6 NEWS Wednesday, June 7 2017 | NEW ERA Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Finger-pointing was the order of the day at Omuthiya district’s Swapo Party conference on Monday with the majority threatening to boycott as they demanded answers regarding unaccounted funds meant for a district office at Omutwegwonime. It is alleged that approximately N0,000 in cash and donations in kind that included goats, cattle, chickens and mahangu collected at a fundraising event near Omuthiya in 2013, vanished and remains unaccounted for. In addition, some Swapo members wanted to know how over N0,000 pledged during an end-of-year function at Omuthiya was used, but they could not get answers. The meeting almost came to a standstill when Swapo’s regional ‘Missing funds’ used as a de-campaigning tool coordinator, Armas Amukwiyu, tried to dismiss such a discussion, as it was not part of the agenda, but under pressure he capitulated and allowed the complainants to be heard. The conference aimed at nominating candidates to contend for the positions of regional coordinator, treasurer, mobiliser and information officer revealed the ugly side of Swapo’s internal politics. The nominees will contest for the said positions at the upcoming regional conference scheduled for June 24, where four members will be elected to represent the region at the Swapo Congress later this year. It only came to light at the meeting on Monday that the funds were spent on fuel for the party members’ trips to Nehale Lya Mpingana Constituency. Former councillor of Omuthiya and former district treasurer Armas Amukoto maintained that the funds collected amounted to only N,000 and not N0,000. However, he could not detail how much remained in the kitty, apart from saying the funds were used for fuel. In response the members asked who had authorised Amukoto and Shiningombwa to divert funds without the knowledge and authorisation of the district executive committee. However, was a source, who preferred anonymity, claimed that the issue of the funds was a mere smokescreen to de-campaign other candidates and to diminish their chances of election. The situation only calmed down when Amukoto explained he was innocent in the matter as there were three signatories, hence he could not have squandered the funds of his own volition. One of the signatories, Beata Nashongo, then distanced herself from the matter, saying she was not always present during all withdrawals, as sometimes Amukoto was accompanied by Leevi Shiningombwa, who was one of the signatories by virtue of her role as district coordinator. “The funds we used were for the purpose of putting in fuel… I did not use any of that money for my own things, and in fact I am a businessman even before I took up that position. So, I couldn’t live on that money” Amukoto said. Amukoto further indicated that he still has records for transactions and can make them available to clear his name. In response, Amukwiyu requested that all the bank books be brought forward before they are handed over to the new treasurer in a transparent manner. The meeting, which convened at midday and dragged on until 20h00 due to the disagreements and arguments swirling about, also saw some party members storm out of the venue. Murder accused’s fate in PG’s hands Maria Amakali Windhoek Photo: Contributed Plan delayed… Financial constraints have impacted adversely on the implementation of the road masterplan of the City of Windhoek. Lack of funds hampers transport masterplan Nuusita Ashipala Helao Nafidi Amidst financial constraints, the City of Windhoek is struggling to implement its master plan for Sustainable Urban Public Transport (SUPT). Head of bus administration Johanna Shikukutu said the majority of the tasks foreseen in the first phase of the master plan have not commenced as a result of budget cuts. She said the limited financial resources has also resulted in a lack of personnel, such as bus drivers. Apart from the ageing fleet of buses, Shikukutu further said the City is challenged by the lack of a dedicated team to carry through the implementation of the master plan. Shikukutu made the remarks at the launch of the road master plan for Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto and Oshana Regions at Helao Nafidi on Monday. Despite the budgetary challenges being experienced, the City of Windhoek is forging ahead with the available resources and will embark on a trial project to put up pedestrian crossings at the busy Monte Christo road in Katutura. In its mandate to improve public transport and upgrade major roads, the City has plans to pilot line one and two of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route along Independence Avenue to ease traffic from Katutura to the central business district. About 30 houses along Independence Avenue are likely to be affected by the envisaged development. While the BRT seeks to create easy access between Katutura and the city centre, Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb appealed to the City of Windhoek not to inadvertently perpetuate what an independent Namibia is trying to move away from. !Naruseb was refering to the situation where black people commute to the city centre to work, but must return to the townships afterwards. In response Shikukutu sought to assure the minister that the City’s plans would ensure that Windhoek becomes into a polycentric town. The Prosecutor-General is set to decide the