Otjozondjupa Region lacks special schools


Otjozondjupa Region has highlighted a lack of special schools or resource centres in the region as a concern. 

Otjozondjupa Regional Council Chairperson, Marlene Mbakera, says government schools are also not inclusive towards children with disabilities, resulting in them not completing school.

Mbakera, who is also the Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor, says 540 children are receiving disability grants under the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, but most of them are not in school due to a lack of facilities in the region.

Two new schools open at Otjiwarongo to alleviate overcrowding


In a bid to ease the burden of overcrowding in classrooms, two new schools have been opened at Otjiwarongo . 

The new primary and secondary schools are to accommodate learners who were previously taught in overcrowded classrooms, tents, and those in a platoon system from different schools.

Otjozondjupa Regional Council Chairperson, Marlene Mbakera, inaugurated the two schools, saying they will improve the quality of education.

The overcrowding of classrooms is mainly caused by rural-urban migration.

Otjozondjupa residents urged to register for elections


As campaigns take shape ahead of the national elections, Swapo Party Central Committee member James Uerikua says the country is firm and solid under the leadership of the Swapo Party.

Uerikua expressed this at a mini-rally held at Okamatapati settlement.

Uerikua says that for the past 34 years, the Swapo Party has continued to lead the nation, despite developmental challenges. 

Mberipura Hifitikeko new Otjiwarongo Municipality CEO


An executive at TransNamib, Mberipura Hifitikeko, has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the Otjiwarongo Municipality.

The appointment comes after almost a year without a CEO.

Making the announcement, Otjiwarongo Mayor Gottlieb Shivute said Hifikekeko's appointment came into effect on July 8.

Shivute says the council has confidence in Hifitikeko's leadership to transform the council and enhance service delivery.

NCS commended for offenders' reintergration efforts


The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security has praised the Namibia Correctional Services (NCS) for its continued achievements in successfully rehabilitating and reintegrating offenders.

Lucia Witbooi remarked this at the 8th Basic Orientation Course graduation at Lucius Mahoto Correctional Service Training College in Omaruru, Erongo Region. 

The NCS has rehabilitated over 10,000 offenders in the past five years through its Offender Risk Management Correctional Strategy and Offenders Management System since 2010 and 2013, respectively.

Otjozondjupa battles with lumpy skin disease outbreak


A one-day farmers' day event aimed at equipping farmers with knowledge on vaccines and livestock diseases was poorly attended by farmers in the Okakarara constituency.

This is even though the Otjozondjupa Region is battling an outbreak of lumpy skin disease.

On Friday, the Veterinary Directorate in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform issued a warning of the lumpy skin disease outbreak in the Okakarara constituency.

However, only a few farmers showed up at the farmers' day information and engagement session held at Ombujovakuru Ekuva. 

Remains of late former Erongo Governor reburied


The remains of the late former Erongo Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua, have been reburied at his home village at Ongongoro in the Okakarara Constituency.

Mutjavikua died in 2021 and was accorded an official funeral.

The remains were exhumed at Grootfontien Cemetery.

His traditional tombstone unveiling ceremony was conducted along with that of his mother and elder brother. 

Otjozondjupa Governor James Uerikua represented the head of state, Nangolo Mbumba.

Omaruru residents demand removal of council mamagement


Residents of Omaruru in the Erongo Region have petitioned the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, after accusing the councillors of having snubbed their demonstration in which they questioned the town's stagnant development, increasing debts, and lack of job opportunities.

Demonstrating under the banner of Omaruru Concerned Members, the group demanded the removal of the council's management, claiming that the council ignores their plights. 

NDF ensures security and stability amidst challenges


The Namibian Defence Force continues to be a beacon of peace and unity and ensures security and stability in the country amidst challenges since 1990.

Defence and Veterans Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi made this remark during the NDF's 34th anniversary celebrations held at the Lieutenant Dimo Hamaambo Garrison at Grootfontein .

Minister Kapofi says the NDF was the first institution to embody the concept of national reconciliation, which brought together former opposing sides to unite and bring about closure and peace.

Drought relief beneficiaries list in Otjozondjupa expands to 15,960


The Otjozondjupa Regional Council has amended the criteria for drought relief aid to include informal settlement households.

This was confirmed by the Regional Council Chairperson, Marlene Mbakera, who also chairs the regional disaster risk management committee.

5,000 households in informal settlements in the region's five major towns will benefit from the drought relief aid under the peri-urban programme.

They now join a list of 15,960 registered households, pushing up demand.