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Oshana establishes regional COVID-19 response hospital

A temporary 52-room hospital has been established at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region to handle any reported Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the region.
The temporary COVID-19 hospital has been established at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair Centre, Oshana Governor Elia Irimari said during a media briefing here on Wednesday.
“The temporary hospital will be used for managing COVID-19 infected patients with mild to severe conditions only and also includes a ward for the doctors and nurses, as well as a wing for a sluice facility,” he said.

Geingob replaces eight governors, retains six

President Hage Geingob has made drastic changes to the composition of the regional governors by showing eight the door and retaining six from the current crop.
Geingob made the changes on Tuesday, according to a statement issued to the media by presidential spokesperson Alfredo Hengari.
Those whose tenure ended are Otjozondjupa governor Otto Ipinge, Oshikoto’s Henock Kankoshi, Erongo’s Cleophas Mutjavikua, Omaheke’s Festus Ueitele, Ohangwena’s Usko Nghaamwa, Hardap’s Esme Isaack, ||Kharas’ Lucia Basson and Kavango East’s Samuel Mbambo.

North West Plastic Manufacturers donates water tanks to Ondangwa Council

North West Plastic Manufacturers (NWPM) has donated three 5000-litre water tanks to residents of the informal settlements of Ondangwa to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
The donation, made through the Ondangwa Town Council here on Wednesday is valued at N.dollars 14 000.
Handing over the water tanks, NWPM production manager Kalimba Lukas said water is essential for the community of Ondangwa who are without water and in dire need of such help in this difficult time.

Geingob appoints new Cabinet

President Hage Geingob on Sunday appointed the youngest member of Parliament Emma Theofilus as the Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Technology deputizing Minister Peya Mushelenga.

Swapo kicks Itula out

The Swapo Party politburo has expelled former independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula from its rank and file, citing that his actions during the elections were aimed at breaking Swapo and its election ambitions.
The decision to expel Itula was taken at a meeting on Thursday and was announced by the party’s spokesperson, Hilma Nicanor at a press conference late Friday afternoon.


A third case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Namibia, Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula has announced.
Shangula at a press conference here on Thursday said the confirmed case is of a 61-year-old man, a German citizen, who entered the country on 13 March 2020.
“He had travelled from Germany to Amsterdam on 24 February, then on 04 March he landed in Zimbabwe and then arrived in Namibia on 13 March,” said Shangula.

Zambian man arrested after being found with bags of herbs

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Thursday arrested a Zambian national at the Okapuka roadblock along the B1 national road, for allegedly working and operating a business in Namibia while on a visiting permit.
Addressing the media at the site, NamPol Chief Inspector Christina van Fonsech said suspicion aroused when the man had “too many bags” during the police vehicle search at the roadblock.
The bags were found to contain herbs, animal fat, a machete, a Bible and what he called “anointing water and oil”.