Man arrested for alleged possession of pangolin skin at Otjiwarongo

A 30-year-old man was arrested at Otjiwarongo on Thursday after he was allegedly found in possession of a pangolin skin valued at N.dollars 50 000.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha in an interview with Nampa on Friday said the arrest was intelligence driven.

The man was arrested on charges of possessing and dealing in controlled wildlife products without a permit.

Mbeha said the suspect reportedly travelled from Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region to Otjiwarongo, where he intended to sell the skin to a local businessman for N.dollars 6 000, Mbeha said.

“We seized the skin from him at about 14h40,” she said.

The man was being held at the Otjiwarongo Police Station and police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Suspects arrested with elephant tusks, pangolin skins

A 30-year-old man was arrested at Otjiwarongo yesterday after he was allegedly found in possession of a pangolin skin valued at N.dollars 50 000.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha in an interview with Nampa today said the arrest was intelligence driven.

The man was arrested on charges of possessing and dealing in controlled wildlife products without a permit.

Mbeha said the suspect reportedly travelled from Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region to Otjiwarongo, where he intended to sell the skin to a local businessman for N.dollars 6 000, Mbeha said.

“We seized the skin from him at about 14h40,” she said.

The man was being held at the Otjiwarongo Police Station and police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Drugs causing lack of discipline amongst learners: Itope

Erongo Governor Neville Andre Itope has expressed concern about the lack of discipline amongst some learners at schools and at home as a result of the use of drugs and other illicit substances.

Itope, who was speaking at Duinesig Combined School in Walvis Bay during a surprise drug operation targeting schools on Tuesday, noted that there is a need for these learners to be placed in life-changing programmes which will enable them to stop getting involved in drugs.

The drugs mostly found in schools include Mandrax, dagga and cocaine.

“We are aware that our school children come from a society in which illegal things such as drugs are being used, but we want to ensure that our schools are clean and that our children are protected and clean from these illicit substances. To those who have drugs, the message is that school grounds are not the place, as you are taking up space for learners who would like to learn. We are never going to allow this, and we will keep fighting until we have eliminated this enemy,” the governor stressed.

The operation which also included members of the Canine (K9) Unit, targeted the Duinesig Combined School, Kuisebmond Secondary School and De Duine Secondary School in Walvis Bay, as well as Coastal High School, Westside High and Swakopmund Secondary schools in Swakopmund.

Itope expressed satisfaction with the cooperation of the learners and the willingness of some to expose activities they believe are taking place outside the school.

Namibian Police Force Commander in the Erongo Region, Nikolaus Kupembona said this is an ongoing operation which aims to wipe out all contraband on school grounds.

Meanwhile, Erongo Education Director Erenfriede Stephanus welcomed the operation, stressing that there is a need to keep schools in the region clean of drugs.

“There is no space for drugs in schools and whatever safety measures we require to take in order to ensure this, we will do so even if it means carrying out these surprise operations,” she noted.

Learners who have been caught with drugs will be required to do community work for an entire day and when necessary, will be taken to the necessary programmes.

One small bag of dagga seeds was discovered stashed in a classroom dustbin during the operation at Duinesig Combined School and the learners in the classroom were questioned.

Several items which are not allowed on school premises such as perfumes and cellphones were also confiscated.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Forum on corporate business law reform starts in Windhoek

An international roundtable on the Namibian Corporate Law Reform to review outdated business laws and improve the ease of doing business in Namibia, commenced here on Monday.

The meeting, hosted by the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade is aimed at further simplifying and promoting the digitalisation of the business registration process. It is also aimed at encouraging investments and innovation through an effective and predictable regulatory business environment.

Officiating at the event, Minister of Industrialisation and Trade Lucia Iipumbu said Namibia is not performing well in terms of doing business due to countless challenges faced, such as the duration it takes to start a business.

“Compared to countries such as South Africa, Botswana and Rwanda, to register a business with BIPA takes between seven and 14 days, while these countries have managed to reduce this process to less than 24 hours,” she said.

The amendment of the laws will therefore look at the simplification of the business registration process and the flexibility of laws for the electronic filling of applications and other documents required to be lodged with the Registrar, the minister explained.

She further noted that the apparent bureaucratic red tape, the unfavourable regulatory framework for doing business, archaic business law concepts, corruption and its related vices also hinder the business landscape in Namibia.

