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New Era Newspaper - 26/06/2017 - Vol22 No222

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2 NEWS Monday, June 26 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era Publication Corporation (Daniel Tjongarero House) Corner of Dr W Kulz and Kerby Streets Tel: 061 - 273 300 P/Bag 13364 Windhoek Registered as a newspaper, Certificate No. 06/08/91 EDITOR Chrispin Inambao EDITORIAL Tel: +264 61 - 273 328 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES Katima Mulilo Office: Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Rundu Office: Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 Tsumeb Office: Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 Swakopmund Office: Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Keetmanshoop Office: Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Luderitz Office: Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus Tel: +264 61 - 273 326 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES & PRODUCTION Festus Goseb Tel: +264 61 - 273 322 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 YA TOIVO From page 1 Hundreds of Namibians and about a dozen African dignitaries turned out to bid farewell to the struggle hero who was sent off with a 21-gun salute. Ya Toivo’s widow Vicky, the couple’s children, President Hage Geingob and other mourners openly wept as the casket was lowered into the ground, just after 11am. In his final national message, Geingob said Ya Toivo and his peers should not be honoured with words but with actions, adding that it was through action that this brave son from Omangundu village in Oshana Region scaled the heights of the school of life, to become a symbol of defiance against tyranny and oppression. “’I am now done with my mission and very frail. I’m at the airport with my ticket now, waiting for the plane to come so that I go home to meet my friends, Tobias Hainyeko and others,’” said Geingob in quoting Ya Toivo in his own words. “Comrade ya Toivo, for the past several years, we have been with you at the airport in the waiting room, keeping you company while you waited for your plane to arrive.” “That plane has arrived, and we are escorting you to the plane, tears in our eyes as you walk up the stairs with your one-way ticket, ready to begin your non-stop flight to a destination where there will be no more hatred, no more fighting, no more incarceration and no more pain,” he added. The head of state said the GREATEST From page 1 Ya Toivo was incarcerated on Robben Island for 16 years, making him the longest serving Namibian in that notorious prison. He was laid to rest on Saturday at Heroes Acre outside Windhoek following a state funeral with full military honours. “His nerves of steel came to the fore during the infamous trial of The State v. Tuhadeleni and 36 Others, in June 1967, where he delivered a defiant statement in his resolute talking style,” Nujoma said in his 40-minute speech. Ya Toivo served as Swapo secretarygeneral when Nujoma was the revolutionary movement’s president. Ya Toivo retired from active politics in 2006 and the following year, 2007, Nujoma relinquished the Swapo presidency. Nujoma said deep in the apartheid headquarters of Pretoria, Ya Toivo reminded the racist South African regime: ‘We do not now, and will not in the future, recognise your right to govern us; to make laws for us, in which we had no say; to treat our country as if it were your property and us as if you are our masters.’ Nujoma – who was elected Swapo president in absentia in 1960 while he was abroad to prepare for the formal launch of the liberation struggle – said Ya Toivo, a co-founder of the party, delivered this stinging rebuke in the belly of the beast with the full knowledge that his captors had no reservations about killing those who displayed dissent or resistance. “He was ready to face the most serious of repercussions. Just like another icon of the struggle against apartheid, Comrade Nelson Mandela, who three years earlier, in the Rivonia Trial in the same court, had declared his willingness to die for the cause,” he said. restlessness and toiling of the living world is no longer a concern for Ya Toivo. “For he has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, he has kept the faith.” He said Ya Toivo is gone to reunite with his peers and friends such as stalwarts Tobias Hainyeko, Mweshihange, Maxton Mutongulume, Dimo Hamaambo, John ya Otto Nankhudu, Frederick Matongo, Peter Tsheehama, Peter Nanyemba, Mose Tjitendero, Richard Kabajani, John Pandeni, Andrew Intamba, Anton Lubowski, Gerson Veii, Moses //Garoëb and so many other heroes and heroines of Namibia’s liberation struggle. He said Ya Toivo will also peep into the room where his fellow Robben Island prisoners are, such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Steve Tshwete, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada and others – icons who suffered for the freedom of their people. The struggle icon’s dignified state funeral was graced by, among others, Founding President Sam Nujoma, former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, ministers, representatives from both the South African and Zimbabwean governments, a Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) representative, other foreign dignitaries and hundreds of mourners who filled marquees and sitting points at Heroes Acre. The funeral was also attended by 25 Namibian Robben Island survivors as well as representatives from