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New Era Newspaper Friday August 4, 2017

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Vol. 22 No. 251 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, August 4 2017 Inside Today Pricey permit ‘a recipe for illegal fishing’ Some subsistence fishermen at the coast say more fishermen could resort to illegal fishing and rather pay the N0 fine than go the legal route and pay a hefty monthly N,500 for a fishing permit. Page 3 Property activity slower and further deceleration expected Persistently weak economic growth, rising unemployment and weak household disposable income growth have begun to weaken property prices in Namibia. This is according to the latest Housing Price Index (HPI) released by FNB Namibia. Page 25 NPL clubs to finalise constitution this weekend Clubs of the now-defunct Namibia Premier League (NPL) will this weekend converge in the capital to put the final touches to their draft constitution, which will then early next week be sent to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) for the final stamp of approval. Page 40 Masubia Festival was no Swapo event – Angula Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Swapo Party has refuted claims leveled against it by the official opposition - the DTA of Namibia - that the ruling party has demonstrated a growing and worrying tendency of turning national and cultural events into political events. DTA secretary general Manuel Ngaringombe, who made the claims, referred to two recent examples, namely the Masubia Cultural Selma Ikela Windhoek President Hage Geingob yesterday paid a surprise visit to the Katutura Old Age Home to celebrate his 76th birthday with the pensioners there. The president was accompanied by First Lady Monica Geingos, who brought along Festival in Zambezi Region and the Olufuku Festival in Omusati Region, saying those events were in essence turned into political rallies to advance the interests of the Swapo Party. Ngaringombe said on both occasions events that are undoubtedly cultural and national events and not political rallies of any designated political party, were indirectly turned into political events. “When President Hage Geingob entered the place for the Masubia Cultural Festival, people started Photo: Selma Ikela People’s person… President Hage Geingob greets 84-year-old Johannes Luendi, who resides at Katutura Old Age Home, yesterday. The president paid a surprise visit to the old age home on his birthday to share some cake and a few goodies with the elderly residents, who were delighted by the honour. Pensioners appreciate presidential visit a cake and some goodies to share with the elders. President Geingob told the 26 elders residing at the home that instead of partying with young people, he thought he would rather come and share what he has with them. The group sang songs and wished the president well in his role as leader of the country. VISIT on page 2 chanting political songs and slogans. “The same happened at Olufuko [Festival] when Dr Sam Nujoma entered the gala dinner at Outapi last Saturday. The same thing happened,” Ngaringombe complained. Contacted for comment, Swapo secretary for information and mobilisation Helmut Angula yesterday refuted the DTA’s claims, saying the organisation of the Masubia Festival at Bukalo was certainly not a Swapo endeavour. ANGULA on page 2 Murder of Swakop pensioner sends shockwaves … Four suspects under arrest Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund The elderly Strzelecki couple that was viciously assaulted at their home in Swakopmund on Wednesday, leading to the death of the wife following the attack on them, knew at least three of the four attackers. It is understood that two of the three suspects arrested, aged 39 and 24, had previously done work at the elderly couple’s home in Richthofen Street, Vineta. The third man - believed to be the main suspect - also recently did some renovations for the couple. Roswitha Strzelecki, 79, was assaulted and strangled by the intruders during the ordeal. Her 82-year-old husband, Siegfried, also sustained injuries, but survived the attack. Two former employees were subsequently arrested on suspicion that they may have assisted the two main suspects in carrying out the deadly attack on the elderly couple. General Hamunyela’s case withdrawn John Muyamba Rundu Helmut Angula MURDER on page 2 The trial of army commander Major-General Thomas Hamunyela that was scheduled to take place from Tuesday until today has been withdrawn from the case roll of Rundu Regional Court. GENERAL on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover

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