DIRECTOR of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Paulus Noa has confirmed that Minister of Works and Transport Erkki Nghimtina is not under investigation for corruption, even though the ACC received a written request to investigate. The Windhoek Observer is in the possession of a copy of a letter addressed to Noa that requested him to investigate the minister, “in order to rid our society of the cancer…that is devouring it”.
PRIME Minister Hage Geingob, who is currently visiting the United States on official business along with a trade delegation, was surprised not to receive the usual protection unit provided by the U.S. government on his arrival in the country. Members of the delegation said the prime minister received information from the Namibian Ambassador to Washington, Martin Andjaba, that U.S. officials said there was no security threat and therefore no security detail was necessary.
THE Minister of Regional Local Government and Housing Charles Namoloh has expressed dissatisfaction with the over-pricing of houses by construction companies that won tenders to build low-cost housing around the country. In an interview on Tuesday, Namoloh highlighted the exorbitant amounts companies were charging per square metre for the houses and for servicing land, under the mass housing programme. “Some companies are charging up to N$75,000 to service land of 40m2, which is very high, and these are the kinds of things that we need to address immediately,” Namoloh said.
LEGAL practitioners have dismissed the Cabinet resolutions announced by President Hifikepunye Pohamba last week as a means to address the escalating killing of women in Namibia as misplaced. In his recent address to the nation, President Pohamba announced proposed amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act of 1977 and the Correctional Service Act, of 2012. However, lawyer with a human rights background Adda Angula said that there was no problem with the law and that Government was barking up the wrong tree in this instance.
INSPECTOR-General of the Namibian Police Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has warned local businesspeople against ambushing national leaders in their offices with foreign investors who turn out to be fugitives. Ndeitunga was referring to an ambush he experienced two years ago when he agreed to receive the son of the Founding President Sam Nujoma Sacky Nujoma, and to his surprise, Vito Palazzolo came along for an introduction.
THE Namibian Police through their Interpol office chose not to arrest Italian fugitive Vito Palazzolo for over a year, even after Interpol Italy sent the provisional warrant for his arrest, it emerged this week. In an interview on Wednesday, Detective Chief Inspector Immanuel Sam confirmed that some two years back they took the decision not to arrest Palazzolo due to certain challenges that affected the arrest.
DIRECTOR in the Ministry of Mines and Energy Daniel Zaire has been implicated in a fraud case involving an Exclusive Prospecting Licence (EPL) that led to the arrest of his relative Maurice Kapitako. Other family members claim Zaire gave Kapitako the EPL in question and that all along he had merely used Kapitako as a proxy for himself. Although details surrounding the nature of the crime still appear sketchy, family members claim that a Greg and Kamaritombo Hindjou were the rightful owner of the EPL and only requested Zaire to seek investors.
ONE month after the shocking statistics on the failure rate of the first intake of students at the Unam medical school became public, the Chancellor of the University of Namibia (Unam) President Hifikepunye Pohamba appears to have taken no action. The results of the medical students were disturbing enough, but it has further emerged that medical professionals already communicated the challenges experienced by the medical school to the Ministry of Education as far back as two years ago.
Two young businessmen have been flirting with Ovahimba Chief Hikuminae Kapika to win his support for the construction of the Baynes Hydro Power Plant along the Kunene River. Many regard Chief Kapika as the main obstacle to the dam construction project that Government desperately wants to get off the ground. Kapika has been at the forefront of the protests against the building of the dam at Orokawe situated in the Baynes Mountains. He has received considerable support mainly from people in western countries who oppose the dam supposedly in the name of protecting and preserving minority cultural heritage.
THE City of Windhoek sold a property in Kleine Kuppe at a substantially reduced price to a deputy ministry after the politician complained that she could not afford the price set by the municipality. The municipality agreed to sell Erf 664 measuring 817 square metres in Kleine Kuppe’s Conception Street for N$1,078,400 by private treaty and not auction to the Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, Hilma Nikanor. However, after Nikanor objected to the municipality that the amount was much higher than the first valuation certificate issued to her on 4 July 2013, the municipality reduced the price by almost two-thirds to N$345,000.