Namibia’s Geingob claims win but opponents challenge results

Namibia’s Geingob claims win but opponents challenge results

President Hage Geingob is claiming victory in this week’s election in Namibia, but opposition leaders already say they’re challenging the outcome and the country’s Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN). Geingob was holding a strong lead late Saturday as the ECN updated voting results. With more than 90 percent of the…

Namibia delays election results announcement with Geingob in lead

Namibia delays election results announcement with Geingob in lead

Officials in Namibia say preliminary results from this week’s presidential election will be reported instead on Saturday because of delays in counting results that “could not be finalized as expected.” “The ECN experienced unexpected connectivity challenges in certain constituencies relating to the transmission of election results,” said the Electoral Commission…

Geingob holds lead in early Namibian election results

Geingob holds lead in early Namibian election results

President Hage Geingob was holding an early lead late Thursday as the country’s Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) continued to count votes in this week’s presidential election. With roughly a fourth of the southern African nation’s constituencies counted, Geingob and his ruling South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) party held…

Namibia’s Geingob, Itula head toward election

In Namibia, the two main candidates held major rallies over the weekend as they head toward the national elections on Wednesday. President Hage Geingob, who is seeking another five-year term, held a major rally at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Khomas, where he urged the crowd to keep up the…

Namibia shaken by latest southern African quake

Villagers in northern Namibia were shaken from sleep early Thursday by a moderate earthquake that happened shortly after 4 a.m., the second such quake to strike in southern Africa in a 24-hour period. The epicenter was located about 64 kilometers to the northwest of Khorixas, according to the United States…

Chinese vice premier continues three-nation African tour

China’s Vice Premier Sun Chunlan headed to Namibia on Thursday, the second stop of a three-nation African tour that runs through November 13. Sun arrived in Windhoek to meet with her counterpart, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, after meetings in Madagascar with President Andry Rajoelina and Prime Minister Christian Ntsay. Rajoelina noted that…

Four African nations newly elected to UN Human Rights Council

Four African nations have been newly elected to the United Nations Humans Rights Council – among them a few that are raising eyebrows – and they’ll replace four outgoing nations beginning in 2020. Libya, Mauritania, Namibia and Sudan are the new nations, according to a UN statement that followed Thursday’s…

Namibia says millions are missing from government pension fund

Authorities in Namibia say that millions are missing from the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), and there are no easy answers for members who demand to know where the money has gone. The discovery was revealed last week by Martha Imalwa, the prosecutor general, after an investigation revealed that an…

Namibia’s drought forces wildlife auction

Namibia’s government plans to auction off some of the wildlife living in its national parks because of the severe drought affecting the southwest African nation – a drought that has left them without water and vegetation to sustain them. Stanley Simataa, the country’s information minister, made the announcement during a…

China counters ‘debt trap’ claims over African loans

China again denied claims that its loan policies put African nations and others in the developing world into “debt traps,” countering reports that United States legislators are looking to pass legislation that would limit China’s ability to do so. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday that Beijing’s…

Geingob defends expense for Namibia’s Independence Day party

What if there was an Independence Day celebration but nobody came? That’s not quite what happened Thursday, but President Hage Geingob of Namibia found himself defending the government’s decision to mark the 29th anniversary to disgruntled citizens who thought it was a waste of money. Geingob, with President Uhuru Kenyatta…

African penguins in Namibia are dying, but no one knows why yet

Experts at the Lüderitz Marine Research facility in Namibia are working to understand why hundreds of endangered penguins have died at Halifax Island, an important breeding site for African penguins. “No other species seems to have been affected,” the researchers said. “We are seeing decades of conservation efforts and rehabilitation…

Namibia’s new fishing vessel a boost to its blue economy

Namibia has upped investment in its fishing industry with the welcome of “Oshiveli,” the country’s first brand-new fishing vessel built for Tunacor. The USD$13.8 million ship was built in Spain before arriving in Walvis Bay, where it is set to begin working at the end of December, according to the…