Omaheke revives regional gender task force committee

Leaders from various backgrounds in the Omaheke Region gathered at the Epako Women’s Centre at Gobabis on Wednesday to revive the regional gender task force committee.

The one-day workshop, attended mainly by traditional leaders and other stakeholders in the region, aimed to re-establish the permanent task force and raise awareness about national gender implementation tools.

Omaheke Governor and chairperson of the task force committee, Pijoo Nganate, highlighted the need for more action to combat gender-based violence in the communities and the nation as a whole, emphasising that this can be achieved through unity. Nganate further emphasised that discussions on this topic should involve not only those who are literate, but also those willing to enact change within themselves and their communities.

‘This has become a topical issue now, and it should be taboo for someone to abuse another person in any way,’ he noted.

‘We have many children roaming our streets, and the majority of them are boys. These are th
e future frustrated fathers who will commit more of these crimes. Let us consider how we can support the boy child in our society.’

‘We have discontented individuals in our society because some of them do not know where their next meal will come from, or where they will sleep. These are serious social issues affecting us all, and this committee should ensure that we avoid division and promote stable households among our people,’ Nganate expressed.

Chief Hendrick Martin of the !Xoo Traditional Authority from Aminuis voiced his concerns about laws and policies that, according to him, have caused division in households.

‘Even if we aim to promote coexistence among our people, men now feel like they are not respected, even in their own homes, as children and women are no longer submissive and respectful towards them. This creates problems in our households,’ he said.

The regional committee, established in 2014, became dormant for the last five years due to a lack of funding.

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Government committed to addressing land redistribution challenges: Schlletwein

WINDHOEK: Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Calle Schlletwein, said that the Revised National Resettlement Policy 2023-2033, shows the government’s commitment to addressing land redistribution challenges in a more coordinated, inclusive and transparent manner.

He told Parliament on Tuesday that the revision reminded the ministry of the importance of continual review of existing policies to ensure they remain responsive to the prevailing needs and expectations of the Namibian people.

‘Therefore, this revised National Resettlement Policy 2023-2033 presents a blueprint with which the government, aided by all key stakeholders and the citizens at large, can address the issues of efficiency, equity, transparency, tenure security, capacity building and agricultural production as fundamental elements of a progressive and inclusive National Resettlement Policy,’ Schlletwein said in a ministerial statement.

He said that the revision of the National Resettlement Policy 2001 started in 2016 and was broad
ened by the directives from the second National Land Conference, which took place in 2018.

Thereafter, the ministry convened regional and national consultative meetings to solicit further inputs into the policy.

‘The Revised National Resettlement Policy presents the government’s commitment to addressing land redistribution challenges that our country continues to battle in a more coordinated, inclusive and transparent manner.

Schlletwein said the policy targets resettling previously disadvantaged Namibians who do not own agricultural land or adequate agricultural land.

‘This is achieved under the reviewed policy by grouping the target beneficiaries into three main groups: commercial farmers on leased land in commercial or communal areas; communal farmers; and non-farming individuals,’ he said.

To ensure success, Schlletweein noted that the policy establishes three resettlement models, namely the high economic value model, the moderate economic value model, and the low economic value model.

He said that
the policy was already approved by Cabinet in May 2023 and has mandated his ministry and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to publish it.

He added that his ministry is currently reviewing the resettlement criteria to be in line with the approved resettlement models in the revised policy.

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Zambezi to host Independence Day celebration

KATIMA MULILO: The 34th National Independence Day celebrations will be held in the Zambezi Region this year.

This is the first time the Zambezi Region is hosting the national independence celebration.

In terms of historic and political events, the region has hosted Heroes’ Day in 2005.

Zambezi Chief Regional Officer, Regina Ndopu, confirmed to Nampa on Thursday that the regional council has received the notification already concerning the event from the headquarters and in turn, local authorities have formed committees to prepare for this major event.

‘This is a national event. We therefore pride ourselves to host this event at this time in 2024. Apart from the locals, we are expecting to receive more outside delegations including international guests,’ Ndopu stated.

She said more information regarding the event will be shared in due course.

Namibia attained independence on 21 March 1990.

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Administration sector gets 7.8 per cent of budget for effective governance: Shiimi

WINDHOEK: Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise, Iipumbu Shiimi, says the allocation of N.dollars 6.8 billion to the administrative sector for the 2024/25 Financial Year is to support effective governance and efficient administration of public services.

