Sunday 28 May 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home. However, the two-day meeting got overshadowed by a suicide bombing in northern England on Monday that killed 22 people, and also got bogged down by lengthy discussions on the merit of free trade and the...
(The Namibian 05/16/17)
President Hage Geingob yesterday said genocide negotiations with Germany would be less credible without unity, and with the exclusion of representatives of the affected communities. He expressed these views while addressing the Ovaherero and Ovambanderu Genocide Foundation, and the Nama Technical Committee on Genocide. The two groups, led by Ida Hoffmann and Vekuii Rukoro, met Geingob at State House. The President said he chose to meet the groups in order to seek unity between them as division would make a mockery of Namibian calls in the eyes of the Germans. "We should not allow Germany to sit and laugh at us. Even if we were to go and get a good agreement, there would be some in the streets saying...
(The Namibian 05/16/17)
Acting SME Bank chief executive Benastus Herunga has opened a criminal case against dismissed senior executives seeking reinstatement at the troubled bank to recover close to N$200 million supposedly invested in South Africa. Namibian authorities have so far failed to recover around N$150 million of the investment, which was made into untraceable companies. Athough details of the criminal charges are sketchy, The Namibian understands that Herunga wants former SME Bank CEO Tawanda Mumvuma, finance manager Joseph Banda and treasury manager...
(APA 05/08/17)
Swaziland’s King Mswati III is expected to visit the headquarters of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) in Windhoek on Thursday. The Swazi monarch, who is the current chair of SACU, is expected to hold general talks with the union’s secretariat as well as interact with the staff, the Namibia Press Agency reported on Monday. SACU, the 105 year old customs union, serves as the engine for regional integration and development among its five member states – Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho,...
(New Era 05/02/17)
President Hage Geingob yesterday paid tribute to Namibian workers and he specifically mentioned the late John ya Otto, a man whom he described as always having the interest of workers at heart. Addressing the Workers Day rally yesterday at Eenhana in Ohangwena Region, an event witnessed by thousands of people among them Swapo Party politburo and central committee members, senior officials and ordinary community members, Geingob said: "I would like to begin by paying tribute to those gallant sons and...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(The Namibia Economist 04/18/17)
Namibia is home to a sizeable number of Chinese speaking residents, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah told His Excellency Wang Yi, the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs during an official visit to China last week. The three-day visit included discussions on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest and common concern to China and Namibia. “As a developing country, China is very much aware of the concerns and aspirations of other developing countries. Furthermore, during this visit we reaffirmed our long standing relationship that dates back to the days of the Namibian liberation struggle” Minister Nandi-Ndaitwah
(The Namibian 04/04/17)
Former United States president George W Bush will be on a two-day visit to Namibia from tomorrow. Bush, who will be accompanied by his wife Laura, will also visit Botswana. According to the US News website, the former US first couple are on a trip to highlight their work to improve the lives of women and girls on the continent, with a focus on access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. This is Bush 's seventh trip to Africa since leaving office. According to the website, in Namibia, the Bush couple will visit programmes supported by Namibian First Lady Monica Geingos
(Agence Ecofin 03/24/17)
(Ecofin Agency) - Namibia’s government plans to expropriate many white land owners soon in order to accelerate property transfer to the black majority of the country. This was revealed on March 21st by the nation’s president, Hage Geingob, on the sidelines of the 27th anniversary of Namibia’s independence. The president however plans to be fair in the process by providing compensation to the white owners as the constitution states in the case of expropriation. “If we are committed to achieving...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/22/17)
Namibia's president said Tuesday that the government is considering radical land expropriation to spur the transfer of property to the country's black majority. Speaking at Namibia's 27th independence celebrations, President Hage Geingob said the government should evoke part of the Constitution allowing for land expropriation with fair compensation since the redistribution process has been slow. "If we are committed to achieving further economic growth and maintaining peace, then everyone should be open to new approaches," said Geingob, Namibia's third president...
(The Namibian 03/14/17)
Politicians received a 6% salary increase in April last year, and not last week, as reported yesterday. The Namibian reported that President Hage Geingob had approved the salary increases for political office-bearers, including himself, effective this month. A government gazette filed at the justice ministry, however, shows that the President gave the green light for the wage increases last year, effective 1 April 2016. The proclamation was signed by Geingob on 11 April 2016. The President's decision followed a 2015...
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
The fight between Namibia's Land Reform Minister Utoni Nujoma and his former deputy Bernadus Swartbooi spilled into the National Assembly Wednesday where insults were slung during a session. Swartbooi was sacked by President Hage Geingob last year after he refused to apologize to Nujoma for accusing the minister of resettling people from other regions in the south of the country ahead of the Nama tribe who lost the land to the Germans. Although he lost his government job, Swartbooi remains...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(Xinhuanet 02/07/17)
Namibia on Tuesday refuted allegations from a Botswana online newspaper about it being among three countries that sabotaged Botswana's quest for the top job at the African Union Commission. Namibia's Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO) said in a statement that an article under the headline "28th AU Summit: SADC sabotages Venson-Moitoi" published on Jan. 31 by the online newspaper 'Mmegionline" alleged that "sources in Addis Ababa said suspicions were swirling around South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia as being among possible saboteurs." The ministry said it has called upon the newspaper editor to retract these fabrications against Namibia.
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture. The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of...
(Bloomberg 01/25/17)
Taiwan’s last two African allies have no plans to switch allegiances and break ties with Taipei as Beijing tries to woo the self-ruled island’s diplomatic partners. Burkina Faso won’t cut relations with Taiwan despite people and companies with links to China offering funding in return for recognition of the One-China principle, according to Foreign Minister Alpha Barry. Swaziland said its relationship with Taiwan is based on mutual interests, not on money. “We get outrageous proposals telling us, ‘if you sign...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault struck a defiant tone at a summit on Friday with foreign ministers from across Africa as he urged them to show confidence and hope despite the deadly jihadist threat. With the battle against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda, ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali's capital Bamako ahead of heads of state due on Saturday. Mali called on France four years ago to help...

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