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Hage to act as Swapo leader until 2017

Swapo will not hold an extraordinary congress to find a permanent replacement for retired party leader Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Instead, Hage Geingob will act in the position until 2017.
Swapo Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba said: “The full authority of Swapo now lies in the country’s President, who is the party’s acting president. He will do both jobs as acting president and vice-president.”
Legal expert Nico Horn said it will not be ideal to bother Geingob with an internal party battle now at the beginning of his Head of State term.
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400 000 to receive govt maize meal

The government has started to implement its N$359 million drought assistance, which will include the distribution of maize meal to more than 400 000 people over the next three months.
The comprehensive drought relief plan, announced last week, includes the purchasing of maize to the value of N$54 million and providing boreholes that will assist 9 100 people and 22 500 animals.
A total of N$92.5 million has been allocated for short-term drought relief that focuses mainly on food provision to affected communities.
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Africa for Africans - Nujoma

Namibia’s founding president Sam Nujoma has condemned the wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa that has resulted in the deaths of seven foreign nationals in the past few weeks.
Speaking at the Oshakati Totem Expo Gala Dinner this past Saturday, Nujoma called on Africans to unite in the spirit of “Pan-African brotherhood”.
“Africa for Africans, those at home and those in the Diaspora,” said Nujoma.
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Accused injured during court journey

A police van transporting seven trial-awaiting prisoners was involved in an accident this past Friday morning in Windhoek.
Among the prisoners involved in the accident were the two American murder suspects Marcus Kevin Tomas and Kevan Donell Townsend.
The accident occurred on the corner of John Meinert Street and Hosea Kutako Avenue.
Police spokesperson, Inspector Slogan Matheus, confirmed the accident saying he was called to the scene at around 09:45.
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Foreign investment must serve national interest - Schlettwein

Foreign investment is set to be regulated in terms of what is in the national interest of Namibia.
This is according to Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, who was speaking at a said post-budget event hosted by the Walvis Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He said foreign investment has both positive and negative impacts.
It is therefore a major objective of the development policy to maximise the positive aspects, while minimising the negative ones.
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Tweya in favour of access to information

The country’s new Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, says the media and public should report directly to him any incidents where government ministries deny them access to information.
Speaking during a courtesy call to his office by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) regional office and the organisation’s Namibian chapter, Tweya said everyone has the right to access to information, and that after 25 years of independence, Namibia has a story to tell.
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Shaningwa on the warpath against greedy contractors

Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, has slammed “greedy contractors”, who are thwarting government’s efforts to deliver affordable houses.
She also vowed to resuscitate the now defunct Build Together programme. Shaningwa made these remarks during her budget allocation motivation speech in Parliament last week.
“It is disheartening to note that government’s efforts and investments are thwarted or slowed down by what I would term greedy pricing and high construction fees being charged by private contractors,” she said.
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RDP’s Kamburona loses cancer battle

Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) Secretary for Agriculture, Rudolph Kamburona, has died.
Kamburona passed away this past Friday morning at the Windhoek Central Hospital. He was 62 years old. Deputy Police Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, who is Kamburona’s nephew, said he had lost his battle against liver cancer.
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Mom, daughter die in mahangu field explosion

A mother and her daughter were left dead last week, after an old explosive device they found detonated while it was being handled.
Fifty-year-old Mirjam Shikalepo went into her mahangu field to harvest a watermelon, when she discovered an unexploded device that she picked up to show her children.
The device detonated, killing her and eight-year-old Tresia Petrus. Angelina Ekonia, 23, and a 12-year-old also called Tresia Petrus were injured.
The incident happened last Thursday, at Omawe village at in the Oshikoto Region.
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16 000 health workers to be recruited

Minister of Health and Social Services Bernhard Haufiku says he is frustrated by the fact that the ministry has been run for so long without proper structures.
He also announced that the ministry will soon approve the recruitment of 16 000 health workers.
Haufiku said he was disappointed that a resolution passed by Cabinet on the recruitment of essential staff had not been implemented to date.
Addressing staff members at the Khorixas District Hospital, Haufiku said he will ensure that the ministry’s restructuring document is finalised as soon as possible.
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