Shiimi, while tabling the National Budget on Wednesday, said the administration sector received 7.8 per cent of the budget allocations.

The budget of the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development was increased by 37.6 per cent to N.dollars 2.6 billion.

‘This allocation includes N.dollars 250 million in FY2024/25 and N.dollars 175 million in FY2025/26 for the rollout of prepaid water and electricity meters in various local authorities as a long-term solution to the rising debt with NamPower and NamWater,’ he stated.

The minister said an additional N.dollars 141 million has been allocated for the transformation of the Aus and Lderitz local authorities in order to improve services because of the growing population driven by oil and gas exploration, as well
as green hydrogen activities, in the ||Kharas Region.

Shiimi said the Electoral Commission of Namibia has been allocated N.dollars 438 million in the 2024/25 financial year to ensure smooth and timely voter registration, as well as to undertake the Presidential and National Assembly Elections slated for November this year.

The public safety sector has been allocated N.dollars 15.4 billion and about N.dollars 48 billion over the mid-term expenditure framework and takes up 17.6 per cent of the non-interest budget for the 2024/25 financial year.

An amount of N.dollars 106 million has been allocated to the Anti-Corruption Commission, a 29.8 per cent increase from the previous financial year. According to Shiimi, the increase is to help the ACC improve implementation capacity, particularly in the area of combating anti-money laundering and financial crimes.

‘Despite the recent grey listing by the Financial Action Task Force, we have made significant progress and remain committed to address the outstanding acti
on items for us to be removed from the grey list in the shortest time possible,’ said the minister.

Shiimi presented a N.dollars 100.1 billion budget under the theme ‘Continuing the legacy of His Excellency Dr Hage G. Geingob by caring for the Namibian child.’

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Government clears N.dollars 1.4 billion legacy tax debts of public enterprises

SWAKOPMUND: The government has through its operational budget settled N.dollars 1.4 billion in once-off legacy tax liabilities for selected public enterprises whose funding was severely reduced due to fiscal consolidation in previous years.

The enterprises include the University of Namibia (UNAM), TransNamib, the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the New Era Corporation, the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (FishCor) and the Roads Contractors Company (RCC).

During the tabling of the 2024/25 budget on Wednesday, Finance and Public Enterprises Minister Iipumbu Shiimi said that this is an exceptional once-off exercise to clear the legacy debt of public enterprises accumulated prior to the establishment of the Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA).

‘Accordingly, this transaction is recorded as both revenue and expenditure in our books, resulting in a neutral position from a fiscal perspective. Furthermore, this action was undertaken on the back of agreed conditions including regular publication of audite
d financial statements and commitment to meet future tax liabilities henceforth,’ he explained.

He further added that the action was undertaken to enable NamRA to apply the law to all taxpayers equally, noting that should any public enterprise accumulate tax liabilities going forward, treasury is not prepared to offer any support.

Additionally, to close the infrastructure gaps that continue to weigh against the country’s growth potential, the development budget has been increased significantly by 58.1 per cent to N.dollars 12.7 billion.

This, according to Shiimi, is inclusive of N.dollars 3.2 billion in grant-funded and loan-funded projects to improve infrastructure through various ministries.

The development budget is equivalent to 4.6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product, a significant improvement from prior years.

Shiimi however expressed concern about limited project execution capacity at most Offices/Ministries/Agencies (OMAs) and procurement bottlenecks which continually translate into administration
of funds from and/or underspending on the development budget.

He noted that the government will continue to work on addressing these shortcomings.

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Education receives largest chunk of national budget

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture received the largest allocation of nearly N.dollars 18.4 billion from the 2024/25 Financial Year (FY) National Budget tabled by Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi on Wednesday.

This is about N.dollars 1.7 billion more than the amount allocated to the ministry in the 2023/24 budget.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services received the second largest allocation of nearly N.dollars 10.9 billion; an increase of N.dollars 1.3 billion compared to the N.dollars 9.6 billion allocated last year.

Following is a breakdown of all allocations per ministry for the 2024/2025 financial year.

