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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Church tax still under discussion Church tax still under discussion Finance minister Calle Schlettwein has announced that no new taxes or amendments will be introduced right away and that government still needs to consult.
    He made the comments during the delivery of the mid-term budget in the National Assembly this afternoon.
    Government announced plans to widen the tax net by roping in the informal sector through a presumptive tax as well as a new tax for non-governmental organisations, including churches and charities.
    Government also formally announced plans to tax the foreign income of Namibian residents and providing for specific taxation of trusts.
    The new tax changes meant to ensure that all citizens were contributing towards the tax system on an equal basis, Schlettwein said.
    “The proposals seek to strengthen equity and progressivity of the tax system. I need to reiterate the fact that the proposals are still being consulted on, since being announced during the tabling of the current budget in March this year,” Schlettwein said.
    According to him, a working group will be established soon to guide the ministry in the process of amending current taxes while introducing new taxes.
    “We are looking forward to the revised tax proposals that will flow out of the Working Group forum which we, together with private sector stakeholders, have established. The intent of our tax proposals must remain to improve and stabilize our revenue base.”

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    Aupindi must pay up or face jailAupindi must pay up or face jail Former Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) boss Tobie Aupindi and his co-accused, Antonio di Savino, have been sentenced to fines of N$50 000, or 30 months' imprisonment, by the Windhoek Magistrate's Court yesterday.

    They were found guilty of providing false information to an authorised officer of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

    Judgment in the drawn-out fraud case was handed down by Windhoek magistrate Helena Shilemba yesterday.

    The case had been postponed several times for judgment.

    Aupindi and Di Savino denied guilt when their trial started before Shilemba in February 2012.

    In February 2012, Aupindi and Di Savino went on trial on a charge of corruptly providing false information to an officer of the ACC and an alternative charge of attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice. These charges fall under the ACC Act.

    The allegations that resulted in the two businessmen ending up in court stem from a swimming pool that was built at Aupindi's residence at 25 Kestrel Street, Hochland Park, in 2006.





    It was alleged that Di Savino had paid N$50 000 for the swimming pool in exchange for tenders for the refurbishment of NWR resorts in several parts of the country.





    It was claimed that at the time the pool was installed, Di Savino was doing business with NWR, while Aupindi was the head of the state-owned company.

    The State alleged that Aupindi had provided false information to the ACC's investigator, stating that he had paid for the pool himself.





    During the trial, a witness who had installed the pool at Aupindi's residence told the court that Aupindi had paid for the installation in cash.

    The prosecution alleged that Aupindi and Di Savino had lied to an ACC investigator in March and April 2010 by telling him that Aupindi had paid N$50 000 for the pool, while they knew Di Savino had actually paid for the pool.



    Magistrate Shilemba found that the State had proven its case beyond any reasonable doubt.

    ELLANIE SMIT

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    City eats humble pie on KahimiseCity eats humble pie on Kahimise The City of Windhoek management committee was left with egg on their faces after it emerged that the suspension of CEO Robert Kahimise was indeed unlawful.
    Kahimise will report for work today following his immediate reinstatement yesterday.
    A Windhoek councillor who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed Kahimise’s reinstatement, saying his initial suspension was not procedurally done.
    This follows a stern letter from Kahimise’s lawyer Patrick Kauta who strongly demanded his client’s reinstatement.
    “The management committee had no mandate to suspend the CEO,” the councillor told Namibian Sun yesterday just moments before a city council meeting. “They realised their blunder that is why they couldn’t event appoint an acting CEO. He has been reinstated and will report for work.”
    Kauta was not available for comment late yesterday.
    A letter by Kauta, addressed to deputy mayor Teckla Uwanga, arrived on Wednesday at the City’s offices, shortly after a scheduled special council meeting to decide on an acting CEO, and to provide Kahimise an opportunity to defend his position, was slated to start.
    The letter stated that Kahimise would not attend the meeting, but that he demanded that his suspension be retracted on several grounds, including that urban and rural minister Peya Mushelenga’s support for the suspension was based on false information.
    The letter took issue with an invitation extended to Kahimise on Monday, following his suspension without pay, to speak at Wednesday’s special council meeting.
    “How a person already suspended is required to make representation why they should not be suspended is an irregularity in which our client will not participate. In any event, your invitation is nothing else but an invitation for our client to trespass.”

    Minister misled
    Kauta further argued that Mushelenga’s decision to approve the suspension, based on a letter he had received from the management committee, was “irrational, unreasonable and unlawful”, and was the result of being deceived in the letter, allegedly penned by the deputy mayor.
    “You deliberately misled the minister in your letter of 18 October 2018, in order to obtain approval… when you informed the minister that the management committee recommended suspension to the council, when you knew this was factually incorrect.”
    Kahimise, through Kauta, demanded that the “unlawful and illegal suspension” be set aside “on an urgent basis at your person’s cost”.
    Uwanga is the unconfirmed author of a letter to the minister last week, which summarised the management committee’s numerous allegations of misconduct against Kahimise in relation to a study loan, amongst other complaints, and demanded an investigation be launched into those claims and that Kahimise suspended.
    Through his lawyers, the CEO claimed he was never provided a chance to respond to the allegations, as no pre-suspension hearing was held, which was a breach of his rights.
    Another aspect Kahimise was tackling is that the suspension was legally unnecessary.
    “You asked the minister for the suspension of our client to conduct an ‘unhindered investigation”, when this is no reason in terms of section 22(1) of General Notice No 277, Government Gazette No 5020 of 21 August 2012, to suspend anyone.”
    Kauta argued the “real reason for suspending our client is not bona fide”, adding the council meeting where the decision was made was “irregularly called, constituted and convened”.
    JANA MARI-SMITH



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  • 10/25/18--15:00: Threat to democracy
  • Threat to democracyThreat to democracyFresh battle looms around electronic voting machines Political parties and commentators are braced for a fresh battle regarding the use of electronic voting machines, without a verifiable paper trail. Namibia is once again set to have a general election in 2019 using EVMs without a paper trail, which means if there is a contested poll or a suspected breach or tampering attempt, there is no way to verify the election result.

    These machines, when used without a verifiable paper trail, have caused a massive uproar in other countries, where groups of voters and election security advocates have gone to court in a bid to have them replaced with paper ballots. A voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) or verifiable paper record (VPR) is a method of providing feedback to voters using a ballot-less voting system.

    A VVPAT is intended as an independent verification system for voting machines designed to allow voters to verify that their vote was cast correctly, to detect possible election fraud or malfunction, and to provide a means to audit the stored electronic results.

    Local commentator Frederico Links said using the EVMs and failing to produce a paper trail is not good for Namibia's image and given the fact that the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) has received additional funding in government's midterm budget there should be no excuse.





