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08 February 2015 | Short News

Remains of missing Outjo man found The remains of a 35-year-old man reported missing in December last year were found in the bushes behind the 7de Laan informal settlement at Outjo. The decomposed body of Mathew Aoxamub was found on Friday morning by people who were searching for another person who disappeared on Monday. The remains were identified by Aoxamub’s relatives, who recognised his dreadlocks and the clothes he wore on the day he vanished. Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha said Aoxamub was reported missing on December 24, 2014 to the Outjo police station. “The Outjo police had teamed up with his relatives the same day in search of him, but to no avail,” said Mbeha. Drawn-out court cases violate human rights: Walters The delay in finalising court cases is a violation of people's constitutional right to a fair trial, Ombudsman John Walters says. Depending on the complexity of the case or trial, it should be finalised within a certain period of time, he said. “We will approach our courts for them to declare a reasonable time when a trial should start and end,” Walters told Nampa on the sidelines of a free legal advice session held in Katutura on Friday. The event was organised by the Office of the Ombudsman together with the Namibian Law Society to advice people on legal issues at no charge. Many people attended the session, including residents of Rehoboth and Okahandja. Use Presidential Council budget to address national issues: WRP The Workers’ Revolutionary Party (WRP) has questioned where the funds for the yet-to-be established Presidential Advisory Council will come from. The party's spokesperson, Hewat Beukes, told Nampa last week that his party is not concerned about who and how many former leaders the council will consist of, but how much money taxpayers will have to fork out to foot the bill for them. “Geingob can have as many advisors as he would like to have, but who will pay for them and where will the money come from,” Beukes wanted to know. He stressed that the budget for the council should rather be used to address national issues such as housing, health, unemployment and old-age pensions. Namibia's child mortality improves The odds of children surviving to celebrate their fifth birthday have improved considerably in Namibia in recent years, a leading children's charity says. The Save the Children organisation said in its report titled ‘The Lottery of Birth - Giving all children an equal chance to survive’ released on Thursday that children from rural areas worldwide were one and a half times more likely to die than children from urban areas in the year 2000. “These disparities were reduced to parity by 2010 as rural regions improved faster and caught up with urban areas. Other positive examples include Bangladesh, Kenya, Mozambique and Namibia,” it noted. Reports by Nampa

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