Aiyambo addresses Onaushe Combined School learners on staying safe

ONAUSHE: The Head of the Namibian Police Force’s Oshana Community Policing Sub-division, Inspector Thomas Aiyambo, has advised parents to ensure that their children sleep in separate rooms to avoid possible rape incidents from occurring.

Aiyambo was speaking during a ‘Be Safe’ campaign held at the Onaushe Combined School on Tuesday, where he addressed learners on how to stay safe.

He said there have been allegations of children being raped by their siblings and in some of these cases, girls have been impregnated, hence the advice for them not to share bedrooms once they reach a certain age.

‘These situations remain unreported, which is incorrect. Such reports ought to be reported to the headmen and/or teachers, as well as the police, who will conduct an inquiry,’ he said.

Aiyambo also urged learners to walk to and from school in groups to avoid sexual assault and said if they are attacked, they should seek help.

This comes after two recent incidents of rape were reported in the region involving learners.
The first incident was reported at the Etambo dumping site on 16 January 2024, where an 11-year-old girl headed to school was raped by an unknown suspect.

In the second incident, Aiyambo indicated that a 10-year-old girl was allegedly raped behind Oshana Mall by an unknown suspect on 18 January 2024, while coming from school.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


School uniforms donated to learners at Onaushe Combined School

ONAUSHE: The Action Based Organisation on Tuesday handed over school uniforms worth over N.dollars 10 000 to learners of Onaushe Combined School in the Oshana Region.

The school is located about 70 kilometres west of Oshakati and has a learner population of over 300, with 40 per cent of the learners being from marginalised communities.

According to Zackary Itodo, the organisation’s initiator, the Agra Staff Initiative Fund (ASIF) availed school uniforms and shoes upon his request for assistance towards the school.

‘The donation comes in the form of assisting learners who are in need of school uniforms but due to financial constraints, their parents are unable to afford a proper uniforms,’ he stated.

He added that the mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of background, can have proper uniforms and feel a sense of belonging within their schools.

Itodo further indicated that their goal is to reach more learners as a uniform represents a school’s identity, tradition and values.

The school’s pr
incipal, Gabhard Amunyela, stated that the donation will make a difference in the lives of their learners and hopefully boost their morale in school.

‘Many of the parents are struggling to buy proper school uniforms,’ he said, thanking the organisation for the donation as such initiatives go a long way to empowering the Namibian child.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


Bank of Namibia appoints new board members

WINDHOEK: The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has appointed three new non-executive board members, in line with Section 9 of the Bank of Namibia Act (2020) with effect from 01 February 2024.

They include Dr Meshack Tjirongo, Advocate Eliaser Nekwaya, and Peter Kruger. Ehrenfried Meroro has also been re-appointed as a non-executive board member.

BoN’s Governor and Chairperson of the Board Johannes !Gawaxab on Tuesday described the appointments as instrumental in enhancing the bank’s policies, internal controls, risk management, and advancing the achievement of its strategic objectives.

‘As the bank steps into the conclusive year of its strategic plan, we are pleased to welcome the new board members, who will play a crucial role in providing the necessary oversight as we discharge our mandate. We have no doubt that the Board members will contribute significantly towards the execution of our current and future strategic endeavours,’ !Gawaxab said in a statement.

Kruger is a seasoned IT expert and is currently a manage
r of information systems and technology in the uranium mining sector. He brings over 26 years of expertise in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, IT security, operational leadership, financial management, and corporate governance.

A member of the Society of Advocates of Namibia, BoN noted that Nekwaya brings a wealth of experience in corporate governance and risk management. ‘He has demonstrated extensive expertise across various disciplines, including policy oversight, financial stewardship, and operational supervision,’ the central bank said.

Meanwhile, Tjirongo has a wealth of experience exceeding 30 years, being involved in formulating and implementing macroeconomic policies and providing counsel on economic and development policy matters across various countries in Africa, North America, and Europe.

He worked for BoN in the early 1990s within the research department, where he played a pivotal role in designing and implementing monetary policy responses as well as the exchange rate regime for Namib

He left the bank in 1999 to join the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he served as a senior economist, leading the formulation of macroeconomic policies for the fund’s supported

Source: The Namibia Press Agency


MVA’s Divundu Emergency Centre receives ambulance

WINDHOEK: The Road Fund Administration (RFA) on Tuesday handed over an ambulance to the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund for use by the Divundu Emergency Centre in the Kavango East Region.

Receiving the donation, MVA Fund Chief Executive Officer Rosalia Hausiku said the distance between Kavango East and the Zambezi Region made it difficult for medics to attend to road accidents in time, hence the establishment of the emergency centre at Divundu about a year ago.

The emergency centre was equipped with a response vehicle which allowed medics to get to accident scenes, but it could not transport patients.

‘The new ambulance is expected to eliminate this challenge,’ Hausiku said.

Handing over the donation, RFA CEO Ali Ipinge said it is within the fund’s mandate to bring services closer to people.

‘We took it upon ourselves to partner with the MVA Fund to deliver this ambulance to help our citizens in the regions of Kavango East and Zambezi,’ he said.

The ambulance, which was converted into a 4×4 vehicle, i
s valued at N.dollars 1.3 million.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency