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New Era Newspaper Friday December 15, 2017

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2 NEWS Friday, December 15 2017 | NEW ERA SEX SLAVE From page 1 Nthenge said she managed to escape to the police who instead locked her up for 27 days at Klein Windhoek Police Station without helping her. The video further reported no charges were brought against her, nor did she have access to phone calls or a lawyer. In the video she said all she wanted was help to go back home. Namibian Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, said that through their investigations they have established that Nthenge was staying at a backpackers lodge and employees there had told the police she had left in the morning to get money to pay for her accommodation. Police also further learnt, that before staying at the backpackers lodge, Nthenge was staying at a different facility in Ausspanplatz, where she stayed alone. “She had a cellphone and laptop. Every now and then, there was a male visiting her but the male person would bring a child and leave her with the child. Other times he would overnight. This is to say Nthenge had ample time to report this to the police,” said Kanguatjivi. Kanguatjivi further told New Era that Nthenge visited a police station during October and narrated found standing outside. Nthenge had claimed she was dumped by her handlers at a parking lot in the Windhoek CBD. The police regional crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Abner Agas, for her to be assisted further. However, while Agas was trying like a mad person into the street. “He actually had to follow her, restrain her and bring her back to the station. The intention was not to arrest this woman but to investigate the story, since she claimed she was dumped in the street,” related Kanguatjivi. He said Nthenge was taken to Klein Windhoek Police Station holding cells for her safety, while the police carried out their investigations. The following day, Nthenge was taken to a social worker but after the interview session Nthenge claimed Kanguatjivi said Nthenge only came back to the police when she was caught by the City Police in the vicinity of Kenya House. He stated that by this time the police had established that Nthenge was not dumped in a parking lot by her alleged handlers. The police said they got in touch with her family through the Kenyan embassy and arrangements were made for her to get an air ticket – and she travelled back home on November 23. Although Nthenge is back in Kenya, Kanguatjivi said they are not done with the investigation and the there were a lot of loopholes. Even the social worker’s report indicated there were lot of loopholes in her story,” he told New Era. TOURISTS From page 1 But Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta said the shortage of beds in the tourism industry is also being experienced in Windhoek. “We can’t have big events. We don’t have conference venues to host big events. We also can’t accommodate people in the city (Windhoek). We go as far as accommodating them in Rehoboth or elsewhere. Currently it’s not matching,” he noted. Regarding the launched dence that they are making good progress in their efforts to grow and develop the tourism industry as a global sector. He explained that although Angola tops the list of highest countries having citizens visiting Namibia, the neighbouring country’s buying power has diminished since the collapse of the oil price – which plummeted from over 0 a barrel in mid-2014 to a low of about in January 2016. But prior to this slump, many wealthy Angolans bought properties in Namibia – where they could access quality medical services, schools and infrastructure often lacking in their home market (a result of 26 years of civil war). “Angolan visitors have Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 dropped due to the declining buying power. They depended on the oil income, which went down by almost 90 percent or so. You now here to spend,” Pohamba said. Therefore, he said, Angolans coming to Namibia are coming because of the proximity of the two countries but are not spending or sleeping over as they used to. According to him, they used to come to do shopping in bulk at the border towns of Oshikango and Katwitwi but the situation has changed, leaving these towns deserted. Shifeta emphasized that Namibia needs to capitalize on the increased international airlines which translate into more tourist arrivals, by investing in the needed infrastructure to meet the demand. “We are nowhere near the ceiling of what we can achieve in tourism, and we are nowhere near the limits of what tourism can achieve for our country,” he said. The Angolan tourists market remains the major African market although there is a fall of about 11 percent as compared to 2015. The South African and Zambian tourist markets maintained their second and third positions since 2015. The Germans showed dominance in overseas tourist markets with a whopping 35 percent increase from 2015, while the UK and USA took second and third place respectively. Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Food poverty declines by 3.2 percent WINDHOEK Food poverty has declined by 3.2 percent over the last twelve years according to the latest overview of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) on poverty. Speaking at the year-end review media conference here on Wednesday, the economic Presidency, John Steytler, said the food poverty rate has gone down from the 9.0 percent dur- nancial year. The overview also shows the trend of the decline with a rating of 7.3 percent, which was recorded during the Steytler stated that among initiatives taken via HPP to address food poverty in the country was the implementation of Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 RFA From page 1 In a media statement issued yesterday, RFA communication and marketing manager Beaulah Garises said the loan stems from the agreement between the Namibian and Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 the food bank in Windhoek, holds since its inception, adding that this amount has since reduced to 15,700 households. “The number of individual bank has also reduced from 80,000 to 69,000,” Steytler added. With regard to social welfare, Steytler announced that the number of people receiving old age pension grants increased to 168,738 from 163,373 last year and the coverage rate stands at 99 percent. “The coverage for people receiving a disability grant is estimated to be at 78%, with an increase from 38,065 to and grants to vulnerable children has also increased, from ries,” Steytler said. – Nampa RAIL From page 1 cooperation. She said this agreement is specifically directed at the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) support programme for road maintenance and rehabilitation. She added that the Keetmanshoop-Mariental road project will be implemented by the Roads Authority. Nampa late last year quoted Roads Authority chief executive the road from Keetmanshoop to Mariental is vital in the economic development of the country. “Goods are transported from South Africa via this road to the rest of the country, so it is important The road stretches for about 220 kilometres on