegal does not stop women from having them and this puts the poor at the highest risk of injury and death, experts say. Legal experts and women's advocates agree that Namibia's current abortion laws need urgent revision to help reduce the life-threatening risks posed to mostly poor women who are unable to access safe abortions and whose human rights are violated.

    Further, that the current restrictive abortion law is more than likely in violation of women's human rights and the Namibian constitution.

    “The law on abortion should be amended.

    “The law currently is atrocious and a blatant violation of the autonomy of the body and future of women, which is an affront to the right to dignity,” human rights advocate and lawyer Norman Tjombe told Namibian Sun.

    Dianne Hubbard of the Legal Assistance Centre's gender research and advocacy project explained that Namibia's abortion law was inherited from South Africa and “never democratically debated in Namibia”.

    She emphasised, like many lawmakers and human rights advocates, that “laws restricting access to abortion do not discourage women from having abortions. They simply drive abortion underground, with tragic consequences for women's health and well-being.”

    Eileen Rakow of the Office of the Ombudsman said that according to the World Health Organisation, 20 million out of the 42 million abortions performed each year, are illegal and unsafe.

    “We are faced with a reality where it is usually the poor, rural or already marginalised women that are faced with the dilemma of an unwanted pregnancy,” she said.

    But, for women who have the means, unwanted pregnancies are “not that daunting”, because they can easily fly to South Africa or elsewhere and receive the help they need.

    Hubbard agreed that in Namibia, as elsewhere, the restrictive abortion laws have a “disproportionate effect on poor women”.

    Poor women have no option but to access dangerous backstreet abortions or home remedies, she said.

    Punishing poor women

    Rakow noted that denying a woman the right to make an independent decision of her body violates a number of human rights.

    And, when women are forced to access risky and life-threatening illegal abortions, a multitude of human rights are violated.

    Hubbard agreed that the current law is “possibly a violation of the right to dignity in the Namibian constitution”, a right that gives people some space to make important decisions that affect them personally, especially those that involve their own bodies and where it involves issues where reasonable people disagree about what is right and wrong.

    Rakow, Hubbard, Tjombe and others agree that dialogue and action is urgently needed to address the current law.

    “It is always a good time to discuss abortion in a frank and honest manner, to develop a law and social services that are responsive to the socio-economic conditions of the people of this country,” Tjombe said.

    He underlined that apart from the risks of unsafe abortions, women in Namibia face “a serious and unmitigated disaster of gender-based violence and gender inequality”, which often force them into unwanted pregnancies.

    Another chief concern according to Rakow, that the hush surrounding abortions, and family planning, prevents women who are considering illegal abortions, from making an informed decision.

    Hubbard said although there seems to be a greater discussion on the topic now, Namibia “tends to shy away from open consideration of sensitive issues”.

    Strengthen alternatives

    A statement from Sister Namibia on the abortion debate, noted that it is not simply about legalising abortion, but the step should be interlinked with many other factors.

    “It would be important to provide counselling centres for girls and women to understand the alternatives, the medical and biological implications of aborting.”

    The organisation pointed out that even now, such services could help reduce the high rate of women dumping their new-borns.

    “Just as baby dumping may happen less frequently if girls and women had safe alternatives, so too the abortion debate should discuss safe alternatives to abortion.”

    Ultimately, Sister Namibia argues that rights should be exercised in a safe environment, hence the need for a thorough discussion on the matter.

    Hubbard agreed that legalising abortion must go hand-in-hand with making other services available, or strengthening existing alternatives and services.

    These include counselling for women considering to abort, and access to support services such as state maintenance grants and alternatives such as adoption and kinship care.

    Other steps include strengthening family planning education at schools, more accessible family planning methods, affordable child care services, and more.

    “Steps such as these are far more likely to reduce abortion and infanticide than a criminal sanction,” she noted.


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    Okahandja clinic dumps medical wasteOkahandja clinic dumps medical waste Residents of Okahandja are facing a health risk following continued dumping of medical waste behind the Okahandja clinic.

    Namibian Sun found a mountain of garbage bags filled with medical waste, some in regular plastic bags, behind the Okahandja clinic exposing residents to major risks, some of whom live barely 50 metres away.

    The waste was first spotted last Thursday and pile appears to continue to grow. Some of the bags are torn exposing medical sharps in an area where children and adults live and even hang their laundry.

    The permanent secretary of the health ministry Petronella Masabane referred questions to the Otjozondjupa health director Frieda Stefanus. Stefanus, however, said she is not aware of the situation. Stefanus also refused to comment on whether it is acceptable for the waste to be dumped behind the clinic, fully exposed.

    She, however, noted that the medical waste must be burned every day. “There could be a number of challenges such as that the incinerator is out of order, amongst others. It depends. Sometimes other institutions bring their waste to be burned. [but] I have not been informed of the situation. I cannot answer you now, please call me on Monday,” she said.


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    Namibians dig gold from Gold CoastNamibians dig gold from Gold CoastProud moments for Jonas and Johannes It has been a Commonwealth Games of emotions for Namibia as the country's top athletes performed to the best of their capabilities away from home. Team Namibia will return home with two gold medals after the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

    Boxer Jonas Junias won gold on Friday after defeating Canadian Thomas Blumenfeld 5-0 in the final of 64kg fight.

    Veteran marathon runner Helalia Johannes proved that perseverance pays off after winning her first Commonwealth gold following so many years of failed attempts.

    Johannes finished in a time of 2 hours, 32 minutes and 40 seconds. The silver medal in the 42.2km event was won by Lisa Weightman (2:33:23), while another Australian, Jess Trengrove, claimed the bronze medal in a time of 2:34:09.