future of two men accused of murder. Eighteen-year-old Faizel Jason Minnies and Quinton Cloete, 21, took the stand in Katutura Magistrate’s Court yesterday to answer regarding their connection to the death of Rafael Romanus Marishanu in May 2014. Marishanu died after he was stabbed in the back on August 22, 2014 following an argument. According to Minnie’s testimony, the trio were drunk as they had been out drinking in the vicinity of Otjomuise, Windhoek. The deceased came running towards him after someone else robbed him. A tussle ensued between Minnies and the deceased, but he managed to get away from the deceased. Through his recollection of events that transpired that night, the deceased had allegedly already been stabbed when they started wrestling, although one of his friends - Cloete - reportedly gave him a knife so that he can stab him. Cloete allegedly gave Minnies the knife to stab the deceased, so that he would leave him alone. Minnies explained that he attempted to stab him, but missed and the deceased allegedly fled the scene and walked into a bar, leaving the two behind. According to the prosecution, on May 2, 2014 the deceased had left his home for a drink at a local bar, but was never seen alive again. He was found dead by locals few days later with a stab wound. Marishanu had died from a penetrating wound to the heart inflicted on him from the back. Since the duo were only arrested on August 22, 2014 they in the interim got into more trouble with the law and chalked up two more cases of assault, read with the provisions of combating gender-based violence, and robbery, which are still on the court roll. Minnies and his co-accused are nevertheless both out on bail. Magistrate Antonius Shapumba gave a final remand for the Prosecutor General to decide in the matter and postponed the case to July 17.
Wednesday, June 7 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 Cattle murder… Stockley Kauejao, Matheu Kakururume, Muvare Kaporo and Afas Kamutjemo in the dock at the Windhoek High Court. Photo: Roland Routh Confession admitted in Kazeurua murder trial Roland Routh Windhoek Judge Alfred Siboleka has admitted a confession made by Matheu Kakurume (30) to a magistrate at Gobabis, after his arrest for the gruesome murder of renowned stock theft investigator Hiambepo ‘Major’ Kazeurua, into evidence. The judge admitted the confession into evidence after finding no truth in the allegations by Kakurume that police officers assaulted and unduly influenced him to make the confession. He is the second accused to appear in the murder trial, which has drawn a large number of spectators since its start. Appearing with him are Stockley Kauejao (41) and Muvare Kaporo (26) on charges of murder, stock theft and defeating or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice. In addition, Afas Kamutjemo (39) will appear on charges of stock theft and defeating or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice. The indictment states the accused conspired to kill Kazeurua to prevent him from tracing cattle they had stolen. Kaporo and Kakururume ambushed him and killed him by strangling him and throwing sand in his mouth to prevent him from breathing. This allegedly happened on 28 December 2012. Police found the partly burnt body of Kazeurua in an Aardvark burrow on January 7, after people reported him missing days earlier. Yesterday one of the investigators in the case, Inspector Kephas Iyamboh – a Warrant Officer at the time - informed the court of what transpired on the day they found the body of the deceased. He testified that Chief Inspector Kandetu asked him to go out to farm Brazil where the burnt out pick-up of the deceased was found. While there he received instructions to interrogate two of the workers on farm Brazil, Jesaya Daniel and Nambinga Mbongoro. During their conversation Daniel told him, and Mbongoro confirmed, that on 28 December 2012 Kaporo returned to the farm and told him that he and Kakurume killed ‘Major’ - as the deceased was known. Necessity of acting judges explained He further told them that they buried him in an Aardvark Burrow in the last camp of Farm Brazil on the border with the neighbouring farm Vasdraai. Iyamboh said Daniel told him that after Kaporo confessed to the murder he (Kaporo) asked for a cell phone and called Kauejao who instructed him (Daniel) to tell Kaporo and Kakurume to come and get their money and then go wherever they wanted. “I then went back and reported what I was told to Chief Kandetu”, the officer said. He added that he then contacted MTC to obtain printouts of the calls made to and from Kauejao’s phone. Iyamboh’s reading of the dates and times and locations from where Kauejao's and Kamutjemo's phones were utilised took up the rest of the day at the hearing. Advocate Slysken Makando represented Kauejao; Hipura Ujaha represented Kakururume Monty Karuaihe acted for Kaporo while Jan Wessels represented Kamutjemo. Kauejao and Kamutjemo are out on bail while Kakurume and Kaporo remain in custody. N0 000 heist suspect granted bail Maria Amakali Windhoek The Katutura magistrate’s court yesterday granted one of the six suspects in the robbery of N0,000 from a Puma Service Station in Katutura bail. Magistrate Antonious Shapumba granted Jafet Ekandjo (40) bail of N,000. Ekandjo is amongst the six suspects that allegedly held employees of the Puma service station at gunpoint and robbed the business of N0,000 in cash