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Female MPs, including ministers and deputy ministers have come out strongly against the legalisation of abortion, despite shocking figures released by the health ministry this week showing that about 7,200 women were treated at State hospitals, for complications arising from suspected illegal abortions.

Social media was abuzz on Thursday, with claims that South African TV personality, Bonang Matheba, will be paid N$600,000 to host the Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) main show, which takes place on Saturday, 29 April in Walvis Bay.

Bush to visit Namibia

Former US President, George W. Bush, is set to jet into the Land of the Brave early next month, to officiate over the donation of money to various HIV/AIDS organisations, while also working with the First Lady, Monica Geingos’ One Economy Foundation, the Windhoek Observer can exclusively reveal.

Former SWAPO Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary, Elijah Ngurare, has called for a constitutional referendum on Article 16 in Chapter 3 of the Constitution, which deals with, among others, the protection of property rights, as a precursor to land expropriation by Government.

Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Minister, Zephania Kameeta, says that there is no money at this stage to implement a Basic Income Grant (BIG) in the country.

President Hage Geingob says that the country’s Food Bank program, which is currently in its pilot phase in Katutura, should not be seen as a panacea or an all-encompassing solution to poverty, but is only one of a “multitude of measures” being deployed by Government.

President Hage Geingob says that the San people, who are being left out of the current discussions around ancestral land, have “more of a right to claim a large proportion of this country’s land”.

President Hage Geingob has used the country’s official 27th independence anniversary celebrations to batter his political enemies, including those who had called for a boycott of the Rundu festivities.

A can of worms could be unearthed by Agribank’s aggressive debt collection exercise, amid allegations that millions of funds advanced by the bank could have been diverted by farmers.
Activists, political leaders and analysts say that the country’s 27th independence celebrations, slated for Rundu next Tuesday, will take place as the burning issues of landlessness and poverty, exacerbated by a predatory elite growing richer and richer, cast long shadows.
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