Cuba. Nujoma said Ya Toivo was similarly inclined to sacrifice his life for the ideal of a better humanity. Nujoma defined Ya Toivo as a stubborn, principled, fearless and selfless man who hated liars and thieves. “When thinking about Andimba’s character, a Swahili proverb, ‘wherever a man goes to dwell, his character goes with him’, comes to mind. It is no surprise that Comrade Ya Toivo’s character followed him all his life. Like a sweet and commanding fragrance, it permeated everything he touched,” he said. The former president said that with a clear vision of the way ahead, Ya Toivo’s compass was calibrated to seek fairness and justice. He said his prior life as a teacher, a farmworker, a railway police officer, a soldier in the Second World War gave him unique preparation for this difficult journey. “Ya Toivo could speak English. Not many black people in 1958 could speak English, never mind in a court of law. Now imagine an eloquent, fearless speaker and an excellent mobiliser who used his talents to inspire hope to the oppressed and fear to the oppressors,” he said. He said ‘Toivo’ is a Finnish name for ‘hope’ and Ya Toivo was indeed “our beacon of hope”. Nujoma said Ya Toivo delegitimised the apartheid regime and articulated a rallying cry of the oppressed by saying, ‘The struggle will be long and bitter.’ He said harassment, incarceration and exile did not break the spirit of Ya Toivo nor silence his powerful voice, “it simply made him louder”. “Comrade Ya Toivo rose like a phoenix from the dusty sands of Omangundu,” he said, adding that his selfless service to the Namibian people serve as a constant reminder of the renewal of mind and spirit required to drive Namibia to prosperity. Ongwediva Medipark makes more medical history Helvy Shaanika Ongwediva Three more people have become recipients of a kidney transplant at Ongwediva Medipark, bringing to four the number of kidney transplants performed at the northern hospital. Ongwediva Medipark places Namibia among few countries in sub- Saharan Africa that have undertaken kidney transplant surgery, and is second to hospitals in South Africa in SADC. Other countries that do kidney transplants in Africa are Morocco and Tunisia in northern Africa. Ongwediva Medipark managing director Dr Tshali Iithete said the hospital recently successfully operated on three chronic renal failure patients, using kidneys obtained from live family donors. Recipients included a 63-year-old Tanzanian female lecturer who received a kidney from a 27-year-old relative, a 38-year-old male who received a kidney from a 35-year-old relative and a 21-year-old female university student, who received a kidney from her 26-yearold relative. Two of the patients have been receiving dialysis in Windhoek while the third received the treatment in Ongwediva. All of the patients had been waiting sometime for a transplant, said Iithete. “Ongwediva Medipark transplant team is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of coordinator Laina Ndoroma, a team of doctors from various disciplines and allied health services. The surgeries were conducted by Drs Shabaan Kaikai and Brown Ndofor of Ongwediva Medipark under the supervision of Namibia’s renowned medical professor Fillemon Amaambo, and South African-based professors Russel Britz and Jerome Loveland,” said Iithete. MEATCO From page 1 “The investigation continues and it is clear it has reached a very definite stage,” she briefed those in attendance. “We, however, had to expand the scope of the investigation into other areas of concern that emanated during the course of the investigation, thus we have placed the CEO on administrative leave, to afford auditors an opportunity to further their investigation.” Agriculture minister John Mutorwa, who was not present at the meeting, also came under fire from some farmers and producers because of his decision to use his discretion in appointing the new board. Mutorwa appointed the board on a temporary basis in December last year before announcing early this year they will serve the full three-year term. Some farmers argued they were never approached to nominate their own candidates and that Mutorwa exercising his sole discretion was not procedural. After deciding to proceed with the meeting, despite attempts to the contrary, a group of farmers started chanting “viva, farmers, viva” while Namundjebo-Tilahun was introducing the board and delivering her speech. Some farmers walked out during her address. After realising that the chairperson was not fazed by their chants, the group gathered together and walked to the podium while preparations were being made to present the company’s financial report. But in less than 15 minutes about “The team has been gaining confidence in this much-needed surgery. A number of patients are currently being worked on to undergo the same transplant procedures at Medipark,” said Iithete. Currently Medipark has a list of 53 private and state patients on dialysis, and 12 of them have opted and registered for a kidney transplant. Those on the list include Namibians and patients from other African countries. Last year Medipark made history when Bernhard Maswahu, 59, became the first Namibian to undergo a kidney transplant locally. Maswahu’s surgery was pronounced successful. His 20-year-old son Musa Maswahu was the donor and both are now living a normal life. Before Maswahu’s operation, Namibia depended on South Africa for this procedure, which was both emotionally and financially draining. While it would