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Air Namibia to cooperate with Turkish Airlines

Air Namibia and Turkish Airlines have signed an agreement to enhance commercial cooperation.
Air Namibia’s Managing Director Theo Namases and Turkish Airlines' Chief Investment and Technology Officer, Dr Ahmet Bolat, signed the agreement last month.
Air Namibia’s spokesperson, Paulus Nakawa, said in a statement yesterday that the agreement will culminate in a number of specific agreements being concluded, covering different envisaged areas of cooperation.
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Nandjato’s killer in court today

The self-confessed killer of 24-year-old laboratory assistant Mirjam Nandjato is expected to appear in the Oshakati Magistrate Court today for the Prosecutor-General’s decision after pleading guilty to the murder of his long-time girlfriend.
Ananias Ekongo Nailenge will most likely be given the instruction letter from the office of the PG stating whether he must appear for a pre-trial conference in the Regional Court or in the High Court.
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Alleged rapist denies guilt, claims ‘decency’

An alleged rapist, already serving a 53-year prison term for murder and rape, has told the Windhoek High Court that he does not have sex with just any woman on the street because women are “dirty” and “have diseases”, nor does he sleep with men because he is a decent person.
Quinton Pieters yesterday testified that he often sees men having sex with men in prison, but he has nothing to do with that because he is a “decent person”.
Pieters is facing four rape charges, with two alternative charges of committing a sexual act with a child under the age of consent.
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Woman stabbed 17 times by lover

In another violent attack on a woman, a 26-year-old woman from Leonardville survived a frenzied knife attack, allegedly by her boyfriend.
Roselien Uiras was stabbed 17 times after a quarrel.
According to the police the suspect was arrested on Sunday and appeared in court yesterday on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Detective Constable Sagarias April of the Leonardville police told Namibian Sun yesterday that the multiple stabbing occurred on April 19 at around 19:30 at Sakkiesdorp in Leonardville.
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Ndeitunga to explain citizenship in court

The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police, Sebastian Ndeitunga, has been recalled to testify about his citizenship in the ongoing legal battle with a dismissed former magistrate, Peter ya Peter Kavaongelwa. In December last year, Kavaongelwa filed an application to recall Ndeitunga to the stand to be cross-examined in a N$100 000 defamation case against him. Kavaongelwa claims that Ndeitunga deceived the Namibian authorities, including President Hifikepunye Pohamba, by claiming that he is a Namibian citizen. Read more about Ndeitunga to explain citizenship in court

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Aangandjera to push forward with unity bash

The organisers of the controversial Ongandjera People United Party are determined to push forward with plans to host a social gathering for the tribal group at Okahao once faith in the organisation has been restored with the ruling Swapo Party.
The founder of the social club, Andreas Kapuku, claims that despite the negativity that resulted from Swapo Party heavyweights mistaking the organisation for a tribal political movement, it remains a good initiative.
“We put the social gathering on hold because it was politicised,” Kapuku said yesterday.
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Onayena muti killing claims dismissed

The police at Onayena settlement in the Oshikoto Region have rubbished allegations of ritual killings in the area.
This follows claims by community members that several bodies in the area have been discovered without private parts.
Onayena station commander Sergeant Nathaniel Haiyaka said in the eight years that he has been stationed at Onayena, the police have never recovered a body without private parts, which may have been removed for the purpose of witchcraft.
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Man jailed for two years over hit-and-run death

The 27-year-old man, who killed a well known inline hockey personality Michael Ellinger in a hit-and-run accident in 2010, has been sentenced to an effective two years for culpable homicide. Riaan de Wet Vermeulen was initially sentenced to four years last week in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court, of which two were conditionally suspended. He was found not guilty on the alternative charge of reckless or negligent driving. He was further fined a cumulative N$16 000 for failing to stop and ascertain Ellinger’s injuries. Read more about Man jailed for two years over hit-and-run death

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Tucna slams Muheua’s appointment as LAC chair

The Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) has expressed discontent with the structure and style of the Labour Advisory Council (LAC), including the appointment of Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Alpheus Muheua as its chairperson.
The council advises Minister Doreen Sioka on a range of issues relating to labour and unemployment and is established in terms of the Labour Act.
It draws its membership from the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), Tucna, the Namibia Employers’ Federation (NEF), the Namibia Employers’ Association (NEA) and government.
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