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New Era Newspaper - 19/06/2017 - Vol22 No217

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2 NEWS Monday, June 19 2017 | NEW ERA KAPIA From page 1 Those selected to represent the region at the upcoming party congress include former Ondangwa Mayor Leonard Negonga, businesswoman Fenny Nanyeni and Frieda Akwaake. Malakia Katumbo also retained his position as regional treasurer. In Ohangwena Region, Swapo Youth League’s regional conference endorsed Wise Immanuel and Tuyeni Kandume for the positions of secretary general and deputy, respectively, of the party’s youth wing. Immanuel secured 66 votes out of 83, while Ephraim Nekongo and Sioni Ileka, who stood for the same position, only secured a combined 17 votes. Nekongo got 11 votes, while Ileka was voted for by only six people. Nekongo has so far been endorsed by Oshana Region, while Ileka was endorsed by Oshikoto Region as their candidate. A number of regions are yet to conduct regional elections to present their candidates for the mother body and other key party structures. All 14 regions were given until June 30 to finalise the regional election process and to submit their candidates’ names to the party leadership. Gender Equality Minister Doreen Sioka SIOKA From page 1 make it impossible to effect any signficant increase in the amounts paid to beneficiaries. Instead, she advised the public to be patient and learn to live within their means. “There are a lot of poor people in this country, which government is trying to cater for, in addition to the disabled, orphans and pensioners. That’s the reason why we cannot increase [the amount of the grants], because the number [of beneficiaries] is a lot... So, once everyone is catered for, we can consider increasing [the amounts], depending on the availability of resources” Sioka said on Friday, during the commemoration of the Day of the African Child in Tsumeb. “I don’t want to hear and see any complaints in the media regarding this issue from now onwards. We have been inundated with complaints enough, and it’s time to understand,” she told the gathering. Government provides monthly grants in the amount of N0 each to 287,627 children. The money is intended for children in foster care, those eligible for special maintenance and those eligbile for disability grants. In addition, government provides a social grant of N,200 per month to Namibian pensioners, who number 159,315. Last year government provided social grants to a total of 194,532 people, including pensioners and those with disabilities. “I should remind you that we, Namibians, are lucky because not all African countries are doing this for their people. Hence we should be very grateful for these efforts by government. We also initiated the income-generating activity projects, which aim to uplift the lower income group through providing equipment to them in order to conduct business, which in turn can enable us to reduce poverty as they will generate an income,” Sioka stated. Speaking at the same occasion was UNICEF country representative Micaela Marques de Sousa, who said the child welfare grant programme is a good initiative by government, as it aims to address child poverty and social exclusion. “Currently [many] Namibian children grow up in a household that depends on social grants, especially old age pension as a primary source of income. “Foster grants reduce poverty by 1.4 percent and the pension grants by a further 34 percent,” de Sousa said, while commending government’s efforts. PG From page 1 In the documents before court, the Namibian company’s main shareholders say their fishing operations are in Angola and they are only using the Namibian company to repatriate profits to the holding company in Spain, because of the economic problems in Angola that have made it impossible for corporations operating in that country to repatriate foreign currency out of the country. The two shareholders in the Namibian company, Alberto Iglesias Martinez and Telmo Gonzales Alonso, dragged Imalwa to court, asking that the State “immediately release and pay out the amount of US6,722.20 (about N,4 million) held in account number CFC 8005 259 340, which is in its name, to the account of Fish Spain S.L.” Imalwa is named as first respondent and Bank Windhoek as the second respondent. Bank Windhoek’s Walvis Bay branch is the third respondent, while the Bank of Namibia is the fourth respondent. According to Adv Raymond Heathcote, who acted on behalf of Atlantic Ocean with Adv Japie Jacobs, Imalwa was well aware of and in possession of evidence that the fishing company was indeed a fishing licence holder in Angola and that the money paid into the Bank Windhoek account was derived from legal sources. Heathcote said Imalwa’s application was riddled with material non-disclosures and misrepresentations. He said it is trite law that an applicant in a POCA application, approaching a court on an ex-parte basis, must make full disclosure of all relevant and material facts, and must be bona fide. “If a breach of this obligation occurs, the inevitable result will be that the order will be set aside, even if relief could be obtained on a subsequent application by the same applicant, and even if