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PowerCom inaugurates tower in Goreangab

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PowerCom inaugurated a new tower in Windhoek's Goreangab residential area.

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Dr. Peya Mushelenga, who presided over the tower's launch, emphasised its alignment with the Harambee Prosperity Plan's infrastructure development goals.

This tower's completion underscores the commitment to expanding access to information and communication technology, recognising its vital role in driving economic growth.

Dr. Mushelenga stressed that IT services and facilities are now a necessity, not a luxury, in today's society.

14-year-old boy drowns at Katutura Swimming Pool

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In a tragic incident at the Katutura Municipal Swimming Pool in Windhoek, a 14-year-old boy drowned on Monday afternoon.

According to the Namibian Police, the young boy had been swimming with his friends when he informed them that he wanted to go deep in the water like his father and stay underwater for 20 minutes.

His friends later noticed that he was submerged and unresponsive. The friends alerted a lifeguard stationed on the opposite side of the pool, who administered CPR in an attempt to revive him.

MultiChoice, nbc launch Mukorob Film Project

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The Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Emma Theofelus, has urged commercial banks to consider the establishment of a specialised loan programme tailored to support local filmmakers.

She was speaking at the launch of the Mukorob Film Project in the capital on Wednesday.

MultiChoice Namibia's collaboration with the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc) has enabled 13 local film production houses to release top-quality and distinct Namibian stories.

Application to remove acting High Court Judge Kobus Miller scrapped

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The Windhoek High Court has struck from the roll an application brought forward by four Fishrot accused, whose application sought to remove acting High Court Judge Kobus Miller from practicing as a judge.

The accused individuals had attempted in the past to have Judge Miller recuse himself, alleging bias.

However, their initial request was denied by Judge Miller, and their subsequent appeal suffered a setback in the Supreme Court.

Introduction of contactless microchip ID approved

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Namibia's Cabinet has approved the introduction of contactless microchip identity documents.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Dr. Peya Mushelenga, said during his weekly Cabinet Briefing that the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security has now been directed to consider the introduction of digital ID documents that would comprise all national documents.

Among other Cabinet decisions, Dr. Mushelenga also stated that additional funding for critical activities and interventions to strengthen health systems has been approved.

Prosecutor Frank Tjibeba accused of misrepresentation

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The mother of a 14-year-old rape victim has accused a state prosecutor at the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court of misrepresentation.

Prosecutor Frank Tjibeba did not oppose bail in a matter in which a minor was allegedly raped by her former stepfather and subsequently became pregnant.

Tjibeba, during court proceedings, put it on record that "The complainant has filed a bail statement indicating that she has objections to bail and thereafter indicated that bail may be guaranteed with strict conditions. We thus concede to bail and propose bail of N$3000.00."

CoW implements average electricity tariff increase

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The City of Windhoek (CoW) has implemented an average electricity tariff increase of 8.9%, effective August 1st.

The increase comes after bulk electricity supplier NamPower pushed up its electricity tariff from N$1.82 to N$2.12 per kilowatt for the 2023–2024 financial year.

This is an average increase of 8.97%.

The City of Windhoek's increase last year was 7.8%.

ECN shoots down AR claims

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The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) refuted claims made in a local newspaper on Thursday, which suggested that the commission turned down an application from the Affirmative Repositioning Movement (AR) to become an official political party.

According to ECN's Chief Electoral and Referenda Officer, Theo Mujoro, the article is misleading and lacks accuracy. Mujoro clarified that AR's application, submitted on June 23 of this year, is currently undergoing a review to ensure compliance with specific requirements.

Opposition parties lose court challenge 

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Opposition parties that dragged the Speaker of the National Assembly and President Hage Geingob to Court in 2021 over the appointment of the ACC Director General and his deputy will have to pay over N$500,000 in legal costs.

Seven opposition parties out of a total of ten challenged the constitutionality of the proclamation issued by President Geingob, which called for a special session of the National Assembly, resulting in the endorsement of Paulus Noa and his deputy Erna van der Merwe for another five years.