cost N.4 million to have the procedure done in Cape Town, Ongwediva Medipark quotes N0,000, all costs inclusive. “It could be less as we grow, because patients may not stay long in the ICU,” said Iithete. Iithete further advised kidney failure patients, and their families, to consider a transplant over dialysis, maintaining it is a lifelong solution and less costly. One dialysis session costs N,000 but some patients require dialysis up to three times a week. This translates into N0,000 a year. In the absence of a transplant, kidney failure sufferers depend on dialysis treatment for life. “It is therefore Medipark’s intention to create a strong sustainable transplant programme that complements the government’s efforts in health delivery,” said Iithete. eight police officers arrived at the venue, while the board tried to explain to the group that their concerns regarding the legality of the board had been noted and would be discussed at another meeting. The meeting proceeded but tension hung thick in the air. Rukoro, who is also the Ovaherero chief, was quoted as having said the national meat producer will end up slaughtering dogs if it pushed ahead with its plan to get rid of him. He warned there would be serious consequences to both Meatco and the entire meat industry. Rukoro claimed that his subjects felt his forced leave is political harassment of both him and them. Rukoro maintains his suspension was carried out by an illegal board, which is “dancing to the tunes” of Mutorwa. Rukoro also vowed he would contest the legality of his suspension and demand that the Meatco board members personally pay for what they did to him. In terms of Meatco slaughter cattle, 25 percent of the commercial market share originates from communal farmers, some of whom are Rukoro’s subjects. Rukoro’s contract runs until the end of March next year. He was quoted as saying that the Ernst & Young report the Meatco board used as the basis for his suspension contains nothing that warranted such an action. Mutorwa has publically stated he was not involved in the appointment of Meatco CEOs.

Monday, June 26 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 3 Over 1,200 Kunene job seekers placed Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The government through the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation recently placed 1,233 job seekers from Kunene Region in various positions across the country. The labour minister Erkki Nghimtina revealed this in parliament last week, saying that during this financial year the ministry registered 13,676 job seekers in Kunene and had placed 1,233. Nghimtina was responding to questions posted by DTA chief whip Jennifer van den Heever who asked what initiative the ministry has in place to address youth unemployment in Kunene. For years Kunene has been ranked among the regions worst affected by unemployment. Nghimtina said the ministry has established a system (Integrated Employment Information System) that is accessible to all the regions and captures the details of job seekers, employees and training/education institutions. Nghimtina said the ministry is currently tasked to administer the Employment Service Act. This act requires employers to post vacancies to the Employment Service Bureau for employment officers to match job seekers with vacancies posted. He said this is an ongoing programme in all regions, including Kunene, and many young people have thus been assisted to get permanent employment. However, he said, the challenge is that most young people do not have skills required by the labour market. “As a result in most cases the ministry is unable to prove prospective employees as requested by prospective employers,” he said. Furthermore, Nghimtina said, when he took office as labour minister he sent a team of senior officials to all the regions to consult with the regional leadership to solicit project proposals that have the potential to create employment Struggle is real… Joblessness remains one of the main challenges facing Namibia today. in their respective regions. He said he has so far received positive feedback and hundreds of proposals. “Selected projects that were submitted are being developed with the assistance of other government authorities such as the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development for possible funding. “These projects target young people in all regions, including Kunene,” he said, adding that the ministry is also in consultation with other relevant institutions to work together to assist the youth to acquire the appropriate skills needed by various industries. Photo: Nampa He said such skills would make young people employable or enable them to create their own employment. “We want to create employment opportunities in rural areas to address two main challenges: boosting the rural economy and at the same time curb the presently increasing ruralurban migration.” Leaders agree to name airport after Ya Toivo Staff Reporter Windhoek Trustco owner and farmer Quinton van Rooyen has warned that if tribalism haunting the national red meat flagship Meatco is not nipped in the bud, the company would collapse to the detriment of the national economy. He described Meatco as a national asset and a valuable foreign currency earner for Namibia. Van Rooyen made the remarks while giving a motivational speech at the acrimonious Meatco annual general meeting held on Friday in Windhoek. Van Rooyen expressed his disappointment with the deep undercurrents of tribalism