Office of the President: N.dollars 966 821 000

Office of the Prime Minister: N.dollars 1 104 281 000

National Assembly: N.dollars 196 050 000

Office of the Auditor-General: N.dollars 124 762 000

Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security: N.dollars 7 413 654 000

Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation: N.dollars 964 895 000

Ministry of Defence: N.
dollars 6 743 897 000

Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprise: N.dollars 8 127 321 000

Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture: N.dollars 18 381 140 000

National Council: N.dollars 136 662 000

Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare: N.dollars 7 990 776 000

Ministry of Health and Social Services: N.dollars 10 891 017 000

Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation: N.dollars 222 382 000

Ministry of Mines and Energy: N.dollars 381 937 000

Ministry of Justice: N.dollars 674 318 000

Ministry of Urban and Rural Development: N.dollars 2 590 907 000

Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism: N.dollars 725 533 000

Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade: N.dollars 365 484 000

Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform:

-Agriculture and Land Reform N.dollars 1 937 358 000

-Water: N.dollars 1 039 023 000

Judiciary: N.dollars 445 473 000

Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources: N.dollars 321 447 000

Ministry of Works and Transport:

– Works:
N.dollars 789 532 000

– Transport: N.dollars 3 249 854 000

National Planning Commission: N.dollars 232 488 000

Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service: N.dollars 679 399 000

Electoral Commission of Namibia: N.dollars 437 983 000

Ministry of Information and Communication Technology: N.dollars 702 993 000

Anti-Corruption Commission: N.dollars 105 992 000

Ministry of Veterans Affairs: N.dollars 1 409 516 000

Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation: N.dollars 4 750 022 000

Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare: N.dollars 7 990 776 000

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ALERT: Tabling of National Budget 2024/25 underway in NA

WINDHOEK: Parliamentarians have gathered for the tabling of the 2024/25 National Budget by Minister of Finance and Public Enterprises, Iipumbu Shiimi in the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday. He said this year’s theme is ‘Continuing the Legacy of President Hage Geingob by Caring for the Namibian Child.’ He also said the budget will include relief for taxpayers.

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Geingob laid to rest at Heroes’ Acre

WINDHOEK: The late President Hage Geingob was laid to rest at the Heroes’ Acre outside Windhoek on Sunday.

Geingob was accorded a 21-gun salute before being laid to rest in one of four mausoleums at the national shrine.

Namibia’s third Head of State died at a hospital in Windhoek on 04 February 2024, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.

Speaking at the burial, chief mourner President Nangolo Mbumba said Geingob has joined fellow heroes and heroines who resisted colonialism since 1884, culminating in the national arms resistance in 1966 and Namibia’s independence in 1990.

‘Today they are joined by a national hero who excelled in his assigned tasks as a courageous freedom fighter, unifying chairperson of the Constituent Assembly, consequential prime minister and a third president of the Republic of Namibia and ruling party, Swapo,’ he said.

Mbumba gave his assurance that the Namibian house and the needs of citizens will be taken care of, and that the Constitution will be upheld as supreme law.

we will continue to pursue the second struggle for the economic freedom of Namibians with the required urgency, efficiency and effectiveness until shared prosperity and social justice are achieved for our citizens,’ he said.

Geingob is survived by his wife Monica Geingos, eight children, three grandchildren and two siblings.

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China hopes Namibia continues Geingob’s mission

WINDHOEK: Jiang Zuojun, Vice Chairperson of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said his country firmly believes that the people of Namibia will carry on the mission of late President Hage Geingob, making strides in national development and revitalisation.

Zuojun, who was speaking at the memorial service of the late president, said for nearly 10 years under the leadership of Geingob, Namibia enjoyed a stable society, sound economic development, and constant improvement of people’s livelihood, delivering achievements for all to see in all sectors.

‘President Geingob was committed to promoting the cause of international and regional peace and development and is deeply respected by Africa and the international community. Under his leadership, Namibia held high the banner of Pan Africanism, actively promoted solidarity and integration of Africa, and maintained its firm position in safeguarding international justice and fairness,’ he said.

He added that, ‘With great devotion, president Geing
ob made vital contributions in promoting China-Namibia and China-Africa friendship. At this difficult moment, the people of China stand firmly with the people of Namibia.’

Zuojun pledged China’s readiness to work with Namibia and continue to deepen the friendship between the two countries and cooperate in all fields, promoting greater development for bilateral ties.

