Roundup: 14 December 2015

December 14, 2015, 12:02pm

Geingob's questionable taste

By Shinovene Immanuel, Tileni Mongudhi, the Namibian

STATE House has defended President Hage Geingob's acceptance of a prize from an institution that also honoured one of Africa's worst dictators, Gambian president Yahya Jammeh.

Geingob received the 7th African Leadership Summit & Awards in Washington, DC in September this year as the African political leader of the year from Nigerian-owned African Leadership Magazine at the same time as Jammeh, who was recognised for his “political leadership for tourism development”.

Jammeh's award was presented to the Gambian vice president and minister of women's affairs, Isatou Njie-Saidy. At that event, Geingob ironically spoke about a “new Africa” - a continent that has turned away from authoritarian rule and instead embraces electoral democracy.

Read more in the Namibian

Nampower’s darkest hour

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue, the Villager Newspaper

The year 2015 will always be remembered as the year that power utility Nampower sold dreams to the nation by failing to extricate the country from the looming power deficit, with all projects touted as the way out of darkness not taking off.

While Nampower has been able to create the illusion that the power situation is under control by setting up projects which never lifted off the ground, it has not been able to hide the challenges caused by poor supply from South Africa’s Eskom.

Read more in the Villager

Witvlei’s new Norwegian quota revives job hopes 

Article and photo by New Era

Amid a bitter feud between Agribank and Witvlei Meat about the ownership of the Witvlei abattoir, government has reserved an allocation of 225 tonnes of export beef destined for the lucrative Norwegian market to the closed plant, thus rekindling hopes for jobs at the forlorn village.

When the abattoir closed this year, some 800 workers were left jobless.

Confirming the annual Namibian allocation of 1 600 tonnes for the Norwegian market, general manager of the Meat Board Paul Strydom, as facilitator of the bidding process, told New Era that the Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, made the announcement in the hope that the fight over ownership of the plant would be resolved soon.

The minister also hopes the new owner would be able to process and export the 225 tonnes of prime beef before the deadline of June 30 next year. According to the announcement, Meatco was allocated the lion’s share of 1 200 tonnes of the beef export quota for next year,which amounts to 78.1% of the total available quota of 1 600 tonnes, worth in excess of N$40 million. The third applicant, Brukarros Meat Processors, has been given 175 tonnes.  

Read more in New Era

‘Let sleeping dogs lie’

Article and photo by the Namibian Sun

While his ‘footsoldiers’ have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms, it would take serious diplomacy before the undisputed leader of the failed Caprivi secession attempt, Mishake Muyongo, can be brought before a Namibian court.

The International Relations Ministry says it is ready to request his extradition from Denmark, should the right procedures be followed and the relevant government departments, including the office of the Attorney-General, pave the way.

Some say it is best for Muyongo to be left in exile while others describe him as “untouchable now”.

Read more in the Namibian Sun