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  • 06/05/18--16:00: Tender rules flouted
  • Tender rules floutedTender rules floutedChinese dominate fresh-produce hub construction Tender regulations giving preference to Namibian-owned companies have been ignored in the granting of contracts for building fresh-produce hubs. Fresh-produce business hubs across the country have all been built by Chinese companies despite tender specifications that contractors must be Namibian owned.

    According to the Tender Bulletin (25 – 31 May) the Namibia Development Corporation in 2010 issued two tenders for such hubs on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.

    The N$107 million tender for the Ongwediva fresh-produce business hub (FPBH) was then awarded to China Jiangsu International as the main contractor despite a tender condition that the successful bidder must be a Namibian-owned business.

    There were even Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) requirements attached to the second round of this particular tender.

    Still in 2010, the tender for the N$113 million Rundu FPBH was given to China Jiangxi International Cooperation, which was in a joint venture with a company called Profile.

    In 2014, the N$149 million Windhoek FPBH in Wanaheda was awarded to a joint venture by locally-owned Uundenge Investment, owned by Laban Kandume, and Jiangsu Zhentai despite the tender having been restricted to “100% Namibian-owned registered SMEs and Namibian nationals”.

    The Tender Bulletin observes that despite the fact that these contracts were awarded years ago, construction of these projects will only start in 2019.

    Under the national budget for the 2017/18 financial year, N$2.3 billion was allocated for the National Horticulture Development Initiative (NHDI).

    This includes the construction of fresh-produce hubs in the Oshana, Kavango and Khomas regions and the creation of marketing infrastructure and organisational structures for horticultural producers.

    The Windhoek FPBH and the second phases of the Rundu and Ongwediva hubs were supposed to have been completed during the financial year that ended in March 2018.

    The Tender Bulletin states that for the 2018/19 financial year the total budget for the NHDI has been increased to N$2.5 billion. The only activity listed is for the completion of the bulk earthworks for the Windhoek hub.

    The other activities planned for last year have been transferred to the 2019/20 financial year.

    AMTA's spokesperson, Meke Namindo, said although the organisation was responsible for the running of the fresh-produce hubs, it did not have a say in the awarding of tenders for their construction.

    The Tender Board that awarded the contracts is no longer in existence, as it was replaced by the Central Procurement Board.


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  • 06/05/18--16:00: Africa briefs
  • Africa briefsAfrica briefs Algeria hires US law firm to help with new energy law

    Algeria has hired US law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and other consultancies to help with a new energy law aimed at attracting much-needed investment, the CEO of state energy firm Sonatrach said on Monday.

    The OPEC producer, which is also a major gas supplier to Europe, has been trying to attract more foreign investors, but firms have been reluctant, complaining about bureaucracy and tough terms.


    Egypt net foreign reserves rise to US$44.14 bn at end-May

    Egypt’s net foreign reserves rose to US$44.14 billion at the end of May from US$44.030 billion at the end of April, the central bank said on Monday.

    Egypt’s foreign reserves have been climbing since it secured a US$12 billion, three-year International Monetary Fund loan programme in 2016 as part of efforts to woo foreign investors and revive its ailing economy.


    South Africa's public servants to strike next week over wages

    South Africa’s Public Servants Association (PSA) on Monday filed a notice to strike from June 11 after failing to reach a wage deal with government, extending a dispute that could significantly impact national finances.

    Treasury has flagged the public service wage bill as a “imminent risk” to government spending, urging against salary increases exceeding inflation without staff reductions.


    Nigeria's forex reserves up at US$47.62 bn

    Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves rose 0.27% from a month ago to US$47.62 billion as of May 30, central bank data showed on Friday.

    Nigeria’s forex buffer stood at US$30.36 billion, up 57% from a year ago, but is still far off a peak of US$64 billion hit in August 2008.


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    Blood-stained scene greeted witnessBlood-stained scene greeted witness A blood-stained broken beer bottle neck and stone, a pool of blood and pieces of hair greeted Byron Awaseb when he arrived at an Otjomuise street where his cousin Cathy Marlene Gatonye was brutally assaulted just shy of three years ago.

    Awaseb, now a state witness in the trial of the 40-year-old Elwen Gawaxab, who is accused of killing Gatonye and attempting to murder her friend, told the High Court on Monday that upon hearing about the incident he visited the scene.

    Gatonye died in hospital from blunt force trauma to the head on 21 August 2015, following the brutal attack.

    Gawaxab allegedly committed the murder between 18 and 21 August 2015.

    After hearing about the incident, Awaseb immediately realised it had happened in Otjomuise, in the vicinity where his brother was staying.

    The witness said when he arrived, he noticed a pool of blood, a blood-stained broken beer bottle neck, a blood-stained stone, visible drippings of blood on the road and a piece hair.

    He photographed what he saw and then called the police.

    “I assumed it was human blood and decided to photograph it,” Awaseb said.

    “The reason why I photographed the stone was because it was full of blood and lying outside on the tarmac road surface next to the pool of blood.”

    In court he identified and confirmed the items that were wrapped in plastic bags by the police's forensic division.

    The items were handed in as exhibits in the case.

    The state is further alleging that Gawaxab attempted to murder Thalitha Patricia Khai-Gu Mungunda at the same time he attacked Gatonye.

    He allegedly kicked and beat Mungunda with his fists, while also breaking a bottle in her face.

    The court heard that Gawaxab, during the morning hours of 19 August 2015, met Gatonye and her friends at Caprivi Bar in Otjomuise and offered them N$200 for a lift to Gammams Service Station in Khomasdal, where he filled the car with petrol and withdrew money from an ATM.

    When they restarted their journey, a heated argument erupted between the Gawaxab, Gatonye and Mungunda.

    The car stopped and Gawaxab continued to assault Mungunda, who later managed to run away.

    Gawaxab then allegedly continued assaulting Gatonye by grabbing her braids and hitting and beating her with his fists and stones on her body and head. He also kicked her all over her body and head and stabbed her with a broken bottle.

    Attorney Mbanga Siyomuinji, who had previously appeared for Gawaxab, told the court his instructions were that his client had fallen asleep while they were driving from the service station in Khomasdal.

    He woke up in the bush, in the vicinity of the Otjomuise Fire Station, and found that his wallet and cellphone were missing.

    However, was later able to find his way home.

    The trial continues before Judge Alfred Siboleka. Cliff Litubezi is appearing for the state.


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    Women are critical to development successWomen are critical to development successJohnson Sirleaf visits Namibia Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the upliftment of women is linked to the achievement of development goals in Africa. The upliftment of women and girls through education and literacy programmes and overall gender equality are undeniably tied to achieving successful development goals in countries such as Namibia.