‘President Geingob is a good friend of the Chinese people. In his lifetime, he attached great importance to developing relations with China and made several visits to China, promoting in-depth development of the comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership between China and Namibia,’ he said.

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Zambia to rename roads after Geingob and Nujoma

OSHAKATI: President of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema said that a decision was taken to rename two of the roads after the late President Hage Geingob and Founding President Sam Nujoma.

Hichilema revealed this during Geingob’s memorial service held on Saturday in Windhoek.

‘We as the people of Zambia have taken a decision to rename one of our critical roads after President Geingob,’ he said, adding that another road will also be renamed after Nujoma.

According to Hichilema, this is being done to keep the legacy of those who were pillars of peace and stability for Africa.

‘Geingob was more of a Zambian than a Namibian because he spent about 17 years in the country,’ said Hichilema.

The neighbouring country’s president also highlighted President Geingob’s remarkable contribution to the University of Zambia’s academic body of work.

Hichilema was an undergraduate student when Geingob was a scholar at the university at the time.

He hailed Geingob as a true Statesman, a leader who was courageous and willing to st
and-up and speak for the benefit of the African countries.

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Mbumba urges Namibians to honour Geingob by executing their mandates

WINDHOEK: Namibian President Nangolo Mbumba has said one of the best ways Namibians can honour the late President Hage Geingob is for them to continue executing their mandates on the basis of accountability, transparency, honesty and commitment.

Mbumba, who made these remarks at the late president’s official memorial service in Windhoek on Saturday, added that Namibians should understand that, as the late president used to say, ‘Without effective governance and without crucial governance fundamentals, development cannot take place.’

‘Like a fallen Baobab tree, your branches, your leaves and your seeds will ensure that your legacy lives on. Your great name, Hage G Geingob, will not die, it will remain forever etched in our hearts,’ said Mbumba.

He emphasised that Namibians should ensure that the policies of the late president will be pursued until they achieve their intended purpose – that of achieving shared prosperity for all Namibians as part of the second struggle for economic emancipation.

Mbumba said
the words of the late president that said ‘inclusivity spells harmony and exclusivity spells conflict’ has left Namibians with the foundations for continued peace and unity.

‘You have left us with processes, systems and institutions for an effective governance architecture which we will take care of. You have left us with an economic roadmap towards prosperity. We will take care of one another and most importantly, we will take care of your enduring legacy, the Namibian House of shared prosperity, where no one feels left out,’ he said.

Mbumba said Geingob was a living testament of international and Pan African solidarity and undoubtedly, given his many talents and gifts, he will go down in history as a peacemaker and diplomat.

He added that from the moment the late president walked through the halls of State House, he had to deal with a myriad of economic challenges, unprecedented droughts and the devastating impacts of COVID-19.

Mbumba was however quick to say that Geingob, like the indomitable lion he w
as, withstood all challenges and remained steadfast and resolute in his quest to promote economic recovery and growth, employment creation and the provision of basics such as housing.

‘From the beginning of your presidency, to the very end, you the patriotic first citizen, the staunch Pan-Africanist, the peacemaker and unifier led with your heart, your intellect and your conscience. You led with courage and conviction and left us a template for success,’ he said.

Mbumba said Geingob was not only ‘a most distinguished luminary, a peerless personality and a colossus of contemporary leadership, but he was also a man who lived a life of destiny and purpose.’

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It is high time to tender an apology to the Namibian people: Steinmeier

WINDHOEK: Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier says it is high time that Germany apologises to Namibia for the genocide it inflicted on the Nama and Ovaherero people between 1904 and 1908.

He was speaking at the memorial service of the late President Hage Geingob here on Saturday. Geingob died on 04 February and is set to be buried on Sunday.

Steinmeier said he spoke to Geingob late last year and the Namibian leader’s wish was for Namibia and Germany to successfully conclude the joint declaration ‘in order to bring the special relationship between the two countries to a new level.’

He stressed that Germany remains committed to the path of reconciliation.

‘Reconciliation is not about closing the past, it is about taking responsibility for our past – and it is a commitment to a better future together. I hope I will be able to return to this country very soon and under different circumstances, because I am convinced that it is high time to tender an apology to the Namibian people. My only regret is th
at our friend, the great President Geingob, will not be there to finish the process he started,’ Steinmeier said.

The declaration acknowledges Germany’s responsibility for the 1904-1908 genocide and commits to reparations and development support for affected communities.