and factional politics running through a national asset. “Division and tribalism will lead the billion-dollar asset to the slaughterhouse and self-destruction in a country where failed SOEs have already robbed Namibians of countless opportunities and will lead Meatco down the path of failure,” Van Rooyen warned. “Even more disappointing is to notice the naked animosity between a farming community, the board and the management who are entrusted to represent Namibia in the international consumer market with a unique and world-class meat product, while an efficient Meatco should be the unifying factor amongst stakeholders.” The Meatco AGM got off to a stormy start at the Wanderers sports Quinton van Rooyen Tribalism threatens Meatco’s existence – Van Rooyen grounds with a motion to discuss constitutional matters even before the agenda could start. After much debate – fuelled mainly by farmers from the Omaheke Region who are mostly subjects of suspended Meatco CEO Vekuii Rukoro – the agenda had to be put to the vote, not only for inclusion, but also in an effort to propel it to the top of the list. Van Rooyen put his prepared speech aside after expressing disappointment with the tone of the debate amongst the various camps and said as long as the meat corporation cannot get its house in order Namibia’s exports would falter. He remarked that it is difficult for him to motivate people that are already motivated and passionate about their industry, but implored members not to focus on what divides them, but rather what they agree upon as farmers and business people who are uniquely placed to create jobs and wealth for the nation. The chairperson of the Meatco board, Martha Tilahun-Namundjebo, at times had to control her frustration as the suspension of Rukoro soiled proceedings. Rukoro was present at the AGM as a farmer but not as an official of Meatco. Van Rooyen warned that tribal and racial stereotyping cannot be tolerated a day longer in Namibia as it betrays the right of citizens for equality and justice. Those with a tribal agenda should be named, shamed and isolated from the society of Namibians with good nationalist intentions, he said. Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek President Hage Geingob has agreed with the proposition to name Ondangwa airport after the late Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, tasking relevant authorities to facilitate the process. This followed a call made earlier by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba who said he felt there is a need for Ondangwa airport to be renamed after the struggle icon. “I saw one article in the newspapers that suggested Ondangwa airport should be renamed after Ya Toivo and I think it is a good idea,” said Pohamba at Ya Toivo’s memorial service on Friday. Over the weekend land activist Job Amupanda produced letters he had written to the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) and Swapo and government leaders in July 2014 suggesting the airport be named after Ya Toivo. Pohamba was president of both Swapo Party and the country at the time, with Amupanda claiming the idea was shot down. Pohamba said the late Ya Toivo was one of the bravest sons of Namibia who had done much for the people of the country. “He is a true hero, fearless, an icon of the our national liberation struggle, a patriotic Namibian citizen, a freedom fighter, an internationalist, a Robben Island political prisoner,” Pohamba said. He added that Ya Toivo was a humanitarian, a visionary leader and a man of deep conviction whose life had been full of trials and tribulations because of his indelible determination to fight for the freedom, justice and independence of his people. “Ya Toivo, who is lying before us here today, will be forever remembered with profound fondness for his steely determination and commitment to the struggle for freedom and independence,” he added. Furthermore, the former head of state said Namibians should celebrate the fruits of his long and purposeful journey he travelled to freedom and independence. “Ya Toivo was determined to serve this period until Namibia had attained its independence.” Pohamba said that due to the political pressure put on the South African apartheid and colonial regime by Swapo, in solidarity with international progressive communities, Ya Toivo together with some other comrades were released after sixteen years in prison. “Let us remember the hardships and sweat that late Ya Toivo went through on Robben Island during the sixteen years as part of the history of Namibia,” he said. Pohamba said that after Ya Toivo’s release in 1984 from Robben Island prison he did not give up or waive the fight for Namibia’s freedom and independence. “He immediately joined the rest of his comrades and Swapo leadership in exile.” “His contribution during that time as one of the Swapo leaders will go down in the history of Swapo and that of the national liberation struggle of Namibia,” he added. Pohamba said Ya Toivo accomplished his mission to free Namibia from the colonialism and apartheid of South Africa when he and other comrades returned home in 1989 and from 1990. He said Ya Toivo was one of the Swapo leaders who brought into existence the world-praised supreme law (constitution) of Namibia. “Let us celebrate late Andimba’s unquestionable contribution to the nation building of this country after independence,” he said. Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba

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