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  • 06/24/18--16:00: Totem
  • TotemTotem Quote of the day

    “The authority took into account the prevailing economic environment as well as the competing needs of ensuring operator viability and service affordability for the consumers,” - Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ)



    Namibia's imports from Botswana fell by N$800 million in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter a year ago.

    -Namibia Statistics Agency



    Land prioritisation

    While some projects face budget cuts over the near period, government has increased the budget for the land reform ministry’s projects to N$337.3 million in 2018/2019, with estimations showing increased budget over the next two years.

    -Development budget

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    Omusati sees 445 school pregnancies in 2017Omusati sees 445 school pregnancies in 2017 The Omusati Region is grappling with the issue of statutory rape, according to the governor, Erginus Endjala.

    In his State of the Region Address, he said that the high number of teenage pregnancies in the region was due to statutory rape but it remained unreported. New HIV infections are also on the rise.

    Endjala said he wanted men who are having sex with underage girls to be brought to book.

    He added said that 445 girls in the region had fallen pregnant during the 2017 academic year adding that the Okalongo circuit reported the highest cases of teenage pregnancies, at 78 learners.

    “What is more saddening is that some learners include those in grades 4, 5 and 6. These are shocking statistics and imply that the mother could be ten years old. Literally, what we are saying is that rape is on increase in the region, but it goes unreported to the relevant authorities,” Endjala said.

    He said it defies human logic that children of the age of ten can fall pregnant and yet, there is no report registered with the police.

    “Something is definitely wrong with members of our society, especially parents. By law, any child under the age of 17 cannot give consent to engage in sexual relations and by implication that is statutory rape and it must be reported to relevant authorities,” he said.

    He said that the region is planning to hold a consultative conference and conduct regional prayers to sensitise residents on statutory rape.

    According to 'Age of Consent', an online resource containing information about the age of consent across the world, it is easy to deal with statutory rape in Namibia as the country does not have a close-in-age exemption.

    Close-in-age exemptions, commonly known as 'Romeo and Juliet laws' in the United States, are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.

    “Because there is no close-in-age exemption in Namibia, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare. Similarly, no protections are reserved for sexual relations in which one participant is a 15-year-old and the second is a 16 or 17,” Age of Consent writes.

    The governor also expressed his concern over the rapid spread of HIV and Aids, saying the disease was killing productive people in the region.

    According to statistics released this week by US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar), about 220 000 adults are living with the virus in the country.

    “Therefore, it is critical to ensure that our people have access to accurate and timely health information,” he said.


    CONCERNED: Omusati governor Erginus Endjala.


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    Top dog mentality kills coalition talksTop dog mentality kills coalition talksVenaani spurned as leader Coalition talks between Namibia's opposition parties seem to be going nowhere. Some smaller opposition parties have confirmed that ongoing talks to form a broad-based coalition ahead of the 2019 elections, in order to challenge Swapo hegemony, have deadlocked around the issue of Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani being named the overall leader of the grouping.

    PDM chief negotiator Vipuakuje Mukarukua denied this strongly, though, saying he never suggested Venaani as leader.

    “These negotiations are confidential so I cannot divulge anything, but what I can say is that at no point have I said that Venaani must lead. At no point did PDM instruct me to say this. If he leads then it must be a natural progression and not something that is imposed,” he said.

    Following a visit to Kenya to learn about coalition politics from that country's politicians, a group of Namibian opposition parties established a technical working committee to discuss and investigate the advantages and disadvantages of coalitions.

    Mike Kavetora of the Rally for Progress and Democracy (RDP) said coalition formation is the right thing to do and opposition parties that are so fragmented and thinly spread won't work.

    According to him, the proposed coalition talks that kicked off in 2015 fell flat because smaller parties felt bullied by bigger parties accusing them of playing “big brother” politics.

    He added that it was eventually established that there are no significant ideological differences between the various parties, with the exception with Swanu which is a socialist party.

    The committee discussed the issue of the leader of the opposition, and agreed that all political parties would retain their structure, but an umbrella body with its own leadership structure would be in place.

    “At one meeting it came to light that the PDM had already almost made up their mind, that if such a thing should happen then the leader of the coalition would have to be the leader of PDM. Some of us were not quite comfortable with that. It could have been that PDM could be the leader, but not brought in as a condition. It had to be discussed collaboratively and look at the benefits and disadvantages of such a move. Unfortunately that put some of our people off,” he said.

    Subsequently the discussion died a natural death.

    The newly elected secretary-general (SG) of the National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), Joseph Kauandenge, who represented his party on the technical working committee, also blamed PDM of dictating to other opposition parties.

    “Because apparently he (Venaani) is the leader of the official opposition and should dictate, but if you come to a coalition agreement you set aside your titles and you discuss openly to determine who is better suited to become the leader of the coalition,” he said.

    According to Kauandenge a heated discussion eventually ensued on who deserved to be the leader of coalition party.

    Kauandenge's predecessor, Meundju Jahanika, who insists he is still in that position, said his party sent two party members to Kenya to learn about coalition politics.

    “Some of us in fact wanted to look at cooperation where we could give each other constituencies and one presidential candidate supported by all involved parties,” he said.

    Jahanika emphasised that a potential merger was never on the cards.

    It's a pity

    Kavekotora said Namibian opposition parties were haunted by power struggles and belly politics.

    “The question of who is going to be number one always comes up. To me this is nonsense. I would rather want to be number 10 of 500 000 people than to be number one of ten. To me politics is not about me as a leader but the possible services I can deliver,” he said.

    According to Kavekotora there is a serious need for a coalition and that the door is not completely closed on the idea.

    Kauandenge believes the ineffectiveness of opposition parties to sell ideas to the youth that are not linked to the ruling party's liberation credentials, holds them back.