    The two athletes boosted Namibia's total Commonwealth Games medal tally from 18 to 20.

    Before the competition, Namibia had won three gold medals, four silver and 11 bronze in the history of the competition. The country now has five gold medals in total.

    Other athletes

    Namibian para-athlete Ananias Shikongo and his guide, Even Tjiviju, could only settle for fourth place at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    The T11 sprinter was taking part in the T12 100m race against Ndodomzi Ntutu of South Africa, who took gold in a time of 11:02. Silver went to his countryman Hilton Langenhoven in a time of 11:27 and bronze was won by Muhamad Afig Hanafiah of Malaysia, in a time of 11:37.

    In cycling, Namibia's Michelle Vorster came eighth in the cross-country race.

    The first place went to Annie Last and second place was scooped by Evie Richards, both from England. Third place went to Haley Smith of Canada.

    Elite cyclist Tristan de Lange took 12th place in the men's cross-country race. The first two places went to New Zealand's Samuel Gaze and Anton Cooper and third place went to Alan Hatherly of South Africa.

    Boxer Tryagain Ndevelo also missed out on a medal after losing to Australia's Harry Garside in their men's 60kg Round of 16 bouts.

    Matias Hamunyela was eliminated from the competition in the early stages.

    Lavinia Haitope finished seventh and Leena Ekandjo took 12th spot in the women's marathon.

    The men's marathon saw two Namibians, Nawa Kuugongelwa and Reonard Namupala, not finishing the race, while Paulus Iyambo earned himself a sixth-place finish.

    National time trial champion Drikus Coetzee finished 10th in the men's individual time trial.

    Team Namibia was represented by 29 athletes in athletics, bowls, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, Para-sports and triathlon.


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  • 04/16/18--02:27: Nghiwete suspended
  • Nghiwete suspendedNghiwete suspended
    The board of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) today suspended its CEO Hilya Nghiwete pending an investigation of her actions. NSFAF board chairperson Jerome Mutumba announced the suspension in a media release. “This is on account of serious allegations that have come to the attention of the board,” said Mutumba. “The concerned allegations border on the centrality of maladministration and/or administrative corruption, amongst other misconducts, which upon preliminary review by the board presented prima facie reasons justifying that in the interest of the institution and the public at large, certain disciplinary actions be considered against her.” Kennedy Kandume has been appointed as interim CEO, while investigations against Nghiwete are being finalised.

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    Warriors to visit Swaziland for friendlyWarriors to visit Swaziland for friendlyMannetti names Brave Warriors squad Namibia's senior national football side has been invited to compete in a friendly match against 'Sihlangu Semnikati', the Swaziland national senior football team, on Thursday as part of the country's independence celebrations. Swaziland is celebrating 50 years of independence this coming weekend and to make the event more memorable the country has requested Namibia's senior men's football side to travel to the capital, Manzini, for a friendly match.

    At a press briefing at Football House yesterday, Warriors head coach Ricardo Mannetti congratulated African Stars on winning the 2017/2018 MTC Premiership before announcing his training squad which consists of 27 players of whom 20 will travel to Swaziland on Wednesday morning.

    “Black Africa players will not be considered for the squad as the club wrote a letter last week requesting us not to use their players. The club will use its players to prepare for the Debmarine Cup this coming weekend.

    “Taking in account that the Debmarine Cup is on this weekend, I kept certain clubs' numbers lower and the clubs that are not participating in the Debmarine will have higher numbers, like Tigers for instance, who will have seven players called up, as well as Young African with four players called up,” Mannetti said.

    “This is an experimental squad but we still have the core of the team and we still have a job to do against Swaziland. We knocked Swaziland out of the Cosafa Cup last year and they won't take it lightly on us,” he added.

    The team will fly out on Wednesday morning, the match will be played on Thursday and the players will be back on Friday just in time to participate in Round 16 of the Debmarine Cup for their respective clubs.

    The training squad consists of:

    Ratanda Mbazuvara (African Stars), Immanuel Immanuel (Tigers), Edward Maova (Civics),Ferdinand Karongee, Kennedy Amutenya, Rehabeam Mbango (Tigers), Tjinotjiua Tjiuana Tja (African Stars), Donovan Kanjaa (Young African), Kennedy Eib (Mighty Gunners), Kleophas Useb (Life Fighters), Riaan Hanamub (Orlando Pirates), Charles Hambira, Petrus Shitembi (Tura Magic), Ronald Ketjijere (African Stars), Gustav Isaak (Tigers), Himeezembi Hengombe, Elvis Patire, Ikuatera Hoveka (Young African), Marcel Papama (Unam), Absalom Iimbondi, Mapenzi Muwanei (Tigers), Willem Pinehas, Josef Nghifindwako (Eleven Arrows), Vernon Klaazen (Mighty Gunners), Panduleni Nekundi (African Stars), Marius Hashipala (Blue Waters) and Itamunua Keimuine(Tura Magic).


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    Organisers under fire for closing ceremony stuff-upOrganisers under fire for closing ceremony stuff-up Organisers of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have apologised for their closing ceremony on Sunday night, which has been roundly criticised for not including athletes.

    Athletes, including the competing countries' flag-bearers, marched onto the arena before the ceremony commenced, meaning the audience at Carrara Stadium could see them, but the TV audience couldn't. Many athletes were seen leaving the stadium while the closing speeches were still in progress.

    The ceremony was even criticised by Australian broadcaster Channel Seven, with former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Johanna Griggs saying during the live coverage she was “furious” with the decision.

    “They're actually wrecking a tradition that is so important and part of the Commonwealth Games,” Griggs said, live on air. “Unfortunately tonight, the organising committee, together with the host broadcasters, just didn't get it right.”

