Omaheke youth share farming expertise with communal farmers

Young people from all over the Omaheke region on Saturday hosted a farmers’ day at Otjinene to share and improve the knowledge of communal farmers on laws and regulations that affect farming directly and indirectly, and unlock the potential of crop farming in the region, among others.

Kakunandunda Katuuo, a crop farmer from Aminuis and one of the organisers of the event, emphasised the importance of crop farming and urged fellow women to take crop farming seriously and improve households’ food sufficiency.

‘I believe it is important to transfer knowledge and to educate people especially those in communal areas that there is also agriculture farming than just livestock farming, especially crop production because in Namibia we import more food from other countries and if we venture into this other agricultural domain we will be able to sustain ourselves and the country.

Crop farming is where we are going and I want to urge my fellow women to take up space in agriculture, yes, it is a sector dominated by men but as women, it is our responsibility to ensure that we have enough for our families and through food production we can be the feeders of our people’, Katuuo said.

Packy Pakarae the regional councilor of the Epukiro constituency who attended the event expressed that he was thrilled by young people who thought of sharing very important information with communal farmers. It has been a dream of many leaders for young people to come on board and share what they know, be it from experiences or expertise.

The region must create a chain and add value to produce its food, which is domestic consumption at the local level and a regional level.

‘That is why I am saying these young people has done a good thing to engage farmers on important farming aspects and this initiative must be emulated by other constituencies and regions. I also want to see more young people engaging in these types of initiatives, which is a step in the right direction and as leaders, we should give them support’, Pakarae added.

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Minibus accident claims one life near Grootfontein

A 38-year-old man died instantly on Sunday after a 16-seater minibus he was traveling in overturned and rolled several times on the B8 road between Mururani and Grootfontein.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) head of community affairs in the Otjozondjupa Region, Senior Inspector Maureen Mbeha informed Nampa on Monday that the accident occurred approximately 100 kilometres northeast of Grootfontein at about 15h30 on Sunday afternoon.

‘It is alleged a 30-year-old male driver lost control over the minibus, after its left rear tyre burst, causing it to overturn,’ said Mbeha.

The bus was driving from Rundu towards Grootfontein at the time of the accident.

Fourteen other occupants including the driver survived the accident with slight to serious injuries, and were taken to the Grootfontein State Hospital on the same day, said the police officer.

The deceased is yet to be identified, and a culpable homicide charge was registered at the Maroelaboom Police Station against the driver.

Police investigations into the
matter continue.

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Woman found dead in Klein Windhoek flat

WINDHOEK: The lifeless body of 40-year-old Angelique Delia Maarsdorp was discovered at her flat in Klein Windhoek, wrapped and tied up in blankets on Sunday.

Confirming the incident to Nampa on Monday, Chief Inspector Elifas Kawinga of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Public Relations, said the deceased was discovered at about 16h20, by her friend who was requested by the deceased mother to check up on her.

It is alleged that the deceased parents residing in Walvis Bay had been calling her since Friday, however, she was unreachable. They then requested her friend to check at her flat who found it closed and reported the missing person to the police.

‘The police officers accompanied the friend to the deceased’s flat. They further communicated to the Body Corporate, who came and opened one of the windows. Upon entry, they discovered the deceased body wrapped and tied up in blankets in the sitting room,’ he said.

Blood stains were also observed on one of the sofas and several items were identified as missi
ng from the flat such as a light metallic blue BMW 3 Series, a flat-screen television set, a laptop and an iPhone.

No arrest has been made and the body was transported to the mortuary, pending police investigations

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Woman who allegedly dumped baby in dunes denied bail

A 24-year-old woman, Wilhelmina Abed, was remanded in custody on Monday after she was denied bail in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Abed made her first appearance in the court on charges of child abandonment after she allegedly dumped her one-year-old child in the dunes in the Narraville residential area of Walvis Bay on Saturday morning.

The child, who was dressed warmly and left with a few nappies, was discovered by a passerby who informed the police.