    “It has been reported internationally that there needs to be paper trails. It is important that the machines produce a sort of receipt, and it makes it more acceptable and trustable by the voters. I do not think the stance of government and the ECN is untenable,” he said.

    According to Links the government and the ECN appear not be honest about the situation and should come out and say if they do not have money to implement an EVM paper trail.

    During a parliamentary debate earlier this year, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the Swapo government did not force the EVMs onto Namibians.

    The debate has been referred to a parliamentary standing committee and will now investigate the use of EVMs.

    The ECN, emboldened by a High Court judgement before the 2014 general elections on the issue, claimed recently that the so-called VVPAT “is nothing more than a printer”.



    ECN's 'paper jam' excuse

    “You have a printer at your office and I am sure you have had a lot of paper jam situations. Any technology that has a printing mechanism is never safe from paper jams.

    “Now the VVPAT is manufactured in India, therefore the only company that manufactures them is in India. So there are challenges associated with the use of the VVPAT in the voting process. With India, they have experienced these challenges, but for them they have set an acceptable margin of error,” newly installed ECN chief electoral officer Theo Mujoro told Namibian Sun recently.

    “Say if they experience a 5% paper jam in an area it is acceptable, but if a certain margin is acceptable to them it does not mean it can be acceptable here.

    “We are looking at two different contexts - our level of advancement and also our maturity of politics. As a responsible election management body we will not allow a system where we can see it is prone to errors. If you encounter a paper jam with the VVPAT it will compromise the secrecy of the voter's vote,” Mujoro added.

    This comes after former ECN director of elections Paul Isaak indicated in 2015 that the commission will be using EVMs with a VVPAT in every election from 2017.

    Isaak said at the time that to address the credibility of the EVMs, the ECN, political parties and other stakeholders would meet from 2016 to discuss the modalities on how to implement the EVMs with a verifiable paper trail.

    Namibia became the first African country to use EVMs in its 2014 presidential and National Assembly elections.

    Shortly before the elections, the High Court dismissed a legal challenge by the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), the African Labour and Human Rights Centre and the Workers' Revolutionary Party.

    They had sought the postponement of the polls because the EVMs leave no paper trail, which violates the Electoral Act.

    Judge Kobus Muller dismissed the application with costs, saying it was not within his jurisdiction to rule on the matter, but that the ECN should do so. He also said the applicants had ample time to bring the matter before court, but had failed to do so.



    Evidence

    Political commentator Ndumba Kamwanyah said it is important for an election to produce a paper trail, so that voters have evidence of who they voted, in the event the outcome is disputed.

    “But at this point there is no sufficient evidence that there is something wrong with the EVMs, but if there are concerns raised in other countries then government must investigate those concerns,” he said.

    Earlier this year, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was warned against using an electronic voting system for its long-delayed presidential election in December, because it has the potential to undermine the credibility of the poll.

    Closer to home, in Botswana, it was reported recently that the neighbouring country's government is considering postponing the use of EVMs in its 2019 general elections.

    The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) dragged that government to court regarding the potential use of EVMs, arguing that their use is unconstitutional and will violate all sections of the Electoral (Amendment) Act No. 7 of 2016.

    Last year, Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the results and called for a re-run of that country's elections within 60 days, while confirming that the integrity of the elections has been compromised by irregularities, which were linked to the EVMs.



    'Abolish' EVMs

    RDP parliamentarian Mike Kavekotora has called for the abolishment of these voting machines in Namibia, saying ballot paper voting should return.

    According to him the machines are unreliable.

    “We all know that our courts are courts of evidence and in the absence of a paper trail there is no way any aggrieved party can challenge an election.”

    Kavekotora also questioned why Namibia insists on using the EVMs, while developed and progressive European nations prefer a paper trail.

    WRP political secretary Hewat Beukes said it appears that most people do not understand the issue of EVMs.

    He believes adding a paper trail will not save the integrity of Namibia's elections.

    He also argued that since the machines are manufactured, assembled and programmed in India, Namibians technicians and engineers do not have the expertise to handle it in a crisis.

    “Enough proof already exists that the machines are used to distort results to an extreme degree. Scientific proof exists that the machines can be pre-programed to distort results.”



    JEMIMA BEUKES

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  • 10/26/18--15:00: Company news
  • Company newsCompany news Snap expects to lose more users

    Snap Inc lost more users than Wall Street expected in the third quarter as it continued to grapple with an unpopular redesign of its Snapchat photo-messaging app and fierce competition from Facebook Inc’s Instagram.

    Daily active users are expected to fall again next quarter, Snap chief financial officer Tim Stone told analysts on a conference call, which would mark the third sequential quarter of user declines.

    Snap shares, which have lost more than 52% since the beginning of the year, tumbled 10 percent in after-hours trade as the company failed to convince Wall Street 2019 would be better.

    During the call, Stone dashed hopes that Snap had set a firm target to reach full-year profitability in 2019. That ambition was outlined in a leaked internal memo from chief executive Evan Spiegel earlier this month.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    SA doubts SAA will find equity partner

    South African finance minister Tito Mboweni said on Thursday that he doubted that the government would find an investor to take an equity stake in struggling state-run South African Airways (SAA) in its current financial state.

    “I doubt you are going to find an equity partner who will come into SAA in this current state. As an equity partner you’d have to immediately assume debt of some 21 billion rand (US$1.5 billion),” Mboweni told lawmakers, a day after giving a bleak medium-term budget speech which rattled South African markets.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Bidvest, Petredec unveil construction of LPG site

    South Africa’s Bidvest Tank Terminals (BTT), a unit of Bidvest Group, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) firm Petredec on Thursday launched the construction of a 1 billion rand (US$70 million) LPG import and storage facility in Richards Bay, north of Durban.

    The 22 600 tonne facility will significantly increase the supply of LPG to Africa’s most industrialised economy and allow for exports of the fuel to neighbouring countries, the companies said in a joint statement.

    Although LPG is preferable to paraffin or wood as fuel for heating and cooking, the South African per capita usage of LPG is lower than in many equivalent economies as a result of constrained domestic supply and a lack of sufficient import and storage capacity.

    The lack of sufficient storage facilities in the country has meant that Petredec’s ships, which trade, transport, store and distribute LPG to industrial, commercial and domestic users, have had to park outside the harbour for months, while incurring costs, the firm’s Director Lee Furby told Reuters.

    “There will be huge efficiencies when this terminal opens, not only for us but also for the end users,” Furby said.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    AB InBev halves dividend

    Anheuser-Busch InBev cut its proposed dividend by half on Thursday as beer sales dropped in the world’s largest brewer’s largest markets, the United States and Brazil, and overall earnings fell short of forecasts, knocking its shares.

    AB InBev’s shares fell by 7.6% to 66.89 euros and were among the weakest in the FTSEurofirst index after the brewer of Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona said it will pay a total dividend of 1.80 euros per share for 2018.

    This would save AB InBev, which paid around US$100 billion for SABMiller in 2016, about US$4 billion which the Belgium-based brewer said would be used to cut its net debt of US$108.8 billion.

    “In the last six months, we’ve seen a lot of (currency) volatility. This scenario triggers some sort of uncertainty and at a certain point... we thought it was the right time to adjust the dividend,” chief financial officer Felipe Dutra said.

    The company said dividends would increase over time, but growth would be modest in the short term given the importance of deleveraging. Dutra said this meant the next one to two years.

    -Nampa/Reuters

    Steinhoff says subsidiary Stripes US Holding

    South African retailer Steinhoff said on Thursday that the High Court of Justice in England and Wales had granted permission to its subsidiary, Stripes US Holding, to convene a meeting with creditors about a proposed restructuring.

    The meeting will consider whether to approve a scheme for creditors to exchange their rights under a revolving credit facility to Stripes US Holding for similar ones involving Steinhoff Europe AG as the borrower.

    Steinhoff is fighting for survival after revealing multi-billion euro holes in its balance sheet that wiped more than 90% off its market value and forced it to sell assets to fund working capital.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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    Glencore posts rise in copper, cobalt outputGlencore posts rise in copper, cobalt output Glencore Plc on Friday reported a 12% rise in copper production so far this year, while cobalt production rose 44%, boosted by the restart of Katanga’s processing operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The London-listed miner and commodities trader, which posted record half-year earnings in October, has seen higher costs and lower prices for cobalt and other byproducts.

    Glencore’s copper production rose by 116 600 tonnes to 1 063 100 tonnes from the start of this year and cobalt output jumped 8 700 tonnes to 28 500 tonnes.

    Rival Anglo American on Tuesday said its copper production rose 17%, helped by an overall increase in productivity as each employee has been 5% more productive this year than in 2017.

    Other major miners reporting this month - BHP Billiton Plc and Rio Tinto Plc - have signalled lower output in copper, needed for an anticipated increase in electric vehicle manufacturing.

    Glencore’s share price, which has underperformed the top global miners, has also been pressured by higher costs in the Democratic Republic of Congo because of a recent new mining code, and a US Department of Justice investigation.

    The company reiterated its full-year marketing guidance would come in at the top half of its US$2.2 billion to US$3.2 billion long-term range.

    However, it cut its full-year expectation for oil production by 300 000 barrels to 4.6 million barrels, due to a one-month unplanned stoppage at its Mangara field in Chad.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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    Ramaphosa seeks new investment pledgesRamaphosa seeks new investment pledgesAs economy struggles South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will seek billions of dollars of new spending pledges from foreign investors and local firms at an investment summit on Friday. As an investment destination, South Africa has what it takes to compete- Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa The new search comes as he seeks to haul the economy out of recession before next year’s election.

    The former union leader wants US$100 billion of new investments over the next five years and so far has secured pledges for around US$35 billion, mainly from China, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

    Ramaphosa has made reviving the economy a top priority since taking over from scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma in February, but he has been hampered by severe fiscal constraints and infighting in the ruling African National Congress.

    He has said the investment summit will discuss opportunities in sectors including agriculture, manufacturing and energy.

    “As an investment destination, South Africa has what it takes to compete,” Ramaphosa said in a speech to diplomats on Tuesday. “We are focusing on addressing structural weaknesses in the economy.”

    The investment summit follows a jobs summit earlier this month at which Ramaphosa announced a wide-ranging set of deals between government, big business and labour which he said would create 275 000 more jobs a year.

    Under pressure over his track record on the economy, Ramaphosa has also unveiled a “stimulus and recovery plan” which earmarked funds for job creation and infrastructure development.

    The scale of the challenge facing Ramaphosa was underlined by finance minister Tito Mboweni’s bleak medium-term budget speech on Wednesday, when he unveiled weak growth forecasts and deficit estimates.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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    Mboweni calls for swift action on debt to avoid IMFMboweni calls for swift action on debt to avoid IMF Finance minister Tito Mboweni said on Thursday South Africa had to act swiftly on its debt levels to avoid having to turn to the International Monetary Fund for help, a day after his bleak medium-term budget speech rattled markets.

    Mboweni predicted wider budget deficits and cut growth forecasts in his medium-term budget policy statement on Wednesday, as Africa’s most industrialised economy faces a recession, revenue shortfalls and ballooning debt.

    “Whether or not you like the IMF, ideologically or practically, it doesn’t matter. When you get into a debt trap that’s where you end up,” Mboweni told lawmakers.

    “That low economic scenario has reduced tax revenues. We clearly have a problem.”

    The Treasury expects government’s gross debt to stabilise at 59.6% of GDP by 2023/24 from an estimated 55.8% in the current year. Tax revenue is expected to underperform significantly in the three years to 2020/21.

    The rand slumped 2% after Mboweni’s budget speech on Wednesday and yields on government bonds jumped, though the market reaction on Thursday was more muted.

    Analysts say ratings agencies are likely to take a dim view of the Treasury’s latest budget projections.

    Moody’s, the last of the “big three” agencies to rate South Africa at investment grade, is expected to review South Africa’s rating in the coming weeks.

    S&P Global Ratings and Fitch already rate South Africa’s foreign-currency debt as “junk” status.

    -Nampa/Reuters

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  • 10/28/18--15:00: Violent boxers 'need help'
  • Violent boxers 'need help'Violent boxers 'need help'When your fists are lethal weapons Many boxers are aggressive by nature and have the skills to cause serious bodily harm out of the boxing ring. Namibia has experienced unruly behaviour from local boxers over the years, with several involved in cases of homicide, abuse and theft.

    The Land of the Brave is not the only nation which has seen such violent behaviour from boxers; many other countries have experienced similar problems.

    Many people have laid charges of assault against boxers and others were physically abused in their homes by their boxer partners.

    It has become a common problem among boxers, who tend to be naturally aggressive.

    Recently, a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was opened against Namibia's light heavyweight boxer Wilberforce Shihepo, aka 'Black Mamba', after he allegedly choked Xavier Beukes in a bar at Rehoboth last Saturday night.

    Shihepo also faces four charges related to a car accident that took place on 28 October 2017, about 30km south of Okahandja.

    He is charged with culpable homicide, another count of failing to stop at the scene, removing the vehicle from the position it came to rest in and failing to ascertain the injuries of persons involved in the accident.