    Peter Beattie, the Commonwealth Games chairman, acknowledged that the organisers made a mistake featuring athletes in the pre-show instead of the television coverage.

    “If the athletes didn't come into the stadium until the broadcast time they would have been stuck in a field or a paddock somewhere,” Beattie told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) yesterday.

    Beattie, who had previously described the Commonwealth Games as “inspirational” and “innovative,” said he was disappointed the viewers at home did not get to see the athletes.

    “We wanted athletes to be part of and enjoy the closing ceremony. However, having them come in to the stadium in the pre-show meant the TV audience were not able to see the athletes enter the stadium. We got that wrong,” the Commonwealth Games chairman said.

    “The people who are angry are justified. The people who have been critical are also justified,” Beattie said.

    “Unfortunately tonight, the organising committee, together with the host broadcasters, just didn't get it right.”

    In a social media post yesterday morning, Beattie said the closing ceremony telecast should have been organised more appropriately.

    “The speeches were too many and too long. I was part of that and I acknowledge it. Again, we got that wrong,” he wrote.

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who actually spoke at the closing ceremony, also criticised the organisers yesterday.

    “At the end of the day, we appoint an agency to run the day-to-day operations of the Games,” Palaszczuk told reporters.

    “Whoever made that decision not to allow those athletes to march in should hang their heads in shame.”

    Athletes themselves have said they were disappointed at not being included in the closing ceremony.

    Angus Brandt, a member of the Australian basketball team which won a gold medal, said the entire Australian basketball team was disappointed to be left out.

    “It was a little disappointing with the athletes being brought in before the actual ceremony began,” Brandt said on Australian television.

    “We were looking forward to being part of the closing ceremony and being recognised for what we had done in the games.”

    The host broadcaster of the Commonwealth Games, NEP Group, also released a social media post saying it was “disappointed”.


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    City considers replacing Sam Nujoma Stadium turfCity considers replacing Sam Nujoma Stadium turf The artificial turf at the Sam Nujoma Stadium is in a poor state, with air bubbles lifting the turf which sometimes makes play difficult and dangerous.

    The strategic executive for economic development and community services at the City of Windhoek, Fillemon Nangolo Hambuda, agreed, saying the artificial turf was showing signs of ageing.

    Normal grass was first planted after the completion of the 10 300-seat stadium in 2005, but that was removed three years later for the laying of Astroturf.

    Hambuda told Nampa on enquiry that plans were at an advanced stage to replace the pitch, and they would soon approach other partners, including the Namibia Football Association (NFA), which owns the turf. “Recently when we were discussing our budget, we set aside N$10 million for this project. Hopefully the budget will be approved so we can then replace the turf,” he said.

    Hambuda added that they would endeavour to make sure the 'B' Field at the stadium will also receive attention, with an option of laying the synthetic surface from the 'A' field there.

    He said the 'B' field would then be used for training and warm-up before matches as a way of taking off load from the main field.

    Hambuda acknowledged that the 'A' field was overused, and said they wanted to start discussions with government for the City to run and manage the Independence Stadium.

    Hambuda suggested that an artificial turf could also be considered for that venue.

    He stated that the municipality was committed to improving and increasing sports facilities in and around Windhoek.

    “We have been approached by individuals and groups of people who have shown interest in developing a high-performance (sports) centre. When the time is right, we will inform you on the progress and developments.”

    He added that former Brave Warriors footballer Collin Benjamin had also approached them to lease the Khomasdal Sports Stadium for a football academy, with the understanding that he would upgrade the facility.


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  • 04/16/18--16:00: Samaria revels in title win
  • Samaria revels in title winSamaria revels in title winStars win league in runaway fashion African Stars coach Bobby Samaria is ecstatic after his club was crowned the 2017/18 Namibia Premier League (NPL) champions after beating Tigers 2-1 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Sunday. Stars dethroned defending champions Tigers to walk away with the coveted title; the result was unexpected as Tigers had taken lead in the first half when Gustav Isaak scored.

    Striker Ambrosius Amseb, however, had the right boots on and came from behind to score a brace for his team.

    The winning coach, Bobby Samaria, said they only took back what had been taken from them by Tigers at the end of the 2014/15 season.

    “With the grace of God we reclaimed our title. It is a great feeling even though we wanted to win the league with four matches to go. We left it till late and dropped points on the way but we made it,” said Samaria.

    He also expressed happiness at the fact that Panduleni Nekundi might walk away with the Golden Boot award as he has demonstrated his selflessness throughout the league.

    “Nekundi is the type of player every coach would like to have in his team. He put the interest of the club before his own in Sunday's match and passed the ball which he could have scored to Amseb. That in itself is proof that he deserves it.”

    Samaria said the team was in a celebratory mood but they would head back to training and win the last two matches just to leave a great impression. “I will use the core of the team and also see that guys who have not played regularly play as well, but the task still remains that we have to win and then shift focus to the DebMarine Namibia Cup.”


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  • 04/16/18--16:00: Pope concerned over Syria
  • Pope concerned over SyriaPope concerned over SyriaSays world should have a common response Pope Francis has urged the international community to seek out dialogue and a common response following the strikes in Syria over the weekend. Pope Francis told the faithful in St Peter's Square that he is “deeply disturbed” by the international community's failure to come up with a common response to the crisis in Syria and other parts of the world.

    “Despite the tools available to the international community, it is difficult to agree on a common action toward peace in Syria or other regions of the world,” the pope told a crowd of 30 000 after his traditional Sunday blessing.

