Author: Kuzeeko Tjitemisa
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Nombunga politika dakara asi mpombongarero zanavenye kuna lipakerere omu dina kutjilisa mbunga zaSwapo asi tavazi kompanguro morwa mavango nye aga gakara gonokomitiyee omu mbunga zaSwapo vana hara kugusa mavango nagenye vakare vanasipundi novanasipundi gona morwa ngesi awo kuna kuoma asi kapi yina wapa omu vana litumbura velike. Member of parliament Josef Kauandenge has expressed concern over government’s Covid-19 victim’s burial policy and voiced hope that the country “will revisit its policy”. As the curtain came down on Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency yesterday, local commentators agreed that Africa, in particular Namibia, can look forward to better relations with the United States under new leader Joe Biden. The much-anticipated Presidential Commission into Claims of Ancestral Land Rights and Restitution has found that all Namibians in one way or the other lost their ancestral land during colonialism and systematic land dispossession by settlers and colonial administrators. The Presidential Commission into Claims of Ancestral Land Rights and Restitution has raised serious concerns over incidents of illegal fencing in communal areas, describing it as an infringement of the rights of access to the commonage, which have an impact on sustainable livelihoods. The Presidential Commission into Claims of Ancestral Land Rights and Restitution has recommended the establishment of a land claims court that will play a crucial role in the country’s land reform initiative. The official opposition, the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), yesterday asked the ruling party to come clean on serious allegations suggesting it benefitted from the widely publicised Fishrot scandal. Namibian Broadcasting Corporation director general Stanley Similo says insisting on salary increases during these difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic whereby some Namibians have become unemployed is ‘insensitive’. The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) has rejected claims that it is predominantly a party of the south, describing such perception as unfounded, ‘frivolous’ and without factual basis. Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi has called on members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs to prioritise and finalise important matters related to the realisation of National Genocide Remembrance Day. President Hage Geingob yesterday lashed out at the local media, saying journalists were more focusing on negative news than on positive developments realised in the country. President Hage Geingob has called on members of his Cabinet to get out of their “comfort zone” and avail themselves to meet with community leaders, ordinary citizens, media and the business fraternity. Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday said his ministry has no power to authorise families to exhume bodies of their loved ones who have died due to Covid-19. Much has been said about the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) good showing in last year’s regional council and local authority elections. Cabinet ministers reacted positively to President Hage Geingob’s directive to abandon their ‘comfort zones’ and consequently fast-track service delivery to Namibians. … ‘agree to disagree but maintain decorum’ Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila yesterday defended President Hage Geingob’s decision to address parliamentarians remotely during the occasion of the official opening of parliament. There was “nothing wrong” with President Hage Geingob opening parliament virtually, as remote presentations are now part and parcel of the new norm, political analysts argued yesterday. Gobabis mayor Elvire Theron is relatively not a household name in local politics. The councillor, who is serving on a Nudo ticket, however carries a massive weight of expectation, including proving doubting Thomases wrong. New Era’s Kuzeeko Tjitemisa caught up with her this week. Political analysts have termed the nationwide protests by the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL), the country’s largest trade union, the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) and the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) against Air Namibia’s liquidation as “too little, too late”.