The affected communities and Government are however not in agreement with the Euro 1.1 billion offered by Germany as a final settlement, compared to the damage inflicted on the communities.

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Geingob was a true friend of Botswana: Masisi

WINDHOEK: Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has said the late President Hage Geingob was a true friend to Botswana, and will amongst others be remembered for the bilateral agreement that allows citizens to use their national identity cards to cross the borders between both countries.

Speaking at the final memorial service for the late president here on Saturday, Masisi said he deeply valued Geingob’s support as a senior Statesman, confidant and trustworthy partner in building the extraordinary partnerships the two countries and people enjoy today.

‘We are all the better for having been touched by President Hage Geingob’s influence and huge sacrifices. My confidence is spared that our two countries and people will leverage on the solid foundation built by Dr Geingob for us to broaden and deepen our relations and strong bonds of friendship between our countries and people,’ he said.

He further indicated that the late Head of State shared a common vision of unwavering determination to achieve higher leve
l development of their people, noting that globally, he was a true Pan Africanist and a genuine believer in multilateralism.

‘I recall fond memories of our numerous meetings and robust exchanges on the challenges facing our people and our resolve to act in unity and solidarity to address the common challenges and achievements… The goal of shared prosperity for our peoples,’ Masisi said.

Geingob will be buried at Heroes’ Acre in Windhoek on Sunday.

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Geingos to receive Cuban National Order on behalf of late Geingob

WINDHOEK: President of the General Assembly of Cuba, Esteban Lazo Hernandez will deliver to former First Lady Monica Geingos the National Order of José Martí which was bestowed on her late husband, President Hage Geingob.

Hernandez announced this on Saturday at the State memorial service in honour of the late Geingob.

‘The beautiful history that brought together President Geingob and our country has earned him the title of endeared friend of the Cuban people and its revolution, which therefore makes him worthy of two of the most important decorations granted by the Republic of Cuba,’ he said.

President Fidel Castro bestowed on Geingob the Order of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes in 1994, while he was Prime Minister of Namibia.

‘Then, in virtue of the Presidential decree law number 452 of 01 July 2022, President Miguel Díaz-Canel bestowed on him the National Order of José Martí, an honour he could not receive in life and which I will deliver to his wife posthumously,’ said Hernandez.

The National Order of José
Martí is a State honour in Cuba, named after José Martí, a national hero of Cuba.

Hernandez further said Cuba will never forget its Namibian friends, one of whom Geingob had been.

‘A baobab (tree) has fallen, but his example will multiply in the young people who embody the future and who will make of Namibia a better country as he dreamed,’ he concluded.

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Geingob was a unifier: Nujoma

WINDHOEK: Namibia’s late President, Dr Hage Geingob, will be remembered as a unifier as he embodied a politics of inclusivity.

This is according to Namibia’s Founding President Sam Nujoma, who paid tribute to Geingob during Geingob’s State memorial service here on Saturday.

Nujoma noted in a statement delivered on his behalf by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila at the official public event that the outpouring of love from all over the world is a testament to Geingob’s diplomacy of multilateralism.

He said the late Head of State advocated for Namibian unity in diversity, as witnessed through his mantra of ‘The Namibian House in which no one should feel left out.’

‘He thus will be remembered as a unifier because he embodied a politics that was not divisive as he understood the immense power of unity and vehemently fought against tribalism,’ Nujoma, who was present at the event, said.

Nujoma recalled that the last time he spoke to Geingob was when he called him a day before he went for medical treat
ment in the United States of America in late January 2024.

‘On that occasion, I wished him a quick recovery and renewed strength to continue leading our country to greater heights of economic development and prosperity,’ he said at the stadium covered by a sombre mood.

Nujoma, who met Geingob for the first time in 1963 in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said Geingob was ‘very attentive, teachable and a very consultative person who placed great emphasis on dialogue.’

The former Statesman said the hero’s funeral accorded to Geingob means that ‘we are giving a richly deserved recognition to a national hero and third President of the Republic of Namibia.’

Geingob is a recipient of the Most Ancient Order of the Welwitschia Mirabilis, which is Namibia’s highest award.

In his tribute, Nujoma said Geingob’s towering presence will be missed in the corridors of the United Nations, African Union and the SADC headquarters.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency