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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.

Local economists say that Namibia has been in recession since the third quarter of last year, as confirmed by the release of the 2016 preliminary national accounts this week, which show that the domestic economy recorded a marginal growth of 0,2 percent last year, compared to 6,1 percent in 2015. The statistics released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), showed that the drop in growth was led by a 10,4 percent contraction in secondary industries and a -2,4 percent growth in primary industries, which implied that the recession intensified over the last quarter of 2016.

The recent brutal attack of an 80-year-old pensioner, living alone in an upmarket suburb of Swakopmund, has sparked fear and unease among residents, many of whom are now considering installing security features at their homes.

In light of Britain triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon this week, giving the country two years to negotiate an exit deal from the European Union, Windhoek Observer’s Special Projects Editor, Jackie Asheeke (JA), sat down with British High Commissioner to Namibia, Jo Lomas (JL).

Oshana Regional Governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa, has commended Namsov Fishing Enterprises for its continued investment into community development, through its Regional Governors Development Program initiative. Namsov Fishing Enterprises, a unit of the Bidvest Namibia Group, embarked on the development programme in 2014, in partnership with the country’s 14 regional governors, where it has committed funding support over a three-year period, with N$21 million having been disbursed so far.

Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) Chief Executive Officer, Franz Gertze, says that students who fall victim to bogus, unaccredited education institutions have no choice, but to start over from scratch, with their studies. Gertze’s comments come as the NQA has been accused of dragging its feet, in terms of amending the Namibia Qualifications Authority Act of 1996, so that it can be given the power to close down unaccredited institutions.

As a continuation of the Windhoek Observer’s month-long recognition of women of substance as a nod to International Women’s Day celebrated in March, in partnership with Namdeb we have been highlighting valuable diamond industry employees who are achieving successes every day in their professional and personal lives.

The Windhoek Observer’s (WO) continuing recognition of women of substance this month includes professional women working at Namdeb. We spotlight Tania Conry (TA), Assistant Buyer/Expeditor on capital projects in the Engineering Projects Department at Namdeb.

DTA leader, McHenry Venaani, has blasted President Hage Geingob for using his Independence Day speech in Rundu this week to attack his political enemies, saying that he should rather use SWAPO rallies, and not national holidays, to lash out at his critics.

Four out of every 10 tuberculosis (TB) patients in Namibia are HIV-positive.

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