in February. Ekandjo and his five co-accused Johannes Kambonde (28), Nehale Gabriel (31), Simeon Nangolo (28), Laurentius Iipinge (30) and Nghilivali Johannes (28) face charges of robbery and assault of Genevieve Mireille on February 13 in Katutura, Windhoek. The prosecution presented evidence that Ekandjo and his six co-accused held Mireille and other employees at gunpoint near a local commercial bank in Katutura. The robbery occurred outside the Pick n Pay complex in Katutura, while the service station employees were on their way to deposit the money at a bank. The suspects allegedly managed to escape using a black sedan without number plates. It still unknown how the robbers acquired the information that the service station workers were carrying such a substantial amount of cash on that specific day and at that specific time, as well as why they did not have a security guard escort. Even though they were transporting such a huge sum of money, no security guard accompanied the employees. So far police have recovered only N,000 of the stolen cash as well as the getaway car. The court denied the six bail during their first court appearance, but Ekandjo lodged a formal bail application, which succeeded after his defence attorney managed to convince the court that he did not represent a flight risk Ekandjo’s five co-accused will remain in police custody until their next court appearance. Magistrate Shapumba issued a warning to Ekandjo to report at the Windhoek police station every Monday and Friday. Roland Routh Windhoek With the recent multiple appointments of acting judges to the High Court of Namibia, New Era decided to look into why Namibia need acting judges to carry out the mandate of the judiciary to dispense fair and speedy justice. In response to enquiries the public relations department of the judiciary said that the judicial system needs to appoint acting judges for many different reasons. For example, the reply stated if the judge president feels the nature of a case is such that all of the permanent judges would have a conflict of interest, he is entitled by law to appoint an acting judge to oversee the case. In the recent past the judicial system appointed acting judges for extended periods, because the judge president felt that it would be disruptive to appoint new judges immediately after the introduction of case management at the High Court. The acting judges had the necessary experience to consolidate the gains of the many reforms introduced at the High Court, which had now settled sufficiently to make it possible to replace the acting judges with permanent judges. The judge president is allowed to appoint acting judges in terms of Article 82(3) of the Namibian Constitution and may do so as long as the need exist or arises. The judiciary has also given serving magistrates and legal practitioners the opportunity to serve as acting judges to assess their potential for elevation to the High Court as permanent judges. The judge president also has the right to extend the period of appointment in case an acting judge does not complete a trial. Judges are not allowed to preside over matter where there is a conflict of interest. Should a matter involve a litigant represented by his or her firm, the judge must recuse him or herself from the case. It is furthermore the duty of the registrar of the High and Supreme Court to ensure that such conflicts of interest are avoided at all cost. Any litigant who feels that a judge is conflicted has the right to ask the judge to recuse him or herself from the case. Judges are not allowed to practise private law for the duration of the appointment. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS FOR THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF A PUPKEWITZ MEGABUILD CENTER AND ITS ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE IN RUNDU, KAVANGO-EAST, REGION, NAMIBIA Applicant: M. Pupkewitz & Sons (Pty) Ltd Environmental consultants: Aurecon Namibia Project: EIA for the proposed construction of the new Pupkewitz MegaBuild Centre and its associated infrastructure, off Independence Avenue within Rundu Town, Kavango-East Region, Namibia. Availability of the Draft Scoping Report (DSR): A hard copy of the DSR is available for review at the following locations; the Aurecon Offices in Windhoek and at the existing Pupkewitz MegaBuild Centre, at the Information Desk on Markus Siwarongo Street in Rundu. Comment period: 7 – 28 June 2017 Public Meeting: 21 June 2017 at 11h00 onsite – opposite the Total Garage off Independence Avenue. Legislative requirements: The proposed project triggers activities listed in Appendix B of the Namibian Environmental Policy of 1994, and Activities in Government Notice No 29 of the Environmental Management Act (No 7 of 2007) and therefore an Environmental Impact Assessment process is required. The competent Authority is: MET: DEA. Purpose of the comment period: To afford Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) an opportunity to comment on the project and to ensure that all issues and concerns are captured and considered in the DSR. Public Participation: I&APs are required to notify Aurecon in writing should they wish to register as an I&AP. Please submit your name, contact information and comments on/ before 28 June 2017 for attention: Ilze Rautenbach, Aurecon, P.O. Box 5353, Windhoek; Tel: 061 297 7000; Fax: 061 297 7007 or Email: Ilze.Rautenbach@aurecongroup.com.