4 NEWS Monday, June 26 2017 | NEW ERA Oshikoto SORA: Millions reserved to fast-track development Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Oshikoto Region Council has funded infrastructural projects worth N.7 million in Oshivelo and Onayena settlement and Oniipa. The projects aimed mainly at the provision of electricity and construction of sewer, water reticulation and retention ponds, and gravel roads. An additional N3,474 was spent through the governor’s office that disbursed funds to 16 entrepreneurs, and N7,308 from the regional council that was spread across five constituencies through the Rural Employment Scheme, while N9,423 was allocated for the implementation of the Micro Finance Programme. This funds were then allocated equally to eight constituencies, with each constituency receiving N,427. 88. Oshikoto Governor Henock Kankoshi expressed gratitude over the pace of socio-economic and infrastructural development in the region, as well the provision of potable water to rural areas. Kankoshi was speaking in his state of the region address (SORA) last week at Omuthiya. Photo: Obrein Simasiku ober assessment… Oshikoto Governor Henock ankoshi “I can proudly state here with confidence that the region made a significant impact in terms of critical areas of focus. This was more because of your consistent and unwavering support, cooperation, honesty, openness, frankness and indeed, the spirit of Harambee – pulling together in the same direction in order to develop and improve the living standards of our people living in the Namibian House,” Kankoshi stated. He added: “Oshikoto Regional Council has always been responsive to the needs of our people in terms of job creation and ensuring service delivery in the rural areas of the region. This year is not an exception. It is our strategic intent to develop and harness this human resource capacity, to contribute towards employment creation and SME-driven economic growth, propelled by our people.” In terms of providing access to clean drinking water Kankoshi said an amount of N8,846 was allocated to the food and cash for work programme and funds were shared equally among the 11 constituencies, amounting to N,076.90 per constituency. “This allocation was made towards the implementation of projects that address the shortage of potable water in various rural areas. In the quest to address the water crisis in the region, the council completed the installation of seven water pipelines in various constituencies,” Kankoshi noted. The governor acknowledged the efforts being made by Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb in maintaining and sticking to its core value of community investment through strengthening the social and economic fabric of Tsumeb, and the region at large. For the 2016/17 financial year, Dundee spent over N.2 million in community-related projects. Despite significant strides made, Kankoshi noted that the region’s developmental speed was affected by recent budget cuts and delays in the approval of funds. “The ministerial budgetary suspension for the 2016/2017 financial year affected the implementation of planned regional activities, as well as late transfer of funds by head office and the Ministry of Finance. Therefore, the ministry needs to improve communication channels (proper and timely consultations) on budget suspensions and improve the government’s cash flow position in order for funds to be transferred on request and timeously,” he concluded. Musician Shitana arrested for police impersonation WALVIS BAY Shambo singer Frederick Shitana Local shambo musician Frederick Shitana was on Thursday arrested at Walvis Bay for police impersonation involving alleged extortion and fraud. The crime investigations coordinator of the Namibian Police Force in Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, on Saturday said the 32-year-old musician was arrested together with another suspect, Ismael Martin, 31. Iikuyu said Shitana allegedly employed Martin as a police detective to extort money from people who pirated his music. “They unlawfully and intentionally misrepresented him as a police officer and together with the artiste fraudulently extorted N,552 from three bars and three printing shops in Kuisebmond,” said Iikuyu. According to the police incident report, Martin allegedly made a copy of a document having the Namibian Society of Composers and Authors of Music (NASCAM) and police logos. He also allegedly used a badge to identify himself as a police officer working with NASCAM. The two appeared in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Friday where they were remanded in police custody until their next court appearance next week. Police investigations continue. – Nampa Hardap SORA: Isaack says region is on right trajectory atheus Hamutenya ariental ardap Governor Esme Isaack ays she is convinced the region s moving in the right direction in erms of development. peaking during her state of the egion address (SORA) at Mariental n Friday, Isaack said the primary ocus of the region is to enhance kills development, uplift the ivelihoods of inhabitants, create ntrepreneurial opportunities or economic advancement and radicate poverty and hunger. The regional head said one of he biggest achievements of the egion, despite the challenges any residents face in setting up usinesses, is small and medium nterprise development, with 480 usinesses registered during the 016/17 financial year compared o only 42 during 2015/16, hich she said is evident of the etermination for economic ndependence of the region. “The main obstacles hampering rowth in this sector include prohibitive financing and collateral requirements, absence of marketing avenues and lack of land in local authorities,” she said. Isaack also touched on land, housing and sanitation, stating there is a great demand for urban land and thus local authorities have the responsibility to make land available to residents. She also said that houses under the mass housing programme are being handed over on a “continuous basis”, with 28 houses handed over at Mariental, while a further 40 houses are completed and will be handed over soon, while 27 of the 62 houses constructed at Rehoboth have been handed over. On sanitation, Isaack said the region is making significant strides to provide proper ablution facilities to residents, with 298 toilets under construction at various settlements at a cost of N million, while the project has created 118 temporary jobs for mostly unskilled residents. She further said the region has been allocated a further N.3 million through the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which is aimed at eliminating the bucket system, and 128 toilets are under construction, with completion date set for end of July this year. Despite sharing some of the region’s success stories such as the upgrading of schools and hostels for a conducive learning environment, and improved overall health provision and improved infrastructure, Isaack said there is still a long way to go. She said the lack of urban land, the prolonged process of town planning and the debt to utilities such as NamWater and NamPower are some serious challenges, adding that the demand for resettlement is much higher than available land, while the allocation of resettlement farms remains slow, and this, she said, needs collective thinking to tackle. “Fellow citizens, these challenges call for individual and collective redoubling of efforts to remedy these situations,” she said. Photo: Matheus Hamutenya Right direction… Hardap Governor Esme Isaack delivers her SORA on Friday.
