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New Era Newspaper - 07/06/2017 - Vol22 No209

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2 NEWS Wednesday, June 7 2017 | NEW ERA Kamati continues to inspire northern learners Product of New Era Publication Corporation (Daniel Tjongarero House) Corner of Dr W Kulz and Kerby Streets Tel: 061 - 273 300 P/Bag 13364 Windhoek Registered as a newspaper, Certificate No. 06/08/91 EDITOR Chrispin Inambao Pinehas Nakaziko Onyaanya Student leader and youth activist Abraham Vincent Kamati, a student at the University of Namibia’s Hifikepunye Pohamba campus is contributing to learners’ welfare through an outreach programme he initiated earlier this year. The programme was set in motion to motivate learners to focus on their schoolwork. Last Friday Kamati visited his former school, Uukule Senior Secondary in Onyaanya Constituency in Oshikoto Region, at the invitation of the school principal to address learners as the second term of the schoolyear commenced. Kamati, who served in the leadership of the school as secretary of the learners’ representative council, implored the learners not to be lazy and to pay attention to their books. He further advised them to abstain from drugs, alcohol and premature sex. Learners were reminded that education is very important and that they need to be highly committed to become achievers in life. “You must take your education seriously to avoid getting involved in illicit behaviour. Knowledge and critical thinking are key imperatives in the collective endeavour to build an inclusive and prosperous Namibia. Through hard work all of you will excel,” Kamati told the students. He also encouraged them to emulate the good example of those who passed their examinations with flying colours and said they should be disciplined and always respect their teachers. “It is my first time coming to this school since I completed my secondary education some years ago. I am very happy to be here with teachers, who were my teachers as well,” he noted. Teacher Martin Olembe Antindi, who introduced the motivational speaker, said Kamati had been a committed learner at the school and had been an active member of the school, whose achievements should be emulated. “Kamati is one of the youth activists we have in Namibia. He is involved in youth affairs and has also contributed to the youth wellbeing,” Olembe noted. Following his speech, a Grade 12 learner from the school indicated that the outreach programme had helped them stay focused. “His words really touched me. I’m sure from today on I will change my tactics and make sure I succeed,” she said. EDITORIAL Tel: +264 61 - 273 328 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES Katima Mulilo Office: Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Rundu Office: Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 Tsumeb Office: Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 Swakopmund Office: Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Keetmanshoop Office: Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Luderitz Office: Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus Tel: +264 61 - 273 326 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 COTA From page 1 on whether to send the students home or not. “The financial constraints of government and the subsequent budget cuts have impacted deep on the College of the Arts’ diploma courses,” head of Media Arts and Technology Studies Jooste van de Port told New Era. The affected include 140 students in their first year and second academic years, who are enrolled for courses in television and radio production, new media design and sound technology. Van de Port said the main problem is staff shortages, as well as the fact CEO From page 1 “Exciting developments have taken place” and the meeting would focus on the practical role of public enterprises in contributing to the development agenda of the country, the forum’s spokesperson, Franz Gertze, told New Era yesterday. Gertze, who is the chief executive officer of Namibia Qualifications Authority, said the forum was also scheduled to engage with Economic Planning Minister Tom Alweendo specifically to discuss the role of public enterprises in the implementation of the national development plan (NDP5). “Public enterprises cannot operate in silos. They are not just there to render public services, declare profits or MURDERER From page 1 submitted that Kapepu had shown remorse, the fact that he did not take the court into his confidence by testifying under oath and showing how remorseful he was prevented the court from determining the genuineness of the contrition alleged by the defense counsel. “It can hardly be disputed that the deceased died a cruel and painful death at the hands of her so-called lover. The deceased was assaulted thrice with the that “the complexity of teaching creative, journalistic and technical or vocational skills has always required special teaching needs and the media courses rely on industry experts and practitioners, as well as academic staff. “The media department has recently lost lecturing positions due to longstanding open vacancies. Currently, government does not allocate funds to fill positions that were open before October 2016. Employing lecturers to fill position on part-time contracts is also not possible,” van de Port explained. The operational budget allocation to the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, under whose auspices the college resides, regulate. They must work to contribute to the implementation of the