Cabinet affirms ICC withdrawal, Martha's shooter repents, 600 lives lost on roads

November 24, 2015, 8:09am

Cabinet affirms ICC withdrawal

By Shinovene Immanuel, the Namibian. Photo: the Namibian

CABINET has approved a recommendation by the ruling Swapo Party to withdraw Namibia from the International Criminal Court, information minister Tjekero Tweya said yesterday.

Tweya made the announcement at a media briefing where he also confirmed that Cabinet tasked the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to review the country's foreign policy.

“Cabinet approved Namibia's position regarding possible withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, given the discussions of the Swapo Party central committee on the issue”.

Tweya did not say when government will withdraw, adding that “technical issues need to be sorted out first”.

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600 lives lost on national roads this year

Article and photo by New Era

The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia (MVA) says 599 lives have been lost on Namibia’s national roads since the beginning of this year, with over 6 470 persons injured in more than 3 621 road accidents.

With the release of the latest death toll, Otjizondjupa Region held a prayer day yesterday for users of the the B1 road between Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Otavi. The B1 road is also well-known as ‘the notorious B1’, as it has become a crash hotspot with no less than 30 crashes, 63 injuries and eight deaths recorded every month on average, according to the MVA Fund.

Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge said the B1 road, which stretches throughout the region has put Otjozondjupa among the top three regions with the highest number of vehicle accidents, after Khomas and Erongo in first and second place respectively.

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Martha’s shooter repents

Article and photo by the Namibian Sun

Police officer George Ndemwoongela says he is deeply sorry for the shooting death of student nurse Martha Ilonga in February.

He confided in Namibian Sun shortly after appearing in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura yesterday for allegedly killing Ilonga.

Ndemwoongela’s first court appearance was witnessed by a packed gallery that included Ilonga’s family.

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