    In 2002 another Namibian icon, Harry Simon, was involved in a gruesome car crash in which several people died. He was found guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced to jail in 2007. Simon was released in 2009.

    Many people also complained of physical and verbal abuse from the undefeated champion.

    In 2016 Paulus 'Hitman' Moses was arrested for assaulting an individual in Tsumeb.

    Vikapita 'Beast Master' Meroro has also faced several problems with the law for assault and threats to individuals.

    American boxing great Mike Tyson is a perfect example of unruly behaviour by boxers.

    In 1992, Tyson was convicted of rape and sentenced to six years in prison, but was released on parole after serving three years. He also faced several other assault charges during his boxing career.

    Some boxers, however, have never been accused of assault.

    Trainer Immanuel Moses advises boxers to steer clear of bad friends and hanging around bars.

    “As an athlete, it is important to avoid the intake of alcohol because it can cause a person to become violent.

    “It is also hanging out at spots which are not socially friendly which can lead a person into brawls.

    “Drinking alcohol or being at every party does not make you a perfect athlete.

    “I would also advise those that see themselves as threats to society to seek professional help,” Moses said.

    Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda and Julius Indongo are two of the boxers with squeaky-clean records.

    “I do believe the best thing is to always remain humble in public and never do wrong things as a human being,” says Ambunda.

    “However, sometimes it is also important that we seek help for those that tend to be aggressive.

    “Sometimes you will judge a person's behaviour, but you do not know what is actually wrong with them.”

    Indongo believes that self-respect and discipline are important in order to avoid ending up in public brawls.

    “You have to be kind to anyone and that is something born within a person.

    “Some people, however, become lucky enough to learn about discipline from a young age.

    “I do believe the society some people grow up in plays a role in how they behave in public.

    “As a boxer, you can become mentally touched over a period of time given the blows one takes to the head.

    “It is therefore important that people who behave in such manner are checked out and given help to avoid causing harm to society.”

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    DeRozan powers Spurs past LakersDeRozan powers Spurs past Lakers NAMPA/AFP

    DeMar DeRozan finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs overcame a 35-point performance from LeBron James to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 110-106 on Saturday.

    DeRozan nailed a clutch fade-away jumper with 16 seconds remaining to help secure the Spurs' second victory over the Lakers in a week.

    DeRozan also had eight assists while Rudy Gay scored 16 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 for the Spurs, who improved to 3-2 on the season.

    Kyle Kuzma finished with 15 points and Lance Stephenson added 14 points in the loss.

    The Lakers shot 53 percent in the first half and led by as many as 14 points.

    "The team is going to grow and get better," said James, who also had 11 rebounds. "We are going to use these experiences for the better.

    "I think we played very, very well besides that four or five minutes in third quarter where we offensively stalled."

    James extended his career points total to 31,202 to pass Dirk Nowitzki for sixth place on the NBA all-time scoring list.

    The Spurs seized their first lead of the contest at 93-91 early in the fourth quarter, then extended it to eight points before James answered with a couple of baskets and an assist to cut it to just one, 106-105.

    Elsewhere, Rudy Gobert and Ricky Rubio paced the attack as the Utah Jazz handed the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans their first loss of the season with a 132-111 win.

    Pelicans star Anthony Davis was missing from the offence because of a strained right elbow.

    Gobert, of France, finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds and Spain's Rubio had 28 points and 12 assists for the Jazz, who beat the Pelicans three out of four times last season.

    "When Ricky plays like that, it's hard to lose," said Gobert. "We've got a lot of guys that can score and when Ricky starts to make the right play and puts even more pressure on the defence, it's hard to guard for sure."

    American Donovan Mitchell scored 22 for Utah, which led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter and were ahead 102-82 at the start of the fourth in front of a crowd of 16,300 at the Smoothie King Center arena.

    Davis played through the elbow injury on Friday against Brooklyn but couldn't go against the Jazz and his status for Monday's contest in Denver will be determined after he visits the team doctor.

    "There's not any long-term concern," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "He came in today and tried to shoot at shoot-around, and there was a still a little bit of pain. I'm not going to risk anything over one game."

    The Pelicans cut the Jazz lead to 110-102 on Wesley Johnson's three pointer with 6:34 left. But Rubio responded with six free throws during a 10-2 Jazz run.

    Nikola Mirotic scored 15 of his 25 points in the first quarter and Jrue Holiday had 18 for the Pelicans, who had not trailed by more than 13 points in the previous four games.

    In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points and Khris Middleton had 18 as the Bucks won their sixth straight game with a 113-91 win over the Orlando Magic.

    Milwaukee needs one more win to equal their franchise record of seven straight to start the season in 1971-72.

    Antetokounmpo also had seven rebounds in 19 minutes of playing time.

    Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and nine rebounds for Orlando. D.J. Augustin added 11, all in the first half.

    The Magic shot 32 percent from the field overall and 23 percent from three-point range.

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    Ronaldo gives Juventus victoryRonaldo gives Juventus victoryScrappy win at Empoli Second-place Napoli could return to within four points of Juve late yesterday after they host Roma, and Inter Milan will bid for a sixth straight league victory at Lazio today. NAMPA/AFP

    Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice, including a thunderous 25-yard drive, as Italian champions Juventus surged seven points clear in Serie A on Saturday following a battling 2-1 victory at Empoli.

    Empoli, without a win since the opening weekend of the season, grabbed a 28th-minute lead at the Stadio Carlo Castellani as Francesco Caputo curled home following a lung-busting run by Afriyie Acquah.

    But Juventus turned to their 100-million-euro man Ronaldo in the second half, as the Portugal forward equalised from the spot before blasting home a magnificent second to secure a ninth win in 10 Serie A matches for Massimiliano Allegri's team.

    "It was a very complicated game. We knew it would be difficult, especially after a Champions League tie and we were a bit tired," Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.

    "We stayed in the game, increased our possession, created more chances after the break and in the end deserved the victory.

    "I don't remember the goal very well, I'll have to watch it again! It all happened very quickly, but I felt confident and I went for the goal."

    After Caputo's opener, the hosts appealed for a penalty when Miha Zajc's shot glanced the arm of Leonardo Bonucci as he attempted to charge down the attempt, but the referee opted against punishing the Italy defender after reviewing the incident on video.

    Empoli goalkeeper Ivan Provedel pulled off two spectacular saves in quick succession to thwart Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic early in the second half, as Juventus who beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in midweek saw their unbeaten record come under threat.

    Provedel flung himself in front of a firmly-hit effort by Sandro from close range, and then sprang acrobatically to his right to touch a Pjanic drive onto the crossbar as Empoli failed to clear after the initial attack.

