Daily Archives: November 8, 2012

Windhoek Emergency Services called out to two separate accidents where pedestrians were hit by vehicles

WINDHOEK: The Windhoek Emergency Services were called out to two separate accidents where pedestrians were hit by vehicles on Friday night.

The incidents happened less than minutes apart.

In the first incident, a man believed to be in his twenties was hit by a vehicle after he tried to cross the road near the central shops in Katutura.

Superintendent Belinda Griekwa from the Windhoek City Police told Nampa the driver of the vehicle fled the scene after he was attacked by a group of people who were also believed to be under the influence of alcohol, and only returned after the City Police arrived at the scene as he feared for his life.

In a separate incident, another man believed to be in his twenties was seriously injured after he was hit by a taxi in Independence Avenue at around 22h30 while trying to cross the road.

City Police Superintendent Helena Mootseng told Nampa yesterday that in both cases, curious onlookers put their own safety and that of other road users in danger as they flocked to the accident scenes.

President congratulates President Obama on his re-election

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba yesterday congratulated United States (US) President Barack Obama on his re-election to a second term in office.

Speaking to members of the media upon his arrival at Eros Airport after a State visit to South Africa, Pohamba also congratulated the American people for democratically electing the leader of their choice to lead them for the next four years.

The Head of State also described his visit to neighbouring South Africa as ‘wonderful and fruitful’, saying it was ‘a comrade visiting a comrade’.

He said fruitful discussions were held on how Namibia and South Africa can further promote relations between the two countries.

During the visit, the two countries also signed a number of agreements, one of which will see a bi-national commission being established.

This commission will meet every year, alternating between Pretoria and Windhoek. Four sub-commissions – diplomatic, economic, social, and defence and security – will also be established.

Retain skilled legislative drafters: Nambahu

WINDHOEK: Deputy Justice Minister Tommy Nambahu has called on justice ministries in Africa to create enabling work environments in order to attract and retain skilled legislative drafters.
“We should come up with mechanisms to retain skilled drafters, otherwise we will be considered as training institutions where drafters come and leave,” Nambahu said here on Thursday whilst officially opening the Commonwealth meeting of Heads of Legislative Drafting Offices of African Commonwealth Jurisdictions.
More than 30 legislative drafters from African Commonwealth countries are attending the two-day meeting.
“There is also a need to explore the possibility of supporting a training of trainers’ programme which would equip heads of drafting offices with skills to conduct in-house training,” the deputy minister said.
He then called on the Heads of Offices to strive to bring about a change in legislative drafting.
“Legislative drafting is a very critical component in the lawmaking process in every democratic state, and it remains a sine qua non (an indispensable and essential action, condition or ingredient) in the justice system,” he stated.
Participants in the meeting are expected to deliberate on issues ranging from how the capacity of African Commonwealth legislative drafting offices can be strengthened to how the cooperation between Commonwealth drafting offices can be developed, as well as the reviewing of achievements after a course on legislative drafting held in Accra, Ghana last year.
The meeting ends on Friday.

For Evilastus Kaaronda former NUNW

WINDHOEK: Justice Deputy Minister Tommy Nambahu has called on the law ministries in Africa to create an enabling work environment in order to attract and retain skilled legislative drafters.
“We should come up with mechanisms to retain skilled drafters, otherwise we will be considered as training institutions, where drafters come and leave,” Nambahu said on Thursday whilst officially opening of the Commonwealth meetings of Heads of Legislative drafting Office in African Commonwealth Jurisdictions.
More than 30 drafters from African Commonwealth countries are attending the two-day meeting underway in Windhoek.
“There is also a need to explore possibility of supporting training of trainers’ program which would equip heads of drafting offices with skills to conduct in-house training,” said Nambahu.
He then called on the Heads of Offices to strive to bring about the change in the legislative drafting.
“Legislative drafting is a very critical component in the lawmaking process in every democratic state and it remains a sine qua non in the justice system,” he reminded the drafters.
Participants in the meeting are expected to deliberate on issues ranging from how the capacity of African Commonwealth legislative drafting offices can be strengthened; how the cooperation between commonwealth drafting offices can be developed and to review the achievements of the course on legislative drafting held in Accra, Ghana last year.
The meeting ends on Friday.

Nafinu opens ‘solidarity’ account for Kaaronda and Manga

WINDHOEK: The Namibia Financial Institutions Union (NAFINU) has opened a solidarity account for two most powerful people in the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) who were fired and suspended by the NUNW’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) during an emergency meeting that took place last week.
NUNW General Secretary Evilastus Kaaronda and his President Elias Manga were fired and suspended respectively without any disciplinary hearing.
Kaaronda was dismissed for alleged “gross non-compliance with regard to his duties and responsibilities”, the “disunity, division and mistrust” he had allegedly caused among union leaders, and his “under-performance and connivance with rival unions”.
While Manga was suspended on the grounds of his failure to ensure effective supervision over Kaaronda and the entire federation.
The solidarity account in the name of Kaaronda Support Group account is aimed to assist the two unionists in their quest for justice in fighting their ‘unfair’ treatment meted against them by the NUNW.
“The unfair dismissal and suspension of the aforesaid leaders, which is believed to be mainly tribally motivated, has potential to destabilise the NUNW,” said NAFINU General Secretary Asnath Zamuee in a statement issued on Thursday.
She said her office has been inundated with requests from the public requesting for a solidarity account to assist the two union leaders.
“In support of this request, we have opened a bank account aimed at assisting our leaders financially as legal fees are astronomically high,” she said.
She then urged the community to contribute to this good cause to ensure that justice prevails.
Kaaronda has been supporting the striking teachers throughout and urged them not to give up.
Teachers strike is on its ninth day today (Thursday).
Striking teachers defied the court which ordered them to go back to school, but refused stating that they will only go back if they were satisfied with the outcome of salary negotiations between the government and the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu).
Despite a court interdict declaring their strike illegal and ordering them to return to work, the teachers have decided to continue with their strike.
More than 300 teachers gathered at the Khomasdal Stadium yesterday morning.
They were adamant that they would not return to school until their demands for salary increases, higher housing and transport allowances and a tax-free 13th cheque were met.
The agreement is expected to be signed today.