Elections

 

Violent confrontation over secessionism averted 

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A series of anti-secession demonstrations, held under the Swapo Party, that have been taking place in the Zambezi Region nearly resulted in a violent confrontation this weekend at Linyanti Village.

A rival youth group, in support of the Zambezi Region's secesion from Namibia, organised themselves to stop the Swapo Party demonstration.

The police intervened just in time to avert a physical confrontation.

Swapo had been organising a series of demonstrations in all Zambezi constituencies denouncing secessionist activities.

Parked truck catches fire

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A Zambian truck driver narrowly escaped death at the Ngoma border post in the Zambezi Region when his parked truck caught fire while he was sleeping. 

The driver is reported to have arrived at Ngoma Post Tuesday morning from Zambia via Botswana in transit to Walvis Bay, transporting copper.

Due to delays by the clearing agents, he had to stay overnight at the border between Namibia and Botswana.

The driver was awoken by another truck driver who was parked behind him at around eleven o'clock in the night when his truck caught fire.

Veterinary experts in Zambezi to establish cause of cattle deaths

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A team of veterinary experts is in the Zambezi Region on a fact-finding mission to establish the cause of cattle deaths in the flood plains of the region.

Earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture confirmed hemorrhagic septicemia as the cause.

Hemorrhagic septicemia is a disease of water buffalo and cattle in tropical regions caused by specific serotypes of Pasteurella.

Farmers were advised to immediately vaccinate all their healthy cattle against Pasteurella, black quarter, botulism, and anthrax, as such diseases are common during the dry season in the region.

Sentencing of guardians charged with murder postponed

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The sentencing of a former police officer charged with the murder of his daughter has been postponed to Friday after mitigation arguments were heard in the Katima Mulilo Circuit High Court in the Zambezi Region.

37-year-old Sydney Ikosa was found guilty of murder, negligence, and deliberate abuse of his daughter, as well as common assault under the Domestic Violence Act, by Judge President Petrus Damaseb at the end of last month (August).

State of government infrastructures in Zambezi a concern

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The Zambezi Regional Leadership is concerned about the state of some government infrastructure in the region.

It called on Minister of Finance and Public Enterprises Ipumbu Shiimi to ensure that funds are made available to improve service delivery.

Shiimi is in the Zambezi Region for the next financial year's national budget consultations.

The Head of Immigration, Daisy Musweu, also raised concern about a lack of accommodation for immigration officials at the Katima Mulilo Border Post.

Former police officer found guilty of daughter's murder 

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A former police officer, Sydney Ikosa, charged with the murder of his two-year-and-six-month-old daughter, was found guilty in the Katima Mulilo Circuit High Court.

The 35-year-old Ikosa and his wife, Chuma Simekwazi, aged 38, were also facing charges of abuse and child neglect as well as assault to cause serious bodily harm under the Child Care Act.

Both Ikosa and his wife, Simekwazi, were cleared of the charge of assault, as the court was not convinced that the state proved the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

Katima Mulilo Border Post open 24 hours

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The Katima Mulilo Border Post between Namibia and Zambia is now operational 24 hours a day.

The around-the-clock operation was launched by the Ministers of Home Affairs following a decision taken by the two countries governments in Livingstone in April this year.

Namibia's Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Dr. Albert Kawana, noted that the introduction of 24-hour operation for the Katima Mulilo Border Post is another milestone for both countries.

Dr. Kawana believes that the move will have great economic benefits for both countries.

Erwin Frans pleads not guilty 

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Erwin Frans, 38, accused of murder and two counts of attempted murder as well as assault with intent to cause serious bodily harm, pleaded not guilty before the High Court Circuit Sitting held in Katima Mulilo on Thursday.

Frans faces six counts related to the murder of his girlfriend, Mwaaka Kopelo, in February 2021 at Macaravan West near Katima Mulilo.
 
Erwin Frans pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm and to possessing ammunition without a licence.

His not-guilty plea was not communicated to his Legal Aid government-funded lawyer.