    Francis called on “all people of goodwill” to join him in praying for peace, and appealed to political leaders to help “justice prevail”.

    The pope spoke after airstrikes by the United States, France and Britain aimed at taking out Syria's chemical weapons capacity. That followed a suspected poison gas attack by Syrian government forces on a rebel-held Damascus suburb that killed dozens, including children.

    The suffering in Syria has been top among the pope's concerns. Francis last Sunday said “nothing can justify” the use of chemical weapons and called for negotiations.

    “There is not a good or a bad war, and nothing can justify such instruments that exterminate defenceless people and populations,” the pope said.

    “Let's pray that the responsible politicians and military leaders choose another path: that of negotiations, the only one that can bring peace.”


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    Law reform for inclusion coming in LesothoLaw reform for inclusion coming in Lesotho The mountain kingdom of Lesotho will soon begin a process of reviewing and, where necessary, reforming national laws and policies as the country takes bold steps to ensure greater access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, HIV and Aids services for all her citizens.

    Recent outreach and oversight missions to various health and correctional facilities in parts of Lesotho exposed gaps in the country's SRHR, HIV and Aids response which were negatively affecting some citizens, especially key populations.

    The MPs and senators who belong to the Social Cluster, HIV and Aids and Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) committees in the National Assembly, met various people including sex workers and members of the LGBTI community. They then compiled reports which they shared during unprecedented roundtable discussions with ministers and permanent secretaries of relevant line government ministries here last week.

    In impassioned submissions, the lawmakers implored the ministers to take decisive steps to ensure that the rights of all citizens including key populations were upheld so that universal access to SRHR, HIV and Aids services becomes a reality.

    The justice minister Mokhele Moletsane immediately took heed and promised action. In an exclusive interview, he commended the lawmakers for undertaking the oversight missions and for sharing their findings.

    “This has been a very useful and important gathering where, as ministers, MPs, non-governmental organisations and government officials, we interacted on very important issues of HIV and Aids in relation to the so-called key populations,” he said.

    He added that the meeting had enabled stakeholders to better appreciate the work that the SADC Parliamentary Forum was doing in responding to the global HIV and Aids epidemic under the SRHR, HIV and AIDS Governance Project that Sweden and Norway are funding in seven SADC countries including Lesotho.

    He said the reports had enabled him to better appreciate “the peculiar needs of prisoners, women and men who form a substantial part of the population in our prisons”.

    He added: “This was an eye-opener. We should always bear in mind that we don't talk only of females and males in our population. We should remember that there is the LGBTI community. As we provide services, we should remember that they are part of the nation. Like everybody else, they have rights.” Pressed on what needs to be done going forward, Moletsane was clear. “We should now embark on a rigorous transformation of our legal framework. We must come up with new laws to cater for key populations. We need new policies. Parliamentarians should embark on that rigorous reform to cater also for the needs of special groups within our institutions.” He said as a follow-up, he would invite all relevant stakeholders to his ministry “so that we embark on a review of any piece of legislation that needs to be repealed or amended so that we realise the rights of every citizen, especially prison inmates.”

    Asked what had struck him the most from the reports shared by the lawmakers, Molestane first took a deep breath before saying: “The realities in our communities and the level of our ignorance as a society. We know gay people exist, but we have never taken time to understand their special situation and their special needs.

    “We need to respond to these challenges, whether through the national budget or legal reforms. We can no longer ignore or pretend that these (key populations) do not exist. We have to act,” he said. He commended the MPs and senators for throwing light on matters that for long had been skirted. “They are determined to work and enlighten us. When it is done at this high level of governance, it says a lot. Parliament is taking its mandate seriously.” He said Lesotho was going through exciting times towards universal access to SRHR, HIV and Aids services. He called for all hands on board. “Let us join hands and look into the future so that we can celebrate being part of that change. As an individual and as an official of government, I am determined … to be part of those willing to bring about change,” he said.

    Moletsane said he was keenly alive to the challenges that lay ahead.

    “It is not going to be easy. We are a religious community but I am going to add my voice to numerous voices that are already advocating for change.”

    *Moses Magadza is Communications and Advocacy Specialist at SADC Parliamentary Forum.


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  • 04/16/18--16:00: Mugabe a GBV victim?
  • Mugabe a GBV victim?Mugabe a GBV victim? Former president Robert Mugabe was a victim of spousal abuse and the army even once considered giving him shelter at an army barracks, a newspaper claimed on Sunday.

    The Daily News on Sunday quoted an unnamed former aide saying that while Mugabe was still in power one of his children approached an army general “to tell him that the former president was being badly beaten and abused by his wife”.

    “The situation was so bad that there was even a serious consideration by the military top brass to take the then president, as their commander-in-chief at the time, to the safety of Tongogara Barracks (in Harare) since he was no longer safe at home,” the former aide said.

    There's been no confirmation of the claims – but they do reflect many Zimbabweans' firm dislike for their former first lady, Grace.

    Mugabe is 42 years his wife's senior. Her alleged manipulation of the former president was said to be one of the reasons the military took over the country last November, leading to Mugabe's resignation.

    Another former aide told the Daily News: “They (Mugabe and Grace) sometimes had their challenges like all people, and it didn't help that there is a significant ideological and age difference between them.”

    Grace Mugabe is alleged to have surrounded herself with a group of influential younger Zanu-PF members, known as G40. That group appeared to have got the upper hand in ruling party struggles last year. But then the military stepped in in November and replaced Mugabe with Emmerson Mnangagwa, G40's biggest rival.


