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Agra and Feedmaster celebrate good business

Several branches of Agra Limited were awarded by Feedmaster recently for their performance in the sale of licks and fodders supplied by Feedmaster.
Scores were allocated for growth in tons sold compared to last year’s sales.
The Otjiwarongo branch of Agra was awarded the overall winner after being ranked first in the category for growth and third for tons sold. The Grootfontein branch was second overall and Okahandja third.
In the category for growth, the Otjiwarongo branch was in first place, Oshivelo branch was second, and Grootfontein was third.
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Erongo farmer up in arms

Farmer Willie Evenson alleges that the majority of members of the Ada !Kho //Oagu Farmers Cooperative are unhappy with the manner in which its managing committee is handling the distribution of livestock bought by the group.
The scheme operates in the Usakos area and consists of 44 members. It applied for an initial loan of N$3 million from Agribank to buy goats, sheep and cattle.
The Ministry of Agriculture reduced the loan amount in conjunction with Agribank to N$1.1 million.
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Cop shoots man in roadblock incident

A senior police officer allegedly shot and injured a civilian who fled from a police roadblock in the capital’s Wanaheda residential area yesterday morning.
The incident took place between 07:30 and 08:30.
The victim, who was injured in the shoulder, was taken to the Katutura State Hospital for medical treatment.
Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said members of both the City Police and Nampol were busy conducting a joint roadblock operation in the Otjomuise area when a driver - who is the victim - allegedly failed to stop at the roadblock.
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Brutal knife fight relived in court

A witness to a brutal knife fight at a shebeen in Omaruru’s Hakahana location has described how bottlenecks and a knife were used to inflict gruesome stab wounds. Ruben Gariseb testified in the High Court yesterday in murder trial of 27-year-old Wencel Gawanab, who is accused of stabbing to death Quintus Llewellyn Reginald Gaingob. He said Gaingob and Gawanab had brutally attacked each other with broken bottlenecks and a knife. Gawanab was armed with the knife, while the deceased wielded broken bottle necks in both hands. Read more about Brutal knife fight relived in court

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ECN to use 4 000 voting machines

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) says it has full in the over 4 000 electronic voting machines (EVMs) it will use in the November 28 general elections.
ECN Chairperson Notemba Tjipueja yesterday dispelled fears around the use of the machines, while announcing the electoral body’s preparedness to conduct the elections.
“I wish to state on record that to date the ECN has in the last three months successfully completed five elections using EVMs,” Tjipueja said.
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Rukoro tears into Information PS

OvaHerero Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro this week spat venom at Information and Communications Technology (ICT) permanent secretary Mbeuta Ua-Ndjarakana over a critical press release. Rukoro condemned the statement which read that the government had never confined the OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA) to Aminuis as area of jurisdiction. Rukoro said this statement contained “intrusive falsehoods and berated the traditional authority”. Rukoro, who called Ua-Ndjarakana several unflattering names, said the latter is a child who knows nothing about the OTA history. Read more about Rukoro tears into Information PS

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Karibib toddler burns to death

A shack fire claimed the life of a three-year-old boy in Karibib on Wednesday night.
An officer at Karibib fire station, who requested anonymity, said the incident occurred at about 20:00 at Usab settlement.
He also refuted claims that the only person able to drive the fire engine was too intoxicated to do so.
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Two more rhinos poached in Etosha

Another two poached rhino carcasses have been discovered in the Etosha National Park, following an intensified two-week operation to reduce the escalating poaching problem in Namibia.
Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi yesterday confirmed they are hot on the heels of the suspects and arrests are expected soon.
The latest incidents bring the numbers of poached rhinos for the year to 20.
This is double the number of rhino poaching incidents recorded between 2005 and the end of last year, when Namibia had lost fewer than 10 animals.
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SA cops take DNA from Namibian family

The South African police were in Windhoek yesterday to take DNA samples from family members of the Namibian-born woman who died in the TB Joshua church collapse in Nigeria earlier this year.
On September 12, 116 people were killed when a multi-storey guesthouse attached to the church collapsed, killing 81 South Africans.
Among these South African worshippers was Janetta Jewell, who was originally from Keetmanshoop and had moved to South Africa at the age of four with her grandparents.
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Parties in final push

The scramble for votes enters the home stretch this weekend, when political parties conduct their final round of campaigning – adorning Namibia with flags, music and promises.
The opposition are hell-bent on ending odd on a high note, while Swapo said it will emphasise is liberation credentials and how it brought peace and stability to the country.
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