THE Namibia Airports Company’s (NAC) parking ticket machine at the Hosea Kutako International Airport has been printing incorrect information on its receipts ever since it was installed. When visitors to the international airport pay for parking, they will most likely end up confused because their receipt for payment will reflect an address in Toronto, Canada.
MORE than two months after Air Namibia suspended its managing director Theo Namases and the general manager for airport services Noks Katjiuongua, the board is yet to lay any formal charges against the duo. The Windhoek Observer has established that Namases and Katjiuongua have not yet been charged or allowed to return to their jobs after they were suspended with immediate effect on 17 June 2014.
THE date 15 August 2014 marks 54 years since Congo Brazzaville gained its independence from France. To mark the occasion the Windhoek Observer spoke to Congo’s Ambassador to Namibia Marie Therese Avemeka about a number of issues, including the evolving relationship between the two countries.
The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) disregarded a recommendation by the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC) on the use of a paper trail when making use of electronic voting machines (EVMs). The decision to disregard the commission’s recommendation is contrary to a provision in the Electoral Bill that Government tabled in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
THE Chairperson of the Law Reform Development Commission Sacky Shanghala has received death threats following the tabling of the Third Constitutional Amendment Bill in parliament two weeks ago. In an interview on Tuesday, a rather jovial Shanghala said he had received threatening messages via SMS, email and over the phone since last week. “Yes I have received six death threats in total, of which five of them came last week and one call came this week.
Prime Minister Hage Geingob seemed to have finally managed to bring the Constitutional Amendments Bill back on track on Wednesday afternoon after initially facing fierce resistance in the National Assembly. This week the Prime Minister and members of the ruling Swapo party had to out-manoeuvre numerous attempts, not only to derail the passing of the draft Bill, but also to disrupt parliamentary discussions.
Simmering tensions between the Minister of Education David Namwandi and the Rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia Tjama Tjivikua have reached boiling point with Tjivikua claiming the minister is doing the bare minimum to assist the Polytechnic’s transition process. Tjivikua believes the education minister is deliberately sabotaging the sourcing of funding from the finance minister, while in turn Namwandi says he has done everything in his power to assist.
The ongoing Avid trial could take an interesting turn if the High Court allows former Detective Chief Inspector of the Windhoek Serious Crimes Unit Oscar Sheehama to testify. In a sworn statement, of which lawyers produced sections in court this week, Sheehama claimed that had it not been for political motives and manoeuvring, the Avid case would have turned out differently.