    But Juve hit back when Paulo Dybala pinched the ball off a dallying Ismael Bennacer in the Empoli box, drawing a penalty as the Algeria midfielder proceeded to bundle over the Argentine.

    Ronaldo sent Provedel the wrong way from the spot to score for the third league game running and bring Juve level on 54 minutes, as the turmoil of rape allegations do not appear to be unsettling the Portuguese forward on the pitch.

    After last weekend's 1-1 draw with Genoa, Ronaldo completed a much more successful week for Juve as he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top left corner 20 minutes from time.

    "I told the lads, this was a game we had to win, it didn't matter how well or badly we played," said Allegri.

    "The goal was a moment of magic from an extraordinary player and it's something kids will try to copy in the schoolyard."

    An own goal by Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont allowed Torino to make it five games without defeat following a 1-1 draw, while Atalanta collected a second win on the trot as they beat promoted Parma 3-0.

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    Pirates hit back to defeat Chiefs in derbyPirates hit back to defeat Chiefs in derby NAMPA/AFP

    Orlando Pirates scored twice in three minutes during the first half to beat arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 Saturday in a Soweto derby watched by a sell-out 90 000 crowd.

    An Innocent Maela header and a Vincent Pule tap-in turned the tide in the much anticipated South African Premiership showdown after Zimbabwean Khama Billiat had scored first.

    Victory kept the Buccaneers second, one point behind leaders Wits, while the Amakhosi (Chiefs) slipped two places to fifth a third of the way through the league season.

    Success confirmed the stranglehold Pirates have had over 48-year rivals Chiefs in recent Premiership seasons, winning three and drawing five of the last eight meetings.

    Fears that one of the five most high-profile club derbies in Africa might descend into a cagey stalemate were soon dispelled as Billiat struck.

    The goal on 15 minutes came gift-wrapped from Pirates goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane, who fumbled a cross allowing the Zimbabwe star to score at Soccer City stadium.

    Pirates wasted a great chance to equalise after 27 minutes when Zambian Justin Shonga had a penalty parried by veteran Itumeleng Khune.

    But just two minutes later the former African champions were level as Maela powerfully headed a corner beyond the reach of Khune.

    Within three minutes Pirates were ahead as Shonga crossed for Pule to push the ball into an unguarded net from close range.

    Both sides had second-half scoring chances with Pirates captain Happy Jele courageously blocking a Billiat attempt and Shonga blazing over.

    Unglamorous Polokwane City and 2016 CAF Champions League winners Mamelodi Sundowns rose above Chiefs with solitary-goal victories at opposite ends of South Africa.

    A City side coached by Slovak Jozef Vukusic overcame lowly Maritzburg United 1-0 in northern city Polokwane thanks to an Edgar Manaka goal just past the hour mark.

    Star-less Polokwane lie third, three points behind Wits with a game in hand, thanks to four victories and two draws from their last six Premiership outings.

    Uruguayan Gaston Sirino scored his second match-winner within eight days as Sundowns won 1-0 away to Chippa United near Indian Ocean town East London before a capacity 15 000 crowd.

    The diminutive South American swivelled to fire past Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi from outside the box after a dummy outfoxed Chippa.

    Cape Town City avenged a League Cup defeat at AmaZulu four days ago with a 3-0 home victory through goals from Taariq Fielies, Siphelele Mthembu and Thabo Nodada.

    Success was particularly sweet for Cape Town coach Benni McCarthy as his side had not won in seven league matches since a season-opening victory two months ago.

    On Friday, Wits edged Highlands Park 1-0 in Johannesburg through a goal from captain and South Africa defender Thulani Hlatshwayo.

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    Jacobs grabs IBF middleweight titleJacobs grabs IBF middleweight titleSpit decision wins title The two former training partners had sparred over 300 rounds together early in their careers but Saturday's clash at Madison Square Garden was the real thing. NAMPA/AFP

    Daniel Jacobs claimed the vacant IBF middleweight title as he traded in his sparring gloves for the real thing on Saturday to take a split-decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

    Jacobs earned a hard-fought, split-decision victory with two judges scoring it 115-112 and the other having Derevyanchenko the winner at 114-113.

    "I felt like I dug deep," said Jacobs. "I felt like I used my range and tried to use my boxing ability on the outside as much as I can because those are my best attributes."

    Jacobs is hoping this win lands him a shot at middleweight kingpin Canelo Alvarez.

    Jacobs said he has been having trouble getting good fights but now that he has the IBF belt he has more clout.

    "We absolutely want Canelo," he said. "Now I have this strap there will be more in the pudding for everybody."

    Jacobs knocked down Derevyanchenko in the first round with a stinging overhand right. He landed 181 punches compared to 160 for his opponent.

    "From sparring him I know he gets a little tired in rounds. Seeing his fights and studying him, I knew that if I let him load up and miss the shots I could come back and hopefully get another knockdown," Jacobs said.

    Derevyanchenko tagged Jacobs with a hook in the second round.

    "I saw the light. I saw stars but it didn't really hurt me. This is as tough as it gets," Jacobs said.

    Jacobs said he is ready to raise his level another notch and fight the best in the middleweight division.

    "I feel like I am in my prime," he said. "I showed true grit and I know I have got another tank inside me if plan A doesn't work."

    Elsewhere, hard-hitting Ivan Baranchyk stopped Sweden's Anthony Yigit after seven rounds to claim the vacant IBF junior welterweight crown and advance to the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series.

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    Footballer admits submitting fake recordsFootballer admits submitting fake records A South Korean footballer has withdrawn from playing on the national team next month after admitting he gave false community service records required for his military service exemption, the Korea Football Association said yesterday.

    Nearly every able-bodied South Korean man aged 18 to 28 owes 21 months of military service by law, but Olympic medal winners and Asian Games gold medallists are granted special exemption.

    But they are required to complete basic military training of up to 60 days, as well as 544 hours of sports-related community service.

    Defender Jang Hyun-soo avoided conscription after winning gold at the 2014 Asian Games and submitted a document that he had completed nearly 200 hours of community service in December last year.

    But it was later discovered that there was heavy snow on the day that Jang claimed to have carried out outdoor football lessons.

    In a statement the KFA said that Jang had “stirred up controversy” and would be excluded from two friendlies in Australia next month.

    The statement said Jang, who represented South Korea at the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, had asked to be excluded from the national team for the matches against Australia and Uzbekistan in November to complete his community service.

    “I am very sorry for causing disappointment,” Jang was quoted as saying in the KFA statement.

    “I deeply regret what I did,” he said, adding that he will “faithfully” carry out his community service once the season is over.