Monday, June 26 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 5 Former Botswana president Ketumile Masire Photo: Nampa/AFP Late Masire an African progressive thinker: NUDO The National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO) party has described late former Botswana president Ketumile Masire as a “giant of African progressive thinkers”. In a message of condolence to the people of Botswana and the family of late Masire who died Thursday night, NUDO said he stood out at a time when the whole of southern Africa and beyond Africa was pre-occupied with the struggle for independence. Spokesperson of NUDO Joseph Kauandenge in a statement sent to the media on Friday said Masire was also credited for being the main architect of what has become Africa’s most successful economic transition. “He was a highly competent technocrat,” NUDO said of Masire, a long-serving president who was in power from 1980 to 1998, after the death of Seretse Khama in 1980. NUDO said Masire had realised that unlimited powers can lead to the danger of dictatorship and thus moved swiftly before his retirement to introduce term limits for all incoming presidents, setting a great example when he retired in 1998. “He will be fondly remembered by all liberation movements during the difficult times of the early 1960s.” NUDO said Masire was also known for saying: ‘I refuse to accept the notion that there are movements that claim to be the only authentic and sole representative movements of the liberation struggle – all people fighting for their liberation are welcome in Botswana.” Born on July 23, 1925, Masire died at the age of 91. – Nampa Two mothers arrested over babies’ deaths Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay Two mothers were arrested in separate incidents in connection with the death of their babies. In the first incident an eight-month-old boy tragically died in a shack after he was allegedly left alone by his mother. The incident happened in DRC, an informal settlement in Swakopmund. Deputy Commisioner Erastus Iikuyu told New Era the baby was left alone as from 07h30 by his 28-year-old mother when she went to work. “He was found hanging on his jersey on a piece of wood on the bed.” According to Iikuyu, the baby was found around 5.30pm by an aunt and her friend. “The mother did not inform anyone that she left the baby alone although she did hide the key at the usual spot,” Iikuyu explained. He added that the mother was arrested for murder and child negligence and would appear in court today. In Walvis Bay, a 40-year-old woman was arrested Ngaevarue Katjangua Windhoek Veterans Affairs Permanent Secretary Hopelong Ipinge has dismissed as lies claims by a group calling itself Namibian refugees, who are inviting the country’s war veterans to register themselves to receive millions of dollars supposedly owed them by the United Nations. The money was allegedly meant for Namibia’s war veterans returning to Namibia during the transition period leading to independence, but supposedly never reached its intended recipients. Ipinge said this in a public notice in which he warned veterans of the liberation struggle to be wary of the deceptive information being spread. “The leader of the Namibian refugees went to radio calling on all registered veterans of the liberation struggle to report themselves with their repatriation forms in Ongwediva, Oshana Region as from the 1st of July 2017, to be registered so they can benefit from millions of dollars owed to them as former freedom fighters by the United Nations,” Ipinge, a former ambassador, said. The veterans affairs ministry strongly distanced itself from the unrecognised group issuing the invite, saying “their strange intentions are not in the interest of the Namibian government and the plight of veterans.” Deputy Commisioner Erastus Iikuyu for concealment of birth and murder on Friday at the Walvis Bay state hospital. According to Iikuyu, the woman gave birth last week Thursday evening at her house in Kuisebmond to a healthy baby boy. However, she allegedly shortly after giving birth placed the baby in a plastic bag and threw it in the rubbish bin at the residence. The suspect allegedly experienced after- birth complications and visited the hospital on Friday evening, when nurses discovered she had given birth earlier. The medical staff after examining her alerted the police who came and questioned her about the baby’s whereabouts. She confessed and was arrested at the hospital. Iikuyu said post-mortems would be conducted to determine the cause of death in both incidents. Veterans’ UN millions a lie, says Ipinge The ministry further assured veterans that the rumour of millions of dollars allegedly being kept by the United Nations is unfounded, unrealistic and will remain a rumour. The permanent secretary cautioned all veterans against falling prey to such unfounded information. “Any information that is meant for veterans’ attention is disseminated from the office of the permanent secretary of veterans affairs or the Namibia National Liberation Veterans Association (NNVLA). Please approach these offices in the event unclarified information is received.” Veterans Affairs Permanent Secretary Hopelong Ipinge BRAND NEW design & advertising design & advertising