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Women's retreat empowers

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THE Twapewa Kadhikwa Annual Women's Retreat weekend, which aimed to activate the faith of women, as well as renew their mindsets for a more productive and prosperous future, will be remembered by those who attended as a life changer.


'Ompata' Headed to Big Screen

THE gritty reality of township life is often overlooked or ignored, but young film-maker Roger Rafael has found a way to creatively tell these stories through a YouTube series titled 'Ompata'.



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Average house prices edge up

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AT the end of March this year, the average price of a house in Namibia was N$1,2 million – about N$100 000 more than during the same time last year.


Namibians show interest in US trade

Elijah Mukubonda

SEVERAL Namibian entrepreneurs have shown interest in pursuing business opportunities in the United States after making contacts at the Namibia-US trade summit held in Namibia early this month.


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      What White Courts, Mr President?

      DOES PRESIDENT HAGE Geingob want to share his views about the Namibian judiciary but does not quite know how to go about it?

      On Wednesday the president made a telling statement all but undermining the country's constitutional democracy. He labelled Namibia's judiciary as “white courts”.

      Geingob was addressing Aandonga chief Nangolo Elifas and an entourage of his traditional authority at State House.

      Speaking about factional battles for tribal thrones, Geingob said: “We cannot interfere in traditional elections. That is not our business. If there is a tradition, use the tradition... And don't go to white courts. Our courts are basically former white courts.”

      Ouch! What a vote of no confidence in Namibia's Constitution, of which Geingob was the lead drafter.

      Calling the Namibian judiciary “white courts” undermines the country's democratic foundations. The judiciary is a key pillar of our three branches of the state, in addition to the executive and the legislature.

      The president displayed a lack of appreciation for the very Constitution he drafted, because our justice system incorporates courts run by traditional authorities.

      The drafters of the Constitution wanted to ensure a change from the colonial system that ignored other forms of indigenous legal systems and to balance restitution or restorative actions with the dominant retributive penal code.

      To dismiss the core part of the judiciary by labelling it as “white courts” suggests the president does not believe in the key tenets of our democracy, and effectively abandoned his oath to defend and protect the supremacy of the Constitution.


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