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Newsline: Chinese embassy in Namibia distances self from ‘rotten’ nationals

The Chinese embassy in Namibia has distanced its operations and relations from what its chargé d’affaires Li Nan called the ‘rotten’ Chinese, following dozens of poaching cases and other illegal activities involving Chinese nationals. Several Chinese were also arrested in arguably the biggest financial scandal ever reported in Namibia, involving N$3.5 billion that the government allegedly lost in tax evasion and money laundering, among others counts in the matter. Some Namibians were also arrested in connection with the case. “China will never give unprincipled protection to Chinese national suspects if they are treated according to the law,” he said. He said Chinese nationals that are involved in illegal activities do not represent the local Chinese community and embassy, and certainly not the People’s Republic of China.


Newsline: Nigerian Diplomat in Namibia Denies Extrajudicial Killings

The Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia, Biodun Olorunfemi, denied allegations by Amnesty International that the Nigerian military is committing extrajudicial killing of civilians in its troubled northern region and demanded an independent, impartial investigation into a video showing soldiers slaughtering civilians. Olorunfemi said the Nigerian military is well aware of the rules of engagement during a crisis, therefore, they should not be accused of committing extrajudicial killings. “They [military] know that extrajudicial killings are forbidden and they are very organized in this regard,” Olorunfemi said.


Newsline: Ethiopian and Namibian ambassadors accused of role in Venezuelan envoy murder trial in Kenya

A lawyer in the Venezuelan envoy murder trial accused the Ethiopian and Namibian ambassadors of playing a role in the arrest of his client. Lawyer Katwa Kigen, who is representing the former first secretary of the Venezuelan Embassy Dwight Sagaray, said ambassadors Luise Gurbert and Juana Carlos insisted on having Sagaray charged with the murder of Olga Fonseca. The proceedings also saw a gardener, who still works at the Venezuelan Embassy, testify against Sagaray and his four co-accused. Julius Anini told Justice Weldon Korir that he knew the Ethiopian and Namibian ambassadors and that they came to act for the embassy when he was arrested with Sagaray for investigations into Fonseca’s murder.


Newsline: Thieves raid Indonesian Embassy in Namibia

Thieves broke into the Indonesian Embassy in Klein Windhoek last week Thursday and made off with laptops, new cellphones, a video camera, precious metals and cash. According to the Head of Chancery, Rieza Maulana, a review of the surveillance camera footage showed that at midnight at around 00:30 the burglars climbed over the side gate and electric fence to enter the yard of the embassy, which is situated in Nelson Mandela Avenue. They then went to the guard post and tied up the guards. “They forced entry into the building by cutting the burglar bars. Once inside, they disarmed the alarm, turned off the CCTV, forced open not less than six rooms and stole valuables,” explained Maulana. “Around 03:30 the tied security guards managed to escape and phoned the G4S headquarters,” he added. He said the police also responded quickly to the embassy’s call, adding that “the embassy appreciates the quick response and cooperation of Nampol”.


Newsline: Namibian Embassy in Russia eyes Ukrainian evacuation

Government will evacuate Namibian students studying in Ukraine if the unrest in Ukraine jeopardises their safety. Although there are over 200 Namibians studying in Ukraine only 67 are registered with the Namibian Embassy in Moscow in Russia. “As for now those students that have registered with the embassy in Moscow are safe. But if it is moving to the situation where it gets dangerous, we will evacuate our children,” said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peya Mushelenga. Mushelenga said Namibia’s Ambassador to Russia, Ndali Kamata, assured him that Namibian students were safe in Ukraine. Some 70 Namibians are studying at the Crimea State Medical University.


Newsline: Iran reopens embassy in Namibia after 16 years

ran has reopened its embassy in the Namibian capital Windhoek after 16 years in a bid to strengthen Tehran’s cooperation with African countries. The embassy was reopened by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi during a special ceremony on Monday after Kiomars Fotouhi Moqaddam started diplomatic activities as the Iranian ambassador to Windhoek. “The reopening of Iran’s embassy [in Namibia], which took place after a 16-year suspension due to economic problems, in the first look indicates the determination of the two countries’ officials to expand mutual relations and in the second look shows part of Iran’s macro policies to expand cooperation with the African continent,” Salehi said. He hoped Namibia would also open its embassy in Tehran in the near future. Salehi arrived in Namibia on Monday on the last leg of his tour of African nations. He previously visited Zimbabwe and Comoros.


Newsline: Zambian Diplomat Accused of Abusing Employees in Namibia

A number of current and former employees of Zambia’s High Commissioner to Namibia, Wendy Sinkala, have accused her of verbally abusing her Namibian domestic workers and of treating them as if they were modern-day slaves. Chief among the accusations are physical and dehumanising treatment; working for long hours without pay; working non-stop without being given days off; being insulted for no apparent reason; unfair deductions, as well as abrupt dismissals. Workers at the High Commission also accuse the diplomat of making belittling and degrading remarks about Namibians in general. Some of the domestic workers complained that they were forced to work from 07h00 to 17h00 without a lunch break. Those who dare to eat food at the High Commissioner’s residence face summary dismissal. “She treated us like we are dogs,” lamented one of the former workers who said she left her job because of the continued ill treatment by the diplomat who usually brags that she is untouchable, possibly in reference to her diplomatic status.