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president in Africa and a joint 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner for women's rights efforts, speaking at parliament in Windhoek yesterday, underscored the close link between women's upliftment and the ability of African countries to thrive economically and otherwise.

    Sirleaf also praised Namibia and other southern and east- African countries leading by example for having achieved equal political party participation.

    “Clearly leadership is an issue and what we have been able to see in southern Africa, like in Namibia, in eastern Africa as in Uganda, and Kenya, where male leadership has excelled in that regard by passing these laws and by establishing these quotas. And you have been successful in achieving that.”

    Sirleaf noted that while much still needs to be done, Africa is on a one-way road towards achieving women's equality, including equal participation in governments.

    “For those who have not achieved it, there is no stopping them now. Those who are behind in participation in parliament or executive positions are in leadership positions throughout society, whether in business, churches, schools. At this stage, if one looks around the continent, and what is happening to the young girls whose aspirations have increased, those who know they have no limitations in what they seek to achieve, those who commit to be seen as equal in every way, the breaking down of the stereotypes and the attitudes that have been part of the constraints against women empowerment, those are changing.”

    She said it's crucial that women across the continent to recognise how far they have come.

    “There is still a long way to go, no doubt about it, but we have also come a long way. That train cannot be stopped.”

    Sirleaf's talk, to the parliamentary women caucus and the standing committee on gender equality, social development and family affairs, centred around how the ability to achieve the global and continental development goals set by African countries cannot be separated from gender issues, gender equality and women's empowerment agendas.

    Sirleaf added that in terms of leadership, women are stronger than men. “They bring to leadership issues a certain dimension, the passion, the sensitivity, for humankind, for the preservation of a better life.”

    The Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi said “generally, women consider themselves to be closer to the grassroots, and therefore to a larger extent, female parliamentarians tend to enrich policy debates with a greater attachment to matters that they feel will add greater value to livelihoods, of especially women and children.”

    He concluded by noting that “no nation can achieve progress without mobilising everyone, including females and males.”

    Continued work

    While Sirleaf acknowledged that African countries have progressed in universally recognising the desire for gender equality, much work remains.

    It is crucial, she said, to find answers to how to put these agendas into action, how to implement them, and to sustain the momentum. She cautioned that while many countries have embedded equality laws, including Namibia, in too many cases “we have laws and party policies that are not implemented”.

    She further emphasised the crucial importance of education, not only to achieve gender equality, but developmental goals overall.


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    Analysts weigh in on latest money statsAnalysts weigh in on latest money statsCommercial mortgage loans rise The Bank of Namibia on Friday released its money and banking statistics for April and some local analysts have commented on the figures. “We expect PSCE to continue growing at a slow pace as the economy continues to struggle.” – Simonis Storm Ndama Nakashole

    The central bank on Friday released the monthly money and banking statistics for April.

    Credit extended to individuals moderated to 7% from 7.2% recorded the prior month. This decrease was mainly due to a decrease in instalment credit, which fell both month-on-month and year-on-year.

    Figures further show that the Private Sector Credit Extended (PSCE) increased to 5.8%, a 0.1 percentage point increase compared to the preceding month.

    This increase was driven by mortgage credit by the corporate sector, which increased by two percentage points from the previous month. The Bank of Namibia (BoN) said this increase was mainly driven by rising demand for commercial property loans by the business sector.

    Since the beginning of the falling PSCE growth figures months ago, analysts have been expecting slower growth due to a crippled economy.

    Borrowing for growth

    Simonis Storm said in a report compiled by their analysts on Monday that the increase in mortgage loans to the business sector, which drove the April PSCE growth, was a positive sign “because mortgage loans are long-term commitments.”

    Instalment credit and overdrafts recorded lower figures in April than in March, which further slowed the PSCE growth. The contraction in credit instalment agreements was driven by lower vehicle sales, which declined by 27.8% month-on-month compared to a 9.9% increase recorded in March.

    “We expect PSCE to continue growing at a slow pace as the economy continues to struggle,” said Simonis Storm.

    Getting out

    PSG Namibia’s head of research, Eloise du Plessis, reiterated in her analysis that the country’s credit extension growth remained under pressure due to relatively weak domestic demand, job losses, a higher tax burden and stricter lending criteria.

    About two months ago, central bank governor Ipumbu Shiimi announced that the Bank of Namibia was exploring the possibility of putting in place a standard debt-service-to-income ratio to be used by banks.

    Based on the financial system stability committee’s assessment of risks to the domestic financial system, the BoN’s latest annual report released in April called for an assessment of current practices in the banking sector in terms of application of their screening methods and application of debt-service-to-income ratios.

    Picking up

    Du Plessis reiterated that the country continued to expect modest economic recovery this year on the back of robust mining output, recovery in the construction and wholesale and retail sectors, as well as improved government liquidity thanks to the African Development Bank (AfDB) loan.

    “However, the indefinite suspension of mining operations at Langer Heinrich (uranium) and Tschudi (copper), erratic rainfall, an up-pick in global trade protectionism, and higher-than-expected oil prices have dampened our growth expectations somewhat,” she said.

    Money supply

    The latest money and banking growth figures further show that the annual growth in broad money supply slowed at the end of April, compared to the March growth.

    The broad money supply (M2) increased by 4.4% year-on-year in April, lower than the 7.7% year-on-year recorded in March.

    According to the central bank, the decrease in M2 growth was mainly due to “the contraction in the growth of net foreign assets of the depository corporations due to a decline in claims on non-residents in the form of foreign investment withdrawals during the period under review.

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    MTC raises possibility of NSX listingMTC raises possibility of NSX listing As the desire for a 34% stake in MTC grows, the telecommunications company this week invited bids from stockbrokers, with a view to have its shares listed on the Namibia Stock Exchange (NSX).

    It is not clear at this stage how many shares MTC may list or whether this is the route it may ultimately take, with spokesperson John Ekongo not shedding much light on the development.

    Government had in December 2016 first announced its plan to acquire a 34% stake in MTC. Should it happen, government will for the first time ever hold a 100% stake in the company. It currently holds a 66% stake, while Samba Luxco SARL holds the remaining 34% in MTC.

    Ekongo said the planned listing was at the beginning stages and that not much had been done, while briefly saying: “This is in the placenta stage.”

    The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (Cran) has in the past suggested that a considerable stake be listed on the NSX. One of the conditions is that the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) should own 20% of MTC, as proposed by Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings (NPTH) last month.

    Another condition was that MTC must be listed on the NSX within a period of 12 months.

    Meanwhile, GIPF also recently voiced its intent to purchase a 34% stake in MTC, from Samba. The fund had been identified as “possible financier” by government for the shares.

    GIPF spokesperson Daylight Ekandjo said a formal request was received from the government for the planned acquisition. GIPF is now conducting a viability assessment.

