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Namibian press zooms on governor’s culpable homicide case, others

A culpable homicide case involving the governor of Ohangwena region and work stoppage at Neckartal Dam near Keetmanshoop are the main headlines in the Namibian press on Tuesday.The press reported that the police in Oshikoto region had opened a culpable homicide docket against Ohangwena governor Usko Nghaamwa who allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian at the Onankali village on Monday morning.

According to The Namibian, Nghaamwa, who was driving alone towards Ondangwa from a meeting at Otjiwarongo, hit Petrus Iyambo who died on the spot at about 1am (0000GMT).

The Namibian Sun noted that this was the second time Nghaamwa has been charged with culpable homicide. In March 2015, he was involved in a similar incident in which he killed a cattle herder near the Tsintsabis Veterinary Gate, also in Oshikoto region.

The herder sustained serious injuries and had to be airlifted to Windhoek for treatment.

Salini SpA, the Italian company building the N$2.4-billion (about US$185 million) Neckartal Dam near Keetmanshoop in the Hardap region, has halted construction work over non-payment over a delayed payment by the government of close to N$180 million that was due in February, according to The Namibian.

The newspaper reported that Salini suspended operations indefinitely on April 14 after it informed about 800 workers, except essential staff like plumbers, electricians, mechanics and quarry workers, to stay home until further notice to force government to pay what it is owed. 

Affected workers told The Namibian that they may not get their full salaries for April because of the company’s cash flow problems. 

Last year, the company also cut the workers’ November salaries by 50 percent, citing cash flow problems due to delayed payments by government, said the paper.

Published on 28.04.2020

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