    South Korea has recently hinted at a possible reform of its controversial military service exemption programme, which critics say unfairly rewards athletes and artists for their one-time achievements.

    Tottenham Hotspur star footballer Son Heung-min was among dozens of South Koreans who avoided being called for military service by bringing home gold at this year's Asian Games in Jakarta.

    NAMPA/AFP

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  • 10/28/18--15:00: Vinales wins Aussie MotoGP
  • Vinales wins Aussie MotoGPVinales wins Aussie MotoGP Maverick Vinales powered to a dominant victory at the Australian MotoGP on Sunday as newly crowned world champion Marc Marquez was dramatically forced out, extending his jinx at the Phillip Island circuit.

    The Spanish Yahama rider, who started second and took the lead after Marquez retired, scored his first win of the year, taking the chequered flag ahead of Andrea Iannone on a Suzuki.

    Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso was third, strengthening his bid to finish runner-up in the world championship as his nearest rival, Valentino Rossi, could only manage sixth.

    “It feels amazing,” said Vinales. “I didn't think I could win, but the bike was perfect. It means a lot to me, particularly in Australia because it's a place I love to be.”

    While he celebrated, there was disappointment for Honda hotshot Marquez, who sealed his fifth world title in motorcycling's premier class in Japan a week ago. Marquez has the bizarre record now of failing to finish in Australia on three occasions after winning the world title in Japan (2014, 2016 and 2018). He was lucky to escape injury after Yamaha's Johann Zarco made contact on lap six as they were screaming down the track at 250 kph.

    The Frenchman skidded off, but gave a thumbs-up to show he was unhurt.

    Marquez stayed on his bike but his back seat was mangled and his suspension appeared damaged, forcing him to call it a day.

    It was his first non-finish of the season, having won the last three races, but he refused to blame Zarco.

    “I feel very lucky. I will not complain because it was a racing incident,” he said in the pits.

    “The most important thing is that we are both okay. Luckily I won the championship last week, but unfortunately another non-finish for me at Phillip Island.”

    Marquez started from pole, and in dry conditions on the demanding and picturesque circuit he was super-aggressive from the word go.

    Dovizioso, who was fourth on the grid, quickly stormed into second behind the Spaniard, with local hope Jack iller third. But then it all went pear-shaped for Marquez, leaving the race wide open. Vinales took full advantage and began clocking fastest laps, steadily opening a gap from the rest of the field, which was left in a dogfight for the minor podium places.

    NAMPA/AFP

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    Honda Quest Adventure is out of the starting blocksHonda Quest Adventure is out of the starting blocksThe adventure of a lifetime The ultimate prize of the off-road bike rally is a Honda Quest Africa Twin CRF1000L. Honda Quest True Adventure contestant - All 14 Quest 2018 contestants gathered at Kaleo Guest Farm in the Koue Bokkeveld recently, with some having travelled from as far as Namibia and Limpopo.

    The president of Honda Motor Southern Africa, Toshiaki Konaka, made a fitting entrance, arriving at the send-off on a Honda Quest Africa Twin CRF1000L to welcome the contestants to the great adventure that is Honda Quest 2018. The contestants were then told who they were going to be paired with and given their official Honda Quest gear.

    From Kaleo the teams were bussed to Springbok in the Northern Cape to meet up with their bikes, where the competition started in earnest.



    Day 1 to Day 4

    After the first few days of intense adventure riding, Day 4 did not get any easier.

    The routine is becoming the norm; many of the contestants are from city backgrounds and the challenge of Quest has taken some getting used to. Added to this, the last few days have left more of a mark on some than others. Very few, if any, can still claim a clean score sheet regarding trips to Mother Earth. Fortunately, the Africa Twin is made of sterner stuff as only two hand guards are a little worse for wear.

    A terrific unseasonal storm blew into the overnight camp just outside Springbok, leaving many with precious little sleep. This was a worry for Hardy from Specialised Adventures and his team, as safety is a primary concern.



    The trail

    The route started east down Spektakel Pass while thunder and lightning threatened. Hardy had threaded together a tricky but scenic route through many private properties that the local farmers had graciously opened their gates for. Fortunately, the stormy weather was a blessing, as just the week before the recce team had experienced 45-degree heat on the same stretch.

    It was apparent that the contestants were well and truly bonded with their steeds as there was little trouble to be had from tricky off-camber rock climbs or deep sandy tracks.

    Just past Tweerivier the group entered the little-known Kheis trail; a stunning path that winds its way through the mountains between Kamieskroon and Garies. The whole route prompted one very experienced adventure riding contestant to quip once into the camp, “That's the best day of adventure riding I have ever done!”

    With another long, satisfying day in the saddle and two evenings of sleep deprivation from stormy weather, the teams were given the night off from the planned presentations and tests.

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    Rukoro delighted with CAF workshop Rukoro delighted with CAF workshop A huge step towards sport development The next leg of the CAF GS Academy will be in Ethiopia from 5-9 November. JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



    There will be no stones left unturned as general secretaries of CAF member associations commit to improve sport administration following their participation in the first GS Academy workshop .

    “It is important to give people responsibilities to allow them to grow in football matters,” said Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary-general Barry Rukoro.

    “The processes are fundamental because the involvement of all members is key, especially your staff in the secretariat with their different skills.”

    The general secretaries of selected CAF member associations met in Windhoek last week for the GS Academy workshop facilitated by UEFA experts.

    Mfolo Mfolo from the Botswana FA said: “We should always follow the regulations and statutes of the association to ensure that we take the game forward.”

    Lamin Jassey from Gambia stressed the importance of teamwork. “It should not be random and tasks should be divided and we all go through the processes and then come together to find solutions.”

    Eswetini FA chief Frederick Mngomezulu said the tools they were given during the workshop are practical and necessary for taking the game forward.

    “We have to respond and react and the toolkit we got has been helpful in dealing with a case study we got which we can all relate to and we now go back to improve on our governance as well.”

    The participants learned more about crisis management, prudent financial planning and management, teamwork as well as the division of short-term and long-term issues.

    Concrete plans and proposals for sponsorships, marketing, communications and recruitment were also emphasised.

    The UEFA experts facilitating the workshop called on the general secretaries to prioritise issues for better accountability.

    The CAF Executive Committee prescribed the CAF GS Academy initiative for the permanent staff of zonal unions and CAF member associations to enable to improve their performance.

    The Academy, in partnership with UEFA Assist, covers governance and the role of federations, the roles and responsibilities of general secretaries, financial planning, monitoring and reporting, people management, sponsorship, public funds and communication, player development, player administration and game administration.