    “We need the charisma of the Malemas of South Africa. You cannot get young people to a political party if your leader does not appeal to the youth vote,” he said.

    Swapo “sacred cow”

    Swanu president Tangeni Iijambo, a former People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) fighter, said Swapo had instilled a terrible fear in the electorate.

    According to him, the systematic ignorance instilled in Namibians by colonial rule is still visible today, 28 years after independence.

    “We hear Swapo leaders saying it is cold outside Swapo. It is unfortunate that Namibians don't vote on policies and issues. Even an entity that makes how many mistakes is a sacred cow to them,” he said.

    Kavekotorua said Swapo had mastered a system of reward and punishment, which was what kept it in power.

    “Swapo is using two things successfully and consistently. Swapo rewards people to remain loyal to them. Either properly or fraudulently, it doesn't really matter. Swapo punishes people if they misbehave. When you join another party you misbehave. They punish you economically, you don't get tenders, employment or any assistance apart from statutory benefits,” he argued.


    Most Namibian opposition parties now find themselves at a crossroads, battling persistent leadership squabbles that may see them lose their grip on their representation in parliament.

    Nudo, a relatively stable political party, finds itself in a leadership storm after its third elective congress recently ended in chaos when one group declared themselves the legal leadership of the party.

    The RDP too, is faced with a serious leadership tussle that has landed in court.

    Kavekotorua said the party's central committee (CC) had decided to hold its convention in November this year. The current leadership's term will come to an end in November.

    “There is a pending case in court currently about our president, I really hope it will come to a close as soon as possible. If it does not, then it will die a natural death at the convention anyway because we will elect new party leaders,” he said.

    Status quo

    The ruling party Swapo currently has 101 seats in parliament; PDM, the official opposition, has six seats; followed by the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) and United Democratic Front (UDF), both with three seats.

    The All People's Party (APP), National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) and the Workers' Revolutionary Party (WRP) each has two seats in parliament while the Republican Party (RP), South West Africa National Union (Swanu) and United People's Movement have only one seat each.


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  • 06/24/18--16:00: It is Messi or Nigeria?
  • It is Messi or Nigeria?It is Messi or Nigeria?African fans face tough decision Loyal Lionel Messi fans in Namibia are finding it difficult to decide whether to support Argentina or Nigeria in the final match of group D. Many Namibians say they hope Nigeria will qualify to the round of 16 of the Fifa World Cup after a strong performance against Iceland on Friday.

    The Super Eagles pulled off a stunning 2-0 victory over Iceland to register their first three points of the competition. A brace from Ahmed Musa blew Group D wide open, giving Iceland, Argentina and Nigeria hope of qualifying for the round of 16. Croatia, who are leading the group with six points, have already qualified, while Nigeria on three points, Iceland and Argentina, who are both on one point, will battle for the runners-up spot.

    Nigeria will advance to the next round if they manage to beat Argentina regardless of the score in the Iceland vs Croatia game.

    The 2-0 win over Iceland also gave Argentina a lifeline. They can secure a place in the last 16 if they beat Nigeria with a better goal difference and if Iceland lose to Croatia.

    “It is a very interesting group because Nigeria now have a chance to make it if they beat Argentina.

    “This is what Africa was hoping for and I do believe that they can do it after their performance on Friday. “It will not be easy because Argentina also have a chance to make it through and that is why Africans must rally behind Nigeria for this game,” Namibia Football Association president Frans Mbidi said. Another fan, Mike Geingob, said he was happy with the way the Nigerians played on Friday.

    “I am very delighted by the fact that an African nation showed that we can do better if we remain committed.

    “This is a great result for Africa and I will rally behind Nigeria even if my favourite player Messi is on the other side,” Geingob said. Another Messi fan, Roman Kambara, said he was still struggling to pick a team.

    “I am a proud supporter of Messi, but I also want Nigeria to make it to the round of sixteen.

    “The fact that Cristiano Ronaldo fans are making noise about how their players are doing at the world cup and how little Messi has done is very frustrating. “I think I will decide about who I am going to support on the day the two teams meet,” Kambara said. Nigeria will play Argentina tomorrow at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, while Croatia battle Iceland on the same day at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don.


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     Angola land deal: Schlettwein puts his foot down Angola land deal: Schlettwein puts his foot down Finance minister Calle Schlettwein has asked the ministry of trade to abandon a reported N$117 million property deal in Angola, saying no treasury approval was granted. In a brief statement this afternoon, Schlettwein said procurement rules were also not followed. The Namibian reported today that the government wants to buy a N$117 million property in Angola reportedly owned by local businessman Titus Nakuumba. The newspaper claimed that the property in question includes a plot measuring 14 000 square metres and mini buildings on 20 000 square metres. According to the report, the government apparently wants to build a business park, with offices, workshops, housing units and warehouses.

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    Paralympians get foreign supportParalympians get foreign supportAthletes ready for Berlin Grand Prix Namibian athletes are raring to go, as they prepare for a Grand Prix event that takes place this week in Berlin, Germany. Namibian Paralympic athlete Ananias Shikongo and has guide Even Tjiviju have received an equipment sponsorship from the Bike Store in the Netherlands.

    Fellow athlete Johannes Nambala was also a recipient of some goodies from the store.

    The athletes are holding a training camp in the Netherlands, which serves as preparation for the Para-athletics Grand Prix taking place in the Berlin, Germany later this week.

    “Paralympic runners Ananias Shikongo with his guide Even Tjiviju and Johannes Nambala arrived yesterday at the store.

    “They will run the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints at the Grand Prix in Berlin.

    “Thanks to PowerBar they have beautiful bottles and enough nutrition.

    “We also helped them with warm coats (it is now winter in Namibia) and some other garments. Good luck men, it's an honour to help you,” the store posted on its social media accounts.

