Minister of Finance Iipumbu Shiimi

Finance Minister Iipumbu Shiimi tabled the midterm budget review of N$841,6 million in the National Assembly. The review does not constitute an additional or new budget, but it rather reallocates funds to alternative priorities within the budget already tabled in May. Shiimi proposed that the lion’s share of the reallocation, or N$326.4 million, be allocated to the basic education ministry.

Meanwhile, Namibia’s tourism industry arguably suffered the most due to lock-down and the regulations put in place by the government, with not only those directly employed by the industry but also suppliers to the industry out of work. Managing Director at Gondwana Collection Namibia, Gys Joubert, told Future Media News that having visited some of these small scale suppliers and realising the true state of poverty in the country, he addressed an open letter to Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.

In some good news, Air Namibia will once again operate weekly flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town from 28 October 2020. The national airline’s Acting Head of Corporate Communications, Twaku Kayofa, explained to Future Media News that the Windhoek to Johannesburg direct route will be operated on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, whereas two flights between Windhoek to Cape Town, both direct and via Walvis Bay, will be operated on Fridays and Sundays.

Affirmative Repositioning Movement leader Job Amupanda called for the Judicial Services Commission to conduct interviews for the position of Prosecutor General publicly and for the names of applicants to be published by the due date.

Highlighting what he called a trend in which white Namibians have been registering themselves to vote in the upcoming regional and local elections next month, President Hage Geingob, speaking in his role as the Swapo party president, alleged that these people had “declared war” against the ruling party and wanted to vote for “anything else but Swapo”. Geingob’s comments left Namibians perplexed, disappointed and needing an apology.

Meanwhile, Namibia’s Internationally noticed #ShutItAllDown protests continued this week, with around 50 protesters congregating and marching to the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare on Thursday. Activist Ndiilo Nthengwe told Future Media News that further to calls for the Government and Police to step in on the fight against Gender Based Violence, they are also demanding the resignation of Minister Doreen Sioka by the 31 October.

In news from the continent, AfriForum sent an open letter to President South African Cyril Ramaphosa requesting an urgent meeting with him to discuss farm murders and the future of Afrikaners as a cultural community in the country. Ernst Roets, AfriForum’s Head of Policy and Action, told Future Media News that AfriForum wants to see an end to the removal and destruction of Afrikaner statues and monuments; discrimination against Afrikaners and Afrikaans speakers in public educational institutions; hate speech and incitement by influential politicians to commit violence against Afrikaners; the stereotyping of Afrikaners as “land thieves”; and the failure to prioritize farm murders.

On the International Front, US President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden clashed over the coronavirus, race, and Hunter Biden in the last debate before November’s election. FSN’s US correspondent Jagruti Dave reports that the two men went head to head in Nashville Tennessee as millions of ballots have already been cast in early voting and with Biden ahead of his Republican rival in the national polls.