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Govt pushes for massive constitutional overhaul

A raft of far-reaching constitutional changes - including the establishment of a vice-president’s post and increasing the number of parliamentarians in the National Assembly to 104 - is expected to sail through Parliament after only five objections were raised during the tabling of the motion yesterday. Attorney-General Albert Kawana motivated the much-publicised constitutional amendments, which have been frowned upon by some who accused the authorities of centralising power. Read more about Govt pushes for massive constitutional overhaul

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Hage raps SPYL over the knuckles

Prime Minister Hage Geingob yesterday fired verbal bullets at some Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) leaders over “tribal remarks” while calling them “frustrated and divisive newcomers”. This follows a threatening Facebook update by SPYL spokesperson Job Amupanda, who warned against what he called “systematic scathing attacks and insults on Aawambo (Oshiwambo)”. In the July 22 update Amupanda maintains that there is a trend of leaders in the minority launching demeaning attacks on the majority. Read more about Hage raps SPYL over the knuckles

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Medical experts convene over Ebola outbreak

The National Health Emergency Management Committee and other stakeholders are meeting today to discuss the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how best to ensure the deadly disease doesn’t reach Namibia. The committee’s chairperson, Dr Jack Vries, told Namibian Sun that he is confident that Namibia isn’t vulnerable to the disease that has spread from Guinea to neighbouring countries Sierra Leone and Liberia. The president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, has declared a public health emergency over the outbreak. Read more about Medical experts convene over Ebola outbreak

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N$30 million investment in Avid was an SSC resolution -- Kapofi

Cabinet Secretary Frans Kapofi has reiterated in the witness box during the Avid fraud trial that the N$30 million investment in Avid was in accordance with a decision of the Social Security Commission. He was the chairperson of the SSC at the time of the investment in the Avid asset management company. He said before November 2004 the Commission had entrusted a number of companies with its money. “The ideal situation is there is a process, you are evaluated and if you meet the requirements you are called,” he said. Read more about N$30 million investment in Avid was an SSC resolution -- Kapofi

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Labour Ministry averts Namdeb strike

A wage strike that was set to start yesterday at Namdeb’s mines at Oranjemund has been averted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare Although the ministry was initially part of the negotiations, in which the Namdeb management and the Mineworkers Union reached a deadlock, it managed to halt the strike shortly before the disgruntled miners downed their tools. Labour Deputy Minister Alpheus Muheua told Namibian Sun that the ministry is mediating between the two parties. Read more about Labour Ministry averts Namdeb strike

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OvaHerero mourn yet another chief

A senior leader in the OvaHerero community, Katuutire Kaura, says the community needs to act fast in finding a new paramount chief, following the death of Acting Chief Tumbee Tjombe yesterday. The 67-year-old Tjombe died just weeks after the OvaHerero Chiefs’ Council confirmed him as caretaker leader following the death of Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako. The Council said a community senate would meet after Riruako’s tombstone unveiling to choose a new paramount chief. Tjombe was to act as chief until that time. Read more about OvaHerero mourn yet another chief

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Ebola: SA airports equipped with special scanners

Stringent measures have been put in place at South African airports to identify passengers displaying symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus and help prevent its spread, The National Department of Health has said. This follows concerns that the deadly Ebola virus is spreading beyond West Africa and is at risk of becoming the latest disease to be spread by international air travel. SAnews.gov.za Read more about Ebola: SA airports equipped with special scanners

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Telecom offers N$20 000 for copper theft info

Telecom Namibia is offering up to N$20 000 for information on copper cable theft and vandalism across the country. Telecom Namibia has noted with concern the growing incidents of cable theft from, and vandalism of, the network infrastructure all over the country, which cause interruptions in the provision of telecommunications services to the public. Although some of the damage is caused unintentionally during excavation and other civil works, most of it is caused by unscrupulous individuals for commercial gains or purely sabotage. Read more about Telecom offers N$20 000 for copper theft info

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News shorts

Dairy farm employees unhappy Employees reconstructing the Uvhungu-Vhungu dairy farm on the eastern outskirts of Rundu are unhappy with their working conditions at the site, and temporarily downed tools on Wednesday. The Gecko Mining Company was awarded the tender to reconstruct the first and second phases of the multi-million-dollar dairy farm. The dairy farm is being reconstructed after it was closed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in November 2009 because it was not being managed properly. Read more about News shorts

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NANGOF concerned about constitutional amendments

The NANGOF Trust, as an umbrella body for non-governmental organisations in Namibia, has expressed concern about proposed amendments to the Namibian Constitution and the manner in which they are being rushed through Parliament. A media statement issued by NANGOF Trust said no meaningful consultations, beyond a handful of political parties, appear to have taken place on the substantive changes. “A number of the proposed changes are so far-reaching that they require extensive, national consultations with citizens, stakeholders and civil society. Read more about NANGOF concerned about constitutional amendments

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