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Government employee stole N$1m

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has advised the Ministry of Defence to stop the monthly salary of an employee, who was convicted of defrauding the ministry of more than N$1 million.
ACC spokesperson Albert Mbanga told Namibian Sun yesterday that the ministry’s permanent secretary, Petrus Shivute, was advised by the anti-graft watchdog to remove Sam Natangwe Shingenge from its payroll. Shingenge was convicted after he pleaded guilty.
He was sentenced to six years imprisonment on October 16 by Windhoek Regional Court in Katutura by Magistrate Cosmos Endjala.
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Miscarriage leads to N$3 500 plot sale

A miscarriage led to the sale of a huge serviced plot in Groot Aub, with a corrugated structure on it, for N$3 500 to a Swapo district co-ordinator at the settlement. The politician, Johnny Elago, is expected to appear in the Rehoboth Magistrate’s Court today on a charge of fraud in connection with his purchase of the plot from Paulina Garoes after she lost her baby and needed money to come to Windhoek for treatment. However, Elago maintains that his detractors dragged him to court because he refused to sell the property to them. Read more about Miscarriage leads to N$3 500 plot sale

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Pistorius may only spend 10 months in prison

Convicted paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius may end up spending only 10 months in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a South African justice department spokesperson said yesterday.
“Five years in terms of [Section] 276 of the Criminal Procedure Act means the accused serves one-sixth of the sentence, which is 10 months,” spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said on his Facebook wall referring to the sentence handed down to Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
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Namibian beer truck used for SA smuggling

Two Namibians have been arrested for trying to smuggle counterfeit goods worth N$3 million into South Africa.
The counterfeit goods, including underwear and sneakers, were hidden in a Namibian truck that was transporting Windhoek Draught beer into South Africa.
They were found with the counterfeit goods and arrested at the Ramatlabama border post between South Africa and Botswana.
The suspects have been identified as Oscar Tjingovera, 57, and Albert Tjingovera, 36.
They will launch a bail application in the Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court today.
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Swapo keeps its promises - Namoloh

Swapo is the only political party in Namibia that keeps its promises, says the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh.
Namoloh was speaking at a Swapo rally at Etanga village, 100km west of Opuwo, on Saturday.
He also welcomed 60 new members to the party from villages situated around Etanga.
“The Swapo Party accounts for its promises. Unlike other parties that dream of what they want to do, Swapo has delivered, and it will continue to do so while improving if given the mandate,” he said.
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Grootfontein teacher dies in accident

A 24-year-old teacher at Grootfontein Agri College Private School died in the early hours of Sunday morning after she lost control of the car she was driving.
Otjozondjupa police spokesperson Sergeant Maureen Mbeha said the deceased has been identified as Vanri Spangenberg.
Mbeha said Spangenberg had been driving from Grootfontein to Farm Maria Bron situated 10 kilometres north-west of Grootfontein at around 05:00 when the accident occurred.
Spangenberg apparently lost control of the Chevrolet bakkie, causing it to roll five times before coming to a standstill.
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Education is key – Nujoma

To eradicate disease, poverty, ignorance and under-development Namibia needs to spend more money to ensure that each Namibian child is educated from pre-primary school to university level, said Founding President Sam Nujoma.
Nujoma said the Swapo Party government established the Polytechnic of Namibia and the University of Namibia, “because we know that education is the key to power and economic development”.
He was addressing a campaign rally at Oshikuku in the Omusati Region on Saturday.
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Teacher accused of raping Grade 4 learner

The alleged rape of a 13-year-old Grade 4 learner by a primary school teacher was discovered six weeks later when the victim started bleeding heavily and she was taken to a hospital by her mother.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Slogan Matheus said the victim’s mother opened a case of rape last Thursday.
He said the Kunene Police were awaiting instructions from the Office of the Prosecutor-General’s about whether to arrest the 32-year-old teacher.
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New clinics bring relief to livestock farmers

The Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-Namibia) has invested N$98 million in the construction of five state-of-the-art State Veterinary Offices (SVOs) to improve animal health and livestock production.
The Namibian government provided N$6 million toward the project.
MCA-Namibia handed over the final two facilities at Outapi and Eenhana to the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, on October 15 and 17 respectively.
The other clinics are located at Okakarara, Epukiro and Omuthiya and were handed over earlier this year.
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