Over 800 polling officials boycott training due to low wages

RUNDU: Over 800 polling officials at Rundu boycotted training yesterday morning due to the low wages they are being paid.

The officials are receiving training for the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections at the Dr. Romanus Kampungu Secondary School and the University of Namibia (Unam) Rundu Campus.

They receive N.dollars 100 daily for attending training.

They want a daily training allowance of N.dollars 200, and N.dolars 1 500 for work done on election day.

The disgruntled officials spent the rest of the day at the school’s sports stadium nearby, chanting slogans such as ‘No money no election’.

This reporter has since established that polling officials in the Kavango West Region also boycotted training on the same day for similar reasons.

WALVIS BAY; A total of 1 000 elderly people from Walvis Bay were treated to food and drinks by the local municipality yesterday.

The annual event is organised by the town council to bring pensioners together to enjoy some food before they enter the Christmas and New Year period.

The council spent about N.dollars 250 000 from the Mayoral Fund to buy the food and drinks for the elderly residents.

Speaking at the event, Mayor Uilika Nambahu urged the senior citizens to take good care of their children and grandchildren, in order to shape a responsible society.

Nambahu requested all grandparents to instill morals and values into their children and grandchildren, as they (elderly) are the most experienced people with wisdom.

The mayor continued that young people should not be allowed to abuse alcohol and use drugs, therefore parents must continue to stop such practices by children while they are still young.

She also used the opportunity to request the elders to vote in the Presidential and National Assembly elections this Friday.