Windhoek (AFP) Namibian President Hage Geingob has sacked two senior government ministers who challenged him during the ruling party’s last leadership contest, his office announced Thursday. He dismissed Minister of Home Affairs Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Youth Affairs Minister Jerry Ekandjo, both of whom have served in government since Namibia’s independence in 1990. “These terminations of service are with immediate effect,” the presidency said in a statement. Ekandjo ran against Geingob for the presidency of the ruling SWAPO party during the November party vote, with Iivula-Ithana as his running mate. TheyRead More
Windhoek (AFP) Scores of people waving rainbow flags peacefully paraded through the streets of Namibia’s capital Windhoek on Saturday, calling for better legal protection of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in the largely conservative country. Around 150 people, decked out in the gay pride colours, danced and marched their way down Windhoek’s main thoroughfare, Independence Avenue, chanting “we are one” in what was the first gay pride march in the Namibian capital. They were cheered on by most onlookers who applauded as the marchers made their way through theRead More
Oranjenmund (Namibie) (AFP) A vast mechanical monster rises from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia, leaving a huge swell in its wake as seawater pours off its surface. The 285-tonne giant, dubbed “the butcher” by its operators, is diamond miner De Beers’ hi-tech tool to collect the precious stones. After several hours of maintenance, the deep-sea vacuum is lowered again into the water on steel cables from the Mafuta vessel. It dredges the ocean bed, sucking thousands of tonnes of silt and sediment onto the ship to beRead More
Luederitz (Namibia) (AFP) On a thin strip of land at the bay of Luederitz in southern Namibia are dozens of gravestones bearing the names of each German soldier killed during a largely forgotten colonial war. Nearby is a single marble plaque anonymously marking all their fallen adversaries. Between 1904 and 1908, tens of thousands of men, women and children belonging to the Herero and Nama tribes that stood up to German rule were killed in battle, or died of starvation, cold or mistreatment in their isolated corner of southern Africa.Read More