the non-disclosure was not wilful or mala fide (in bad faith)”, he stressed. Heathcote further argued that the PG made the material non-disclosure in the first POCA application, which Atlantic Ocean formally opposed. He was adamant that the PG knew she would not have been entitled to obtain a forfeiture order in the first POCA application and “therefore deliberately decided to have the first preservation order expire, simply to obtain a tactical advantage to move for the second preservation order”. According to Heathcote, Imalwa was fully aware of and in possession of evidence that the fishing company was indeed a fishing licence holder in Angola and that the money paid into the Bank Windhoek account was of legal means. Her withholding such crucial evidence from the court was a deliberate ploy to gain the upperhand, Heathcote contended. He maintained that her approach materially prejudiced the fishing firm, because if the application for preservation in the first POCA was dismissed - and even if Imalwa appealed the dismissal - such an appeal would not have suspended the order and the firm would have been in possession of the funds again. Heathcote condemned the approach Imalwa took, labelling it “an abuse of process”. He further told the court Imalwa used the provisions of the POCA Act for a purpose never intended by the legislature – by her own admission. If done wilfully, it amounts to an abuse of process and in such circumstances it was submitted that the court should exercise its discretion to set aside both preservation orders, he argued. Deputy Judge President reserved judgment until September 6. The Prosecutor General’s Office was represented by Marius Boonzaaier and Jolanda van der Byl from the Office of the Attorney General. FAREWELL From page 1 This happened as hundreds of people gathered at a special memorial service for one of the torchbearers of Namibia’s liberation struggle, ya Toivo, who died on Friday, June 9 at the age of 92 at his residence in Windhoek. The eulogy by retired Anglican Bishop Shihala Hamupembe was filled with so much humour, that the mourners were often in stitches, as Hamupembe described ya Toivo as a stubborn freedom fighter, who was very straightforward and said his fearless acts could get one in deep trouble. He also said ya Toivo loved physical fitness and would use any space around him as an opportunity to exercise. “He was a friend to both children and adults, but the man was just too stubborn,” said Hamupembe. He narrated how the presence of ya Toivo, who had just been released from prison, at a church had a congregation divided between those who viewed him as a struggle icon and those who were sympathetic to the colonial masters and looked at him with somewhat less reverence. “One Sunday I told him that I was going to carry out a church service in town and I would pick him up later, so that we can go together for another church service at the location, but Andimba insisted that he was coming with me to town. “I knew that being with him would put me into trouble, but I didn’t know how to handle him. In fact, he gave me no choice but to go with,” Hamupembe recalled. While at church the white communities that were procolonial asked why Hamupembe was in the company of people like Ya Toivo, while those in favour of the liberation struggle took great interest in him, shaking his hand and encouraging him to continue the struggle. “A church for Andimba, a church against Andimba, and here is Shihala in between trying to reconcile. The man was just too stubborn,” said Hamupembe as the crowd burst into laughter. Various speakers spoke of their fond memories of late ya Toivo, a former Robben Island political prisoner and founder of the Owambo People's Organisation, which later became Swapo. “Andimba the school boy, Andimba the teacher, Andimba the guerilla, Andimba the businessman, Andimba the mineworker, Andimba the pioneer of the nationalist work movement, Andimba the internationalist, Andimba the prisoner of Robben Island, Andimba the lawmaker, Andimba the leader, Andimba the husband, Andimba the father, Andimba the brother, Andimba the stubborn, Andimba the honest,” is how Helmut Angula, the master of ceremonies on the day, summed up ya Toivo’s life. Many wept in silence as ya Toivo’s widow, Vicky, stood to pay tribute to her husband, saying that so much of what was spoken is a reflection of the loyal, honest and loving family man and husband she knew. She said she had known her husband for 33 years, but prior to meeting him in person she was part of the group that campaigned for his release. Ya Toivo was born at Omangundu village and started at a school where he was taught by his own father, Toivo Uushona, who taught under a tree. Omangundu village has since been split into three villages, each aptly named Omangundu Number One to Number Three. “In our small way we are also proud that we gave birth to this son of the soil. Our village - as small as it is - is the mother and father of this great man, who suffered in the name of the liberation struggle. We are glad that he was one of us. He left a legacy that we are proud of,” said Martin Elago, headman of Omangundu Number Two, who spoke on behalf of the communities of the three Omangundu villages.