    - Additional info by NFA

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    Oshipotha shuulingilingi shoB1 City shuundulilwa komehoOshipotha shuulingilingi shoB1 City shuundulilwa komeho ?



    Oshipotha moka aanangeshefa yatatu taya tamanekelwa oshipotha shuulingilingi oshowo iikengelela, shi na sha ekwatathano nopoloyeka yeyambulepo lyoB1 City osha undulilwa komvula twa taalela.

    Oshipotha shoka okwa tegelela shi ka kwatelwe komeho kOmupanguli mOmpangu yoPombanda, Christie Liebenberg okutameka momasiku 3 Juni 2019 sigo omasiku 19 gaJuli 2019. Omukalelipo gwepangelo moshipotha shoka, Ezekiel Iipinge oshowo aakalelipo yopaveta yoonakutamanekwa Slysken Makando, Kadhila Amoomo oshowo Silas Kishi Shakumu – oya tsu kumwe kombinga yesiku moka tamu tameka oshipotha shoka, mEtitatu lyoshiwike sha piti.

    Oonakutamanekwa omukomeho nale gwoRoads Contractor Company (RCC), Kelly Nghixulifwa (58), Hafeni Nghinamwaami (50), oshowo Anna Ndoroma (49).

    Esiku taku tamekithwa oshipotha shoka olya tothwa mo, konima sho momasiku 17 gaKotomba nuumvo ompangu ya ekelehi eindilo ndyoka lya ningwa kuNghixulifwa. Okwa li a hala ompangu yi gandje elombwelo opo epangelo li gandje uuyelele wiihwapo kutya RCC okwa li oshiputudhilo shepangelo, pethimbo kwa longwa uulingilingi mboka.

    Mboka otaya tamanekelwa iipotha ngaashi uulingilingi, uufuthi oshowo eholeko lyoonzo dhiiyemo.

    Mboka otaya tamanekelwa ekuthombinga lyawo muulingilingi shi na sha nopoloyeka yoRCC yoB1 City tayi adhika polwaamba noshipangelo shepangelo shaKatutura momvula yo 2005 no 2006.

    RCC okwa li ta longele kumwe nehangano lyo/Ae //Gams Engineering.

    Okwa hololwa kutya Nghixulifwa okwa li omuniipambuliko mo/Ae //Gams Engineering oshowo Cradle Investments, ihe okwa holeke uumwene we mboka nokuwu tula kedhina lyaNdoroma. Omanga omunambelewa omukuluntu gwoRCC, Nghixulifwa okwa pula iifuta okuza kehangano lyoRCC oshowo Cradle Investments shi na sha nopoloyeka ndjoka.

    Elelo lyoRCC kalya li lya tseyithilwa ekuthombinga lyaNghixulifwa momahangano ngoka.

    Ayehe mboka oye li pondje yondholongo koshimaliwa shoo­N$60 000.

    David Imbili okwa li a mangululwa okuza kiipotha mbyoka.

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    Omikundu dha taalela oshikondo shaatalelipoOmikundu dha taalela oshikondo shaatalelipo Oshikondo shaatalelipo otashi ka gumwa noonkondo ngele oInternational Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) oya tulwapondondo yevi Okapale kOmatukodhila kaHosea Kutako.

    Ominista yomatalelepo, Pohamba Shifeta oya popi kutya elongululo netulo pamuthika lyokapale hoka oshimwe shomomikundu dha taalela oshikondo shomatalelepo.

    Shifeta okwa popi kutya omwaalu gwaatalellipo taya talelepo Namibia otagu londo pombanda noonkondo onkene naashoka osho tashi etitha ompumbwe onene yokukaleka pandondo okapale hoka.

    Okwa tsikile kutya onkalo ndjoka otayi etitha ompumbwe yeyambulepo lyiikwaniipangitho moshilondo ngaashi oondjila, omatuliloskepa nayilwe, na okwa gwedha po kutya yimwe po yomiikwaniipangitho mbyoka otayi ungaungiwa nale nayo. Shifeta okwa li ta popi ngaaka pethimbo lyoonkundathana dhoNamibia Tourism Board (NTB) ndhoka dha ningwa oshiwike sha piti. Omikundu dhimwe dha hololwa ongaashi endumbakano momudhingoloko gwaSossusvlei oshowo oondjila dhomamanya ndhoka tadhi vulu owusitha uunye aatalelelipo. Omiyonena tadhi ningilwa aatalelipo nadho osha tothwamo onga uupyakadhi uunenemboka wa taalela oshikondo. Minista okwa popi kutya ongushu yomayakulo ngoka taga gandjwa nayi tse kumwe nonkalo moka oshilongo shi li ngele tashi ya kaatalelipo. Shifeta okwa popi kutya Namibia nuulikile uuyuni kutya okuli ehala lya gamenwa okutalela po, okuza kiimbuluma oshowo komikithi ngaashi Ebola nenge oHepatitis E. Omunambelelwa omukuluntu gwoNTB CEO Digu //Naobeb okwa popi kutya Namibia okwa pumbwa okukala a tala omeho koshikondo shaatalelipo nopethimbo ndika uutekinika tawu kwatako uuyuni. Okwa popi kutya egandjo lyomayakulo gopamuthika gwopombanda moshikondo oshowo eyambulepo lyoonzo dhoshikondo shoka oshimwe sha simana noonkondo oshowo ethigathano ewanawa moongeshefa tadhi kutha ombinga oshikondo shoka. Okwa tsikile kutya omikundu ndhoka dha taalela oshikondo shoka ongaashi okumona iiyemo, ompumbwe yomadheulo, omayakulo ga nkundipala oshowo oonkambadhala dha nkundipala mokuhwahwameka omatalelepo. Okwa popi kutya NTB ehangano inali nuninwa okuninga iiyemo onkene okwa pumbwa okuningwa enkondopeko enene moshikondo shomatalelepo moNamibia opo ku vule woo okumonika iiyemo mbyoka ya nuninwa eyambulepo lyoshikondo shoka, ko ku vule okugandjwa omayakulo ga dhengambanda moshikondo shomatalelepo.

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    Omashina gokuhogololitha goEVMs itaga popilwaOmashina gokuhogololitha goEVMs itaga popilwa Namibia natango pethimbo mpoka kwa tegelelwa a ka ninge omahogololo gopashigwana momvula yo 2019, ta longitha omashina gokuhogolola goEVMs pwahena omusholondondo gwaahogololi gwopambaapila, otashi ti ngele opwa holoka omananathano kutya okwa longwa uulingilingi nenge oonkambadhala dhokukengelela kape na uumbangi mboka tawu ka longithwa mokukoleka omawi gomahogololo ngoka.