Abed was arrested later that day at a shebeen in Kuisebmund, where she was reportedly selling kapana.

She opted to represent herself.

The case was presided over by magistrate Rosalia Andima, while prosecutor Penouua Katjiukua represented the State.

The case was postponed to 18 June 2024 for further investigations

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TKC cyclists arrive in Swakopmund

The Deputy Director of Transport Policy in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Cynthia Haimbodi, has emphasised that the current 1 800-kilometre cycle challenge happening on the Trans Kalahari Corridor (TKC) aims to assess technology integration and land use.

Haimbodi was speaking in Swakopmund at the welcoming event of 30 cyclists from Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. The cyclists are participating in a series of events planned for the 20th anniversary of the Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat. Transport ministers from the three member states have since signed a recommitment pledge to facilitate the seamless movement of goods and transit of persons on the corridor.

The cyclists have cycled from Rustenburg, South Africa, through Botswana to the Walvis Bay port.

‘In undertaking the cycling challenge, one of the reasons for that was to assess a range of factors, including land use, transportation modes, infrastructure design, and technology integration. By adopting a holistic approach that prioritises m
ulti-modal transportation options, smart land-use planning, and data-driven decision-making, we can create corridors that are safe, efficient, and sustainable,’ Haimbodi said.

The corridor, she stressed serves as a vital artery connecting people, goods, and services in communities from the three countries.

‘The TKC is key to enhancing mobility, reducing congestion, improving safety, and fostering economic development. Corridor management is not just about moving vehicles from point A to point B. It is about creating vibrant, livable spaces that prioritise the needs of all users, whether they are pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, or drivers – by implementing innovative design solutions, such as dedicated bus lanes,’ Haimbodi said.

In addition to physical infrastructure improvements, corridor management also involves leveraging technology to optimise traffic flow, she added.

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Murder accused denied bail at Rundu

RUNDU: A man who stands accused of killing his ex-girlfriend at the Kehemu residential area in Rundu last week Thursday, was denied bail when he made his first appearance in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Soares Ngonga Siwombe, 28, appeared before Magistrate Sonia Samupofu, who postponed the case to 27 August 2024.

Prosecutor Hilia Munzenze opposed bail due to the severity of the case and that it is not in the interest of the public.

According to the Namibian Police Force’s Acting Regional Commander in the Kavango East Region, Deputy Commissioner Eino Nambahu, Siwombe stabbed his 21-year-old ex-girlfriend Theresia Siwombe multiple times with a knife, causing her death.

Nambahu said the two had an argument over a text message on the deceased’s phone, which the suspect took from the victim the night of her death.

Police investigations continue.

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Ovambanderu remembers Heuva

A faction of the Ovambanderu people under the Ovambanderu Traditional Council (OTC) led by Aletha Nguvauva on Sunday gathered to pay respects to Claudius Heuva at Tallismanus in the Otjombinde Constituency.

With the motto ‘Towards mutual acceptance and harmonious fellowship’, the Ovambanderu gathered to celebrate the legacy of their pioneer who according to them, paved the way for people to settle in the Otjombinde communal area. Heuva is buried at Tallismanus with other leaders at a designated sacred burial site.

Senior councillor in the OTC, Dave Tjozongoro highlighted that they extended invitations to all the leaders of Otjombinde and their people to be part of the historical event which started on Monday last week, irrespective of the division among the Ovambanderu. The leaders instead sent representatives to attend on their behalf.

‘Based on the principle of mutual respect and harmonious neighbourhood, invitations were sent to all senior traditional councillors in Otjombinde of various traditional au
thorities to be part of this event. The next of kin of the fallen pioneers were given a platform to deliver eulogies,’ Tjozongoro said.

Tjozongoro furthermore indicated that the Ovambanderu Traditional Council is committed to a peaceful co-existence with other traditional authorities in the country to uplift the living standard of their people, adding that ‘this will not be realised if we do not seek and encourage a sound working relationship with one another’.

