Crushing win for SWAPO, Diescho forced out of Nipam house, communal farming

November 30, 2015, 8:41am

Crushing win for SWAPO

Photo and Article by the Namibian

THE Swapo Party has won control of all of Namibia's regional councils for the first time since the country's independence - and with it the total domination of the National Council. With Swapo candidates sweeping to victory in the majority of constituencies in Friday's regional council elections, the ruling party has for the first time won the majority of seats in the Kunene regional council, which had been Namibia's only opposition-controlled regional council.

Opposition party candidates were elected as regional councillors in only eight of Namibia's 121 constituencies. With one independent candidate also scoring a surprise win over a Swapo rival and three opposition candidates in the Omaheke constituency of Otjombinde, Namibia's voters have elected 112 regional councillors on a Swapo ticket, four for National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo), two representing DTA of Namibia, one each from the United Democratic Front (UDF) and United People's Movement (UPM), and an independent.

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Ponzi scheme in diamond industry uncovered ... As De Beers feels the pinch of the scheme

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue, the Villager Newspaper. Photo: Wikipedia

The unearthing of a Ponzi scheme in the diamond industry has seen De Beers’ sight sales dropping from a record N$7.4 billion recorded last year November to N$994 million in the same period this year, a report compiled by diamond expert Rapaport said.

The report was conducted by Martin Rapaport, who is the chairman of Rapaport, which publishes Diamond prices worldwide. According to the report, banks ceased to give loans to diamond companies involved in the Ponzi scheme for rough and polished diamonds for fear of being implicated.

Rapaport argues that the revelations about the diamond-trading cartel through a Ponzi scheme will see De Beers’ sales going down by at least 60%. He said De Beers’ sales are expected to plummet to N$14.2 billion, or approximately U$1 billion in the 2015 financial year from the N$42.4 billion or U$2.987 billion recorded in the preceding financial year.

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Democracy has taken root 

Article and photo by New Era 

“As [U.S.] President Barack Obama said: ‘Namibia is a country where democracy has taken root,’” U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton noted after visiting a number of polling stations in Katutura East Constituency on November 27 to observe how Namibian voters participate in the regional council and local government elections.

Daughton said during his visit he saw short queues and a smooth and efficient voting process. “The process has become efficient,” he said, in reference to the Electronic Voting Machines, first introduced during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections last year.

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Diescho forced out of Nipam house

By Shinovene Immanuel, Tileni Mongudhi, the Namibian. Photo: the Namibian

THE Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (Nipam) board has forced its executive director Joseph Diescho to move out of a Nipam-owned house where he has been staying for over two years.

Diescho - who took over Nipam in 2013 - was informed by the board to vacate a Nipam house situated in Eros, where he has been staying temporarily while his house is under construction.

The decision by the Nipam board to evict him has enraged Diescho and those who support him as they claim that kicking out the analyst-turned-administrator is a deliberate political ploy aimed at frustrating him into quitting the position.

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NSA shines light on communal farming

Article and photo by the Namibian Sun

Namibia’s female agricultural population in 2014 outnumbered their male counterparts in all regions except the //Karas, Erongo, Hardap, Omaheke and Otjozondjupa Regions. In addition, the Omusati Region has been confirmed as having the highest agricultural population in the country (243 619), compared the Khomas Region, which was found to have the lowest, at 259.

These and other discerning statistics overviewing the country’s communal farming sector, were released on Wednesday night by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), last week.  

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Preliminary figures indicate low voter turnout… Swapo takes lead, DTA gains and RDP loses constituencies

Article and Photo by New Era

Preliminary results obtained by the time of going to print indicate a low turnout of voters in various constituencies and regions, with some constituencies, such as Oshikuku, seeing a mere 6,16 percent of registered voters turning up.

According to New Era calculations, based on the preliminary results, the turnout for most constituencies and regions varied between 20 and 45 percent, with a few regions and constituencies registering about 52 percent turnout.

As of late yesterday afternoon the Electoral Commission of Namibia was still auditing the final figures, but said the turnout for !Karas Region was 17.17 percent, based on the declared results. Preliminary results also show that the ruling party has made inroads into constituencies where opposition parties have long been dominant.

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