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New Era Newspaper - 21/06/2017 - Vol22

ol. 22 No. 219 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, June 21 2017 Inside Today Bahnhoff murderer jailed for 35 years Our society craves the assistance of our courts in protecting our women and children, Judge Nate Ndauendapo said yesterday when he sentenced Paulus Ruben to an effective 35 years’ imprisonment for murder. Page 3 Okahandja mayor wants land sale moratorium lifted Okahandja Mayor Johannes Hindjou has called on the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development to fasttrack the lifting of the moratorium on selling and leasing land in the town. Page 11 Charge filed against Ueitele after ruckus at Swapo conference Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek A case of malicious damage to property has been filed with the Gobabis police against Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele, following tensions and reported scuffles at Saturday’s extraordinary district conference of Swapo. Police Regional Commander for Omaheke Commissioner Josephat Abel yesterday confirmed the charge to New Era, saying at this stage a case of malicious damage has been registered and is under investigation, but no one has yet been arrested in connection with the case. Former Omaheke Swapo Party Women’s League (SPWL) Photo: Emmency Nuukala Tough job… At the corner of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Kock Street in Klein Windhoek a security guard was found huddled next to an open fire to keep the cold at bay. Rodrick Ndara, aged 32, says he does not know the owner of the house he guards. He spends his working hours outside the yard on the pavement, with no access to shelter or sanitation facilities. The fire was the only way to keep warm in the sub-zero temperatures, as the security firm he works for does not provide warm jackets or windbreakers. Omaheke Governor Festus Ueitele regional coordinator Bianca Van Wyk yesterday confirmed to New Era that she had indeed filed a case of malicious damage to property against Ueitele, but said she doubted whether the case would ever see the light of day. “I’m reading already in the papers… Abel is saying there is no case open, but I opened a CR 02/06/2017 with the Gobabis police,” she said. CHARGES on page 2 Edgar Brandt Windhoek President Hage Geingob’s intervention - by personally telephoning his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu - has helped secure the release of about 200 of approximately 400 Staff Reporter Windhoek Police on Monday arrested an Air Namibia employee and another individual for allegedly facilitating the illegal travel of 11 Angolan nationals aboard the airline’s flight to Frankfurt, Germany. The German border police Paul Nakawa detained the passengers, who included women and children, haulage trucks stranded in Zambia since February. The trucks were held while Zambian authorities verified permits and other relevant documentation, following which they would obtain clearance to continue their journeys onward to Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania. Unemployment at 37.5% in Khomas Albertina Nakale Windhoek One of the major challenges singled out by Khomas Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua during her State of the Region Address yesterday is the escalating level of unemployment in the region, which she said is a major concern to government. The governor said, despite enormous investments into the region, levels of unemployment continue to grow, especially among youth of working-age. She revealed that the youth unemployment rate has risen by 5.4 percent since 2014 (when it stood at 32.1 percent) to 37.5 percent in 2016. She said one reason for this could be that the region is affluent and offers opportunities in terms of education, employment and health amenities. She further noted that the majority of people flocking to Windhoek and Khomas Region are working-age youth, saying: “Not all of them may be able, although they are willing to work.” UNEMPLOYMENT on page 2 Geingob brokers release of 200 trucks from Zambia The trucks, many of which are carrying Mukula timber, a protected high-quality tree species found in Zambia, were impounded so that authorities in that country could confirm where the wood was harvested and whether the trucking firms were in possession of the TRUCKS on page 2 Air Namibia staffer arrested over alleged human trafficking upon arrival in Frankfurt from Windhoek aboard the flight of June 12 from Hosea Kutako International Airport. Although the Namibian police yesterday claimed not to have all details regarding the arrest of the two persons in Windhoek, Air Namibia confirmed the arrests. The national airline said the arrest of its employee and an accomplice was the result of cooperation between Air Namibia and the police. “Once we received the information from the German police via our station in Frankfurt, TRAFFICKING on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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