front geingob 01 augPRIME Minister Hage Geingob took the house by surprise on Thursday afternoon when he addressed fellow members of the National Assembly on the rise of tribalism in Namibia. Without beating about the bush, Geingob said there is a storm brewing on the horizon, and that the nation is slowly witnessing the emergence of tribalism in certain quarters of society. The Prime Minister delivered his message to a full house not only of members of parliament, but also ordinary citizens, who had come out in their numbers to hear his statement.

front Sioka 28 marTHE MINISTER of Labour and Social Welfare has threatened to take former board members of the Social Security Commission (SSC) to court if they refuse to pay back money they allegedly used to overcompensate themselves for sitting fees. In an interview on Monday Doreen Sioka said that her office would demand that board members pay back portions of the money, and failure to do so would result in her taking legal action against the board. Sioka stuck to her guns regarding the allegation that board members were either overcharging, or charging the commission sitting fees when they had not even met.

front Steytler 28 marTHE Namibia Labour Force Survey 2013 presented yesterday shows that the unemployment rate has increased by 2.2 percent while 41 percent of the youth remain unemployed. Statistician General John Steytler attributed the increase in unemployment to a lack of, or low qualifications that would allow people to find employment. “The jobs are there, but people are not qualified and the global economy was also a contributory factor to the increase in unemployment,” he said.

front ndf 20 marTHE Government has again put the construction of the new N$600 million National Defence Force (NDF) Headquarters on hold following several previous delays. The latest spanner in the works of the six-year long process to erect the new facility apparently arose because of the poor quality work done by a North Korean contracting company called Mansudae Overseas Projects. A source from the ministry, who preferred to remain anonymous, explained this week that work came to a halt at the beginning of the year after officials discovered that the contractor had not met certain standards.

front 24 20 marTOMORROW will mark Namibia’s 24th year of freedom from oppression from colonial rule and the president of Namibia’s long-time bilateral partner, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will arrive in the country to celebrate the event. Namibia has been a free country ever since 21 March 1990 after its colonial occupier South Africa relinquished its grip on the country after a long struggle for Independence.

front oil 14 marchMINISTER of Mines and Energy Isak Katali has denied circulating claims about a presidential directive that contractors must complete the Oil Storage Facility at Walvis Bay before President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s term of office ends in March 2015. “This is a lie. It is worth pointing out, that what is being bandied around by unscrupulous and selfish elements as a “Presidential Directive”, is fictitious, designed to mislead the public, discredit the person and office of President,” Katali said.

front oil 14 marchMINISTER of Mines and Energy Isak Katali has denied circulating claims about a presidential directive that contractors must complete the Oil Storage Facility at Walvis Bay before President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s term of office ends in March 2015. “This is a lie. It is worth pointing out, that what is being bandied around by unscrupulous and selfish elements as a “Presidential Directive”, is fictitious, designed to mislead the public, discredit the person and office of President,” Katali said.

front city 14 marchSuspicions of mistrust and blatant disrespect have led to a breakdown in communication between the City of Windhoek’s senior management and elected councillors. The pressing situation that now threatens the operations of the City has become so severe that they have had to bring in an external mediator to salvage the situation.

front Erkki 07 marchDIRECTOR 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”.

front fidel 07 marchPRIME 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.

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