country’s development agenda,” Gertze intoned. The highlight of the meeting is set to be the engagement with Minister of Public Enterprises Leon Jooste, who is scheduled to deliver a keynote address on “unresolved challenges and new opportunities” facing the country’s public enterprises. There is also likely to be a discussion on issues of remuneration of public enterprises’ chief executive officers and managers and the criteria for the appointment of board members to public enterprises. The issue of national procurement and how it will affect public enterprises is also expected to feature prominently in the discussions, with Gertze saying the members of the forum look forward back of the axe on her head, which is a vulnerable part of the body. “The deceased ran to the room, where she was supposed to be safe and the accused followed her and assaulted her until she bled to death,” the judge stressed. She further said the offence committed was serious and common. “Cases of domestic violence have become a daily occurrence in our society and they should be viewed in a serious light,” Shivute said, in considering the circumstances of the murder. She went on to say society expects the courts to underwent an average 12 percent cut since 2015/16. In the current financial year, the operational budget was further reduced by 13.5 percent - or N7,4 million - and now stands at N billion. “At the moment we are working with the ministry to find solutions [to] avoid the collapse of these highly relevant courses that connect to youth development and employment and also connect to the media industry’s demand for qualified staff,” van de Port added. “That said, the ministry recognises the relevance and importance of these courses and has expressed commitment to guarantee the continuation of the courses. It works together with the to having that discussion. Minister Jooste is also expected to appraise the chief executive officers regarding the framework for an ownership policy, which will provide guidance on the role of the “State as shareholder” in commercial enterprises. In his statement to parliament during the 2017/18 national budget debate, Jooste said the framework had been developed. He said: “The biggest challenge presently facing the MPE is the legal environment, which is still in essence the same as that under which the SOE Governance Council operated.” Jooste said at the time that the law in its current form merely provided the MPE with an oversight mandate and was not suitable to deal with the protect it against ruthless offenders by imposing appropriate sentences that fit the seriousness of the crime. According to the judge, the fact that Kapepu pleaded that he did not intend to kill the deceased should not automatically be regarded as a mitigating factor and noted that he did not stop his assault on the deceased after the first blow, but continued the assault, thus causing her death. “The deceased was unarmed and she posed no threat to the accused. The accused committed a senseless and callous murder,” she found. directorate of arts and the College of the Arts to seek alternatives for critical teaching positions,” he noted. The college was, however, concerned that the required measures might take time to materialise and this could impact adversely on the progress of various academic year groups this term. Media students in their third year are not affected and would be able to progress with their studies as usual, “as some resources are in place and their progress is mainly self-directed”. COTA further said - whatever the outcome - the affected students “would be informed in due course about what is at stake for them and of the arrangements for the term.” transformation of public enterprises; hence the need to urgently amend the relevant laws to give legitimacy to the hybrid governance model that was approved by Cabinet in July 2016. Gertze yesterday confirmed that the forum was expecting - through their engagement with Jooste - to get a full appraisal on the hybrid governance model and the new public procurement framework. The Namibian Institute of Public Administration and Management is also scheduled to engage the forum on the issue of skills development, something deemed crucial to the national economy. The AGM is further expected to elect new members to the secretariat of the Public Enterprises Chief Executive Officers Forum. Kapepu was convicted last month after he pleaded guilty to the charge of murder, read with provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, in connection with the death of 30-year-old Christien Gases in 2015. According to a plea explanation Kapepu entered, he struck the deceased with the back of an axe once on her head and continued to hit her two more times, causing her death. The axe used in the murder was found next to Gases’ naked corpse. After the brutal killing, Kapepu reported the case to the police and handed himself in. MARKETING, SALES & PRODUCTION Festus Goseb Tel: +264 61 - 273 322 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 CONGRESS From page 1 for the regional coordinator’s position, which would be contested at the upcoming regional elective conference. Of the seven district meetings so far, Amukwiyu has won nominations from six. He was likely to stand unopposed - until Monday’s surprise loss to Nekongo, who is due to challenge him for the position of regional coordinator. Late yesterday, Amukwiyu produced a spectacular comeback when he defeated Nekongo at the Onayena district elections, winning the contest by 29 votes to 20. The regional