Iipumbu went on to say that the review will lead to the development of the Corporate Laws Bill and Regulations, which will replace the current Companies Act, 2004 and the Close Corporations Act, 1988.

The meeting is being hosted under the theme, ‘Namibia Corporate Laws for a Competitive, Trend-setting and Prosperous Economy’ and it is being attended by local and international experts and stakeholders in corporate law.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Couple charged with alleged murder of baby girl denied bail at Okahandja

A couple arrested on Wednesday morning at Okahandja for the alleged murder of their two-month-old baby, Monica Blessing Swartbooi, was on Friday afternoon denied bail by the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court, where they made their first court appearance.

According to a charge sheet availed to Nampa on Friday, the accused Lourencious Goigoariseb, 32, and 31-year-old Roselda Swartbooi appeared before Okahandja acting magistrate, Revival /Goagoses.

Goagoses explained their legal rights to either engage a private lawyer of their choice; defend themselves in court; or apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Directorate of Legal Aid in the Ministry of Justice, to which Goigoariseb opted to apply for a Legal Aid lawyer, while Roselda is to defend herself in court.

Their case was then postponed to 05 April 2023 for further police investigations and also for the police to obtain pending statements from all witnesses.

Public prosecutor, Sirkka Nangolo appeared for the State in the matter and opposed any granting of bail, saying the couple might interfere with the State witnesses who are well known to them.

It is alleged that the deceased was discovered dead at the parents’ house at Okahandja’s Promised Land location in the early hours of Wednesday at about 04h00 when her mother wanted to breastfeed her.

The pair were wrestling over the baby by pushing and pulling each other while holding onto the baby tightly. The incident happened around 22h00 on Tuesday, after the father reportedly wanted to take the baby with him, which the mother did not want.

The baby was further allegedly discovered with bruises on her body. Police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Police question person of interest in Arandis murder case

The Erongo police have questioned a man in connection with the murder of 36-year-old Caroline Joshlyn Gawases, whose body was discovered next to a footpath in Arandis last Saturday.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Erongo Commander for Community Affairs, Inspector Ileni Shapumba confirmed that the man who is a person of interest was detained and questioned at the Arandis Police Station this week, and has since been released pending investigations.

It is alleged that the deceased, who was visiting her boyfriend in Arandis when she was killed, left home to meet with a relative at a local bar on Friday at about 23h20 after her boyfriend left for work at the mine, leaving her at home with his brother.

While at the bar the deceased reportedly left without informing the said relative where she was going.

“The following morning, the deceased’s body was found by a passer-by lying on her side with bare feet and a loose piece of shoelace tied around her neck,” he said.

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Suspects in rape and murder of Tsumkwe woman appear in court

The two suspects linked to the alleged rape and murder of the 45-year-old /Koce /Ukxa of Tsumkwe settlement last Friday, appeared in the magistrate’s court at the settlement on Tuesday.

The accused, 30-year-old Oza //Ami, and Cwi Sao, 27, made their first court appearance before the Tsumkwe Periodical Court’s Chief Clerk, Elizabeth Namushinga.

Namushinga explained to them their legal right to either engage a private lawyer of their choice; defend themselves in court, or apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Directorate of Legal Aid in the Ministry of Justice.

Both //Ami and Sao opted to defend themselves in court.

Their case was then postponed to 28 February 2023 for further police investigations.

The two allegedly raped and killed /Ukxa in the bushes at Tsumkwe last Friday morning.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Man arrested for possessing two elephant tusks

A 32-year-old man was arrested at the Oshivelo checkpoint in the Oshikoto Region on Monday after he was allegedly found in possession of 135 boxes of illicit goods.

This was revealed in the Namibian Police Force’s daily crime report issued on Wednesday.

It is alleged that the suspect was intercepted and found with the 135 boxes of Yes cigarettes in a truck he was driving.

The truck allegedly belongs to Onamulunga Service Station in Ondangwa, where the suspect was traveling from Windhoek.

He has been identified as Ndjolomba Antonio Hamunyela and appeared before the Tsumeb Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for the possession of illicit goods.

Hamunyela was granted bail of N.dollars 20 000 and his case postponed to 07 June 2023 for further police investigations.

(NAMPA)

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Man arrested for possession of illicit goods at Oshivelo

A 32-year-old man was arrested at the Oshivelo checkpoint in the Oshikoto Region on Monday after he was allegedly found in possession of 135 boxes of illicit goods.

This was revealed in the Namibian Police Force’s daily crime report issued on Wednesday.

It is alleged that the suspect was intercepted and found with the 135 boxes of Yes cigarettes in a truck he was driving.

The truck allegedly belongs to Onamulunga Service Station in Ondangwa, where the suspect was traveling from Windhoek.

He has been identified as Ndjolomba Antonio Hamunyela and appeared before the Tsumeb Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for the possession of illicit goods.

Hamunyela was granted bail of N.dollars 20 000 and his case postponed to 07 June 2023 for further police investigations.

The illicit goods found in the truck, which have since been confiscated, are valued at N.dollars 411 000.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

More criminal cases recorded in 2022/23 festive season

More criminal cases were recorded countrywide during the 2022/23 festive season compared to the same period of the preceding year, Namibian Police Force’s Deputy Inspector General for Operations, Major General Elias Mutota, has said.

Mutota said this during the Festive Season Road Safety Campaign feedback meeting held in Windhoek on Tuesday.

He said alongside the road safety campaign, NamPol also undertook festive season crime prevention operations in all 14 regions, which ran concurrently.

The primary objective of the operations was crime prevention; protection of lives and properties and intensifying the enforcement of road traffic rules and regulations.

The 2022/23 festive season crime prevention operations recorded various serious crimes, whereby a total of 1 758 cases were recorded countrywide compared to 1 621 criminal cases recorded during the 2021/22 festive season.

This Mutota said translates to an eight per cent increase.

“Moreover, a total of 719 suspects were arrested during the period under review compared to 779 suspects arrested in 2021/22 festive season,” he stated.

The prevalent serious crimes recorded ranged from assault with 503 cases, fraud 258, stock theft 248, rape 169, dealing in drugs 142, possession of wildlife products 65 and murder with 65 cases.

According to Mutota, analysis done on the crime statistics indicate that the increase in some serious crimes during the festive season was attributed to the abuse of alcohol or narcotic substances among the youth, the unemployed and other socio-economic factors.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector General said 174 646 vehicles were inspected at various road traffic checkpoints countrywide and that 151 875 drivers were screened for alcohol, of which 128 464 were male and 23 411 were female.

He said 963 drivers were detained for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating substances, while 26 332 summons were issued with a monetary value of close to N.dollars 24 million.

“1 312 unroadworthy vehicles were suspended from further usage, while 2 346 courtesy notifications were issued,” Mutota added.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

MEFT officials, police recover body of hippopotamus attack victim

The body of a 47-year-old man who was attacked and killed by a hippopotamus on Friday afternoon was retrieved on Sunday, Chief Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) Romeo Muyunda said.

According to Muyunda on Monday, the incident happened at Kayeura Village in the Kavango West Region when a hippopotamus allegedly attacked and capsized a canoe in which the deceased was with another man as they were preparing it (canoe) for a fishing expedition.

The second person escaped unhurt. The deceased has been identified as Pessa Reino Nangoro and his next of kin have been informed, he said.

“It is alleged that the deceased was attacked from behind by the hippopotamus, and he drowned.

His body went missing on Friday, and was only retrieved on Sunday, without a head, after a search operation by officials from the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and MEFT, as well as the community,” Muyunda said.

The body was transported to the Rundu State Hospital mortuary.

Muyunda also stated that the ministry’s staff are assisting the family and looking into the possibility of claims in accordance with the ministry’s policy.

“It is important to say that, for the ministry, this is really unfortunate and regrettable. We do not wish to lose life as a result of wildlife, especially so early in the year. We really regret this incident and we give our condolences to the bereaved family,” Muyunda said.

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Three housebreaking cases recorded in central areas

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) recorded three cases of housebreaking and theft in Windhoek and Rehoboth over the weekend.

NamPol, in its crime report issued on Monday, indicated that an unknown suspect jumped over the complainant’s wall in Katutura’s Mungunda Street on Friday.

It is alleged that the suspect opened the door with an unknown object to gain entrance into the house, where they stole one flat-screen television set, one Samsung tablet and N.dollars 3000 cash.

