Roundup: 15 December 2015

December 15, 2015, 9:23am

Rhino horn trial moves on to defence case

By Werner Menges, the Namibian. Photo: the Namibian

THE trial of four Chinese citizens accused of having tried to smuggle two suitcases containing rhino horns out of Namibia in March last year is scheduled to continue in the Windhoek Regional Court next month.

Evidence in defence of the four accused men is expected to be heard when the trial resumes before magistrate Alexis Diergaardt from 27 January. The prosecution, represented by Simba Nduna, closed its case against the four accused last week.

Read more in the Namibian

Audit exposes loopholes at Nipam

Article and photo by New Era Staff Reporter

An audit conducted at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (Nipam) by Ernst & Young has unearthed how its axed boss, Professor Joseph Diescho, allegedly abused benefits such as cellphone and car allowances.

The audit, which was conducted to review and evaluate the accuracy of all salary amounts accrued or paid to Diescho, including fringe benefits, also rapped Nipam over the knuckles for poor control measures. The audit report was released to the Nipam governing council in October.

Read more in New Era

Hage does not know

Article and photo by the Namibian Sun

President Hage Geingob yesterday deliberately avoided answering pertinent questions about the financial status of the country, his salary and those of his advisors, and the public uproar in the two Kavango regions.

Instead Geingob focused his attention on blasting what he called “social media elites” and certain media outlets, whose “hatred will not work”.

During a live television broadcast journalists were dumbfounded because Geingob’s answer to almost every question asked was: “I do not know,” or: “I have not heard about that.”

Read more in the Namibian Sun