    “GIPF received a request from government, however, we are in the process of carrying out due diligence to determine if we will invest.

    “As one of the largest local investors, GIPF is committed to invest in Namibian assets that meet our regulatory and financial criteria,” said Ekandjo.

    According to her, the planned purchase would also ensure GIPF complies with pension regulations, which require local investment managers to have a minimum of 45% of their total assets under management in local instruments.

    “This is in line with proposed changes to allow pension funds to invest a minimum of 45% of their assets in Namibia, which was announced by the finance ministry,” she said.

    “At this point, we are unable to determine how long the due diligence process will take, as it involves engagements with various stakeholders.”


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  • 06/05/18--16:00: N$2m missing from WRP
  • N$2m missing from WRPN$2m missing from WRPACC confirms no bookkeeping system found More than N$2 million was withdrawn from a Workers' Revolutionary Party bank account over seven months. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating the Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) over allegations of misappropriation of public funds.

    The ACC's head of investigations, Nelius Becker, confirmed the investigation, saying the anti-graft body responded to allegations reported to it of large amounts of cash having been withdrawn from an FNB Namibia account by some WRP members and representatives without proper resolutions and sanctions.

    On 17 May the ACC swooped on the WRP office at Okahandja, after having obtained a search warrant, and confiscated computers and any and all financial documentation found on the property.

    The WRP, a public body as all other political parties are considered to be in terms of the ACC Act, had received more than N$5 million in political party funding since 27 September 2017, which was deposited into their account.

    Becker said on perusal of the bank account it was discovered that cash withdrawals of N$2 245 000 were made within seven months, between 27 September 2017 and 25 April this year.

    He said it was also discovered that the WRP had no bookkeeping system - manual or computerised - in place.

    Based on the documentation confiscated, the ACC ascertained from receipts and handwritten documentation that N$1 284 315.84 could be accounted for. It found a “shortfall” of N$960 684.16 between the amounts withdrawn from the account and the amounts that could be supported from by “documentation”.

    “The bulk of the expenditure of the cash withdrawn appears to be in relation to personal loans to members of the party,” Becker said.

    He said the investigation continues and is widening to establish if all the purchases relates to goods procured in line with the political operations, functions and objectives of the WRP and not for private purposes.

    “Currently we are investigating offences of contraventions of section 43 of the ACC Act, corruptly using office of position for gratification and possible offences under the Electoral Act in regard to the use of funds allocated to political parties,” Becker said.

    He said political parties, in terms of the Electoral Act, are compelled to provide a list of their assets and liabilities and must provide audited financial statements to the Electoral Commission of Namibia on an annual basis.

    Kaapala's complaint

    The ACC investigation follows a complaint lodged by Benson Kaapala, a WRP parliamentarian that has reportedly been recalled from his position in the meantime.

    Kaapala in his complaint to the ACC wrote that fellow MP Salmon Fleermuys (reportedly also recalled in the meantime) and removed acting secretary-general Klaus Weichhaus, have been responsible for the party's financial management.

    The two, alongside Kaapala, were the signatories to the account.

    Kaapala said it had come to his attention in February that large amounts of cash were withdrawn by Fleermuys and Weichhaus without his knowledge or consent.

    In his complaint he accuses Fleermuys and Weichhaus of having fraudulently withdrawn N$3 240 603.56. Of this, Kaapala said, he was only aware of transactions to the value of N$409 568.06.

    FNB suspended the WRP account on 21 May.

    Authentic representative

    Hewat Beukes, registered as the “authentic representative” of the WRP at the ECN, accused Kaapala of unlawfully withdrawing N$100 000 on 7 February and N$50 000 on 15 February from the FNB account.

    Beukes also accused party member Immanuel Samakupa of taking N$20 000.

    Moreover, Beukes denied that the WRP has an office at Okahandja, saying the office was “put up as a money-laundering office in the name of the WRP”.

    Commenting on Beukes' allegation that he has taken money illegally, Kaapala said Beukes “has nothing to do with the finances of the WRP” and that all receipts must be considered, alongside minutes of meetings where the use and disbursement of such monies were discussed.

    Kaapala also said since the party did not receive any money from parliament during 2015, 2016 and the largest part of 2017, he has taken money from his own pocket to fund party activities.

    Samakupa said received the N$20 000 to service his car, which he used for party activities.

    MPs removed

    Meanwhile, National Assembly speaker Professor Peter Katjavivi has reportedly removed the WRP's two MPs from parliament.

    Parliament's public relations officer David Nahongandja could not confirm if the two WRP MPs had in fact been removed, but said they did not receive their parliamentary salaries last month.

    Kaapala would not directly say if he and fellow Fleermuys were recalled, but confirmed they had not been paid last month.

    It is said Katjavivi removed Kaapala and Fleermuys on 24 May at the behest of August Maletzsky.

    This was after Maletzky wrote to Katjavivi on 17 May, telling him the WRP central committee had met on 28 April, where it resolved that the two be suspended if they fail to rescind a prior decision to suspend him [Maletzky] from the position of national chairperson.

    Maletzky attached the resolution to the letter, where it states the suspension of Kaapala and Fleermuys would be “consolidated” into “full expulsion” from the party if they did not act within five days from receiving notice thereof.

    The attached resolution bears the signatures of 16 of the 19 CC members as their purported endorsement of it.

    It's fraudulent

    Kaapala, elected as the WRP's president at a contested congress held on 17 May 2015, claimed that the signatures are forged and that the top four positions (as elected at that congress) were not present at the CC meeting where the said resolution was taken.

    “We were never invited to that meeting,” said Kaapala.

    “How can I as the president be dismembered from the party? That can only be done at an extraordinary congress or conference.

    “This is forgery; it was fraudulently done. It is a crime of its own order. Maletzky should be arrested. This is really bad for the country,” Kaapala said.

    He added parliament has also made a mockery of itself by acting on Maletzky's orders.

    His said his legal representative Slysken Makando has already written letters to parliament to challenge the removals.

    Kaapala said Maletzky had landed the position of national chairperson at the 2015 congress purely because the party at the time needed a legal advisor.

    He said Maletzky, however, was removed as the legal advisor and therefore could no longer be the national chairperson.

    Maletzky did not respond to questions sent via SMS to him and also did not answer his phone.

    Parliament is yet to respond to questions regarding this matter.


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    Shikongo raises funds for TokyoShikongo raises funds for Tokyo Paralympic gold medallist Ananias Shikongo is hard at work, as he prepares for the 2020 Paralympic Games that will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

    Shikongo, who is currently preparing for the 2018 IPC Grand Prix that will take place from 30 June to 1 July at Berlin's Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark in Germany, is using his Sport on the Move Foundation to solicit funds from the corporate world for his preparations.