    The final Grand Prix of the year will begin on 30 June at the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark.

    The event is set as a curtain raiser to the World Para Athletics European Championships, which takes place at the same venue in eight weeks' time.

    Attracting both German and international athletes, organisers say the Berlin track has the potential to help athletes produce world record-breaking performances, as shown in 2013 when a number of world records were set.

    Team coach Michael Hamukwaya said the training camp is going well and that the athletes are more than prepared to take on their competitors.

    Shikongo and Tjiviju won silver medals at the 2018 World Para Athletics Grand Prix in March.

    Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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  • 06/25/18--16:00: Outjo 10 points clear
  • Outjo 10 points clearOutjo 10 points clear Outjo Football Academy (OFA) is on track to win the Kunene Second Division after securing victories in their round 13 and 14 matches over the weekend, while scoring a whopping 11 goals.

    The Outjo team defeated then second-placed Kunene Nampol 4-3 on Saturday and whipped Revengers 7-1 on Sunday.

    They lead the log with 36 points after having played 14 matches, while their nearest rivals, Young Eagles are 10 points behind in second position with 26 points.

    In the round 13 matches played on Saturday, Green Dangers drew one-all with Revengers in the Kamanjab derby played at the Kamanjab Combined School Stadium.

    In Outjo at the Etoshapoort Stadium, Gariseb Orlando Pirates defeated Bethlehem Boys 4-0, while Etosha United beat Black Africa Warriors 1-0 at the same venue.

    Young Eagles collected three points against Sixty Eleven in Outjo with a 4-1 win, while the match between Robber Chanties and PUBS in Khorixas did not take place due to the absence of referees.

    On Sunday, Green Dangers shocked Kunene Nampol 4-1 in Kamanjab, while Robber Chanties lost 5-0 at home against Bethlehem Boys at the Herbert Conradie Stadium in Khorixas.

    In another match at the same venue, Robber Chanties drew one-all with PUBS, while Black Africa Warriors won 4-2 against Young Eagles at Outjo's Etoshapoort Stadium.

    Meanwhile, the match between Black Africa Warriors and Sixty Eleven that was stopped due to the safety of match officials being compromised on 17 June continued last Wednesday. Black Africa Warriors were leading 1-0 with 50 minutes played when the match was stopped and eventually won 3-0.

    Only PUBS and Robber Chanties have played 13 matches, with all the other teams having played 14 matches.

    PUBS are in third place in the league with 24, while Kunene Nampol, on the same points, have an inferior goal difference.

    Etosha United complete the top five with 23 points.

    All the other teams have eight matches remaining, while PUBS and Robber Chanties have nine games left to play.


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    PC Blue Boys set to face Young BraziliansPC Blue Boys set to face Young Brazilians The curtain came down on the Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) on Sunday, with PC Blue Boys being crowned Coastal Stream winners, while Young Brazilians were crowned the winners of the Inland Stream.

    PC Blue Boys from Swakopmund and Young Brazilians from Karasburg will now lock horns in a playoff match to determine the winner to be promoted to the Namibia Premier League (NPL) for the 2018/19 season.

    The playoff matches will be played on a home and away basis, with the first leg played the weekend of 30 June and the second leg over the weekend of 7 July.

    Both teams collected the maximum six points over the weekend, with Blue Boys defeating Western Spurs 2-0 on Saturday and beating Northern Stars 2-1 on Sunday in both matches played at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay.

    Rookies Northern Stars were condemned to the Erongo second division after just one season in the SSFD.

    Young Brazilians on the other hand hammered Ramblers 5-2 on Saturday and dispatch of Rebels 2-1 on Sunday in matches played at Karasburg.

    Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) were relegated from the Inland Stream and will compete in the Khomas second division next season after only one season in the SSFD.

    In other matches played on Sunday in the Coastal Stream, Khomas Nampol defeated Spoilers 2-1, while Western Spurs defeated neighbours Flamingoes 2-1.

    In the Inland Stream, Try Again thrashed Ramblers 4-0, while Windhoek United drew 2-2 with already relegated Ramblers.

    The final Inland Stream log sees Young Brazilians on 23 points after 10 matches, followed by Windhoek United with 18 points in second spot.

    Third place went to Rebels with 12, followed by Try Again also on 12 points, but with an inferior goal difference. Ramblers finished fifth with 11 points and relegated SKW in sixth with as many points.

    Coastal Stream winners PC Blue Boys finished with 18 points, followed by Khomas Nampol on 16 points with Flamingoes in third on 14 points and Spoilers in fourth on 13 points.

    Western Spurs ended in fifth with 12 points, two more points than relegated Northern Stars.


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    New Zealand anthem's 'worst rendition'New Zealand anthem's 'worst rendition' It wasn't the scoreline that angered New Zealanders after their rugby league Test loss to England, but what was dubbed the “worst” rendition of their national anthem.

    New Zealand Rugby League chief executive Greg Peters described singer Crystal Collins' version of 'God Defend New Zealand' as “disgraceful” and urged promoters to explain.

    Saturday's match was played in Denver to promote rugby's 13-man version in the United States, but the talking point became the way Collins stumbled through the anthem without appearing to know the words or tune.

    Television commentator Glen Larmer called it “the worst rendition” he had ever heard.

    Peters told RadioLive on Monday “the anthem was disgraceful, and we are very disappointed by that”.

    “The Kiwi national anthem is something we're proud of, and we will be taking steps to speak to the promoters about that in the debrief,” he added.

    New Zealand blew an early lead to lose the game 36-18, but when fans took to Twitter they only wanted to vent their frustration at the butchering of the national song.

    “The anthem was a bloody disgrace. An embarrassment,” tweeted Jason, while KY Possum said: “Hubby woke up during Kiwi anthem & complained about what he thought was a bloody cat fight outside.”