In a separate incident in Wanaheda, unknown suspects allegedly used an unknown object to break into a complainant’s house on Friday, where they stole one television set, one laptop and a microwave, the property is valued at N.dollars 35 939.00.

In a separate case in Rehoboth, an unknown suspect allegedly broke into a complaint’s vehicle and stole two radiators, one electric lamp, one diesel top and a pipe, all valued at N.dollars 11 000.00.

It’s further alleged that the complainant was awakened by a suspicious noise around his yard, and noticed the items missing upon further inspection.

Police investigations in all matters continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Groot Aub residents call for increased police presence

Groot Aub residents have called on the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to increase its presence in their constituency as crime levels are increasing.

The residents made this call during a meeting between NamPol Khomas Regional Commander, Commissioner David Indongo, with community members and civic leaders of Groot Aub on Saturday.

The meeting, which was attended by over 30 community members, Khomas NamPol Regional leadership; City Police representatives; Windhoek Rural Constituency Councillor, Piet Adams and community leaders, took place at the Groot Aub Primary School.

According to Detective Chief Inspector Hendrik Olivier of NamPol Khomas Region, domestic violence, business break-ins and theft were the highest reported crimes in Groot Aub for 2022.

“Assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was reported 44 times and other assaults such as threatening, common and indecent were reported 67 times in the previous year,” he said.

Domestic violence was reported 38 times, with business break-ins and theft being reported 54 and 64 times respectively.

A total of 51 Stock theft cases were reported, while other crimes such as crimen injuria, malicious damage to property, fraud, obstructing a police officer executing official duties, defamation of character or any other crime were reported 148 times at the Groot Aub Police Station.

NamPol Khomas Regional Commander Commissioner, David Indongo, attributed the high number of crimes to a lack of resources.

“There are many vacancies in the region compared to actual manpower in the Khomas region. We need 3858 police officers in the region. Currently, there are 1 408 positions filled, while 2 450 still need to be occupied. The vacancies are more than the actual police strength currently,” Indongo said.

At the same occasion, Adams called on the NamPol to improve service delivery in the Groot Aub settlement amid a rise in criminal activities.

Adams said the Groot Aub Police Station was understaffed as the settlement has an estimated population of more than 15 000 to 20 000 (from 6 000 in the last census) inhabitants, which makes the work of the law enforcers difficult.

He called for the upgrading of the police station, the establishment of holding cells and the building of proper accommodation for the police officers.

(NAMPA)

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Captain Anthony Mwalushayi

At least 20 people were injured late yesterday during a bomb attack at a small market in the city of Beni of the North Kivu province in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an army spokesman told Xinhua.

Captain Anthony Mwalushayi, spokesman for the Congolese army in the Beni region, said an improvised explosive device was placed in a bag containing cassava near a flour milling machine at the market.

The majority of the injured are women who were selling at the market when the device exploded. At least seven people have been seriously injured, according to the spokesman contacted by Xinhua.

‘For the moment we do not have enough details but the security forces and specialized services sealed off the place of the explosion for investigations,’ said Mwalushayi, blaming this tragedy on the rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

‘We know, however, that this is the work of the ADF terrorists,’ he noted.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

JSC announces mew appointments to the high court

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has announced three new appointments to the high court.

A media release issued by the Office of the Judiciary on Thursday said David Munsu and Erich Kesslau have been appointed in a substantive capacity as judges of the High Court with effect from 01 April while Philanda Christiaan has been appointed as acting Judge of the High Court from 01 April 2023 until 31 March 2024.

It said Munsu and Kesslau have both previously served as acting judges of the High Court and are currently serving as such until 31 March.

Meanwhile, Christiaan also served as an acting Judge of the High Court for various periods in 2016, 2017 and 2022.

She is currently serving as the Chief Magistrate, having held this office since September 2009.

Also announced in the media release was the extension of the retirement age of Judge George Coleman.

To enable the High Court to deal expeditiously with its work, Coleman’s retirement age has been extended by one year to 66.

Coleman was appointed as a Judge of the High Court with effect from 01 January 2022 and was due to retire on 31 January 2023, when he turns 65 years old.

(NAMPA)

Source: The Namibian Press Agency