A LEADING political analyst has said that people in the region have a high regard and respect for Namibia’s Founding President Sam Nujoma and his peers view him as a statesman, thinker and a strategist. Following the death of South Africa’s first president and the Father of the Nation, Nelson Mandela, political analyst had the opportunity to reflect on Mandela’s leadership and zoomed in on those statesmen still alive such as Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Namibia’s Sam Nujoma.
THE Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) on Tuesday released a report highlighting Namibia’s lack of relevant anti-corruption legislation, which has resulted in non-compliance with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). The Convention signed by Namibia in December 2003 introduced a set of comprehensive standards, measures and rules that all countries should apply to strengthen their legal and regulatory regimes to fight corruption.
THE Inland Revenue Department (IRD) in the Ministry of Finance has collected almost N$15 billion in taxes since January 1 this year, which represents an increase 15 percent on the amount collected during the corresponding period last year. In an interview this week the Commissioner of Inland Revenue in the Ministry of Finance, Sam Shivute said that the figure surpassed any previous amounts collected, which showed that the tax authority had improved its revenue collection.
THE 8th Session of the 5th Parliament ended on Wednesday this week, without even tabling the Act to legalise the name change of the Polytechnic to the University of Science and technology as it had promised the institution. Communications and Marketing Director at the Polytechnic Kaitira Kandjii on Wednesday morning said that the Polytechnic had hoped that it could launch the new name of the institution by January 2014.
Medical interns working at state health facilities, who are being forced to work up to 36 hour shifts at a time, are also costing the Ministry of Health and Social Services millions annually in private accommodation. The Windhoek Observer has learnt that the health ministry instead of evicting illegal occupants from doctor’s quarters have been paying an absurd amount of money to local bed and breakfasts to accommodate medical interns.
SPECULATION around the possible suspension of the deputy secretary of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Veikko Nekundi has refused to die down among party members. Over the past four months, speculation suggesting that the powerful group that controls the SPYL has targeted the youth deputy secretary with the intention of having him removed from the leadership.
THE Secretary to Cabinet Frans Kapofi has defended the inconsistent manner, in which Government goes about filling vacancies of Permanent Secretaries (PSs). “The law provides for flexibility, therefore I don’t think there is inconsistency. If you prescribe at that level you may not acquire the desired skills, hence the flexibility given under the law, that it can be this or that way,” Kapofi argued.
THE amendments to the two laws governing the administration of agricultural land that Minister of Land and Resettlement, Alpheus !Naruseb recently tabled in Parliament will not speed up land reform, according to one land expert. In an interview this week, land reform researcher at the Legal Assistance Centre Willem Odendaal said that if anything it might just have the opposite effect of inflating land prices.