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New Era Newspaper - 20/06/2017 - Vol22 No218

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New Era Newspaper - 20/06/2017 - Vol22

Vol. 22 No. 218 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday, June 20 2017 Inside Today Rundu without water since Saturday Residents of Rundu – mainly at Ndama, Kehemu and Millennium Park – had no water over the weekend and taps in Rundu were dry yesterday after the water utility NamWater cut off bulk water provision due to an outstanding debt. Page 3 Overall trade for Q1 2017 declines 16.6% The most recent figures from the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) indicate the country’s trade deficit for the first quarter of 2017 was estimated at N,185 million. Page 11 Okakarara needs a sports officer - Kandorozu Outspoken NUDO Councillor for Okakarara Constituency Vetaruhe Kandorozu has expressed concern over the conspicuous absence of a dedicated sports officer in the constituency. Page 24 Two million hectares of commercial land needed Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Government, through the Ministry of Land Reform, still needs to acquire close to two million hectares of commercial agricultural land for resettlement purposes, according to the Revised National Resettlement Policy (2018-2027). Overall, government aims to acquire and distribute five million hectares of commercial agricultural land and of this target, 513 commercial farms - totalling 3.1 million hectares - has already been acquired. Government also allocated land to over 5,300 beneficiaries either as individuals, groups, cooperatives and/or group resettlement projects. According to the revised policy, although government acknowledges in the Resettlement Policy of 2001 that it had no definite numbers of people in need of resettlement, it is now estimated that some 243,000 Namibians are in need of land. “Therefore, using this figure as the only available official estimate, Photo: Emmency Nuukala Out in the cold… With temperatures plunging to below 2 degrees celsius on Friday night a child identified only as ‘John’ was found sleeping in the open area across Hidas Shopping Centre in Klein Windhoek, shielded from the cold only by one thin blanket. According to Superintendent Bibby Kolokwe, the boy was part of a group of street children who had been returned to Gobabis a few weeks ago. The children complained though that the dustbins in Gobabis barely have food in them, which is why they returned to Windhoek in search of sustenance. Fitch affirms Namibia’s BBBinvestment grade rating Desie Heita Windhoek Fitch Ratings agency has affirmed Namibia’s Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings at ‘BBB- ’ with a negative outlook, in a statement that recognised government’s fiscal management during these trying times. In a statement issued yesterday Fitch Rating said: “The ‘BBB-’ rating reflects Namibia’s strong growth potential and record of political stability, balanced by high fiscal and external deficits. “The Namibian authorities have committed to a significant front-loaded adjustment that will likely narrow the fiscal deficit in the coming two years,” the agency further noted. Fitch Rating however commented that the ‘negative’ forecast reflects uncertainties about the growth outlook and the ability of the government to reverse the rising debt. Local research analyst Ngoni Bopoto said Fitch’s affirmation “portrays confidence in GRN’s fiscal consolidation agenda and to a certain extent Namibia’s sovereignty as the issue of contagion from South Africa does not receive noteworthy mention. This is consistent with our expectations.” FITCH on page 2 it would mean that only about 2.2 percent of this total has been reached, despite the fact that over 62.81 percent of the targeted land has been acquired for resettlement,” reads the report in part. “Given the above state of affairs, it is important for many Namibians to acknowledge the fact there is not enough agricultural commercial land available to cover the ever-increasing number of Namibians eligible for resettlement,” the report states. LAND on page 2 Economic analyst Ngoni Bopoto Land Reform Minister Utoni Nujoma Congolese inmate awaits trial for nearly a decade Roland Routh Windhoek A Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national charged with robbery, who has been languishing in jail for the past nine years awaiting the start of his trial, is appealing in the Windhoek High Court against the refusal by the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court to grant him bail. High Court judges Nate Ndauendapo and Christi Liebenberg heard his appeal last Friday and indicated that the earliest they would be able to rule on the matter is July 28. Serg Wembondinga, 38, was arrested on May 20, 2008 and remained in the Windhoek Correctional Facility’s trial awaiting section ever since. His seven co-accused, Abraham Ipuleni Daniel, Tuhafeni Matheus, Stefanus Ngiimbwasha, Sosthenus Weyulu Ngiimbwasha, Elifas Haitembu, Kangombe Nghilinganye and Elias Hangombe were all granted bail at their first bail application. Wembondinga was refused bail on grounds that he is a foreigner and had no fixed address in Namibia and was thus considered a flight risk. It was alleged the eight men held Poonja Azim at gunpoint and robbed him of US5,000 at a guesthouse in Adler Street in Windhoek West on May 3, 2008. CONGOLESE on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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