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New Era Newspaper Friday December 15, 2017

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New Era Newspaper Friday December 15,

Vol. 23 No. 077 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, December 15 2017 Namibia should consider high speed rail Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund Namibia should look into the possibility of investing in a high-speed rail network as a means of safer transport for its people and at the same time shift road cargo to rail to ease pressure on national roads. Such a rail network will also allow Namibia to be inter-connected to the African continent and enhance trade and regional integration. RAIL on page 2 Over 1.5 million tourists visited in 2016 Good times… Holidaymakers climb Dune 7 south of Walvis Bay. Dune 7 attracts many tourists and local visitors. Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia as an international tourist destination recorded over 1.57 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2016, an increase of 3.6 percent from the 1.51 million arrivals in 2015. The information is contained in Namibia’s 2016 Tourist Statistics Report, launched yesterday in Windhoek. Countries with the largest number of tourists who visited Namibia in 2016 were Angola, South Africa, Zambia, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and France, the report said, in that order. TOURISTS on page 2 Inside Today Tweya disappointed by media ‘sensationalism’ Information and Communication Technology Minister Tjekero Tweya yesterday took a swipe at some local media establishments for largely ignoring President Hage Geingob’s year-end review on Wednesday to instead focus on side issues, such as the latest regarding the President’s private business. Page 3 Domestic economy contracted by 1.9 percent in Q3 – NSA The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) yesterday economy indeed contracted by 1.9 percent in the third quarter of 2017, compared to a decline of 0.4 percent registered in the corresponding quarter of 2016. . Page 17 Kenyan woman’s sex slave claims dismissed Tall story… Joan Musenya Nthenge Selma Ikela Windhoek The Kenyan woman who into Namibia through a sex Photo: Contributed slave syndicate had apparently made up the story. Police investigations or kept as a sex slave. The woman also claimed she was abducted, sexually abused and had her travelling documents con- Namibian police investigations revealed that Joan Musenya Nthenge, 23, was last seen staying at a backpacker accommodation close to the Windhoek CBD, where she paid for herself. Police also found her bags, including her expired passport, at the facility she stayed at. Nthenge, who arrived in the country via Wenela border post in Katima Mulilo from Zambia on June 21, had access to a cellphone and laptop, and communicated with various people while in the country. She was granted a visitor’s permit to stay in Namibia up to September 19. Nthenge travelled from Kenya on June 16 and arrived on the same day in Tanzania. She departed on June 18 to Zambia, then Namibia. A video clip by One Africa Television that went viral this week raised safety concerns when intern job on Facebook in Namibia, claimed she was kept as a sex slave by her handler upon arriving in the country. SEX SLAVE on page 2 RFA, KfW sign N0 million loan Shot in the arm… The 220-kilometre road between Mariental and Keetmanshoop is set to be rehabilitated. Photo: handubrand.da Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Road Fund Administration (RFA) and the Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) on Wednesday signed a N0 million loan agreement for the rehabilitation of the Mariental- Keetmanshoop road. RFA on page 2 WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU Participate in our surveys and stand a chance to WIN a weekend away for two at any NWR Resort worth N$ 5000. Visit to participate. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper appclassifieds/discover

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