    On Saturday, the blind sprinter hosted his second fundraising event with the help of Cramer's Ice Cream, Frozen Yoghurt and Coffee Bar.

    Cramer gave all its proceeds from the sales between 16:00 to 19:00 to Shikongo's foundation.

    Shikongo, who lost his eyesight as a child and overcame tremendous odds to become one of the world's top athletes, hosted his first fundraiser at the same venue in August 2017. Speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of the fundraiser, Shikongo, also a 2017 World Para Athletics Championships 100m silver medallist, said he still has one year and a couple of months to prepare himself well for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

    “I want to raise enough money that will help me and other disabled athletes prepare well for the Tokyo Paralympic Games. It's not going to be easy competing at the Paralympic Games, but with good preparation, I am confident we can still win something,” he said. The sprinter added the funds raised by his foundation will be used by him and his fellow athletes to prepare for the qualifiers of the 2020 Paralympic Games.

    A number of Namibia Paralympic Committee officials, athletes, guides and the deputy director of marginalised people and women in sport under the sport ministry, Jo-Ann Manuel, also attended the fundraiser on Saturday.


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  • 06/06/18--16:00: Cosafa Cup blues
  • Cosafa Cup bluesCosafa Cup bluesMbidi admits tournament is losing prestige The standard of play and empty stands at the 2018 Cosafa Cup has raised concern among regional football administrators. Namibia Football Association president Frans Mbidi, who doubles as the vice-president of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa), has admitted the council's executive is concerned about the deteriorating value of the tournament.

    He said Cosafa has acknowledged that the quality of the Cosafa Cup tournament and the poor attendance is something they need to address as soon as possible.

    This comes as the nations' competing at the showpiece have fielded junior players - mostly from their under-23 national squads - resulting in substandard displays.

    The standard of football and the continued poor attendance, especially after host nations are eliminated has now resulted in questions being asked about the success of the competition.

    Fans hardly watch the matches, because they are not familiar with the players that most teams select for the tournament.

    In the past, nations fielded their best players and the competition produced fierce and entertaining rivalries. Stadiums were packed to capacity, given the format in which the tournament was previously played.

    Nations used to play home and away games, which had positive impacts on the brand and quality of football played.

    The tournament structure has however changed and the tournament is now only played in one specific country each year.

    Pundits around southern Africa have used several social media platforms to criticise the quality and fever associated with competition. “Yes it is true that the tournament is facing various challenges and there is a dire need for transformation.

    “The Cosafa executive committee has discussed this and we are looking into ways how we can improve the tournament.

    “The problem is that many clubs do not release their players on time for this tournament, because it does not fall under Fifa dates,” Mbidi said.

    He added that one of the things that can limit national teams from using their development squads is when an under-23 Cosafa tournament is created.

    Currently, Cosafa has a u-17, u-20 and the senior challenge tournament.

    This has, however, not been enough to stop the senior teams from using their youth squads at the senior tournament.

    “This tournament is well-recognised by Fifa and that is why it is indeed important to have quality players involved.

    “Maybe it will be important to try and shift the dates of the tournament, in order for it to fit in the Fifa calendar.

    “I believe this will enable clubs to release their players on time, in order for us to have a proper tournament,” Mbidi said.

    Warriors miss out

    Namibia missed out on the 2018 Cosafa Cup Plate final, after a 4-1 defeat to South Africa in their semi-final match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, South Africa on Tuesday. The team conceded sloppy goals and failed to break the youthful South Africans on the counter.

    Coach Ricardo Mannetti said told the NFA they had made amateur errors. “We made amateur defensive mistakes in the first 30 minutes and they scored two goals. “After we got our goal, we immediately allowed them to score their third goal, and it was all over for us then, as we had to fix a lot of problems and it was very costly for us in the end.”

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 06/06/18--16:00: SSFD second leg this weekend
  • SSFD second leg this weekendSSFD second leg this weekend The Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) will commence with the second leg of the league, after completing the first leg last weekend.

    Rounds 7 and 8 will be played in Walvis Bay, Windhoek and Okahandja.

    SSFD acting league administrator Joshua Tovey //Hoëbeb said on Tuesday day the league will conclude over the weekend of 23 June, with the playoffs slated for the following week.

    “We will have the first leg of the promotional playoffs between the coastal and inland streams on 30 June, with the return legs scheduled for the weekend of 7 July,” //Hoëbeb said.

    Yesterday, in the coastal stream, log leaders Flamingoes locked horns with fourth-placed PC Blues at Walvis Bay's Kuisebmond Stadium at 19:00.

    On Saturday, third-placed Spoilers will welcome relegation-threatened sixth-placed Northern Stars to the Nau-aib Stadium in Okahandja at 13:00.

    Khomas Nampol, who are in fifth place, will entertain second-placed Western Spurs at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 13:00.

    Round 7 of the inland stream will on Saturday see relegation candidates Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW), who are in sixth place, trying to avenge their first leg loss against log leaders Young Brazilians at the SKW stadium at 13:00.

    Meanwhile, at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 15:00, second-placed Windhoek United will try to keep their winning form against Try Again and will also settle matters after having lost the reverse fixture in Keetmanshoop.

    This will be followed by fifth-placed Rebels and Ramblers, who are in third place, confronting each other at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 17:00.

    Round 8 will continue on Sunday with the coastal stream match-ups seeing Khomas Nampol facing Northern Stars at 12:00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, while in Okahandja Spoilers host Western Spurs at 12:00 at the Nau-aib Stadium.

    In the inland stream on Sunday, Windhoek United will face Young Brazilians at the Sam Nujoma Stadium at 10:00, while SKW will entertain Try Again at the SKW stadium at 10:00.


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    Alvarez-Golovkin rematch talks collapseAlvarez-Golovkin rematch talks collapse The Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin negotiations for a rematch have collapsed following a dispute over the proposed purse, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

    The two fighters had been due to fight each other in Las Vegas in May before the middleweight bout was cancelled after Alvarez failed a drug test.

    With Alvarez free to fight once his six-month suspension ends in August, the two rivals had been expected to fight again in September.

    However, Alvarez's promoter Oscar De La Hoya said plans for a September 15 rematch had fallen through after world champion Golovkin demanded a 50-50 cut of the purse.

    “He's stubborn and wanting 50-50 and it's not going to happen,” De La Hoya told ESPN about Golovkin. “The Canelo train has left the station.”

    De La Hoya said Alvarez would now likely fight Daniel Jacobs instead in September.

    “So there's a deal on the table for Daniel Jacobs to fight September 15 against Canelo,” De La Hoya said.

    “Daniel Jacobs loves the fight and we love the fight as well. So we're just moving forward and making sure that Canelo has the toughest dance partner possible for September 15.”

    Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial draw in their first meeting in September last year.

    Jacobs meanwhile gave Golovkin a stern test when the two fought last year, with Jacobs taking the champion the distance in a bruising 12-rounder.

    “Jacobs gave GGG a run for his money a lot of people thought that he won,” De La Hoya said.

    “I can't say he won't be Canelo's toughest fight. He might be tougher than GGG.”


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    Kauta failing football - KahiririKauta failing football - KahiririNafpu at it again Controversial Nafpu SG Olsen Kahiriri has lashed out at NPL chairperson Patrick Kauta. Namibia Football Players Union (Nafpu) secretary-general Olsen Kahiriri says Namibia Premier League (NPL) chairperson Patrick Kauta has failed the league.

    He said this during a media conference held at the Nafpu offices on Tuesday.

    Kahiriri said all the league chairperson does is give speeches that are not backed up by action.

    “We are very disappointed by the statement made by the league chairperson, that he is disappointed by the clubs not paying players' salaries. The chairman is not giving solutions. He is just making speeches and we are sick and tired of these speeches,” he said.

    Kahiriri added Nafpu is of the opinion that Kauta has failed football because since they gave him a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on how the two bodies should cooperate, he has not done anything.

    “The chairman asked for documents that are now collecting dust in his office. We gave him the MoU document on 17 November 2017 and up to now nothing has been done.”

    Kahiriri also said Kauta has not yet announced the league's chief executive officer (CEO) and has also not pronounced himself on the dispute resolution chamber that was supposed to be formed by now.

    “The CEO of the league was promised to the sponsors before the kickoff of the league and nothing has been done. [The] people suffering for not having a CEO are not the fancy chairman, but the players whose contracts are terminated by the clubs, as they wish, at the end of the season.”

    The Nafpu SG also said the NPL must be serious if it wants to have relationships with other affiliates.

    “As a secretary-general, I cannot communicate to the chairman of the league on a day-to-day basis, as he is a bridge ahead of me. I can only do such communication with a CEO, but we don't have that person currently at the NPL,” Kahiriri said.

    In his response on Tuesday, Kauta said they are still in the process of appointing a league CEO and people should understand that “Rome was not built in one day”.

    With regard to the MoU between the league and Nafpu, Kauta said he does not know on what grounds he should sign it.

    “Nafpu must first run their house properly and not be concerned about the appointment of the league CEO, as we are still busy with that. I wanted to find out how many members Nafpu has, because in order for us to sign a MoU, they should be a bargaining unit, and so far we don't even know how many members they have,” he said.

    Kauta added he knows the importance of having players represented, but they cannot sign such a document with a body that is not a bargaining unit.

    “It's not about my views only. The executives of the league own teams and they need to also decide on such agreements, as we don't want to run the risk of signing papers without clear guidelines of what we are going into.”


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  • 06/06/18--16:00: DRC crisis stirs concerns
  • DRC crisis stirs concernsDRC crisis stirs concernsNeighbours cast a wary eye at events Long-simmering resentment exploded into rebellion against the government. Across central Africa, a belt of countries is casting a wary eye at the political crisis brewing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), fearing the impact on their security and economy if the situation explodes.

    Nine countries share a border with the DRC, one of the biggest and most troubled nations in Africa - and the theatre of two wars in the late 1990s and early 2000s that sucked in countries around the region and led to the deaths of three million people.

    From the Republic of Congo and Angola in the west to Uganda and Rwanda in the east, memories of that traumatic period remain razor sharp today as their vast neighbour's political future hangs in the balance.

    “The DRC is the mother of all crises,” Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Domingo Augustos told the French daily Le Monde in January. “What happens there affects the entire Great Lakes region.”

    DRC's neighbours are already hosting around 600 000 people who have fled conflicts in the centre and east of the country, and struggle to cope with rebels, traffickers and other criminals who also seep across the border.

    The country's problems, many fear, could careen out of control if President Joseph Kabila seeks a third term in elections in December in defiance of constitutional limits - or if the vote is postponed for a third time. A diplomatic ballet is starting to unfold as clouds darken on the horizon.

    The leaders of six southern and central African countries - Angola, Republic of Congo, the DRC, Gabon, Rwanda and South Africa - will “in principle” meet in Luanda on June 17, an informed source in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, told AFP.

    “We are all awaiting the confirmation from Kinshasa for this decisive meeting,” the source said.

    Leading the dynamic are Angolan President Joao Lourenco - current head of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) which includes the DRC - and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who is also the current chair of the African Union (AU).

    The leaders, whose countries are observers in the DRC's troubled election process, have separately been on tours of Europe, where they talked to the region's former colonial powers France and Belgium.

    Both have also, and discreetly, signalled that it is time to bring the curtain down on the Kabila era.

    In talks in Brussels on Monday, Belgium and Angola stressed the “importance of free, credible and transparent elections in line with the New Year's Eve agreement” - a deal reached on 31 December 2016, under which Kabila was allowed an additional year in power before the long-awaited elections.

    “If we can understand, as neighbours, how to aid the transition in Congo without affecting ourselves, this is what we should do,” Kagame has said.

    Angola has had up-and-down relations with Kabila. It supported the then 29-year-old political neophyte after he succeeded his assassinated father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, in 2001.

    But in late 2016, it withdrew its military advisors from the DRC and in May 2017, it sent troops to the Congolese border as a bloody crisis flared in the Kasai region.

    Relations between Rwanda and the DRC have been similarly fraught.

    Kigali accuses Kinshasa of providing a haven for rebels who played a part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which around 800 000 Tutsis and Hutu moderates were slaughtered.

    The DRC accuses Rwanda of using its influence to pillage the valuable mineral coltan in the restive province of North Kivu. The two countries clashed briefly at the border in February.

    The DRC last week reacted with concern to the talks in Europe, apparently suspecting that a deal was being cooked up behind its back.

    “No one has the right to envisage solutions to our problems without us,” government spokesman Lambert Mende said after Kagame met French President Emmanuel Macron.

    He condemned “people who are nostalgic for the colonial order” and “closed-door meetings and open plotting against our country's sovereignty.”

    Those words find an echo in Tanzania, with which the DRC has cordial relations - the Kabila family lived there in exile.

    “No solution to the intra-Congolese conflict should be envisaged behind the back of the country concerned and without associating regional organisations,” a senior Tanzanian official said.


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    Zim opposition marches for reform ahead of pollsZim opposition marches for reform ahead of polls Thousands of Zimbabwean opposition supporters took to the streets on Tuesday to call for electoral reforms to prevent fraud and voter intimidation ahead of presidential elections on July 30.

    Brandishing placards, singing and dancing, noisy activists defied the cold and marched with the main Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to the country's electoral commission in Harare, halting traffic and drawing onlookers.

