Calls for a genocide commemoration day

Credible sources known to the Windhoek Observer, report that there are serious complaints from various communities that the government prioritises holidays related to the heroic struggle for independence led by SWAPO, such as Cassinga Day, while not giving equally high status and national attention to commemorations of other key national events, such as the 1904 and 1908 genocides. 
The nation remains in the dark regarding preparations and venue for this year’s celebrations to mark the birthday of the Founding Father, Dr Sam Nujoma, barely a week before he turns 88.

Geingob off the mark - Kazenambo

Former Cabinet Minister and current SWAPO Party Politburo member, Kazenambo Kazenambo, has strongly reacted to President Hage Geingob’s comments on genocide. During his third annual State of the Nation Address last week Geingob informed Parliament that the genocide negotiations with Germany can only take place between two states and that the European country cannot negotiate with non-State actors.

Firebrand youth politician, Job Amupanda, has launched a scathing attack on former President, Hifikepunye Pohamba, saying that the elderly statesman had “left the party in a mess”, when he resigned as SWAPO president in April 2015. Amupanda, who has expressed an interest in running for either the SWAPO presidency or vice presidency posts at the upcoming ruling party congress, also accused Pohamba of being a “president in absentia”, during his ten years as Head of State from 21 March 2005 to 21 March 2015.

Female MPs, including ministers and deputy ministers have come out strongly against the legalisation of abortion, despite shocking figures released by the health ministry this week showing that about 7,200 women were treated at State hospitals, for complications arising from suspected illegal abortions.

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