    Former Samoa international Henry Faafili asked: “Can the lady who did the national anthem please learn it first?”


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  • 06/25/18--16:00: Final shot at salvation
  • Final shot at salvationFinal shot at salvationArgentina face Nigeria in do-or-die World Cup clash Nigeria and Argentina are set to face-off in what could turn out to be one of the biggest matches in World Cup history. Held by Iceland and humiliated by Croatia, Argentina's World Cup could already have been all but over, but Lionel Messi and the rest of Jorge Sampaoli's troubled squad have one final shot at redemption against Nigeria on Tuesday.

    Victory against the Africans, who Argentina have beaten in all four previous World Cup meetings, will secure qualification for the last 16 as long as Iceland don't shock already-qualified Croatia.

    Even if Iceland claim a first-ever World Cup victory, Argentina could still progress on goal difference.

    However, bouncing back will take a huge improvement in performance and strength of character so far unseen from the two-time world champions in Russia.

    The Argentina federation were even moved on Saturday to confirm that Sampaoli would continue for the final group game among rumours of a rift between players and coach.

    “I get the feeling there's a general anger at the heart of the team,” said Argentina's legendary 1986 World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona.

    “I'm furious and very upset inside, because anyone who wore that shirt can't see it being trampled like that by a Croatian team that isn't Germany, that isn't Brazil, that isn't Holland or Spain.”

    For all his heroics with Barcelona at club level, Messi is still often compared unfavourably in his homeland for his inability to recreate Maradona's success for the national team.

    Messi led Argentina to the World Cup final four years ago and consecutive Copa America finals in the following two years, but all three ended in defeat.

    And his 31st birthday on Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major international tournament.

    Without the five-time World Player of the Year, though, it is highly unlikely Argentina would even have qualified.

    Messi salvaged a disastrous campaign under three different managers with a hat-trick away to Ecuador in the Albiceleste's final qualifier.

    In their hour of need, Argentina need Messi's best once more.

    “Leo is fine,” insisted veteran midfielder Javier Mascherano, who knows Messi better than most having spent eight years as his club teammate at Barcelona.

    “He is a human being who has his frustrations because things haven't worked out, but so are we all.

    “Like it or not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it.”

    So far in Russia, Messi has been held scoreless. He missed a penalty among 11 unsuccessful shots on goal in a 1-1 draw with Iceland before failing to make any meaningful impact in an error-strewn Argentine display against Croatia.

    A month on from Messi's rescue mission in Ecuador, he sat out a friendly as Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2 back in November to highlight how reliant even a squad containing Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala remain on their number 10.

    “It is the most critical situation I have experienced, along with the Ecuador game,” said Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday. “But sometimes you have to cling to something.”

    Argentina are clinging to the hope that their captain bails them out again.


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  • 06/25/18--16:00: Erdogan takes it
  • Erdogan takes itErdogan takes it Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday declared victory in a tightly-contested presidential election, extending his 15-year grip on power in the face of a revitalised opposition.

    Turkish voters had for the first time cast ballots for both president and parliament in the snap polls, with Erdogan looking for a first round knockout and an overall majority for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

    The stakes in this election are particularly high as the new president is the first to enjoy enhanced powers under a new constitution agreed in an April 2017 referendum strongly backed by Erdogan.

    Erdogan was on course to defeat his nearest rival Muharrem Ince with more than half the vote without needing a second round, initial results showed.

    “The unofficial results of the elections have become clear. According to these... I have been entrusted by the nation with the task and duties of the presidency,” Erdogan said at his Istanbul residence.

    He added that the alliance led by the AKP had won the majority in parliament.

    Erdogan has just under 53% in the presidential poll while Ince, of the secular Republican People's Party (CHP), was on 31%, state-run Anadolu news agency said, based on a 96% vote count.

    The figures could yet change as final ballot boxes are opened.

    But celebrations were already beginning outside Erdogan's residence in Istanbul and AKP headquarters in Ankara, with crowds of flag-waving supporters, AFP correspondents said.

    Trailing were Meral Aksener of the nationalist (Iyi) Good Party with over seven percent and Selahattin Demirtas of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) with almost 8%.

    A count of almost over 95% for the parliamentary election also showed that Erdogan's AKP - along with its Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) allies - were well ahead and set for an overall majority.

    The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was polling 11%, well over the 10% minimum threshold needed to win 46 seats, which would make it the second largest opposition party in the new chamber.

    Several world leaders supportive of Erdogan, including Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, called to congratulate him on his “victory”, the presidency said.

    Erdogan has overseen historic change in Turkey since his Islamic-rooted ruling party first came to power in 2002 after years of secular domination. But critics accuse the Turkish strongman, 64, of trampling on civil liberties and autocratic behaviour.

    The president has for the last two years ruled under a state of emergency imposed in the wake of the 2016 failed coup, with tens of thousands arrested in an unprecedented crackdown which cranked up tensions with the West.

    Erdogan, whose mastery of political rhetoric is acknowledged even by critics, has won a dozen elections but campaigned against the backdrop of increasing economic woes.


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  • 06/25/18--16:00: Kenyan nomads attack farmers
  • Kenyan nomads attack farmersKenyan nomads attack farmers86 people killed in clash The battle for land and resources has picked up a notch after 50 homes were razed and 86 farmers killed in Kenya. Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari has called for calm after 86 people were killed in an attack by suspected nomadic herders against farming communities in the restive centre of the country.

    The grim discovery in the Barikin Ladi area of Plateau state came after days of violence apparently sparked by an attack by ethnic Berom farmers on Fulani herders on Thursday.

    State police commissioner Undie Adie said a search of Berom villages in the area following clashes on Saturday found “86 persons altogether were killed”.