coordinator will be expected to lead the region’s delegation to the Swapo congress in November. On Monday Amukwiyu lost to Nekongo, who got 67 votes, to Amukwiyu’s 48. New Era understands this was the first time during this round of district meetings that Amukwiyu faced any opposition. His defeat on home turf thus came as a surprise to many. But with nomination already secured in the districts of Onayena, Oniipa, Omuntele, Onyaanya, Engodhi and Guinas, Amukwiyu remains on course as far as his re-election bid is concerned. He is, however, yet to know his fate at Tsumeb, Olukonda, Okankolo, Onayena and Nehale lyaMpingana districts, where nominations are yet to take place. Other candidates have also been nominated to contest at the regional conference - scheduled for June 24 - where nominees will battle for the posts of regional treasurer, regional secretary and secretary for information and mobilisation. Voting for delegates to represent the region at the Swapo congress will also be conducted at the regional conference. Efforts to obtain comment from Amukwiyu proved futile yesterday as neither the calls nor text messages to his phone were answered. Names of all candidates nominated at district level will be sent to the vetting committee, which will be responsible for the selection of candidates who qualify to vote at the regional conference.

Wednesday, June 7 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Albertina Nakale Windhoek S withdrawal cruel blow United States president Donald Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has caused anger and anxiety across the globe, and Namibia feels this move will negatively affect climate change efforts. Trump shocked all-andsundry when he withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement saying he wanted to renegotiate a “fair” deal for the US in line with the electoral promises he made that he wants to ‘Make America Great Again.’ The accord that came to fruition during the tenure of former American President Barack Obama has been signed by 195 countries and ratified by 147 globally. Late last week the US leader removed the US from the agreement to the dismay of many European allies, China and other signatories. Virtually every country in the world signed the agreement in an attempt to limit global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, In reaction to Trump’s decision, Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta on Monday said the Namibian Ministry of Environment ministry was saddened by the withdrawal of the US from the Climate Change Accord. Shifeta noted the accord provided for any party to the agreement to withdraw at any given time. Nevertheless, he felt the sudden withdrawal of the United States of America was a major blow to the global effort to tackle climate change, considering the USA was one on the biggest polluters in the world. Shifeta said Trump’s withdrawal had undermined the significance of the Paris agreement and the efforts that had been made, particularly by developing countries such as Namibia to reduce and mitigate the impacts of climate change. President Hage Geingob signed the Paris Agreement on behalf of Namibia at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 22 April 2016. The Paris Agreement commits developed countries to take the lead in scaling up financial support for tackling climate change in developing countries. In this regard, Namibia being a signatory to the Paris Agreement has an opportunity to access such funding through institutions such as the recently operational Green Climate Fund. The fund will assist the country in tackling climate change related challenges such as water, food and energy insecurity. “It is disappointing that the withdrawal was made on the verge of the World Environmental Day (June 5) where countries are expected to rededicate and recommit themselves to protecting the environment and mitigate the impacts of climate change on the environment,” the minister said in his reaction. He said the Paris Agreement united all the nations of the world into a first-ever universal, legally binding global deal to tackle climate change. In addition, Shifeta noted Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta that climate change posed a threat to the environment and its impacts were devastating particularly for a country such as Namibia. In Namibia people and the economy were heavily dependent on natural resource-based sectors, including agriculture and livestock farming, fisheries and tourism. The Independent reported on Monday that Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change had apparently prompted the acting US Ambassador to China to resign from his post. David Rank, who has served in the Foreign Service since 1990, worked in the Beijing embassy when China signed a bilateral deal with the US under the Obama administration, just ahead of the Paris signing. It was considered a historic deal between two of the world’s largest polluters. China estimated it would need until 2030 to reach a ‘peak’ of carbon emissions – mostly through inexpensive coal burning – in order to build up its economy to a point where it could afford to start transitioning to more renewable energy sources. After that time, the country will begin to reduce carbon emissions and increase the proportion of renewable energy sources. China is already a leader in solar panel production and renewable energy investments throughout the world. Furthermore, The Independent reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping had urged Trump to keep the US in the