Namibia’s opposition rejects German reparations deal

Namibia’s opposition rejects German reparations deal

Namibian opposition leaders rejected a deal negotiated with Germany over the colonial-era deaths of Herero and Nama peoples during a contentious parliamentary session on Tuesday. The agreement, sought for decades and announced in late May, included a concession from Germany that what happened from 1904 to 1908 did in fact…

Namibia cases soar as Geingob recovers from COVID

Namibia cases soar as Geingob recovers from COVID

Namibian President Hage Geingob is recovering well following last week’s positive COVID diagnosis, according to a spokesman for the presidency. “The President and the First Lady are in a stable condition and in good spirits. All precautionary measures are taken, and neither the President nor the First Lady have been…

Namibians mystified by thousands of seal pup deaths

Conservationists in Namibia are concerned over what they say is the unusual loss of Cape fur seals – sometimes called the South African seal – after thousands of seal pups born prematurely have died along the Atlantic Ocean coastline. Naude Dreyer, a Walvis Bay resident and volunteer with Ocean Conservation…

New locust outbreak adds to southern Africa’s woes

Another locust outbreak is threatening southern Africa, this time with the potential to affect some 7 million people in four more countries. Botswana has seen smallholder farmers lose entire crops, with the growing region of Pandamatenga and its key sorghum crops at risk as the country seeks to step up…

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

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

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…