    Adie told reporters six people were also injured and 50 houses were razed. Bodies of those who died have been released to their families, he added.

    The deaths are the latest in a long-running battle for land and resources that is putting President Muhammadu Buhari under pressure as elections approach next year.

    The violence fuelled by ethnic, religious and political allegiances has killed thousands over several decades.

    Analysts believe it could become Nigeria's biggest security concern, eclipsing Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency that has left at least 20 000 dead since 2009.

    Buhari's office said he “appeals for calm and assures that no efforts will be spared” to bring those responsible to justice and prevent further attacks.

    “The grievous loss of lives and property arising from the killings in Plateau today is painful and regrettable,” he added.

    Curfew imposed

    The Plateau state government said it had imposed restrictions on movements in the Riyom, Barikin Ladi and Jos South areas “to avert a breakdown of law and order”.

    “The curfew takes effect immediately... and movement is restricted from 18:00 to 06:00, except (for) those on essential duties,” spokesman Rufus Bature said.

    On Sunday, ethnic Berom youths set up barricades on the Jos-Abuja highway and attacked motorists who looked “Fulani and Muslim”, according to those who escaped the violence.

    Plateau state police spokesman Tyopev Terna and Major Adam Umar, from the military taskforce in the state capital, Jos, confirmed the blockade and vandalism to several cars.

    There were no official reports of deaths but Baba Bala, who escaped the violence on the road, said at least six people were killed.

    “I escaped with a smashed windscreen and dents on my car. I saw six dead bodies and several damaged cars,” he added.

    'Not safe'

    Plateau state governor Simon Lalong promised that “operational plans are currently being put in place to secure the affected communities and fish out perpetrators of these crimes.

    “While we pray for God's guidance through this difficult time, we will do everything humanly possible to secure our state immediately.”

    But the violence in Plateau followed a pattern that has become familiar in the state and elsewhere and which the authorities appear unable to stop.

    On Thursday, Berom farmers attacked five ethnic Fulani herders travelling with their cattle in a truck at Heipang, in Barikin Ladi.

    On Friday, two Berom children were killed in Arangai and Mangu Halle villages in what appeared to be reprisal attacks.

    Police spokesman Terna said there were more reprisals on Berom villages in the Gashish area of Barikin Ladi which were “believed to have been carried out by Fulani herdsmen”.

    “This led to today's violence,” he added.

    Lamwakers earlier this month demanded that Buhari address worsening security across the country, accusing police of failing to prevent the violence.

    On Sunday, Senate leader Bukola Saraki said the killings gave the impression that Nigeria was “not safe”.

    It was “important for Nigerians to start having the assurances that the government is decisively responding to the current threat to lives and property”, he said.

    Grazing dispute

    Separately, clashes erupted on Friday between Fulani herders and ethnic Bachama farmers in Dowayan village, in the Demsa area of Adamawa state, in northeast Nigeria.

    Adamawa police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP: “Six people were killed and seven others injured.

    “The violence started when Bachama farmers prevented Fulani herdsmen from grazing in a field outside the village. Clashes erupted as a result.

    “The Bachama mobilised and burnt some Fulani settlements and the Fulani went into Dowayan and burnt houses.”

    Demsa and the nearby Numan area of Adamawa were the scene of deadly clashes between herders and farmers that left scores dead last December.

    Buhari has been accused of failing to act as he is also Muslim and Fulani. His government has proposed setting up cattle ranches to prevent tensions over grazing land.


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  • 06/25/18--16:00: Nato offers help to Libya
  • Nato offers help to LibyaNato offers help to Libya Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday the alliance was prepared to help out in troubled Libya as it grapples with a migrant crisis but warned there were no military solutions.

    Speaking to Italian daily La Repubblica, Stoltenberg said: “Nato is ready to help Libya construct its security institutions”.

    Nato experts were already “in contact with Libya authorities to see how to assist them better,” he added.

    “Any support from Italy would be welcome but that is up to the Italian government,” he said.

    Libya has been gripped by chaos since a Nato-backed uprising toppled and killed Muammer Gaddafi in 2011, with rival administrations and multiple militias vying for control of the oil-rich country.

    The chaos has seen the country become a key departure point for thousands of migrants hoping to reach Europe, with hundreds drowning each year trying to cross the Mediterranean.

    Hundreds and thousands of migrants making the perilous journey have arrived in Italy in recent years.

    Italy's new populist government has vowed to curb arrivals, banning foreign NGO rescue ships from their ports and appealing to Nato for greater help tackling illegal immigration and human trafficking.

    “There are no military solutions to the migrant crisis, but Nato will help to make the problem less serious,” said Stoltenberg, adding that Nato deployments in the Aegean Sea “have helped to suppress illegal and dangerous trafficking of human beings.”

    He said Nato would sign a joint declaration with EU President Donald Tusk and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to outline their cooperation.

    Italy's new government has affirmed its commitment to the alliance despite differences in political policy.

    Italy advocates a review of economic sanctions against Russia which Nato believes are necessary.

    But Stoltenberg said Italy remained an important member.

    “I expect to continue working with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his government,” he said.

    “Italy has a fundamental role in the future of Nato.”


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  • 06/25/18--16:00: 1 000 days of love
  • 1 000 days of love1 000 days of loveEarly moments matter - Shivute Fathers who interact more with their children during their first few months of life could have a positive impact on cognitive development. Gabby Tjiroze

    A United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Father’s Day campaign, which took place under the theme ‘Early Moments Matter’, saw transformational coach and motivational speaker Sam Shivute sharing his views on the importance of fatherhood at the Jonas Haiduwa Early Childhood Development Centre.

    The campaign was aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of the first 1 000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain.