Paris accord, but said that his country and France must ‘protect’ the deal. The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. It further commits developed countries such as the United States of America to scale up financial support for climate change mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries. Shifeta said that for both urban and rural populations to remain connected with nature, it was essential for the citizenry to stay engaged and conscious of the importance of environmental protection. “For this reason I am pleased to note that all kinds of information and awareness raising events are taking place across the country for World Environment Day, with the full involvement and participation of a broad range of stakeholders. “Let us all unite and take action so that our current and future generations will be able to connect to nature and can enjoy the treasures that it has to offer,” he urged. Multi-billion road project unveiled Nuusita Ashipala Helao Nafidi The Ministry of Works and Transport has launched its N.8 billion northern road master plan that will create more than 3,000 tarred and gravel roads and about a 1,000 earth roads, which it will implement the project over the next 20 years. The Master Plan for Sustainable Transport for Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto involves collaboration with the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The plan envisages that Oshikoto will take the biggest chunk of the roads with about 35 percent, followed by Omusati with 31 percent, Ohangwena 21 percent and Oshana 11 percent. Cabinet has yet to endorse the plan before its actual implementation kicks off. The plan is estimated to cost about N billion, but the final cost is likely to fluctuate as prices keep escalating. The ministry has earmarked the next roads master plan for the coast. The northern roads master plan follows the Windhoek Sustainable Urban Transport plan, which the city authorities launched in 2015. The northern plan seeks to make provision for cyclists, pedestrians and people living with disabilities on the already existing roads, and those the country will still construct. It further seeks to have scheduled transport between the rural and urban areas and between cities as well as ensure each regional capital has reliable, efficient and affordable public bus services. Speaking at the launch Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus! Naruseb said the plan would ensure the transport system in the four regions was effective in meeting the needs of residents and businesses over the next 20 years. “The plan looks at the importance of planning for the future in the four regions taking into account a forecast growing population, especially in urban areas, and the long distances travelled by those who live in remote areas to access services and facilities,” !Naruseb said. In alignment with Vision 2030 and the National Development Plan 5 (NDP5), !Naruseb said the roads plan was a crucial instrument to fulfil the overall development goals of the country and went hand in hand with important national developments in the transport sector of the past years. The Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa, who was present at the launch, confirmed the ministry’s willingness and preparedness to support the sustainable development of the transport sector in the four regions. Her ministry would support the plan because it was a crucial aspect for overall sustainable development, economic prosperity and for social integration for both urban and rural areas. The ministry handed the plan over to the governors of the four regions. Truck seizure costs transporter N.6 million Photo: Aron Mushaukwa ontraband… One of the seized trucks with logs of mukula ood Aron Mushaukwa Katima Mulilo Ronald Shangoya of Devils Claw Investment whose 21 trucks were seized by Zambian authorities at Wenela border post for transporting mukula timber sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says he has incurred losses of N. 6 million. Shayonga’s trucks form part of a total of about 200 trucks impounded in Zambia in February this year and has thus far cost the local transport sector an estimated N0 million. The trucks were impounded because Zambian laws prohibit the harvesting of mukula timber. The truck drivers were transporting the goods from the DRC onwards to clients in China. Shangoya says if he was going to sell all the timber in his 21 trucks he was going to generate about N.6 million. This however looks to be money he may never see, as his fleet of trucks remain impounded in Zambia. “It feels very bad, I am in a tough position right now because I am not generating any money, but drivers want to be paid. The bank where we took the loan for us to purchase our goods they are on top of us, and we don’t know how to pay them back, so it is really a situation one cannot handle,” Shangoya lamented. The transporters says this is not the first time he has lost goods, after he lost about N0,000 in 2014 when his devils claws were confiscated in Zambia, and he never recovered them. At the time of transporting the timber, the law only forbid the harvesting of mukula timber on Zambian territory, but not the transportation of the timber from another country. The situation has now worsened, because as of April Zambia passed a law that states that it will not allow the transport of mukula timber through the country. This means the 200 trucks impounded in Zambia are unlikely to re-enter Namibia anytime soon.

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