On her part, Ombara Otjitambi of the OTC Aletha Nguvauva expressed gratitude to the organisers, especially the youth who are putting their tribe on the map and uplifting the plight of the Ovambanderu. Many young people, she said are now showing interest in their cultural activities and urged for equal respect for all heroes and heroines.

‘We are gathered here to pay respect to Heuva who brought our people and their livestock to Otjombinde. I am pleading to those responsible for these types of sacred places to allow heroines also to be buried here. B
ecause we have women who are in leadership positions and who have done all good deeds in their communities and they need this type of respect when they are no more,’ she added.

The event is an annual event which was started last year.

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Man stabbed to death by housemate

WINDHOEK: A 28-year-old man was allegedly found dead with multiple stab wounds in Katutura on Sunday.

A weekend crime report issued by the Namibian Police Force on Sunday indicated that the deceased, identified as Denis Kaixob, was found at around 01h00.

It is alleged that the victim was involved in a fight with his housemate, a 26-year-old suspect, who found him with girlfriends in their living room. The suspect then allegedly stabbed Kaixob with a knife on the left side of his chest, arm, and cheek. Kaixob was declared dead at the scene by City of Windhoek paramedics.

The murder weapon was recovered from the scene, and the suspect was arrested.

The deceased’s next of kin have been informed of his death.

In an unrelated case, a woman and her housemates were allegedly attacked and robbed by three unknown suspects on Friday at 22h30 at Long Island Street in Windhoek’s Rocky Crest residential area.

The victim was allegedly locking the entrance door of their home when she was attacked by the suspects, with
one being armed and the other holding a tyre lever.

The suspects allegedly dragged the victim to a bedroom, where the other housemates were found sleeping. They were then instructed to cover their faces with blankets as the suspects continued to steal four cellphones, four laptops, three wedding rings, a television set and a wallet with documents.

The suspects allegedly continued to ambush the owner of the house while he was parking his car in the garage, taking his cellphone, wallet and wedding ring.

No recovery or arrests have been made, and the value of all stolen items is yet unknown.

Police investigations continue for both cases.

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Relentless Golden Bees put pressure on KK Palace in NWSFD title race

Golden Bees FC, seeking to return to the Debmarine Namibia Premier League, has put pressure on King Kauluma (KK) Palace after defeating Young Chiefs and Golden Bigs on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

The Outjo-based team maintained its grip on the Northwest Stream First Division League leaders, defeating opponents Young Chiefs (2-0) and Golden Bigs (2-0), putting pressure on KK Palace, who also defeated Oshikuku Young Stars (2-0) and Ongwediva City (1-0) on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

An intriguing three-way title race that began with KK Palace, Eleven Warriors, and Golden Bees has evolved into a duel between KK Palace and Golden Bees, with both teams eager to declare their championship ambitions for next weekend’s final rounds of games.

KK Palace has 40 points, two more than Golden Bees – with only two games remaining, the championship race is now critical, as the two remain strong favourites to win the title.

The weekend results also saw the relegation of Otavi’s Touch and Go, who experienced do
uble defeats, first to Onambula United in a 3-1 thriller on Saturday, before bowing out of the league on Sunday with another 3-1 defeat to Khuse Lions.

Outjo Football Academy, Ongwediva City, Young Chiefs, and Oshikuku Young Stars are all still susceptible to relegation.

With two games remaining in the 2023/2024 season, Saturday’s fixtures brought challenging encounters, with Khuse Lions tearing Eleven Warriors’ aspirations of winning the league in a 2-0 defeat at Oshakati, and the revitalised African Motto also prevailing 1-0 over Ongwediva City.

Outjo Football Academy, determined to avoid relegation, defeated Golden Bigs 3-1 in Outjo, while Golden Bees beat Young Chiefs 2-0 and KK Palace overcame Oshikuku Young Stars 2-0. Onambula United crushed Touch and Go 3-0.

On Sunday, Outjo Football Academy drew 0-0 with Young Chiefs, Golden Bees triumphed 2-0 against Golden Bigs, and Ongwediva City lost 1-0 at home to KK Palace. Oshikuku Young Stars and African Motto shares the spoils following a goalless draw.

