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New Era Newspaper Friday August 11, 2017

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New Era Newspaper Friday August 11,

Vol. 22 No. 256 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, August 11 2017 Inside Today Tweya dispels Malima ‘fabricated’ story Information and Communication Technology Minister Tjekero Tweya has come out with guns blazing and dismissed a Windhoek Observer article that alleges the director-general of the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS), Phillemon Malima, and President Hage Geingob are at loggerheads. Page 3 ACC hunts former boxing board over missing millions The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has launched an investigation into the affairs of the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB), with ACC investigators said to have embarked on a comprehensive search for all former NPBWCB board members. Page 40 Official funeral for General Amupolo President Hage Geingob has decided to confer the honour of an official funeral upon Brigadier-General Erasmus Amupolo, who died in a car accident last week. Amupolo, a former PLAN combatant, died on the Leonardville-Dordabis road in Omaheke Region on the night of August 3 in a head-on collision. He served in the NDF as an army commander for Grootfontein Military Base before his retirement in 2014. “The President has further directed that his remains be interred at Elim Cemetery, Elim Constituency, Omusati Region, on Saturday 21 August, 2017,” ICT Minister Tjekero Tweya announced last night. Leaving it late… Simon Paulus (second from right), a security guard at the SME Bank main branch in Windhoek, explains last month to worried clients that the bank’s ATMs had no money. Photo: Emmency Nuukala Simataa breaks silence on SME Bank Toivo Ndjebela Windhoek Fo r m e r b o a r d chairperson of the SME Bank, which is under an order of liquidation, George Simataa, yesterday said he and fellow directors have been made a sacrificial lamb in the bank’s controversial N0 million investment, which he says was never sanctioned by his board. Photo: Emmency Nuukala In town… Christopher ‘Chris’ Cox, who is President Donald Trump’s Advisor on North Africa and the Sahel. Trump’s advisor keen to invest in Namibia Albertina Nakale Windhoek U.S. President Donald Trump’s Advisor on North Africa and the Sahel region, Christopher ‘Chris’ Cox, visited President Hage Geingob yesterday at State House, where he expressed interest in bringing investors to Namibia in the areas of manufacturing, energy and agriculture. Cox, who was in Namibia for a one-day visit, said he came in his personal capacity and therefore had no message from Trump. TRUMP'S on page 2 CRAN opens doors to new mobile operators Desie Heita Windhoek The so-called investment, which Simataa says was first brought to his attention by Bank of Namibia Governor Ipumbu Shiimi in September 2016, was made with littleknown South African entities and fear is mounting the money would never be retrieved. Simataa said when he got wind of the controversial investment, he immediately followed up the matter by demanding board minutes approving such transactions. SIMATAA on page 2 The Namibian communication regulator has thrown open the competition doors, effectively granting permission to new entrants to set up shop and compete with MTC and TN Mobile, while sharpening its regulatory teeth. Competition in the mobile market could come from South Africa’s muchtouted MTN that together with two other entities have licences to compete with MTC and TN Mobile in mobile voice and data services. MTN South Africa was, as expected, very much guarded on its immediate plans for Namibia, only opting to say: “As MTN Business Namibia we are always exploring new opportunities, and mobile services are part of these considerations.” CRAN on page 2 Joint Namibian, Nigerian oil refinery still on Albertina Nakale Windhoek The new Nigeria High Commissioner to Namibia, Lilian Ijeukwu Onoh, has revealed that the longawaited joint oil refinery to maximise cooperation in energy is still on the cards. Onoh was among six heads of mission who presented their credentials to President Hage Geingob at State House yesterday. The other five are Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, France Ambassador to Namibia, Claire Bodonyi, Ghana High Commissioner to Namibia, Salamatu Elizebeth Forgor, Sierra Leone High Commissioner to Namibia, Osman Keh Kamara and Panama Ambassador to Namibia, Jacob Dominguez. President Geingob encouraged them to continue strengthening and expanding the existing bilateral relations. Nigeria and Namibia in 2014 proposed to set up a joint oil refinery to maximise cooperation in energy. It was in 2014, during the visit of the former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan to Namibia, that both states expressed the need to conclude the agreement and establish a joint oil refinery. The new high commissioner revealed that the two states’ discussions to set up a refinery and oil storage facility in Namibia are at an advanced stage. Namibia Ambassador to Nigeria Dr Peingeondjabi Titus Shipoh was recently quoted by the Daily Mail saying the project was mothered some 10 years ago. He said the effort was to assist Namibia not to fall into the hands of big sharks when it comes to the supply of petroleum products. “It is important for Namibia to have its own refinery and when it imports crude it could refine it within the borders of the country. Unfortunately, there was an issue with one chapter of the agreement, which was not finalised technically, but the two heads of state insisted the agreement should be finalised and ready for signing. Eventually we were informed that everything is ready but because of the technicality of that one chapter of the agreement, it was not signed. And it remained unsigned,” Shipoh had said. REFINERY on page 2 Photo: Emmency Nuukala Letters of credence… Nigeria High Commissioner to Namibia Lilian Ijeukwu Onoh, on the left, who was among six heads of mission who presented their credentials to President Hage Geingob at State House yesterday. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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