    “We will not allow an election which is not free and fair,” MDC leader Nelson Chamisa told supporters after handing over a petition to the commission.

    “We are prepared to do anything necessary. We will keep pressuring them. We will do this every day until we get the reforms we want.”

    The opposition are demanding the publication of the full voter roll, independent audits of ballot papers as well as guarantees of safety for non-government candidates.

    “Why are you deploying soldiers against a political party?” Chamisa asked the crowd which marched watched by a heavy security presence.

    Opposition parties are also calling for military personnel seconded to the commission to be removed.

    Zimbabwe's next polls will be the first since the fall of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe who was forced to step down following a brief military takeover in November.

    Mugabe who had been in power since Zimbabwe's independence from British colonial rule in 1980 was replaced by his former deputy, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

    Previous elections in Zimbabwe were marred by violence which peaked in 2008 when then-opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai boycotted a presidential run-off because of a spate of deadly attacks on his supporters.

    Mnangagwa has pledged “free, fair and credible elections” as he seeks to end Zimbabwe's isolation and mend fences with the West.

    He will face-off against Chamisa who became leader of the MDC following Tsvangirai's death from colon cancer in February.


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    Nearly 200 missing, 75 dead from Guatemala volcanoNearly 200 missing, 75 dead from Guatemala volcano Nearly 200 people are missing and at least 75 have been killed since Guatemala's Fuego volcano began erupting over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.

    Seven communities in already devastated areas were evacuated as the volcano's activity increased, with rescue operations halted.

    In the city of Escuintla, near the summit, panicked locals rushed to their cars to escape, causing chaotic traffic.

    An AFP photographer saw a large plume of ash rise into the sky, prompting an evacuation of everyone authorities could find before the police, the military and rescuers were ordered to stand down.

    And a total of 192 people remain missing since the weekend eruptions, disaster relief agency chief Sergio Cabanas told reporters.

    The search for bodies in mountain villages destroyed by the eruption was progressing slowly, officials said earlier, given the nature of the terrain and the way the volcano released large amounts of boiling mud, rock and ash down the mountain.

    “We will continue until we find the last victim, though we do not know how many there are. We will probe the area as many times as necessary,” Cabanas told AFP. However, the prospects of finding any more survivors was poor, he said.

    “If you are trapped in a pyroclastic flow, it's hard to come out of it alive,” he said, adding that people who may have been caught in the flow may never be found.

    Among the latest of the 75 fatalities reported by the National Institute of Forensic Sciences was a 42-year-old woman who died in hospital having lost both legs and an arm in the eruption. The previous toll was given as 73. Some 46 people were injured, around half of whom are in serious condition, officials said.

    The 3 763-metre volcano erupted early Sunday, spewing out towering plumes of ash and a hail of fiery rock fragments with scalding mud.

    Authorities said more than 1.7 million people had been affected by the disaster, including more than 3 000 ordered evacuated, many living in shelters in Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango since Sunday's eruption.

    The speed of the eruption took locals by surprise, and could be explained by it producing pyroclastic flows, sudden emissions of gas and rock fragments, rather than lava, said volcanologist David Rothery of Britain's Open University.

    President Jimmy Morales, who has declared three days of national mourning, has visited the disaster zone.

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was deeply saddened by the “tragic loss of life and the significant damage caused by the eruption,” and said the UN was ready to assist national rescue and relief efforts.


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    Omasiku gokulongitha oonayilona ogeli pokuthika pehuliloOmasiku gokulongitha oonayilona ogeli pokuthika pehulilo Oompango ndhoka dha nuninwa okweeta pehulilo nenge eshunitho pevi lyelongitho lyoonayilona otadhi manithwa nuumvo moNamibia.

    Omilandu otashi ka kala ehulithepo lyelongitho lyoonayilona nenge iishoshela yi li pombanda kelongitho lyoonayilona.

    Omilandu ndhoka otadhi ka tseyithwa pambelewa uuna kwa manithwa oonkundathana.

    Shoka osha hololwa kominista yomatalelepo nomidhingoloko, Pohamba Shifeta, ngoka oshipopiwa she sha leshwa pehala lye pethimbo kwa dhimbulukiwwa Esiku lyOmidhingoloko mUuyuni, kuKomufala gwomidhingoloko, Teofilius Nghitila.

    Esiku lyomidhingoloko muuyuni ohali dhimbulukiwa aluhe momasiku gatano gaJuni, nonuumvo esiku ndika olya dhimbulukiwa kohi yoontentekelihapu 'Beating Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse It, Refuse It'.

    Okwa popi kutya enyateko lyomidhingoloko niiyekelwahi ayihe otali kutha po ongushu yomidhingoloko oshowo ongushu yuuntu nokugandja omathano omawinayi kaatalelelipo.

    Okwa popi kutya oonayilona ohadhi gandja noonkondo ethano ewinanayi omolwa kutya ohadhi vulu okukala pokuma ethimbo ele, na odha nika woo oshiponga kiinamwenyo, aantu oshowo komidhingoloko dhodhene.

    Pahapu dhaminista, iilongo yaAfrika yi li 15 oya tula nale miilonga omilandi ndhoka tadhi yanda elongitho lyoonayilona. Shifeta kwa popi kutya uuministeli wawo owa hala okwiilonga okuza kiilongo mbyoka nokutula miilonga omilandu ndhoka tadhi ka longa muuwanawa waNamibia. Okwa tsikile kutya uuministeli owa ninga oonkundathana dhomagwedhelepo naakalelipo yoshikondo shoongeshefa dhoostola. Omagwedhelepo ngoka ga ningwa otaga ka kundathanwa niikondo yepangelo ya yooloka oshowo naakuthimbinga mboka ya pyakudhukwa okukutha ombinga moshikumungu shoka, noshizemo oshowo omatokolo gomilandu ndhoka dha tokolwa otadhi ka tulwa miilonga taku landulwa oompango ndjoka yoEnvironmental Investment Fund Act oshowo Environmental Management Act.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya otaya kambadhala noonkondo opo shoka shi kale sha manithwa nuumvo.

    Okwa popi kutya elongitho lyoonayilona olya ningwa oshinanena mokati koshigwana okuza momvula dho1960, omolwa ombiliha yadho oshowo melongitho lyawo lyokuhumbata iinima nokupungula iinima.

    Pamiyau dhopauyuni, oonayilona dha thika pootrillion 5 ohadhi longithwa kehe omvula, naashoka otashi holola kutya ohaku longithwa oonayilona dha thika po 160 000 mosekonde kehe muuyuni.

    Opresenda owala yimwe yomoonayilona ndhoka, hadhi longululwa.

