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National |MPs ask Mbabazi to resign over strike

Daily Monitor: "Confusion marked yesterday’s opening of public schools for the crucial last term after some teachers reported for duty even as their colleagues across the country refused to call off the strike over a salary dispute.

Uncertainty over how schools will function continued with MPs demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi over a seven-day ultimatum he issued to teachers on Sunday. The PM, who warned that teachers who fail to report for duty will be replaced, was criticised for aggravating a situation that now affects the future of thousands of pupils and students."

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Court frees boy prisoner

The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."