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    Omaiyuvo gaakwashigwana kombinga yoshikumungu shaNamibia naGermanyOmaiyuvo gaakwashigwana kombinga yoshikumungu shaNamibia naGermany AaNamibia oyendji otaya pula opo omalelo gopamuthigululwakalo ga kuthe ombinga moonkundathana dhi na sha neeto lyiipongolo yAaNamibia kegumbo mboka ya dhipagwa kepangelo lyokatongo lyaGermany.

    Shoka osha hololwa kiizemo yomakonaakono nomapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa koAfrobarometer.

    Monena ope na oonkundatha dhoka dhi Ii metifa pokati kepangelo lyaNamibia oshowo epangelo lyaGermany omolwa omadhipago ga kiinahenda ngoka ga ningilwa AaNamibia. Aaleli yopamuthigululwakalo yAaNama nAaherero otaya pula opo epangelo lyaGermany opo li fute.

    Omapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa oga holola kutya oopresenda 20 odha holola kutya epangelo nali kwatele komeho omapekaapeko ngoka, omanga oopresenda 11 dhi wete kutya omaleli gopamuthigululwakalo ngoka ogo na ga kwatele komeho oonkundathana ndhoka.

    Afrobarometer pan-African ehangano hali ningi omapekaapeko kombinga yomaihumbato gaakwashigwana, paudemokoli, eliko ohowo iikumungu ilwe muAfrika.

    Ongundu yoAfrobarometer moNamiia ndjoka ya kwatela komeho koInstitute for Public Policy Research, na oya ningile omapulaapulo AaNamibia ya thika po 1 200, muNovemba gwo 2017.

    Omapekaapeko ngoka oga holola kutya omukwashigwana owala gumwe gwomaakwashigwana yatano, a holola kutya epangelo nali kwatele komeho oonkundathana ndhoka.

    Etata lyaakwashigwana mboka ya ningilwa omapulaapulo, olya popi kutya Germany okwa pumbwa okufuta omolwa omadhipago ngoka a ningile aakwashigwana yaNamibia, pokati komvula 1904-08, omanga oopresenda 10 dha tindi.

    Pamakonaakono ngoka ga ningwa, oopresenda 13 dhAaNamibia odha holola kutya kadhi na owino, kombinga yomadhipago ngoka nenge inaya hala okutya sha kombinga yoshikumungu shoka.

    Aakwiita yepangelo lyokatongotongo

    Omapekaapeko ngoka oga pula woo omaiyuvo gaakwashigwana kombinga yaakwiita nale yepangelo lyokatongotongo yoSWATF oshowo Koevoet mboka taya pula opo yapewe uukwatya woonakulwa aakulu.

    Aantu yaali yomaantu yatano oya popi kutya aakwiita mboka naya pewe uukwatya, omanga opresenda 37 ya tindi.

    Aakwiita yoKoevoet oshowo SWATF mboka taya kalelwa po kehangano lyoNamibia War Veterans' Trust (Namvet), otaya pula opo nayo ya shangithwe nokupewa uukwatya waakondjelimanguluko nokumona woo omauwanawa ngoka taga pewa aakondjelimanguluko kUuministeli wIipambele yOonakulwa Aakulu.

    Nonando ongaaka epangelo odha dhenge omuthindo kutya oyali ya gama kombinga yomutondi onkene itaya vulu okupewa uukwatya waakondjelimanguluko.


    Aakwashigwana ya ne yomaakwashigwana omulongo, oya popi kutya naku ningwe omakonaakono giithikamena kombinga yomapopyo gemonitho lyiihuna neyopondje lyuuthemba wantu, omiyonena ndhoka dha ningilwa moLubango.

    Nonando epangelo olya tindi eningo lyomakonaakono, okwa totwa okomitiye tayi ithanwa Committee of Parents and the Truth and Justice Committee ndjoka ya tseyitha omadhina gAaNamibia oshowo yalwe mboka ya holola ohokwe okukutha ombinga momakonaakono ngoka.

    Okomitiye ndjoka yomuhanga oya hala etamekitho lyomakonaakono momadhipago nomamonitho giihuna oontauki dhaNamibia, niikulumuna mbyoka otaku popiwa kutya oya longwa kuSwapo, kewawa lyaanyasha yongundu ndjoka momvula yo 1976, oshowo iilyo yoPLAN.


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    Oompata kombinga yompango yekuthemo lyomategeleloOompata kombinga yompango yekuthemo lyomategeleloNaku ningwe oonkundathana dhopashigwana Ompango ndjoka tayi longithwa kuNamibia monena ya za pethimbo lyuukoloni, ndjoka tayi indika aakiintu ya kuthemo omategelelo oya popiwa kutya otayi yi moshipala uuthemba waakiintu na otayi tula moshiponga oomwenyo dhaamboka taya kutha mo omategelelo konima yomiyelo dha pata, na okwa pumbwa okutalululwa ompango ndjoka. Onkalo kutya ekuthemo lyomategelelo inali pitikwa moNamibia, itashi yi moshipala aakiintu ya kuthe mo omategelelo nokutula moshiponga oomwenyo dhawo unene athigona mboka yeli moshipotha shokweehama nenge okusa nokuli.

    Aatseyinawa yopaveta naahwahwameki yomauwanawa gaakiintu oya zimine kutya ompango yaNamibia ndjoka tayi indike ekutho lyomategelelo oya pumbwa okutalululwa, opo ku vule okushunitha pevi oshiponga shokutula muupyakadhi oomwenyo dhaakiintu unene aakwanaluhepo, mboka uuthemba wawo tawu yi wa moshipala.

    “Ompango ndjoka oya pumbwa okutalululwa. Ompango ndjoka yi li miilonga ngashiingeyi oya patela pondje uuthemba waakiintu,” omuhwahwameki guuthemba na okuli woo hahende, Norman Tjombe a lombwele oNamibian Sun.

