Omaruru Namibia's first fully municipally recognized town since 1909


Omaruru was the first town in Namibia to receive full municipal status in 1909, with the first municipal office building erected in 1926.

The council moved to the present building in the 1980s, which was the first government school and hostel, opened in 1912.

The town mayor, Vincent Kahua, shared the town's journey of economic growth and development before and after independence with the nbc News team.

Omaruru is a quiet town, located north of Karibib. 

It is surrounded by dairy farms and cattle ranches.

Erongo Governor's VIP ticket withholding sparks controversy amid community concerns


Omaruru, Henties Bay, and Arandis councillors did not attend the Independence Day celebrations at Katima Mulilo in their official capacities after the Erongo Governor withheld their VIP tickets.

Erongo Governor Neville Andre says the councillors must first address community issues in their towns before attending celebrations.

The Independence Day organising committee gave 50 VIP tickets for each region to send their public office bearers to the national celebrations.

However, the Erongo Governor has excluded leaders from Omaruru, Henties Bay, and Arandis.

Omaruru Municipality Addresses Ageing Sewer System


The Municipality of Omaruru has resolved to address its 117-year-old sewerage system and get all its residential and business areas connected to the main sewerage line.

Currently, residents are served by two trucks that collect sewerage waste throughout the day.

Under the current financial year, the municipality has constructed a large sewerage pump station under phase 1 of the sewer and reticulation upgrade project.

Phase two is now underway to construct the sewerage lines and lay pipes to connect the main line.

Waldfrieden School celebrates achievements


Waldfrieden Primary School, which is located 17 kilometres north of Omaruru in the Erongo Region, awarded learners who performed well this year.

Over 200 parents travelled from far away to the school to celebrate their children's academic achievements.

The school awarded 175 learners, out of the 411 total enrolled at the school, academic certificates, trophies, and vouchers.

Johanna Muronga scooped the award for best overall performer in Grade 7, while Martha Mpasi was awarded the best overall learner in the senior primary phase.

Assault suspects against bartender still on the run


No arrest has been made yet in the robbery and assault of a 69-year-old bartender at the Jolly Joker Bar in Omaruru.

It is alleged that three unidentified assailants, armed with knives, a panga, and a pistol, entered the establishment at around nine o'clock this week. The unsuspecting bartender was viciously attacked after the culprits closed the door behind them.  The police said during the assault, he suffered facial injuries from a blow with a panga and also sustained head injuries.

Mines Minister called to look into dealings of small-scale mines and license holders


Residents of Omatjete Settlement and surrounding villages in the Daures Constituency have joined in the fray to get the Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, to keenly look into dealings of small-scale mines and license holders.

At the community meeting with the minister, they argued that some mines are not only illegal but are also not assisting locals to benefit from the natural resources mined there.

The residents stressed how Chinese-owned mining companies mistreat locals despite the millions of dollars they are collecting in revenue.

Learners encouraged not to look down on vocational training education


Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, has encouraged learners not to look down on vocational training education, saying the unemployment rate among people who graduate from vocational centres is low.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila was speaking at the opening of Ritja Career fair at Omaruru.

Themed "Education in Science and Technology Advance Real World and the Promotion of Vocational Training Centres to Fill the Gap in a Namibian Labour Market", the career fair provides guidance to learners as they prepare for tertiary education.

Taxi driver allegedly rapes girl in Omaruru


A 16-year-old girl has allegedly been raped at Omaruru by a taxi driver after a night out drinking.

The incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning.

According to the weekend police report that the girl went out drinking with her aunt, and later asked her aunt to be taken home.

She together with her aunt took a taxi, driven by a known man aged 28.

The aunt left the girl in the room, locked the room and went back to the bar with the same taxi.

White Flag regiment celebrates Chief Wilhelm Zeraeua's bravery


The White Flag regiment celebrated the bravery of Chief Wilhelm Zeraeua against the German Colonial occupation during the 19th century at Omaruru over the weekend.

The Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Natalia |Goagoses, says the heroic deeds of Zeraeua were an immense effort of early colonial resistance from the motherland. 

The 69th historic annual event is an ongoing traditional custom to educate the younger generation on the bitter struggle Namibian people endured to attain the freedom enjoyed today.