UULUNGA: Namibian and Zimbabwean air force members recently conducted a joint military exercise at the semi-desert village of Uulungawakolondo in northern Namibia.
The 13-day joint training exercise started on 14 October, and ended on Friday.
King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas of Ondonga, Defence Deputy Minister Lempy Lucas, and the Namibian Chief of Defence Force (CDF), Lieutenant-General Epafras Denga Ndaitwah attended the closing ceremony.
The training was in preparation for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Air Forces exercise which will be held in Angola next year. All SADC air forces are expected to participate in the exercise in Angola.
A total of 100 Namibian military officials and a limited number of Zimbabwean air force officials shared their expertise in military operations, such as jetfighter acrobatics, gunnery and bombing exercises.
In spite of the delay and controversy that rocked the Neckertal Dam project, Government will still build the dam, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said on Friday.
He said this during the foundation-laying ceremony of the Old Mutual Keetmanshoop Retail Centre, in response to Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi’s request that the project’s tender process be sped up.
The construction of the dam has been delayed for two years now, as the Tender Board of Namibia and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry are still busy with the pre-qualification tendering process.
In December last year, the first round of the tender process was plunged into controversy, with claims that Tender Board members and tenderers exchanged money to gain advantage.
Local media reported in August this year that the final tender is expected to be awarded towards the end of November this year, and that means the construction will only start next year.