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Education Ministry probes starvation claims

Education Ministry Permanent Secretary Alfred Ilukena says they are looking into claims that primary and secondary school learners are starving in hostels situated in the two Kavango regions.
Ilukena told Namibian Sun yesterday that although his office has not yet been officially briefed by the respective regional departments, he was told about the issue on Wednesday.
Ilukena hinted that the ministry’s programme and quality assurance office may look into the matter, since government school hostels fall under its jurisdiction.
“Those regions are problematic.
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Parties accused of tree abuse

Ongha residents in Ohangwena have expressed concern over political parties using nails to hammer campaign posters into trees.
The All People’s Party (APP) and the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) have nailed their posters into one particular tree, which is used for shade by street vendors.
The same tree also has Swapo and Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) flags hoisted on it.
Ongha resident Matheus Immanuel says the people are particularly unhappy with nails being hammered into the tree for the sole purpose of putting up posters.
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RDP questions free and fair elections

The Rally for Democracy (RDP) has lashed out at Swapo’s and the police’s assurances that the upcoming elections will be free and fair, saying it is mere lip-service to deceive Namibians and the international community.
This follows an incident in which members and supporters of RDP were allegedly attacked by Swapo members this week.
According to the RDP some of its members and supporters were attacked by Swapo Party members in the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency on Tuesday.
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Apartheid soldiers on the road again

Former members of the South-West African Territory Force (SWATF) and the counter-insurgency police unit Koevoet have started assembling at Oshakati in preparation for a three-day protest march that starts here this morning, and is expected to culminate with a mass gathering at Ondangwa on Sunday.
This is their second protest march in less than two months. The first was a week-long march from Okanguati to Opuwo in the Kunene Region undertaken to express their unhappiness about a government decision not to consider them for war veteran benefits.
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N$30 000 reward offered for Etosha poachers

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Namibian Police have announced a reward of N$30 000 for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the poaching of black rhino in the Etosha National Park recently.
The carcass of the black rhino bull was found with 10 gunshot wounds on Tuesday morning near the Galton Gate.
Its horn was hacked off.
Police and ministry officials were immediately informed about the incident.
It is believed the rhino was poached two to three days before it was discovered.
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Ndeitunga warns Kaaronda over cops

The veil has been lifted on a three-year tug of war between Police Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga and unionist Evilastus Kaaronda over whether police officers can join unions or not.
Kaaronda, who is the president of the Namibia National Labour Organisation (NANLO, yesterday accused Ndeitunga of acting unlawfully by not allowing members of the Namibian Police to join trade unions.
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RDP to appeal youth league judgement

The Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) will appeal against a High Court judgement that ordered the party to reinstate seven former youth league members dismissed in the aftermath of the controversial Keetmanshoop convention last year.
In a judgement delivered by acting Justice Hosea Angula, the High Court declared all elections and decisions taken at the RDP youth convention null and void.
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Swanu wants politicised unions banned

Swanu of Namibia says it will introduce a bill in Parliament which seeks to prohibit trade unions and workers' umbrella bodies from being affiliated to any political party.
The bill, if made law, would affect many trade unions as well as the umbrella body the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), which are all affiliated to the ruling Swapo Party.
Swanu president Usutuaije Maamberua told a party rally last Wednesday that his party would introduce the motion if elected to serve in the new parliament after March 31, 2015.
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Top cop under fire on witness stand

The lawyer of an Aranos farmer, who is accused of killing his wife, has argued that Hardap Police Commissioner Kobus Meyer’s evidence in the matter is “one-sided” and “destructive”.
Advocate Louis Botes, who is defending Willem Visagie Barnard, 61, said Meyer had said in his statement that the accused had opened the safe and showed him a 38mm.
However, he testified in the court that Barnard told him that he could not remember how the firearm came into his hands.
Aneta Barnard was shot dead on April 10, 2010, at the farm Choris in the Aranos District.
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