    Dianne Hubbard gwoLegal Assistance Centre, koshikondo shomapekaapeko guukashike koonkatu okwa popi kutya ompango ndjoka tayi longithwa kuNamibia, oya totwa po pethimbo lyuukoloni waSouth Afrika, na inayi patathanwa paundemokoli moNamibia, konima sho oshilongo sha manguluka.

    Okwa tsu omuthindo ngaashi aatotiveta yamwe mboka ya popi kutya, nonando ompango ndjoka oyi li miilonga, aakiintu onkene taya yi pondje ompango ndjoka nokukutha mo omategelelelo, nokutula moshiponga oomwenyo dhawo.

    Eileen Rakow gwOffice of the Ombudsman okwa popi kutya olopota ndjoka ya ningwa kEhangano lyUundjolowele mUuyuni oya holola kutya omakuthemo gomategelelo geli oomiliyona 20, gomakuthemo geli poomiliyona 42 ngoka haga ningwa muuyuni kehe omvula, inaga gamenwa.

    Okwa popi kutya aakwanaluhepo, oshowo aakiintu yomomikunda oyo unene ya taalela oshiponga shoka nokutula muupyakadhi oomwenyo dhawo, molwaashoka aakiintu aanashimaliwa ohaya yi owala koSouth Afrika nenge palwe, nokukutha mo omategelelo ngoka inaya pumbwa.

    Aakiintu aakwanaluhepo kaye na nkene, na otaya thiminikwa konkalo ya longithe omikalo dha nika oshiponga mokukutha mo omategelelo.

    Rakow okwa popi kutya okutindila omukiintu uuthemba opo a ningi omatokolo ge mwene kombinga yolutu lwe, oshi li e yo pondje lyuuthemba womuntu nongele omukiintu a thiminikwa konkalo opo a longithe omikalo dha nika oshiponga mokukuthamo etegelelo, nena oshizemo ohashi vulu okuguma woo aantu oyendji.

    Hubbard naye okwa zimine kutya ompango ndjoka yi li miilonga moNamibia, otayi yi moshipala uuthemba waakiintu ya ninge omatokolo ga simana kombinga yomalutu gawo.

    Rakow, Hubbard naTjombe yehe oya zimine nokupopila kutya okwa pumbwa okutamekithwa oonkundathana dha mangulukila ayehe kombinga yompangp ndjoka yi li miilonga.

    Tjombe okwa popi kutya okutala konkalo yaNamibia, aakiintu yendji oya taalela omaupyakadhi gomiyonena dhomomagumbo oshowo omiyonena dhilwe dhopaukashike koonkatu, moka ethimbo limwe omiyonena ndhoka odho tadhi etitha oshizemo shomategelelo, na oya indikwa uuthemba wokutokola ngele naya kale nomategelelo ngoka nenge ahowe.

    Olopota ndjoka ya gandjwa koSister Namibia kombinga yoshipopiwa shoka, oya holola kutya inaku ningwa owala oonkundathana dhokupitika ekuthemo lyomategelelo, ihe naku kundathanwe oonkatu odhindji dha yooloka ndhoka tadhi kwatakanithwa nonkalo ndjoka.

    “Otashi ka kala sha simana oku okugandja omandiki gomazulonkalo kaanona yaakadhona naakiintu opo ya uveko oshiponga oshowo iinima yilwe tayi kwatakanithwa nekuthemo lyomategelelo.”

    Ehangano ndyoka olya popi kutya ngashiingeyi natango omayakulo ngoka andola otaga shunitha pevi iipotha yokweekelahi uunona.

    “Ngaashi owala kutya onkalo yokweekelahi uunona otayi vulu okushuna pevi, ngele andola ope na omikalo dhimwe tadhi vulu okulongithwa kaakiintu. Oompata kombinga yekuthemo lyomategelelo nadhi kundathanew woo kombinga yomikalo dha gamenwa mekuthemo lyomategelelo.”

    Hubbard okwa zimine kutya epitiko lyekuthemo lyomategelelo nali ningwe pamwe negandjo lyomayakulo gamwe, menkondopeko lyomayakulo ngoka geli po nale.

    Omayakulo ngoka oga kwatela mo egandjo lyomahungomweno kaakiintu, omayakulo ngaashi egandjo lyiiyemo nomayambidhidho, enkondopeko lyelongo lyomaluvalo ga ngambakewa mooskola, oshowo omayakulo ngoka taga adhika kehe pamwe.


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    A hula aaniilonga omolwa ooshapi dhakanaA hula aaniilonga omolwa ooshapi dhakana Omupanguli-ndaji okwa tegelelwa a ka tokole ngele otaka pangula omugameni nale gwomupresidende gwotango, Sam Nujoma, Nepando Amupanda, oshowo aanambelewa yopolisi yomosasiyona yopolisi mOndangwa, sha landula iipotha ya tulwa kaaniilonga yatatu yelelo lyaNdonga.

    Aaniilonga mboka oya popi kutya oya hulwa iikutu yawo kopolisi sha landula aniwa ooshapi dhoskopa yompanguli yaakwashigwana melelo lyoshilongo shoka. Mboka oya hadhwa woo kopolisi kelombwelo lyaNepando.

    Komanda gwopolisi yaShana, Komufala Rauha Amwele okwa koleke koshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun kutya otaya konaakona oshipotha shoka, sha tulilwa gumwe gwomaaleli melelo lyaNdonga oshowo aanambelewa yopolisi. Okwa popi kutya oya tumu epeko ndyoka komupanguli ndjai opo a vule okuninga etokolo moshipotha shoka, ngele mboka otaya ka pangulwa nenge ahowe.

