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PDM campaigns for leaner government

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The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) recently held meetings in the Zambezi Region in the Linyanti and Kongola constituencies, which were addressed by the party's national chairperson, Ricky Vries.

Speaking at Kangongo Village, Vries said the official opposition party continues to advocate for a reduction in the number of members of parliament currently occupying government offices by cutting down ministers from the current 21 to only 15, as well as deputy ministers from 20 to only four. 

Namibia, Botswana civil military campaign begins

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The joint civil-military community sensitisation campaign between Namibia and Botswana started in the Zambezi Region.

The campaign aims to educate and sensitise residents along the border between Namibia and Botswana.

The campaign started on Impalila Island, focusing on illegal fishing and border crossings, poaching, smuggling of firearms, drugs, and illicit goods, human wildlife conflict, cattle rustling, and protected resources.

Residents from Impalila and Kasika raised concerns about transport costs, particularly when travelling to Katima Mulilo.

 Zambezi residents advised to acquire national documents to vote

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Swapo Party Secretary General Sophia Shaningwa has advised residents in the Zambezi Region to acquire national documents in preparation for the upcoming presidential elections in November this year.

Sophia Shaningwa said this at a Swapo rally at Kanono in the Sibbinda Constituency.

She emphasised the need to acquire identification documents for those without, saying not only is it important for citizens to be able to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election in November, but that it also gives them access to various government services.

Namibia, Botswana launched joint civil-military cooperation plan

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Namibia and Botswana today launched a joint civil-military cooperation plan aimed at sensitising communities living along the common border about the importance of peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness.

The launch took place in Kasane, Botswana.

The first four-day sensitization campaign will take place in July and will focus on illegal border crossings, illegal fishing, poaching, and the smuggling of arms and ammunition. The second campaign, which will focus on human-wildlife conflict, is scheduled for August.

Meatco bleeding from stock theft at Zambezi Quarantine Camp

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The Namibian Police in the Zambezi Region have advised Meatco to beef up security at its Kopano Quarantine Camp, where stock theft is becoming rife at the government facility. 

The Meat Corporation of Namibia has 900 cattle quarantined there.

Multiple cases of stock theft have been reported at the facility over the past three weeks, where about 12 camps are home to Meatco cattle.

KAZA members urged to implement UNIVISA

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President Nangolo Mbumba has commended the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TCFA) for the organisation's efforts and effect on Namibia. 

As part of the KAZA 2024 summit resolutions, member states have been urged to immediately implement the KAZA destination brand and join the KAZA UNIVISA system. 

Speaking to nbc News on the sidelines of the summit on Friday, the Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, said that the branding will market the member states as a collective. 

NDF, BDF sign cooperation agreement to harmonise border communities 

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A joint civil-military cooperation plan to sensitise communities residing along the Namibia and Botswana borders with legal movements has been signed between the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) at Katima Mulilo.

The launch of the awareness activities plan will be held on the 11th and 13th of next month in Kasane, Botswana, and Katima Mulilo, respectively, under the theme. "Working Together to Ensure Peaceful Co-existence, Security, and Human Development."

Stakeholders in Zambezi call for urgent revamp of various animal quarantines

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The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration has completed its two-day visit to the Zambezi Region.

The committee, headed by member of parliament Sebastiaan Karupu, explained the visit was a result of petitions by civil society organisations that complained about the standard of abattoirs and quarantine facilities in the northern communal areas (NCAs) and the urgent need to revive livestock markets in said areas.

RA hands over infrastructure and funds to Impalila Island community

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While celebrating the completion and opening of roads on Impalila Island on Thursday, the Roads Authority (RA) handed over additional infrastructure and funds to the community.

The Chief Executive Officer of the RA, Conrad Lutombi, announced that after the completion of the roads, they are now busy with the process of manufacturing a floating dock for the ferry and vehicles coming into the island, which will be installed in the next four months.