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Civil servants to declare interests by end of July

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has announced that public servants will be required to declare their business interests by the end of July.
She made this announcement in the National Assembly on Tuesday, saying all staff members, members of the armed services and members of regional councils are expected to declare their interests and remunerative work outside the public service.
She said all Permanent Secretaries are also expected to declare their interests by the end of July.
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State fails to prove murder

A 37-year-old Keetmanshoop resident has been found not guilty of the murder of 63-year-old Rebecca Isaaks, but was convicted of assault, robbery and rape.
The High Court found there was no evidence that Erwin Kock had strangled Isaaks or that had he inflicted blunt-force injury.
The incident took place in the Tseiblaagte residential area in October 2008.
Judge Naomi Shivute said the State had not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Kock had caused Isaaks’s death.
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Pensioner stabbed to death

A 78-year-old wheelchair-bound pensioner was stabbed to death, allegedly by a 67-year-old neighbour, at the Immanuel Old Age Home in Okahandja on Tuesday.
The Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, said the incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon.
“The deceased’s name cannot be revealed now as his close relatives are yet to be informed,” she said.
She said preliminary investigations indicated that the suspect stabbed the deceased in the neck with a kitchen knife. He died on the spot.
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No money for building hostels

The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, says her ministry is aware of the poor living conditions of students and teachers in the north-eastern and western parts of the country.
Responding to pictures of children sleeping on the ground that have been circulated on social media in the last few days, followed up by an article in Namibian Sun yesterday, Hanse-Himarwa said the ministry’s current budget was not enough to build new hostels or teacher accommodation.
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Nanso throws down the gauntlet

The Namibian National Students’ Organisation (Nanso) has given the National Youth Council (NYC) until tomorrow to provide a full record of proceedings of a Representative Council (RC) meeting where a decision was taken to suspend the student body, failing which Nanso will submit an urgent High Court application to challenge the suspension.
The ultimatum was issued in a letter written by the law firm Sisa Namandje and Co. The letter was hand-delivered to NYC Representative Council’s Neville Andre and copied to NYC Executive Chairperson Mandela Kapere.
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Cabinet moves against council corruption

Cabinet this week instructed two government departments to bring closure to the long-standing drama at the Omaruru municipality, which could mean that those who embezzled funds would be compelled by the courts to pay back that money.
This follows the outcome of government-sanctioned forensic investigations carried out at that municipality after power tussles and bickering erupted at the local authority in recent years.
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New accounting officers named

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila yesterday announced the appointment of new permanent secretaries, while deploying some old permanent secretaries in new roles.
There were many new faces added to the club of the country’s permanent secretaries, while some remain unchanged. Ohangwena Education Director Sanet Steenkamp has been appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, while Dr Alfred Adriaan van Kent is the new Higher Education Ministry Permanent Secretary.
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Teachers rapped over region’s poor showing

The Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, says schools in the Omaheke Region face the same challenges as schools in other regions so there is no excuse for their poor academic performance.
Addressing Omaheke Directorate of Education officials, school principals and teachers recently, Nghipondoka said there was no excuse for the region to keep ranking amongst the lowest performers yearly.
Omaheke has remained in the bottom six positions due to its dismal performance in national Grade 10 and 12 examination rankings for the past five years.
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Sugary drinks may cause 184 000 global deaths a year

Sodas and other sugary drinks may cause up to 184 000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a study published Monday in the journal Circulation.
Billed as a first, the report analyzed the global risks of death due to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers linked to the consumption of sugary drinks.
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Councillor-elect denies assault arrest

Onyaanya Constituency Councillor-elect Peter Kambala has dismissed reports that he spent this past Friday night in the custody of Okatope police, after a drinking spree that allegedly ended in the injury of one of his closest friends.
It is alleged that on Friday night an unnamed friend volunteered to escort Kambala home, but the councillor mistook him for a stranger, threw a fist in his direction and hit him in the face, leaving him with injured and swollen lips.
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