    Palopota ndjoka ya gandjwa koonakutulamo oshpotha yatatu, ndjoka ya monika koNamibian Sun, momasiku 22 gaMaalitsa aaniilonga yatatu aakiintu yaali nomulumentu gumwe oya hulwa iikutu yawo nokuhadhwa kopolisi yaNdangwa, kelombwelo lyagandjwa kuAmupanda.

    Nepando okwa popi kutya ke na ontseyo kombinga yiipotha mbyoka ta popi kutya ota kongelwa oohapu.

    “Otwa falwa koshinyanga shoompangulilo hoka twa adha Amupanda a geya noonkondo, na okwe tu lundile kutya otuna mo olunyala mekano lyoshapi. Okwa ithana aapolisi yahamano mboka yetu fala mombelewa yetu koogumwe noogumwe. Mombelewa moka otwa hulwa nokuhadhwa,” olopota ya holola.

    Olopota oya tsikile kutya mboka oya pulwa kopolisi opo ya kuthemo iizalomwa yawo omanga Amupanda a talako. Oya popi kutya inaya adhika noshapi ndjoka tayi kongwa. Gumwe gwomoonakunyenyeta mboka okwa popi kutya ehadho lyawo olya li esithahoni, eshundulo lyuuntu, kali li pauntu nondhino woo.

    Sho a ningilwa omapulo, Nepando okwa popi kutya okuli eshongo kaaniilonga mboka taye mu woo kongele oohapu.

    Omukwaniilwa gwaNdonga, Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, okwa ulike Amupanda onga amushanga gwelelo lyaNdonga muApilili omwedhi gwa piti, sha landula etidho miilonga lyookansela yaheyali melelo ndyoka, Joseph Asino, Peter Kauluma, John Walenga, Vilho Kamanya, Kashona Malulu, Tonata Ngulu oshowo Fillemon Nambili.


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    Geingob ita kalongitha iimaliwa yoshigwana moshipotha shaArevaGeingob ita kalongitha iimaliwa yoshigwana moshipotha shaAreva Ngele omupresidende gwaNamibia okwa tokola okukatukila oonkatu dhopaveta oRadio France International omolwa olopota ndjoka tayi mu kwatakanitha niipotha yuulingilingi, ndjoka ya lopotwa koradio ndjoka, nena itaka longitha iimaliwa yoshigwana.

    Hahende gwe Sisa Namandje, okwa koleke koshifokundnaeki shoNamibin Sun kutya omuleli otaka longitha iimaliwa ye paumwene, ihe okwa tindi okupopya sha kombinga yoompangela dhawo.

    Kuyele omwedhi nguka, oRadio France International (RFI) oya pititha olopota moka ya tumbula ekuthombinga lyaGeingob moshipotha shuulingilingi shoUraMin. Ekwatakanitho lyaGeingon noshipotha shoka olya ningwa, sha landula omakonaakono taga ningilwa Sébastien de Montessus, omukomeho gwoAreva, ngoka ta pangulilwa iipotha yuulingilingi yi na ekwatathano nekuthombinga lyoAreva mokulanda omina yaCanada yedhina UraMin, ndjoka oyo yi li mwene gwomina yaTrekkopje moNamibia.

    Momukanda ngoka gwa shangwa kuNamandje momasiku 9 gaApilili, okwa popi kutya olopota ndjoka kayi na uukwashili washa, na omalundulilo gowala taga ningilwa Geingob.

    Okwa pula woo ekutho mo lyolopota ndjoka, ihe olopota ndjoka inayi kuthwa mo sigo onena koshikundaneki shoka.

    Nonando ongaaka Namandje okwa lombwele oNamibian Sun kutya, ope na ethimbo lyagwana natango opo mboka ya vule okuyamukula, ihe ita popi kutya otaya ka kutha oonkatu dhini po ngele RFI okwa tindi okukutha mo olopota ndjoka.

    Namandje okwa popi kutya otaka ninga ngaashi omuyakulwa gwe a hala, ta gwedhwa po kutya shoka oshi li oshikumungu shopaumwene nakashi na sha noshigwana.

    Sho a pulwa kutya olopota ndjoka otayi ka kala nuuwinayi washike, ngele Geingob okwa tokolwa a pangulwe moFrance, omunongononi gwekotampango, Omuprofessa Nico Horn okwa popi kutya ompango inayi pitika Namibia a tume pondje aakwashigwana ye yakapangulwe. “Shoka France ta vulu okuninga, okugandja epeko ndyoka komupanguli ndjai gwaNamibia, Martha Imalwa opo a vule okupangula Geingob uuna a dhigi po ombelewa,” Nico a popi. Natango okwa popi kutya moFrance omupresidende iha vulu okupangulwa omanga e li koshipundi, nenge a pangulilwe iimbuluma mbyoka a longo omanga ina ninga omupresidende.

    Nico okwa popi kutya ke wete France taka ninga eindilo opo ku pangulwe Geingob omanga e li mombelewa.


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    Graduation ceremony for the University of Namibia and Southern Business SchoolGraduation ceremony for the University of Namibia and Southern Business School On the 12 and 13 April the University of Namibia (Unam) and Southern Business School (SBS) had their graduation ceremonies were a total of 3812 graduated from Unam and 313 students from SBS graduated. The ceremonies were held at the Safari Hotel for Unam and the Country Club for SBS....