    “This campaign is in line with the early childhood development (ECD) initiative that is duly adopted by the government. It is believed that children who are exposed to proper early childhood development will have a strong finish in life. Their cognitive and learning abilities develop better and studies show that such children will be very successful in life,” Shivute said.

    The campaign highlighted the importance of the first years of a child’s life as a critical period of rapid brain development and learning. From birth through to the earliest years of life, babies need attentive and nurturing caregiving, as well as interactive play, adequate nutrition, protection and love, in order to give them the best start in life.

    “During the meeting we discussed and shared ideas on the roles of fathers in the lives of their children. We discussed the consequences of being absent fathers and how to overcome these challenges,” Shivute explained.

    For years there has been negative fatherhood stereotypes in Namibia, with the mass media highlighting that most fathers are absent in their children’s lives.

    “That negative perception must be tackled and changed into a positive one. This can be done through campaigns such as this. Fathers need to be enlightened and encouraged to understand their roles and the benefits that will accrue to them, their children and the country if they are to take part in the nutritional care, healthcare, protection and early childhood development of their children. Super dads must be given platforms to speak and share their experiences in the early development of their children.

    “Fathers need to understand that it is not only material support which matters. Children need moral and other support, such as singing, reading or telling them stories and giving them affection and love. Fathers must also ensure that their children feel loved and are allowed to play and laugh. Fathers need to know that children will model their behaviour and actions. We should continuously ask ourselves: What I am doing to remain relevant in the lives of my children?” Shivute said.

    Heart-warming videos and photos of dads were coupled with stories of super dads around Katutura, including those who are doing their best to raise their children in extremely difficult circumstances.

    “Not many fathers are aware of the importance of the first 1 000 days in the life of a child. I only learnt about this five years ago from DeeDee Yates. I encourage all Namibians to watch her TEDx Talks on YouTube titled ‘First 1 000 Days’. I also think that being irresponsible and an 'I-don’t-care attitude’ is another factor. Alcohol is another problem. Some people are more loyal and committed to alcohol than to their children. Limiting cultural beliefs could also be one of the factors,” Shivute said.

    He hopes to encourage fathers and guardians to partner with their female counterparts and enlightened themselves about their role in their children’s early development and first 1 000 days.

    “If we get enlightened and implement what is suggested by the experts, we will truly raise champions and Namibia’s future will be in good hands. The meeting was also a huge success and we agreed to meet at least two or three times a year to help one another through relevant information sharing and being committed to raising champions and future leaders of this beautiful country,” Shivute added.

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    Elongelo kumwe lyoongundu dhompilameno moNamibia itali ziElongelo kumwe lyoongundu dhompilameno moNamibia itali ziEkondjelo lyuuleli otali shunitha pevi opolotika yaNamibia Oonkundathana dha kala pokati koongundu dhompilameno ndhoka dha hala dhiimange kumwe opo dhi kondjithe ongundu yoSwapo, pethimbo lyomahogololo gomvula yo 2019, okwa holola dha hulile ondjilakati, sha landula sho omuleli gwongundu yoPopular Democratic Movement (PDM) McHenry Venaani a tumbulwa oye a kale omuleli gwehwata ndyoka. Omukwateli komeho gwoonkundathana ta kalelepo ongundu yoPDM, Vipuakuje Mukarukua okwa tindi nomuthindo kutya ina gandja omagwedhelelepo opo Veenani a ninge omuleli gwehwata lyoongundu ndhoka.

    Okwa popi kutya oonkundathana ndhoka odhopaumwene na ita vulu okuya muule wadho, ihe okwa koleke kutya ye ina gandja omayele opo Veenanni a ninge omuleli gweimango kumwe ndyooka.

    Sha landula olweendo ndyoka lwa li lwa yi koKenya opo ya ka konge uunongo nkene taya vulu okwiimanga kumwe nokukodjitha ongundu tayi pangele, oongundu ndhoka odha tula miilonga okomitiye ndjoka ya nuninwa okukwatela komeho omalongekidho, nokukundathana eimango kumwe ndyoka.

    Mike Kavekotora gwongundu yoRally for Progress and Democracy (RDP) okwa popi kutya einango kumwe lyoongundu ndhoka oshinima sha simana. Okwa popi kutya omalongekidho geimango kumwe ndyoka oga li taga ningwa mo 2015 olya ndopa molwaashoka oongundu ndhoka ooshona oshi wete tadhi thindilwa kongudhi koongudu ndhoka oonene.

    Okomitye ndjoka oya tokola woo kutya okwa pumbwa okukala omuleli gumwe ngoka ta kwatele komeho eimango kumwe ndyoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya okwa popiwa momitumba dhimwe kutya ngele otaku kala omuleli ngoka ta kwatele komeho ongundu ndjoka tayi ka totwa nena omuleli gwongundu yoPDM oye ta kala omukwateli komeho,, ihe nonando ongaaka yo yamwe kaya uvitile ombili oshinima shoka.

    Amushanga ndjai omupe gwongundu yoNational Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), Joseph Kauandenge, ngoka ta kalelepo ongundu yawo mookundathana ndhoka naye okwa nyana ongundu yoPDM sho ya hala okwiininga kayamukulwa moonkundathana ndhoka netotepo lyongundu ndjoka yomuhanga.

    Pahapu dhaKauandenge okwa li kwa holoka oontamanana oonene sha landula oonkundatha kutya olye ta hogololwa opo a kale omuleli gwongundu ndjoka yomuhanga.

    Omulandulwa gwaKauandenge, Meundju Jahanika, ngoka natango ta popi kutya oye amushanga gwongundu okwa popi kutya ongundu oya tumu iilyo iyali koKenya, opo yi ka konge uunongo kombinga nkene taku vulu okutulwa miilonga ongundu yomuhanga.

