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New Era Newspaper - 23/06/2017 - Vol22 No221

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New Era Newspaper - 23/06/2017 - Vol22

Vol. 22 No. 221 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, June 23 2017 Inside Today GDP contracts by 2.7% in first quarter of 2017 The latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures from the Namibia Statistics Agency indicate that the domestic economy contracted by 2.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to a 4.1 percent growth recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2016. Page 19 Kautondokwa eager to face Billy Joe Saunders Fresh from a superb 5th round stoppage victory over Ghanaian boxer Obodai Sai last Friday, Namibia’s WBO/IBF Africa middleweight king Walter ‘The Executioner’ Kautondokwa has his eyes firmly set on the big stage, and is this time targeting British undefeated pugilist Billy Joe Saunders as his next potential victim. Page 48 Jail lovebirds sentenced to another 26 years Roland Routh Windhoek Maleachi Seibeb Three prison inmates who were convicted of murdering a fellow inmate with ‘home-made’ weapons while in custody at Windhoek Correctional Facility were yesterday Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Presidential Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi yesterday called DTA president McHenry Venaani disrespectful for insinuating that President Hage Geingob was being economical with the truth over his handling of issues related to the national oil storage facility being Herman Rukero sentenced to 26 years each by High Court Judge Dinah Usiku. The deceased had a romantic affair with one of the accused. The judge said it was the court’s duty to combat crimes, especially those committed in correctional facilities that are meant to rehabilitate offenders, before she sentenced constructed at Walvis Bay. He was responding to questions posed by Venaani in the National Assembly regarding investigations into the storage facility. According to Kapofi, Venaani purportedly claimed President Geingob had said ‘heads would roll’ in the oil storage saga due to the escalation of the facility’s cost from a reported N,7 billion to N,5 billion. Benedictus Afrikaner Herman Rukero, 29, Benedict Afrikaner, 31 and Maleachi Seibeb, 47, to 26 years each on the murder charge and three years on a conviction of obstruction of justice. The two sentences were ordered to run concurrently. LOVEBIRDS on page 2 Kapofi tears into Venaani over oil storage saga “I believe that it is critically important that as Members of Parliament, and as Namibians in general, we endeavour to be factual at all times, especially when we attribute words or deeds to another person,” Kapofi said, adding that in this way, dignity of public discourse can be preserved. SAGA on page 2 No evidence to charge Air Namibia employee with human trafficking Staff Reporter Windhoek The prosecution has declined to charge the Air Namibia employee, and his co-accused, arrested in connection with the alleged smuggling of 11 Angolan nationals to Germany aboard an the national airline. According to the prosecution there is not enough evidence to charge the 32-year-old employee, who works as a check-in agent at Hosea Kutako International Airport. The employee, who cannot be named until he is actually charged, was due to appear in court yesterday along with his accomplice, said to be a 29-year old Angolan national living in Namibia. However, the prosecution has charged the co-accused Angolan national with staying in the country illegally, and the man remains in jail. TRAFFICKING on page 2 Attentive… Members of the public showed keen interest in the last public hearing of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs yesterday at the UN Plaza in Windhoek on the motion of a genocide remembrance day. Kae MaÞunÿu-Tjiparuro Genocide remembrance day stirs emotions Kae MaÞunÿu-Tjiparuro Windhoek Following a public hearing in the capital yesterday it is an open question whether the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs will go back to the drawing board regarding the motion to denote a genocide remembrance day. At a marathon public hearing in the UN Plaza hall in Katutura the committee was bombarded with proposals, questions and many misgivings on the issue in a session that lasted about three hours. At one stage matters reached boiling point and were about to get out of hand, with some members of the public jeering and interrupting others, once again underlining the sensitivity and emotive power of the unresolved issue of the 1904 genocide, as well as the attendant and inextricably linked issues of reparation and land. GENOCIDE on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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