Monday 20 November 2017
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a statement. Israeli official figures from June 30 show a total of 38,043 African migrants in the country. They include 27,494 Eritreans and 7,869 Sudanese, and their presence in south Tel Aviv has raised discontent among...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(APA 11/14/17)
Namibian President Hage Geingob has beefed up his security detail as jostling for positions intensifies ahead of a crucial ruling Swapo Party elective congress later this month. In a statement on Monday night, the Presidency said the changes to the security detail of the President would include an increase in the motorcade. The decision to beef up the motorcade division is the result of recommendations of a security audit, according to Geingob spokesperson Albertus Aochamub. “Those entrusted with the security...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/17)
US politicians are voicing concern over America's growing military presence across Africa, where they worry the Pentagon is getting ever more embroiled in a secretive campaign against a shifting enemy. Last month's killing of four US soldiers in a Niger ambush has thrust the issue into the spotlight, with lawmakers calling for greater transparency on what is going on in Africa. "The footprint in Africa is much bigger than the American public understands," Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said this week...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/24/17)
WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia’s government on Tuesday rejected accusations by the coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea who accused the southern African nation of not complying with UN Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang. Namibia said that it rejected allegations that it had not submitted a report for more than a year to the Security Council’s sanctions committee on North Korea. “The Government of Namibia wishes to categorically state that it has submitted reports to the UN...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(New Era 09/22/17)
Windhoek-United Stated President, Donald Trump, on Wednesday singled out Namibia’s healthcare system when he hosted a lunch for African leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly taking place in New York. During his welcoming address to numerous African leaders, including President Hage Geingob, attending the annual UN summit, Trump talked about the US’ continued partnership on critical health initiatives. “Uganda has made incredible strides in the battle against HIV/AIDS. In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create...
(New Era 09/05/17)
President Hage Geingob has reminded the world that the protracted Western Sahara issue still needs sorting out. Namibia has on many occasions undertaken not to tire in its quest to see Morocco, which was recently re-admitted into the African Union (AU), give up its illegal occupation of Western Sahara. Geingob made the call in Windhoek on Monday when he addressed a conference of the African-European party dialogue of socialists and democrats, aimed at overcoming inequality as a political challenge. “I don’t know why socialists are quiet. We are not assisting those who want to get their independence. In Europe and Africa, we are not helping them [Western Sahara] to get self-independence.
(Xinhuanet 08/29/17)
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said here Monday that China is ready to work with Namibia to achieve greater progress in bilateral relations. Zhang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks when meeting with Namibian President Hage Geingob. The vice premier said Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Geingob twice -- in Beijing in 2014 and at the 2015 Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on...
(The Namibia Economist 08/24/17)
China’s highest level visit to the country in six years, will see Chinese First Deputy Premier of the state council, Zhang Gaoli in the country from 26 to 29 August, according to the new Chinese Ambassador to Namibia. Namibia will be the Chinese Vice Premier’s stop after having visited other countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. At a media briefing with the new Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming this week, he said Namibia is the only stop in...
(New Era 08/24/17)
A member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the First Deputy Premier of the State Council, Zhang Gaoli, will visit Namibia where he will sign several agreements with President Hage Geingob later this week. The high-level visit – the first one of this magnitude in six years – will take place from August 26 to August 29. Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, announced the visit...
(New Era 08/23/17)
The Presidency has defended itself regarding Christopher ‘Chris’ Cox, who claimed to be President Donald Trump’s Advisor on North Africa and the Sahel Region, saying all routine verifications were conducted, as is the norm, on the role Cox plays in the United States before any appointment was granted. This follows public criticism that President Hage Geingob allowed Cox, who is allegedly a hoax, to pay him a private visit at State House a week ago. Affirmative Repositioning (AR) youth activist,...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli's visit to Namibia will further promote traditional friendship and cooperation, the Chinese Ambassador to Namibia said Tuesday. Ambassador Zhang Yiming said at a media briefing in Windhoek that during the visit from Aug. 26 to 29, the two countries will exchange views on cooperation concerning politics, economy, technology and culture. "Besides meeting with Namibia's President Hage Geingob, the vice premier will visit landmark cooperation projects such as the Husab Uranium Mine, the container terminal of Walvis Bay and the Space Tracking, Telemetry and Command Station," he said. The ambassador said a series of cooperation agreements
(New Era 08/23/17)
Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a Business Leaders Breakfast event aimed at creating an opportunity for the private sector companies, entities, consortiums and individuals from Namibia and other countries to make pledges to advance the objectives of the African World Heritage Fund. The Namibian Government has supported the operations of the Fund for many years through an agreement that was signed in 2014. Namibia boasts two World Heritage Sites inscribed on the World Heritage prestige list namely, Namib Sand...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
Namibia's president Hage Geingob Friday ordered Omusati regional governor Erkki Endjala to issue another apology for tribal remarks he made in a recorded telephone conversation. Endjala was recorded a few weeks ago by a woman known as Taimi Tekla Imbili during a private conversation saying that the people who belong to the Kwanyama tribe were stupid. The Kwanyama is a sub-tribe of the Owambo people who are dominant in the north of the country. Endjala also said that one of Swapo's prominent liberation war heroes Peter Nanyemba, who was a Kwanyama, was troublesome. The recording also captures Endjala alleging that the Kwanyama killed John Pandeni, who was local government minister in 2008.
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
On a thin strip of land at the bay of Luederitz in southern Namibia are dozens of gravestones bearing the names of each German soldier killed during a largely forgotten colonial war. Nearby is a single marble plaque anonymously marking all their fallen adversaries. Between 1904 and 1908, tens of thousands of men, women and children belonging to the Herero and Nama tribes that stood up to German rule were killed in battle, or died of starvation, cold or mistreatment...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...

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