Monday, June 19 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 earners cautioned gainst teenage regnancy Obrein Simasiku Tsumeb Pupils have been cautioned to guard against teenage pregnancy and to focus on their education, so that they can have a better future. This was a precaution from Minister of Gender Equality and Social Welfare Doreen Sioka, who said young women are lured by men into sexual acts for money and in pretence that they will marry them, hence cautioning the learners that men do not marry uneducated women, thus the learners should not fall prey to men before they have secured their own future. She was speaking at the commemoration of the Day of the African Child in Tsumeb on Friday, where she reminded learners and the youth at large of the student uprising in Soweto, South Africa on June 16, 1976, when students protested against the poor quality of education they received. This year’s theme was ‘Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and Equal Opportunities for Children in Africa by 2030’. “Dear children present here, Namibia values you, our future generation. Therefore, we have committed several policies, decisions, programmes and services to ensure we reach the Sustainable Development Goals and Harambee Prosperity Plan to reduce poverty. As government, we would like to ensure that every child has access to basic necessities for survival,” Sioka stressed. “Therefore, the Ministry of Gender and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Cul- Photo: Obrein Simasiku All for one… Tsumeb Constituency Councillor Lebbius Tobias, Minister of Gender Equality and Social Welfare Doreen Sioka and Tsumeb Mayor Veueza Kasiringua at the commemoration of the Day of the African Child. ture work hand-in-hand to make sure that children are enrolled in school. Education shall be directed to the full development of the child as one of their human rights. Thus universal primary and universal secondary education is free in Namibia in order to make sure that no child is left behind,” Sioka explained. School of Medicine advisory board commissioned Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The advisory board of the University of Namibia’s (Unam) School of Medicine was inaugurated and commissioned on Friday as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Unam and the Health Ministry. The objective of the MoU is to facilitate the collaboration and cooperation of Unam School of Medicine and the Ministry of Health and Social Services in the development and continuous improvement of the operations at the School of Medicine. In addition, the objectives include ensuring that the provision of education and training to students at the School of Medicine meet the national standards and requirements, as provided by Namibian law. The new members of the advisory board are permanent secretary in the health ministry Dr Andreas Mwoombola, who is the chairperson of the board, Dr Armid Azadeh of the Medical Association of Namibia, Dr Chris de Chavonnes Vrugt of the Namibia Dental Association, Dr Helena Ndume an ophthalmologist, the head of nuclear medicine in Namibia in the Health Ministry Dr Shitaleni Herman, and community representative Ambrosius Lorato Khobetsi Mariental The Land Reform Ministry last week kicked off the first round of one-day consultative meetings with regional stakeholders to review the draft National Resettlement Policy in Mariental. The meeting, which was attended by the governor of Hardap Region, regional councillors, the regional resettlement committee Photo: Alvine Kapitako All aboard… The members of the Unam School of Medicine advisory board were commissioned on Friday. Agapitus. The board includes Namibia Qualifications Authority CEO Franz Gertze, deputy director of the Centre for Quality Assurance and Management at Unam Nangula Iipumbu, deputy executive director for operations at the National Council for Higher Education Sylvia Demas, Prof Philip Odonkor of Unam, Dr Katriina Kuna Shikongo of the Namibia members, as well as traditional authorities and settled farmers, was hosted with the main objective of ensuring that stakeholders can give their inputs on the draft policy before it is finalised. Peter Amutenya, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Land Reform, said by hosting these meetings the ministry hopes to include all Namibians in the development of the relevant policy. “We can only produce Nursing Association, as well as a yet to be nominated representative from the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia. Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Bernard Haufiku highlighted the responsibility of the ministry regarding the MOU. This includes the application of the School of Medicine curriculum, syllabi guidelines and logbooks in the clinical training the second draft once we have consulted all 14 regions, this is the first of the regional processes we have embarked on to ensure that all our stakeholders at grassroots level and the entire Namibia are consulted,” he said. He further said during the workshops the stakeholders will look at the current resettlement processes, as well as come up with new resettlement models. “We will also discuss the scoring criterion, which is being used to evaluate the applications for resettlement purposes,” he added. The National Resettlement Policy is a document developed in 2001 and, according to Amutenya, the ministry has faced a lot of challenges in the implementation of the policy, some of which it has managed to overcome. Speaking during her of undergraduate and postgraduate students. “It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and Social Services to ensure that staff members in the service platform include functions of clinical training and supervision of students as part of their daily responsibilities,” said Haufiku. Dr Kalumbi Shangula said that Unam trains students in nursing, keynote address at the opening of the meeting, Hardap Governor Esme Isaack said it was an open secret that land is a sensitive issue and also one that cannot be wished away by way of wait-and-see tactics. She further called on the participants of the meeting to handle the issue with utmost maturity and composure. “We all need land, but I must accentuate the paramount importance of medicine, pharmacy and other health-related fields. The students are required to undergo practical training in hospitals, health centres and clinics of the Ministry of Health as course requirements for their respective degree and diploma programmes. “The MOU makes provision for the establishment of the advisory board to oversee the implementation of the MOU and to streamline the training of students,” Shangula said. Members of the advisory board were jointly appointed by the minister of health and social Services and the vice chancellor of Unam. The occasion marked the official inauguration of the advisory board so that it can start with its work, Shangula said. Unam Vice Chancellor Professor Lazarus Hangula said members of the advisory board were appointed because they are people of calibre, “who have what it takes to make our thriving School of Medicine to shine”. He further advised that they were expected to assist the School of Medicine by providing guidance and advice and to nurture it for growth. “For now we have no other medical school, apart from this one. It is my wish that your relationship with the School of Medicine and its staff will be a positive one,” Hangula said. onsultations on resettlement policy start in Hardap the rule of law in all our endeavours when it comes to land-related issues,” she stressed. The ministry hopes to have the policy reviewed in time for the second National Conference on Land Reform slated for September. * Lorato Khobetsi is an information officer for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in Hardap region.

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