    Miilongo moka omashina ngoka ga longithwa pwaahena oombaapila oga etitha omaupyakadhi moka oongundu dhaahogololi oshowo aahwahwameki yegameno momahogololo ya yi koohofa taya pula opo omashina ngoka ga pingenwepo koombaapila dhokuhogolola. Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) nenge overifiable paper record (VPR) omukalo hagu longithwa mokugandja uuyelele kaahogololi uuna kwa longithwa omukalo gwokuhogolola inaku longithwa oombaapila dhokuhogolola.

    Omukalo gwoVVPAT ogwa nuninwa onga omulandu gwiithikamena gwokuhogololo ngoka gwa nuninwa okupitika aahogololi ya kwashilipaleke kutya oya hogolola mondjila, okuyanda nokukwatamo uulingilingi nenge iikengelela kehe ya ningwa pethimbo lyomahogololo nokugandja uumbangi kiizemo yomahogololo mbyoka ya pungulwa. Omunongononi gwonkalo yopolotika moshilongo, Frederico Links okwa popi kutya onkalo yaNamibia yokulongitha omashina goEVMs pwaahena uumbangi wopambaapila kashi shi oshiwanawa kethano lyaNAmibia nokutala woo konkalo kutya oElectoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) oya pewa iiyemo ya gwedhwa po okuza kepangelo, onkene ompumbwe yiimaliwa itayi kala a ndola.

    Links okwa tsikile kutya osha lopotwa muuyuni kutya okwa pumbwa omusholondondo nenge uumbangi wopambaapila okuza momashina ngoka, molwaashoka otashi etitha etambuleko neinekelo okuza maahogololi.

    Okwa popi kutya epangelo pamwe nokakomisi koECN itaya popi oshili kombinga yonkalo ndjoka, nongele kape na iimaliwa yokutula miilonga elongitho pamwe lyoombaapila ndhoka nena naye shi tseyithe.

    Pethimbo lyoompata dhOmutumba gwoPashigwana ndhoka dha li sha ningwa, Omuprima Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila okwa li a popi kutya epangelo lyaSwapo inali kondjithila aahogololo omashina goEVMs.

    Oompata ndhoka odhuukithwa kokomitiye yoparliamentary standing committee ndjoka ngashiingeyi tayi ka konaakona elongitho lyomashina ngoka goEVMs.

    ECN, okwa hwahwamekwa ketokolo lyOmpangu yoPombanda omanga inaku ningwa omahogololo gomomvula yo 2014, kombinga yoshikumungu shoka, sho kwa popiwa kutya omukalo ngoka gwelongitho lyoVVPAT kagu shi sha na otagu yelekwa neshina lyokwiindjipaleka oombaapila.

    “Owu na eshina lyokwiindjipaleka oombaapila kombelewa yoye, na ondiinekela kutya oho adhika olundji kuupyakadhi woombaapila tadhi tindile meshina lyokwiindjipaleka. Sho ngashiingeyi oVVPAT ya longwa moIndia, ehangano limwe alike ndyoka hali longo omashina ngoka moIndia. Onkene ope na omaupyakadhi taga kwatakanithwa nelongitho lyoVVPAT uuna taku ningwa omahogololo. Omaupyakadhi ngoka oga dhidhilikwa moIndia ihe yo oya tula po omulandu gwetaambeko lyepuko,” Omunambelelwa omupe gwOmahogololo moECN, Theo Mujoro a lombwele oNamibian Sun omathimbo ngaka. Shoka osha popiwa konima so Omukomeho nale gwomahogololo moshilongo, Paul Isaak li a popi momvula yo 2015 kutya okakomisi komahogololo otaka ka kala taka longitha omashina goEVMs okuza momvula yo 2017. Isaak okwa li a popi pethimbo ndyoka kutya opo ku kundathanwe kombinga yoshikumungu shoEVMs, nena oongundu dhopolotika naakuthimbinga yalwe oya pumbwa okukuutumba nokukundathana nkene ku na okutulwa miilonga elongitho lyomashina ngoka taku longithwa woo omulandu gwopambaapila.

    Namibia okwa ningi oshilongo shotango muAfrika okulongitha omashina ngoka, sho a longitha omashina ngoka lwotango pethimbo lyomahogololo gopashigwana go2014. Konima yomahogololo ompangu yopombanda oya tindi eindilo lya ningwa kongundu yoRally for Democracy and Progress (RDP), African Labour and Human Rights Centre oshowo Workers' Revolutionary Party opo iizemo yomahogololo ngoka kayi tambulweko. Omupanguli Kobus Muller, okwa ekelehi eindilo ndyoka pamwe niifuta ta popi kutya kashi li kuye opo a ninge etokolo moshikumungu shoka, ihe otashi vulu okuningwa koECN. Okwa popi kutya oonakuninga eindilo ndyoka oya li ye na ethimbo lya gwana okweeta kompangu oshikumungu shoka ihe oya ndopa.



    Uumbangi

    Omunongononi gumwe natango gwonkalo yopolotika, Ndumba Kamwanyah okwa popi kutya osha simana opo omahogololo ga ningwe pamwe nomusholondondo ngoka gwopambaapila opo aahogololi ya kale ye na uumbangi, ngele okwa holoka omananathano. Kuyele nuumvo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) okwa kunkililwa kutya elongitho lyomashina ngoka pethimbo lyomahogololo guupresidende ngoka ga tegelelwa moshilongo moka muDesemba, otali vulu okweetitha omananathano kombinga yiizemo yomahogololo.

    MoBotswana, okwa lopotwa kutya epangelo lyoshilongo shoka otali longekidha okuundulila komeho elongitho lyomashina goEVMS momahogololo ngoka taga ningwa moshilongo shoka momvula yo 2019. Ongundu Botswana Congress Party (BCP) oya fala epangelo kohofa tayi pataneke elongitho lyomashina ngoka kutya kali li pakotampango kwiikwatelelwa koontopolwa adhihe dhoElectoral (Amendment) Act No. 7 of 2016.

    Omvula ya piti, Ompangu yoPombandeelela moKenya oya kutha oonkondo iizemo yomahogololo moshilonggo shoka sha landula elongitho lyomashina ngoka.

    Omunapaliamende gwoRDP Mike Kavekotora okwa pula opo ku kuthwe po elongitho lyomashina ngoka moNamibia, ta popi kutya elongitho lyoombaapila dhokuhogolola nali galuke.

    Kavetotora okwa popi kutya itapu kala uumbangi washa ngele okwa tokolwa okupataneka iizemo yomahoglolo ta pula woo kutya omolwashike Namibia ta kondjitha a hala elongitho lyomashina ngoka, ngele niilongo mbyoka ya putuka muuyuni otayi longitha oombaapila.

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