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Vol. 23 No. 062 Windhoek Namibia Thursday, November 23 2017 Robberies in Windhoek reach alarming levels Selma Ikela Windhoek On Friday evening, a Lüdwigsdorf family in Windhoek was left traumatised after a 72-year-old man was hit with a metal object on the head by an intruder, who accessed their home from the mountainside. According to the elderly man’s son, Werner Jetschko Jr, they were watching TV when the intruders entered their home from the back and assaulted his father and then turned on him. City Police chief Abraham Kanime has said crime - especially robbery - has reached worrying levels in the capital city, as gangs of armed thugs are targeting residents in Khomasdal and more with impunity. Kanime said a high number of incidents of robbery have of late been reported on the northwestern part of the city, namely Otjomuise, Wanaheda, Goreangab and Okuryangava. “It is that time of the year when people are trying to get money,” Kanime said in trying to explain why the number of robberies is on the rise. He said the police were, however, trying to ensure that safety and security prevails, and were pursuing known and suspected thieves. Jetschko’s 73-year-old mother was sleeping at the time of the incident, but was woken by the noise and pressed the panic button, to which the security company and police responded immediately. Jetschko said the intruders disconnected the electrical wiring at the back of the house and used sticks to push back the electrical fence to enter the yard. WINDHOEK on page 2 Inside Today Temporary solution for Onamatanga water woes Following the ongoing water woes at Onamatanga over the years the government has taken the temporary measure to ferry tanks of water to the community until a permanent solution is found. Page 3 Alweendo urges US to help stop illegal out of Africa Edgar Brandt All systems go… Delegates and other attendants to the 6 th Swapo Party congress that starts today are seen going through the verification process at Safari Hotel yesterday, where the congress will take place. It ends on Sunday. Photo: Emmency Nuukala The battleground that is the 6 th Swapo congress A 2014 report titled ‘One Trillion Dollar Scandal’, by an organization called the One Campaign, claims that developing countries lose US trillion annually to corporate transgressions, most of which, it says, is traceable to the activities of companies with secret ownership. Page 9 Call for speedy return to Zim normalcy The Law Society of Namibia with the people of Zimbabwe and its colleagues legal profession amidst the turbulence in the country, underlined by calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign. Page 24 Toivo Ndjebela Windhoek The somewhat carnival atmosphere that has prevailed at political meetings of the two camps battling for the soul of the ruling Swapo Party ended yesterday in Windhoek, where Chrispin Inambao Windhoek Though Namibia was placed of good governance, according to ratings by the 2017 Ibrahim Index on African Governance (IIAG), the watchdog on Monday suggested there is need for improvement regarding laws on access to information, combating corruption and reducing bureaucracy. both factions brought the curtain down on their campaigns. After weeks of hardened of loyalty, the elective congress of Swapo kicks off in Windhoek today as the governing party searches for its new substantive president, after the abrupt resignation of its former leader, Three septuagenarians Jerry Ekandjo, Hage Geingob and Nahas Angula are vying for the vacant post of president. The winner, as per the party’s succession policy, will automatic become the Swapo candidate in the 2019 national presidential election. Namibia 5th best in African governance NAMIBIA on page 2 Photo: Contributed Way to go… Namibia is among the few African countries that provide free quality education to its citizens, according to the latest Ibrahim Index on African Governance (IIAG). Court cases won’t affect congress – Mbumba WINDHOEK The recent court cases instituted against the Swapo Party by its members in the Omaheke and Hardap regions will not affect the p l a n n e d s i x t h ordinary congress, the party’s secretary Nangolo Mbumba general, Nangolo Mbumba, has said. Mbumba was speaking at a media conference held here on Tuesday to brief the public on the state of preparations for the congress. MBUMBA on page 2

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