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New Era Newspaper Friday August 25,

Vol. 22 No. 266 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, August 25 2017 Paula Kooper Kooper replaces Swartbooi in parliament Staff Reporter Katima Mulilo President Hage Geingob has appointed 39-year-old Paula Kooper to the National Assembly to replace Bernard Swartbooi on the Swapo Party list. Geingob made the announcement at the opening of the 6th Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) congress in Katima Mulilo yesterday. Kooper will now go to parliament to take up the seat vacated by Swartbooi who was recently recalled from parliament, and immediately resigned from the party thereafter. She was 82nd on the Swapo parliamentary list for the 2014 election, below Jerry Ekandjo who was one of President Hage Geingob’s nominees for the National Assembly. Presidential nominees have voting powers in parliament and New Era understands that Ekandjo, having duly qualified for parliament after Swartbooi’s recent recall, has requested to change his status from presidential nominee to elected MP with voting rights. This means a vacancy existed on the presidential nominee list and Geingob’s nomination of Kooper was to fill the void on his nominee list. Other presidential nominees in the National Assembly are Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Dr Albert Kawana, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Bishop Zephania Kameeta, Dr Bernard Haufiku, Obed Kandjoze and Heather Mwiza Sibungo. Swapo won 77 seats in the National Assembly election in 2014. With presidential nominees, the ruling party has an overwhelming majority of 85 MPs in the National Assembly which altogether has 104 seats. Kooper, who previously served as a senior private secretary to Swapo’s chief whip in the party’s parliamentary caucus, is currently a SPYL central committee member. She is from Hardap Region. Inside Today NUNW infight stinks of political flavour: Analysts Infighting at the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) may compromise the interest of workers. If the leadership at the top is divided then the membership on the shop floor will also be affected and the functioning of NUNW may be affected, says political commentator, Phanuel Kaapama. Page 3 N0m hub planned for Ondangwa Budget cuts saved N billion - Geingob Sage for the youth… President Hage Geingob with acting SPYL secretary Veikko Nekundi and Zambezi regional SPYL secretary Mike Kachitomwa at the SPYL congress. Aron Mushaukwa Katima Mulilo President Hage Geingob says through the implementation of a raft of budget cuts the government has been able to save over N billion over the past several months. He was speaking at the official opening of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) congress in Katima Mulilo yesterday. According to the president, even though the past months have not been easy for the country, as the economy has been buffeted by severe headwinds, something positive has come out of this difficult economic crisis. “The economic headwinds that we have experienced have allowed us to trim the fat by identifying areas where we can curb excess expenditure. Government has been able to save more than N billion due to the austerity measures implemented over the past several months,” he said. GEINGOB on page 2 Letshego refuses to accept petition from demonstrators Trans-Kalahari Logistics, a wholly owned Namibian company, has revealed plans to construct a N0 million multitenant business park for logistics operations, commercial services and a 5 000-tonne combined cold storage facility in Ondangwa to stimulate the economy and job creation in the area. Page 17 Selma Ikela Windhoek Letshego Bank Namibia chief executive officer Ester Kali refused to accept a petition from the Namibian Financial Institution Union (Nafinu) leadership that, along with the bank’s employees, gathered for a peaceful demonstration at the bank’s premises yesterday. Nafinu secretary-general Asnath Zamuee told New Era they gave the bank five days to respond to their demands, and failure to do so they will gather again at the bank two weeks from now. Speaking to New Era afterwards, Kali said she had hoped that any demonstrative action would be avoided given the company’s full compliance with the recognition and procedural agreement (RPA) “and our ongoing commitment to regular, twoway dialogue with Nafinu on various items”. She said the bank remains committed to proactive engagements with all its stakeholders, which includes Nafinu. LETSHEGO on page 2 Aggrieved… Letshego Bank Namibia employees together with the Namibian Financial Institution Union (Nafinu) leadership held a peaceful demonstration at the bank’s premises during the lunch hour yesterday. Photo: Emmency Nuukala New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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