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Dr. Theo-Ben Gurirab Lecture Series focuses on development and empowerment

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The 20th Dr. Theo-Ben Gurirab Lecture Series held at the Namibia University of Science and Technology emphasised the urgent need for global development, youth empowerment, and addressing international inequalities. 

Discussions centred on the upcoming Summit of the Future, which aims to reshape global governance and ensure sustainable development.

The Summit of the Future, scheduled for September 2024, aims to produce a comprehensive "Pact for the Future" document addressing global challenges such as poverty, climate change, youth unemployment, and gender inequality. 

Chief Justice emphasises role of academic work in jurisprudence

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Chief Justice Peter Shivute has underlined the critical role of academic work in the justice system and its contribution to the development of jurisprudence.

Shivute delivered a key note address at the launch of several influential works by Dr. Marvin Awarab. 

The event, themed "Celebrating the Work of Scholarship of Dr. M. Awarab: 2022-2024," was marked by insightful addresses and panel discussions, emphasising the significant impact of Dr. Awarab's research on Namibian and African legal systems.

UNGA President empowers youth in sustainable development agenda

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The UN General Assembly President addressed a youthful audience of leaders, activists, and youth organisations, on the "Role of Youth in Achieving Sustainable Development."

Dennis Francis underscored the crucial role of youth in driving sustainable development and securing a better future for all.

The Executive Chairperson of the , Sharonice Busch, opened the summit by highlighting the demographic significance of youth. 

Namibian coalition petitions for implementation of Universal Basic Income Grant

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A petition demanding the immediate implementation of a Universal Basic Income Grant in Namibia was officially received by Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka, on behalf of President Nangolo Mbumba. 

This event followed a demonstration by petitioners who took to the streets of Windhoek to voice their demands.

NCS announces presidential pardon and reprieve

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A total of 2,228 offenders will benefit from the presidential pardon and reprieve announced by the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS).

According to the Gazette Proclamation received by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, the NCS will release 313  offenders, while 1,108 will have their sentences reduced.

An additional 709 offenders will be released from community supervision, while 98 more will receive a reprieve from probation.

Fishrot accused denied urgent application in High Court

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Former Minister of Justice Sakeus Shanghala, leveraging his extensive legal background, represented himself and his co-accused in the High Court before Judge Boas Usiku. 

It is highly unusual for an accused person to not only represent himself but also argue on behalf of others in a court of law. 

That being said, the court found the urgent application lacked the necessary urgency.

High Court Judge Chinhengo puts his foot down over recusal matter

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The Fishrot case has taken another significant turn, with High Court Acting Judge Moses Chinhengo denying the application for leave to appeal against his earlier decision not to recuse himself. 

Nigel van Wyk, one of the accused, had sought to appeal the decision, but Judge Chinhengo ruled that the application was not compliant with the Criminal Procedure Act and lacked reasonable prospects of success.

Chinhengo emphasised the importance of judges managing judicial processes impartially and highlighted that litigants do not have the prerogative to choose their judges. 

Patriotism key in achieving Namibia's development agenda- VP

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Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has emphasised the critical role of patriotism in achieving Namibia's development agenda and crafting the ideal Namibia. 

Nandi-Ndaitwah shared her vision of shared prosperity but highlighted the significant challenge posed by poor public service delivery, which has a negative impact on the private sector.

She attributed this challenge to a lack of patriotism, noting that individualism often takes precedence over nationalism. 

Judgement on fishrot accused's frozen assets postponed to August

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The High Court has postponed the delivery of judgement in an application by individuals implicated in Namibia's largest fishing industry corruption scandal, known as the Fishrot scandal.

The applicants, including James Hatuikulipi and Tamson Hatuikulipi, sought the release of frozen assets to cover legal expenses in their defence against charges related to the scandal.

The applicants, represented by advocate Vas Soni, argued for the release of funds, citing the need for adequate legal representation. 

Namdeb files defamation lawsuit against LPM

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Namdeb Diamond Corporation has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Landless Peoples Movement (LPM) in the High Court before Judge Gabriel Oosthuizen.

According to the court documents, Namdeb, represented by Raywood Rukoro of Lorentz Angula Incorporated, is seeking that LPM be interdicted from making or publishing alleged untrue and defamatory statements about Namdeb, its directors, senior management, and employees.

The statements in question allegedly accuse Namdeb of criminal activities, including theft, fraud, and corruption, as well as unethical behaviour.