    “Omaipulo ogeli mpaka kutya, oonayilona ndhoka ohadhi hulile peni. Shoka otashi limbilike noonkondo ngele otatu tala kuupyakadhi mbyoka hawu etwa po koonayilona ngele omaantu nenge momidhingiloko dhetu,” Shifeta a popi.

    Okwa popi kutya oonayilona kadhi na ondjundo ya sha na otadhi vulu okupepwa kombepo nokuya kokule nonando ohadhi kala andola dha ekelwa metoto lyiiyagaya.

    “Oonayilona ohadhi vulu okuya komiti, kombanda yiihwa oshowo koodhalate noku kangala woo kombanda yomeya.”

    Omapekaapeko ngoka ga ningwa oga holola kutya okuya momvula yo 2050 omwaalu omunene gwoonayilona otagu ka adhika momafuta noohi odhindji oshowo oodhila dhomomeya dhi vulithe poopresenda 90 otadhi adhika nale noonayilona momapunda.

    Minista okwa tsikile kutya shoka otashi holola nale omaipulo guundjolowele ngele tashi ya kokulya oohi.

    “Oohi iikulya twa pumbwa okulya opo tu kale nuundjolowele, ihe ngele otadhi yonagulwa koonayilona nena shoka otashi vulu okweeta omikithi dha yooloka maantu ngaashi ookankera oshowo omapupyakadhi galwe ngaashi woo uumvu womitima.”

    Natango okwa popi kutya iinamwenyo nayo ohayi li oonayilona naashoka otashi tula muupyakadhi iinamweny yoyene oshowo natango aantu mboka haya li onyama yiinamwenyo, na otaya vulu okukwatwa natango komikithi dha yooloka.


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    Ye li ompinge noosekuriti tadhi humbatwa miihauto yokuhumbata iimaliwaYe li ompinge noosekuriti tadhi humbatwa miihauto yokuhumbata iimaliwa Ehangano lyoNational Security Guards Protection Union olya popi kutya omukalo gwomahangeno goosekuliti taga enditha aaniilonga muuloli wokuhumbata iimaliwa, otashi yi odje pmpango yomalweendo, ihe shoka osha tindwa komunambelewa omukuluntu mopolisi.

    Pahapu dhamushanga gwehangano ndyoka, Mekupi Kandorozu, oya shangithwa onga ehangano ekalellipo lyaaniionga yoosekuriti, yiishangitha nuuministeli waaniilonga, ihe omahangan goosekuriti otage ya idhimbike. Kandorozu okwlombwele oNamibian Sun kutya omahangano goosekuritiotaga tula moshiponga oomwenyo dhaaniilonga uuna kwa holoka iiponga nenge omiyeka kwa homtia. “Aaniilongayaaliohaya humbata kekangwa lyoohauto dhokuhumbata iimaliwaa. Kape na omakende, na open a owala uumbululu uushona oshowo iiketha ya tungilwa mo mbyoka ya nuninwa egameno lyiimaliwa. Ipula nee onkalo moka hamu kala aaniilonga mboka gele otaya ende oshinano oshile,” Kandorozu a popi.

    Okwa pppi kutya onkalo ndjoka kayi lipauntu na itayi simaneke uuntu womuntu. Kandorozu okwa lopota oshinima shoka kukomanda gwopolisi yaShana, Rauha Amwele. Mombaapila ndjoka ya shangwa momasiku 31 gaMei, Amwele okwa tseyithile Kandorozu kutya okwa ningila omakonaakono iiyenditho yomahangano gamwe po ngoka ga tothwamo na ina mona sha ngaashi ngoka tashi nyenyetwa kehangano lyawo. “Ompango yomoondjila yoRoad Traffic and Transport Act 22/1999, Regulation 266 (a) (b) ngaahi ya talululwa oya pitika aantu ya humbatwe miihauto yokuhumbata iinima mbyoka inayi humbata iinima ya pitilila pookilograma 3 500 shampa owala aantu mboka kaye vulithe paafaalelwa yahamano,” Amwele a popi. Kandorozu okwa ppi kutya ina nyanyudhwa keyamukulolyaAmwele na ita hulile mpoka. “Oomwenyo dhaantu odhi li moshiponga. Onda hala omahangano ngoka ga hulithe po omukalo ngoka. Ehngano lyetu olya shangela omahangano ogendji goosekuriti oombapila, ihe inali mona omayamukulo.”


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    Okatomeno komOutapi keegulula omiyeloOkatomeno komOutapi keegulula omiyelo Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaMusati okwa popi kutya okwa pyakudhukwa okukwatela komeho oonkundathana naAngola, opo ku vule okufalwa momalanditho gaAngola onyama okuzilila maaniimuna yomoshitopolwa shonooli. Ngoloneya Erginus Endjala okwa popi ngaaka pethimbo kwa patululwa okatomeno, hoka ka patululwa mOutapi oshiwike shika.

    Okwa popi kutya omalanditho ngoka oga ndopa okuya miilonga muule woomvula dha piti omolwa omulandu gu li nawa ngoka tagu ka utha etumo momalanditho onyama.

    Omwaalu guli pombanda gwakwashigwana yAngola yahala onyama okuzilila moNamibia ogwa londo pombanda, sha landula epato lyuutomeno waMeatco mOshakati oshowo moKatima Mulilo.

    “Konima nkene Meatco a pata uutomeno we otwa kala nuupyakadhi womalanditho gonyama. Ombelelwa yandje oya yakula omaindilo ogendji okuza kuAngola, ngoka taya pula opo tu tume momalanditho goshilongo shaandjawo onyama yetu yongombe. Ethimbo ele lya piti po ngashiingeyi na ina natu mona ehala lyokulongela monooli opo ongeshefa ndjoka yi vule okutameka,”Endjala ta popi.

    “Ngashiingeyi sho tatu patulula okatomeno haka, ndjika ompito ombwaanawa opo tu vule okutuma onyama yetu momalanditho gaAngola. Onda pyakudhukwa okukwatela komeho oonkundathana ndhoka.”

    Okwa popi kutya egandjo lyokatomeno hoka mOutapi, oshi li oshinima oshiwananwa noonkondo nokukutha muupyakadhi aanafaalama.

    Aanafaalama mboka taya ka kala nokulongitha okatomeno oomboka yomiitopolwa Omusati nOshana, oshitopolwa shomonooli yaKunene, Oshikoto shomuuninginino oshowo Ohangwena.

    “Aanafaalama unene yomonooli inaya vula okukala taya pindike iimuna yawo opo yi tomwe po muule woomvula ne dha piti, sha landula sho kwa patwa uutomeno komOshakatioshowo Katima Mulilo.”

