Roundup: 11 December 2015

December 11, 2015, 1:31pm

Turning riverbeds into living spaces

By Rukee Kaakunga, the Namibian. Photo: The Namibian

IMAGINE taking a leisurely walk any time of the day (alone or with a friend) through what is now considered “dangerous” riverbeds. Imagine jogging carefree on paths where previously no one dared taking a chance to tread because that is where many lives were violently lost. Plans are already afoot to give those “dangerous” spots a facelift that will turn them into urban parks that have great potential for economic and social cohesion.

A Windhoek-based architecture firm, Barnard Mutua Architects, has been campaigning for just that. Their Riverwalk project seeks to transform the capital city's rivers, streams and some open spaces into urban parks that would make formerly divided places turn into one big outdoor community.

Windhoek has more than 200 hectares of river courses that are feared by most because criminals lurk there. The Riverwalk project could transform such water courses into urban parks with a lasting contribution to the country's economy.

Read more in the Namibian

Don’t acknowledge ministers in absentia – Geingob

Article and photo by New Era

President Hage Geingob has called on managing directors and chief executive officers (CEOs) of state-owned enterprises to do away with the practice of acknowledging ministers in absentia at the official opening of events.

Geingob made the call during the inauguration of the revamped Agribank Head Office building on Wednesday, saying the tendency of flattering ministers in their absence can lead to corruption.

He was reacting to Agribank CEO Ambassador Leonard Iipumbu, who in his welcoming remarks had acknowledged the Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein and Minister of Public Enterprises Leon Jooste, in absentia.

Read more in New Era

Political figures named in poaching

Article and photo by the Namibian Sun

At least two ministers, a current MP and a former MP, as well as the head of a northern traditional authority are mentioned as “kingpins” involved in rhino and elephant poaching in the Etosha National Park.

The executive director of Namrights, Phil ya Nangoloh, said he has made these shocking findings during an independent investigation into the human rights implications of the rhino poaching affair during June and July this year.

Although ya Nangoloh would not divulge the names of the three high-ranking political figures, he did say that his findings were communicated to the head of the Namibian police, Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga.

Read more in the Namibian Sun