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    Battle intensifies for King of the Hill Battle intensifies for King of the Hill Single Seater and Sports Car categories set for epic showdowns Countdown to the climb “I’m confident that we will be able to set a new Jaguar Simola Hillclimb record with this new car.” Andre Bezuidenhout, reigning King of the Hill, on his new Gould GR55. MOTORPRESS - The battle for the revered King of the Hill title has been stepped up several notches in the Single Seater and Sports Car category for the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, which takes place at Knysna from 3 to 6 May.

    Although there are just two classes this year, the competition is more intense than ever. Class C1 caters for turbocharged or supercharged four-cylinder cars, as well as those naturally aspirated with five cylinders or more.

    Reigning King of the Hill Andre Bezuidenhout will be back to defend his title. However, there’s a bit of a twist as he won’t be behind the wheel of his spectacular Dallara F189 Formula One car with which he set the outright Hillclimb record last year, having completed the 1.9 km run in 37.695 seconds at an average speed of 181.5 km/h.

    There’s no need for disappointment, though, as he has something potentially even faster lined up for the ninth edition of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb.

    “The Dallara is out of service as the engine needs a bit of a refresh, but I have been very fortunate to obtain a Gould GR55 for the Hillclimb,” Bezuidenhout says.

    “This is a purpose-built single-seater designed specifically for Hillclimb events.”

    As a specialist race car manufacturing and engineering company based in England, Gould has been a dominant force in Hillclimb competitions for many years, with no fewer than 19 titles notched up in the prestigious British Hillclimb Championship between 1998 and 2016.

    Bezuidenhout’s GR55 is powered by a Nicholson-McLaren 3.8-litre V8 engine, and competed with great success in the British Hillclimb Championship since it was built in 2004, having scored numerous victories in this highly competitive series.

    “I expect that the Gould will be faster than the 1989 Dallara F1 car as it is a fit-for-purpose race car with modern attributes, including much more downforce and more advanced technologies such as paddle shift and traction control. I’m confident that we will be able to set a new Jaguar Simola Hillclimb record with this car,” Bezuidenhout states.

    While his fiercest challenger, in the form of previous Jaguar Simola Hillclimb winner Franco Scribante, has elected to take his fight to the Modified Saloon Car category this year, Bezuidenhout will still face a stern challenge for the title – most notably from Robert Wolk.

    As a multiple champion in Formula Ford and Formula Volkswagen, Wolk is undoubtedly one of the fastest and most experienced single-seater drivers in the field. After two years trying his hand with a Formula Renault V6 entry, this year Wolk is also stepping up his game by fielding a more modern machine in the form of an A1 GP car.

    The ill-fated A1 GP series was branded as the ‘World Cup of Motorsport’, and featured nations competing against each other in identical cars based on the 2004-era Ferrari F1 car. Power is derived from a 4.5-litre Ferrari V8 engine, delivering around 450 kW, which has been fitted to an A1 GP chassis that has never been raced before.

    “On paper, I should be quite a bit faster in the A1 GP,” Wolk says. “This car has 50 percent more power than the Renault V6, much better aerodynamics and the benefit of launch control, which will help optimise the start. A quick pull-off is critical to set a fast time on this short course.”

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    Namstance brings joy to Senior Park Namstance brings joy to Senior Park COBIE BOK - Namstance presented a 1950s charity event at the Senior Park old-age home in Pionierspark on 7 April, and spent the day brightening up the lives of the centre’s elderly population.

    The day was packed with events and not only did the attendees have the opportunity to see some of Windhoek’s most eye-catching modern and classic cars, as with the ladies above posing with a beautiful 1960 Ford Fairlane, but also enjoyed various activities, including a fifties-themed matinee complete with costumes, music and prizes.

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    Abortion: Time for an honest debateAbortion: Time for an honest debate In 2016 health minister Bernard Haufiku tried everything possible to revive the contentious debate on abortion. He even went as far as calling on government to hold a referendum on legalising abortion, but that is where it all ended. In Namibia abortion is illegal before the law and can only be performed under strict medical supervision within the confines of the law in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is in danger. This archaic law, which was inherited from South Africa, is now being frowned upon by both human rights and gender activists. But things have since changed in South Africa and in 2003 the 1996 Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act was amended to allow any health facility with a 24-hour maternity service to offer first trimester abortion services. The situation is, however, different in Namibia, while current legislation is regarded as restrictive, which according to experts is more than likely in violation of women's human rights and the Namibian constitution. The bone of contention here is that women have little say in the debate regarding abortion and that current legislation has a “disproportionate effect on poor women” especially. Local activists actually agree with a campaign for the decriminalising of abortion in Africa by the African Commission on Human and People's Rights launched in 2016. The Aids and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) at the time claimed that “evidence has shown that laws that criminalise abortions do not prevent women from having abortions. They only make them unsafe.” Dianne Hubbard of the Legal Assistance Centre's gender research and advocacy project noted that “laws restricting access to abortion do not discourage women from having abortions. They simply drive abortion underground, with tragic consequences for women's health and well-being.” It goes without saying that a change of policy will have a profound effect on Namibian women's health, especially the poor mothers who have no option but to access dangerous backstreet abortions or home remedies, which could be harmful. The question of legalising abortion usually arouses strong emotions from society and church leaders, but the politicians' silence on this hot topic is deafening to say the least. The situation on the ground calls for an urgent and honest debate and we can't simply shy away from it.

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  • 04/16/18--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day IN HER HONOUR: South African majorettes salute as they parade near the house of Winnie Mandela, late anti-apartheid icon and ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, in Soweto, Johannesburg, on 8 April 2018. She died in a Johannesburg hospital on 2 April and was mourned by many who praised her as one of the most charismatic and energetic activists who fought white-minority rule. She was laid to rest over the weekend. Photo: NAMPA/AFP

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