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China, the world's second largest economy, has been undergoing an economic slowdown that is likely to persist until the end of the year, and Namibia is affected too.


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      Prison officers fired over 'romantic relationships' with Fishrot accused

      by Eliaser Ndeyanale

      TWO female correctional officers from the Windhoek Correctional Facility were dismissed last year, while another one resigned after they were allegedly found to be in romantic relationships with two of the Fishrot-accused inmates.

      This was disclosed by the head of the Namibian Correctional Service, commissioner general Raphael Hamunyela, in an interview with The Namibian yesterday at Oshikango.

      According to Hamunyela, telephone conversations [text messages] between the officers and the Fishrot accused were found on the cellphones found on two Fishrot suspects.

      He said the frequent text messages were sent between 19h00 and 01h00, from both correctional officers and the Fishrot accused.

      Hamunyela said correctional officers help inmates to smuggle contraband into police cells, while some inmates smuggle contraband such as cellphones and drugs in their body cavities.

      “You can't accuse them [Fishrot accused] of smuggling contraband in their body cavities. The contraband is taken in by correctional officers,” he said.

      “Since the Fishrot accused [came to the correctional facility] we have lost about three officers who have been fired because they were in romantic relationships with the Fishrot accused,” said Hamunyela.

      He said the officers were capable of smuggling the cellphones found on three Fishrot accused.

      When asked to identify which of the Fishrot accused allegedly engaged in relationships with the correctional officers, Hamunyela could not recall their names, but said it's those who were found with phones in their cells.

      The Namibian previously reported that James Hatuikulipi and his co-accused Sacky Shanghala were allegedly found in possession of phones while in police cells.

      Hatuikulipi was allegedly found with mobile phones thrice, while fellow accused Pius Mwatelulo and Shangala were also found with smuggled phones.

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