Onambula United lost at home to Eleven Warriors, before Khuse Lions defeated Touch and Go 3-1, increasing their prospects of finishing in the top four on the log standings.

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Race for NPL in sight amid heated promotion battle in SSFD

The fight for a spot in the Debmarine Namibia Premier League is coming down to the wire, with four clubs vying for the top spot in the Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) with just five games left.

Namibian Correctional Service FC presently leads the league after a string of triumphs, including a hard-fought 2-1 win against Davos in Windhoek on Sunday and a 4-1 victory over relegation-threatened Deutscher Turn-und Sportverein (DTS) on Saturday.

Blue Boys, a former Premier League contender, put considerable pressure on them for the league crown after winning back-to-back games against Black Africa (4-1) on Saturday and defeating Ramblers 1-0 on Sunday to cut the gap to NCS to two points.

Eleven Arrows are not far behind, trailing by 10 points to league leaders on 34 points, while Mariental Football Club is in fourth place with 32.

Anything is plausible now that the championship title is on the line, and any missteps by any of the top four teams might cost them the league over their opponents.

Eleven Arrows failed to gather maximum points, collecting just four out of a potential six, reducing their chances of victory. The coastal outfit crushed Black Africa 4-0 on Sunday after drawing 1-1 with Ramblers on Saturday.

Mariental improved their title chances by defeating Oranjemund FC 3-1 on Saturday and Try Again 1-0 on Sunday.

Other Saturday outcomes featured two draws: Try Again and Dates Eleven drew 0-0, while Davos and Latinos tied 1-1.

Latinos hammered DTS 5-1 on Sunday, adding to their relegation woes, while Oranjemund, who are firmly in the relegation zone, suffered another setback, this time against Dates Eleven 3-1.

At the other end of the log standings, only five points separate ninth-placed Black Africa and 12th-placed DTS, leaving four clubs vying for a spot in the top stream division.

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Ongos Ladies seal football league title in style

Ongos Ladies Football Club won their fifth straight league title over the weekend with spectacular goals over Okahandja FC and Namib Daughters on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

A magnificent 14-goal thriller over Okahandja (8-1) and Namib Daughters (6-0) was enough for the team formerly known as Tura Magic Ladies to secure the league in style, and as winners, Ongos Ladies will walk away with a whopping N.dollars 250 000.

Ongos Ladies have scored 88 goals and won 17 of 18 games on their way to the title.

They have yet to experience defeat.

Last year, First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) showed steadfast support by offering a three-season championship sponsorship of the Women’s Super League valued at N.dollars 7.5 million (N.dolars 2.5 million annually).

With only two games remaining in the league for certain clubs, the relegation battle is heating up as Okahandja and NUST Babes prepare to fight for their survival next weekend.

However, NUST Babes and Okahandja will be demoted if Ramblers collect maxi
mum points in all of their remaining encounters, putting them in a strong position to escape relegation.

The struggle for second place continues, with Beauties FC on 39 points and Galz and Goals on 36 points, with a three-point gap between them.

On Saturday, NUST Babes were thrashed by Ramblers Women by four goals to zero, exacerbating their relegation fears, while Khomas NamPol drew one-all with the tenacious UNAM Bokkies.

V-Power Angels upset Namib Daughters 1-0 on Saturday, with Ongos Ladies thumping Okahandja 8-1, and second-placed Beauties losing 3-2 to Galz and Goals in a five-goal thriller.

Arrows Ladies secured three crucial points with a 1-0 victory over Ongwediva Queens.

On Sunday, NUST Babes defeated Ongwediva Queens 2-1, Khomas NamPol upset Galz and Goals 1-0, and V-Power Angels lost 3-2 to Okahandja.

Ongos Ladies pulled another upset by scoring six unanswered goals as they defeated Namib Daughters.

Beauties and UNAM Bokkies drew 1-1, while Arrows Ladies fell 4-2 against Ramblers Women.

ource: The Namibia Press Agency