    Kavekotora okwa popi kutya oolitika yaNamibia oya kwatwako kelelo unene na kehe gumwe okea hala okuninga omuleli, naashoka otashi teya po elongelo kumwe.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ope na ompumbwe onene yelongelokumwe moongundu dhompilameno opo dhi vule okukondjitha ongundu tayi lele, ihe shoka itashi zi molwa omakondjithathano ngoka.

    Omupresidende gwoSwanu, Tangeni Iijambo, ngoka a li nale oshilyo shoPeople's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) okwa popi kutya Swapo okwa tula uumbanda mokati kaahogololi.

    Okwa popi kutya omapopyo ngaashi kutya pondje yoSwapo ope na uutalala oga tula omambandameo maahogololi naashoka osha etitha aantu ya kale taya hogolola inaya tala komilandu nomikundu ndhoka ya taallla.

    Kavekotorua okwa popi kutya Swapo okwa tula miilonga omulandu gwokugandja olupandu nokugeela. Oha gandja olupandu kwaamboka yemwiitula kutya otaya longo iimbuluma nenge uulingilingi na oha geele woo mboka taya ihumbata anuwa nayi ngaashi okuthiga po ongundu nokuya kongundu dhilwe.

    Okwa popi kutya mboka ohaya pewa omageelo gopaliko, itaya mono ootendela dha sha nenge iilonga nenge eyambidhidho lya sha.

    Ongundu tayi pangele monena oyi na iipundi yi Ii 101 momutumba gwopaliamende omanga ongundu yompilameno yopambelewa yo PDM yi na iipundi 6 yalandulwa kongundu yoRally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) oshowo United Democratic Front (UDF), ndhoka dhi na iipundi itatu.

    Ongundu yoAll People's Party (APP), National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) oshowo Workers' Revolutionary Party (WRP) oyi na iipundi iyali omanga ongundu yoRepublican Party (RP), South West Africa National Union (Swanu) oshowo United People's Movement yi na oshipundi shimwe.


    UUVITHWA NAYI: Amushanga gwoNudo, ngoka ta kutha ombinga ethigathano, Meundju Jahanika.

    TA GANDJA OMBEDHI: Omupresidende gwSwanu, Dr Tangeni Iijambo.


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    Eyambidhidho lyooskola dhopaumwene lya shunithwa peviEyambidhidho lyooskola dhopaumwene lya shunithwa pevi Uuministeli welongo owa shunitha pevi omwaalu gwiimaliwa ngoka hagu pewa ooskola dhopaumwene dha thika po 77 moshilongo, omolwa etetulo lyelongitho lyiimaliwa ndyoka tali ningwa kuuministeli mboka.

    Etseyitho ndyoka olya ningwa kuamushanga guuministeli, Sanet Steenkamp ngoka a koleke onkundana ndjoka koshifokundaneki shoNamibian Sun.

    Okwa tsikile kutya ooskola o 62 dhomooskola ndhoka odha yamukula keindilo lya ningwa kuuministeli omvula ya piti, opo dhi shangele uuministeli oombaapila tadhi popi kutya omolwashike dha pumbwa okukala tadhi mono eyambidhidho ndyoka okuza kuuministeli.

    Steenkamp okwa popi kutya etetulo ndyoka olyoshititatu shetata lyiimaliwa mbyoka hayi pewa ooskola ndhoka, nonuumvo uuministeli otawu ka gandja oomiliyona 35, onga omayambidhidho ngoka.

    Momvula yo 2014/15, owa futu oshimaliwa shathika poomiliyona 62 onga omayambidhidho gooskola dhopaumwene. Omvula ya landula owa futa oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 81.7 omanga oshimaliwa shoomiliyona 79.7 ha futwa momvula yo2016/17.

    Momumvo gwoshimaaliwa gwomvula yo 2017/18 omwaalu ngoka ogwa tetulwa natango nokushunithwa pevi poomiliyona 29.5.

    Omupopiliko guuministeli welongo, Absalom Absalom okwa koleke koshifokudnaneki shoNamibian Sun kutya nuumvo ooskola ndhoka otadhi ka mona etata lyoshimaliwa shoka dha pewa omvula ya piti.

    Okwa tsikile kutya uuministeli natango inawu topola iimaliwa mbyoka natango, molwaashoka iimaliwa mbyoka kayi po natango, ihe ngele oya monika uuministeli otawu ka topolela ooskola ndhoka.

    MuAguste gwomvula ya piti, Minista Katrina Hanse-Himarwa okwa li a pula ooskola opo dhi shange omikanda tadhi popile kutya omolwashike dha pumbwa eyambidhidho ndyoka.

    Oskola ndhoka hadhi pewa omayambidhidho otadhi pumbiwa dhi kale dhi na aanaskola yoopresenda 10 mbyoka taya pumbwa omayambidhidho gopankalathano.

    Omvula ya piti, okwa ningwa omakonaakono okutala ngele ooskola ndhoka otadhi iyutha tuu shili, koshipumbiwa shokushangitha oopresenda 10 dhaanona mboka.

    Uuministeli inawu gandja oshizemo shomakonaakono ngoka ihe owa holola kutya otawu ka talulula omukalo ngoka hagu longithwa mokugandja omayambidhidho ngoka kooskola ndhoka.

    Uuministeli owa koleke kutya mokati kooskola dha shangithwa shi li 157 dhopaumwene moshilongo, ooskola shi li 77 oshi li oshitopolwa shoprograma ndjoka

    Ooskola odha nongele kutya nonando odhi uviteko onkalo yopashimaliwa ndjoka ya taalela uuministeli welongo, oskola odhindji dhopaumwene odha taalela uupyakadhi woshimaliwa nongele nena eyambidhidho ndyoka lyepangelo kali po aavali otaya ka kala muupyakadhi wokufuta iifuta yi li pombanda noonkondo naashoka otashi ka e ta aanona yamwe opo ya tulwe mooskola dhepangelo ndhoka ndhili dha taalela nale omaupyakadhi.

    “Nena okanona hoka otaka ka pula epangelo oshimaliwa shooN$ 20 000 pehala lyoshimaliwa shooN$1500 nenge N$2500 (kwiikwatelelwa kiiyemo mbyoka hayi pewa ooskola kepangelo).”

    Oshitiyali onkalo ndjoka otayi vulu okweetitha ooskola dhopaumwene dhi pate, nokweetitha aanona mboka haya hiti ooskola ndhoka ya tulwe mooskola dhepangelo.


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    High school debate tournament held at St. George’s Diocesan CollegeHigh school debate tournament held at St. George’s Diocesan College Ann-Adeva Njambali

    The High School debate tournament which was held at St. George’s Diocesan College took place on 15 to 16 June. The two-day tournament was organized by Jonas Nekomba, president of the Unam Socratic Society and debate coach.

    The opening ceremony on Friday, was graced by Unam SRC vice president Inna Hengari, Nanso representative Maximaliant Katjimune and Dickson Kasote representing Unesco.

    The welcoming remarks and motivational speeches kicked off the debate under the theme “leave no child behind for Africa’s development”. All debaters and public speakers were accompanied by either a debate coach or teacher acting as a coach. Overall, the tournament consisted of four preliminary rounds, one semi-final and final round. The motions for the debate ranged from the right of the African Child, army conscription and women empowerment. The semi finals and final rounds had unprepared motions. Adjudicators consisted of students with debating experience from the University of Namibia (Unam), Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) with the help of coaches and teachers. With more than one adjudicator allocated to each session, the results were as fair and effective as possible.

    Both teams from Jan Mohr Secondary School went against each other in the semifinals; with the A team making it to finals. After winning against Delta Secondary School Windhoek, Windhoek Gymnasium went head to head against Jan Mohr Secondary School A in a riveting debate, with Jan Mohr Secondary School being crowned the winner. The tournament overall was a success with the help of volunteers, teachers and management from the college assisting as Time Keepers and any other help needed by participants.

    Stakeholders were happy about the event as it highlighted the need for critical thinking through argumentative skills of persuasion. These are all ingredients vital to an academic career and communication skills. The event will be hosted annually at the St. Georges Diocesan College which is a testament to the large number of participants. Winners either in Public Speaking and debating sections are eligible to represent their schools and regions at a national level.

    The event has just highlighted the need for young people to be involved in discourse about issues on a continental and global scale. It was quite interesting to see so many intelligent, prominent like-minded young people engaging in deliberations on issues affecting them or other African countries. Surely there is a need for more coaches and debate workshop to bring Namibian debaters at an international level and accommodate much larger groups in such events.

    *Ann-Adeva Njambali is a third year Political Science and Sociology student at the University of Namibia (Unam).

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  • 06/25/18--16:00: It was an all pink affair
  • It was an all pink affairIt was an all pink affair Miss Teen Namibia hosts Pink Bash On Saturday, Miss Teen Namibia hosted the Pink Bash at Safari Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek with the aim of raising funds for the main event taking place on 1 September. The event featured all the Miss Teen Namibia contestants as well as all the Miss Namibia finalists. This year’s bash focused on the exterior and help of young girls and women to understand how powerful it can be to dress correctly for both work and pleasure.


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  • 06/25/18--16:00: Madam, you are out of order
  • Madam, you are out of orderMadam, you are out of order Youthful PDM parliamentarian Vipuakuje Muharukua ruffled feathers in the National Assembly last week, locking horns with deputy speaker Loide Kasingo and attorney-general Albert Kawana in the process. In a true combative style, Muharukua took on the deputy speaker who seemingly demonstrated a biased attitude against the opposition while presiding over the session. During a debate which was led by Muharukua, Kasingo repeatedly pointed her gavel towards the MP, while reprimanding the young man to behave. The parliament session had descended into chaos after land reform minister Utoni Nujoma reportedly referred to opposition MPs as “puppets”. This is after the ruling party blocked the opposition from discussing an issue of corruption in the National Assembly. Kasingo abruptly adjourned the house when things got heated, much to the dismay of opposition politicians who had wanted the issue at hand to be addressed. It is of course the norm for lawmakers - as elected representatives - to raise sensible issues and at times MPs are likely to contravene parliamentary procedures. Here, the role of the presiding officer is essential, in order conduct the business of parliament in the interest of all Namibians, including interpreting the procedural rules to ensure that all matters are conducted as per parliamentary procedure. However, Kasingo made a mockery of her role as the presiding officer and that should not be left unchallenged. It is also uncalled that presiding officers prevent opposition members from raising important issues on the floor. Equally, it is unproductive when parliamentary sessions are adjourned merely because there is a misunderstanding among some MPs or when sloganeering is the order of the day. The National Assembly is not a personal fiefdom of Swapo MPs, who think they can do as they wish, while avoiding debate and accountability. There is surely no place for arrogant and self-serving individuals, who have become increasingly isolated from those who pay their salaries and even vote for them.

    Swapo MPs, like all others in parliament, are public representatives and are therefore serving at the behest of the public. Arrogance and the stifling of debate can only be in the interest of themselves and not the voters.

    Namibia deserves better!

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  • 06/25/18--16:00: Shot of the day
  • Shot of the dayShot of the day AT ANY COST: Road construction workers use a truck to fetch water from a nearby water pan in order to build the road leading to Endola in the northern part of Namibia. Endola is a flood-prone area with many water pans therefore, good roads are needed to avoid a situation where villages are totally cut off during the rainy season. PHOTO: LIMBA MUPETAMI

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