    Aalandithi yonyama moAngola nayo oya kala poshituthi shepatululo lyokatomeno hoka, ka patululwa kOminista yUunamapya, Alpheus !Naruseb.

    Okutameka omvula 2011, uuministeli owa kala tawu kondjo opo ku tulwe po oopoloyeka dha nuninwa omayambulepo gopangeshefa gonyama yongombe.

    Opoloyeka ndjoka ya nuninwa okuyambulapo iilongitho melanditho lyonyama ndjoka ngaashi uutomeno.

    Opoloyeka ndjoka oya kwatela mo etungo lyiigunda yokulandithila oongombe ngaashi mOmuntele, Onyuulaye, Ompundja, Opuwo, Nepera, Lusese and Ncaute.

    Natango opoloyeka oya kwatela mo okuyambula po uutomeno ngaashi hoka kaShakati, Outapi, Katima Mulilo oshowo okutunga okatomeno okapi moRundu nendiki lyokulongela oonyama moBukalo oshowo mOngwediva.

    Endjala okwa indile omahangano ngoka ge na ootendela dhokugandja onyama kiiputudhilo yepangelo monooli, opo ga lande onyama ndjoka tayi longwa moshitopolwa.

    !Naruseb okwa pandula oohapu dha Endjala, ta popi kutya epangelo olya longa nuudhiginino mokuyambula po oopoloyeka ndhoka dha nuninwa omayambulepo gopangeshefa yonyama, nangashiingeyi oshi li momake gaadhaninkandangala moshikondo shoka unene aanafaalama opo ya kwashilipaleke kutya omandiki ngoka oga longithwa momukalo omuwananwa.

    Okwa popi kutya aanafaalma oya pumbwa okukwashilipaleka kutya otaya longo onyama yongushu nokweeta po oompito dhongeshefa meni lyoshilongo oshowo pondje yoshilongo.

    Omwaalu omunene gwiimuna monooli

    Okwa lopotwa kutya oshitopolwa shonooli oshi na konyala oongombe dha thika poomiliyona 1.6,nonkalo ndjoka otayi shunitha pevi uulithilo.

    !Naruseb okwa popi kutya shoka osha etithwa konkalo kutya aanafaalama inaya vula okulanditha po nenge okutoma po iimuna yawo mbyoka muule woomvula ne dha piti, sha landula sho okatomeno komOshakati oshowo moKatima Mulilo ka pata.

    Endjala okwa popi kutya okwa hala okumona omwaalu gwoongombe tagu shuna pevi moshitopolwa pa longitho lyokatomeno hoka.

    “Inandi hala okumona uutomeno mboka taawu longithwa mokutoma oongombe tadhi zilile ombululu ndjiyaka yomusinda omutiligane. Onga ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa otandi ka kala nokukondolola onkalo ndjoka. Aaniimuna yetu naya mone ompito molwaashoka ondando ndjoka hayi gandjwa kombanda yomusinda omutiligane hayo hayi pewa aanafaalama yetu, miimuna yongushu yimwe.”

    Okwa pula woo aanafaalama ya landithe po iimuna yawo yimwe po. Omupresidende gwoNamibia National Farmers' Union (NNFU), Jason Emvula naye okwa pula aanafaama ya landithe po iimuna yawo yimwe po, opo ya shunithe pevi omwaalu gwiimuna , ta popi kutya endopo okuninga ngaaka otashi ka etitha iimuna yawo yi se po kondjala, omolwa omuloka gwankundipala ngoka gwa kala nokudhidhilikwa moshilongo.


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    Ondjele yokwaahena iilonga moKhomas yi li poo28%Ondjele yokwaahena iilonga moKhomas yi li poo28% Ondjele ndjoka konyala yi thike pondjele yokwaahena iilonga moshilongo ashihe, ndjoka ya thikama poopresenda 34.

    Uuyelele mboka owa tseyithwa kuNgoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaKhomas, Laura McLeod-Katjirua pethimbo a gandja oshipopiwa she shopashitopolwa shoState of the Region Address (SORA). Ngoloneya okwa popi kutya nonando otaku ningwa omapungulo ogendji gopangeshefa moshitopolwa shoka, okwaahena iilonga onkene taku dhengele pevi aakalimo oyendji.

    Okwa popi kutya onkalo yimwe oondjoka kutya oshitopolwa onkene tashi tsikile nokumona omwaalu ogundji gwaakwashigwana, sho aantu taya zi kiitopolwa ya yooloka, nomaalakano gokukonga oompito dhuupupilo, iilonga oshowo elongo.

    Ngoloneya okwa popi kutya omwaalu gwaantu mboka yeli nale moshilando shaVenduka nenge mboka taya ningi oonkambadhala dhokutembukila moshilando, aanyasha.

    McLeod-Katjirua okwa tsikile kutya oyendji oya kala kaye na iilonga uule womvula yi vulithe puyimwe.

    Kombinga yokwaahena iilonga mokati kaanyasha, oopresenda dhaanyasha mboka kaye na iilonga odhi li po 43, pashigwana, omanga moshitopolwa shaKhomas, dhi li po 37.5.

    Oopreenda dhaayasha mboka kaye li mooskola nenge taya mono omadheulo gasha yo ihaya longo odha thika po 35.


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    Lengthy suspensions set bad precedentLengthy suspensions set bad precedent The regular suspensions of top executives at parastatals, government agencies and offices continue to rear its ugly head. Many a time officials are suspended with full pay under the guise that keeping them in their positions could hinder investigations. Both the public and private sector has to deal with its fair share of suspensions and often times justifiably so. But some of these suspensions have turned out to be drawn-out and expensive, especially for taxpayers who have to foot the bill for the suspended official as well as that of the stand-in employee. On top of that employers seem to struggle to deal with labour disputes of this nature expeditiously, leading to drawn-out delays and expensive suspensions. We understand that there are a lot of parties involved in the investigation and disciplinary processes. But it is absurd to have someone on suspension for almost two years without any hearing; it clearly defies logic. A case in point is the suspension of Kunene chief regional officer George Kamseb about 19 months ago. Kamseb is still earning his full pay and enjoying benefits that come with the position, while the authorities seemingly don't feel the desperate urge to speed up the matter. According to the ministry of urban and rural development, a report based on investigations into various suspected irregularities at the regional council was already submitted for the council to take action. We are in no way defending the suspension of the Kunene CRO, because we are yet to see the charge sheet containing the supposed transgressions. The issue here really is simply to question the painfully slow process when it comes to suspensions of this nature, which has an impact not only on service delivery, but on government coffers that are already under massive pressure. Suspensions should be based on fairness and must be guided by effective policies and procedures, to guard against undue delays in the disciplinary process that may be caused by the employee or employer. This is clearly a governance problem and if not handled correctly it could lead to a bad precedent for future situations.

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