the national B1 and is described by many road users as hard, washed out, bumpy, narrow and full of potholes during the rainy season. Meanwhile, President Hage Geingob earlier this year launched the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) – to which government has committed N4.2 billion over NDP5 has four key goals, namely achieve inclusive, sustainable This is according to Adama Deen, the head of infrastructure at Nepad, who made a presentation on Wednesday at Swakopmund on the implementation of a high speed rail network that will interlink Africa as a continent. Nepad is an African Union entity responsible for the coordination of the implementation of regional programmes and projects. The high speed rail project is aimed at facilitating regional integration in Africa as well as solving cross-border regional integration. Deen, shortly after the presentation, told New Era that high speed rail for the country, judging from the fact that 70 percent of the country’s cargo is moved by road, which causes constraints on the country’s road network. “Fast, safe and reliable rail transport should be the main mode of moving goods – if we look at Namibia’s industrialisation policy and the current SADC gateway port projects, as well as Namport port expansion that will see the port handling more than 750,000 containers per annum,” he said. Apart from that, he says, against the backdrop of Namibia’s high ranking in terms of road fatalities, a high speed rail network tribute to reducing road accidents, as rail is one of the safest modes of transportation in the world. According to him, countries such as Kenya and Morocco have already started upgrading their rail networks to high speed. Explaining the project further, Deen said a lot of initiatives are being implemented at national level by various African countries, which means an increase in cargo volumes destined for Africa. “So when you talk about high speed rail for the continent, we’re not talking about starting completely from scratch. We’re talking about bringing in existing, or the planned, national networks that can form the backbone of this continental high speed project.” and equitable economic growth; build capable and healthy human resources; ensure a sustainable environment and enhance resilience; and promote good governance through effective institutions. The formulation of NDP5 embraces the concept of partnership in the pursuit of the country’s national development goals. The National Planning Commission formulated NDP5 through extensive consultations with a wide variety of stakeholders, from local, regional and national representatives to civil society, the private sector and Namibia’s development partners. The NDP5 policy document, which outlines the desired outcomes and strategies, will be accompanied by an implementation plan, which details the cost parameters of the programmes and projects that will ensure the strategies for each focus area in NDP5 and the achievement of the desired outcomes. It further contains the implementation tracking tables, which lay out indicators and indicator targets for and projects that will form the basis for monitoring.

Friday, December 15 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 3 Tweya disappointed by media ‘sensationalism’ Staff Reporter Windhoek Information and Communication Technology Minister Tjekero Tweya yesterday took a swipe at some local media establishments for largely ignoring President Hage Geingob’s instead focus on side issues, such as the latest regarding the President’s private business. conference at State House, which has become an annual installment, was called to help inform the nation through the local media about the performance of government for the year 2017. “This is part of the President’s commitment to transparency and accountability,” Tweya said. However, he said, government was “perplexed by the approach taken by some of the local newspapers, which chose to ignore the main message and objective of the press conference and called presidential township”. “I wish to point out that the media twisted, misrepresented and got the facts wrong,” Tweya said. It was widely reported yesterday that President Geingob revealed that he has relinquished his stake in African Sunrise, a company his Geingob did not divulge to whom he sold his stake and for how much, and the media pounced on this aspect for their headlines yesterday. “The facts are that the Hage Geingob Family Trust held interest in African Sunrise, a company that is in the process of developing a real estate project, east of Windhoek. He declared this publicly as part of his declaration of assets after he became President. Subsequently, as recommended by PwC, who advised the President on the public declaration of his assets, the Trust sold its interests in African Sunrise,” Tweya said. “This means that the family Trust is no longer connected to African Sunrise and the real estate project in any way.” “Thus, to insinuate that the President is still connected to African Sunrise through his children is a distortion of the truth and a continued attempt to smear and drag the President’s name in the mud.” The N billion private township apartments constructed just outside Windhoek. “Naturally, it was our expectation that in keeping with the spirit and objective of the press conference as articulated by the President, the media houses present should have given more prominence to the implementation of government programmes as outlined by the President and the ministers who spoke,” Tweya said, while urging the media to steer clear of sensationalism and focus on things that matter. On Wednesday, Geingob said: “I have no township. The township is gone, so drop my name from the West African immigrants ‘dumped in sea’ off Namibian coast Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Two foreign nationals were on Tuesday found wandering around Oranjemund’s protected diamond area after they were allegedly dumped at sea and left for dead by a Chinese ship. It is alleged that the two men, Mensah Ebenezer, 30, a Ghanaian national and Degni N’dri Rolano, 28, from Ivory Coast, were trying to make their way to Europe in search of greener pastures when things went wrong, as they were dumped at the sea and left for dead, forcing them to swim to a nearby shore. The two allegedly boarded a vessel in Ivory Coast’s city of Abidjan on November 22 without the consent of the captain of the ship, with intentions to get to Belgium, but the ship was on its way to Namibia. They managed to hide themselves well as their presence on the ship was not detected, but they reportedly handed themselves over to the captain upon arrival at Walvis Bay and instead of handing them to the police, the captain allegedly locked them up in a hidden room for ten days before they were dumped at the sea at midnight. Left for dead in the middle of nowhere, the men apparently managed to swim for almost three hours before reaching the Namibian shore, and were found wandering around the mining area by a Namdeb worker, who then alerted the police. Karas regional crime investigations coordinator Deputy Commissioner the incident, saying the two were detained as illegal immigrants. “They were found on the ship at Walvis Bay, but it is only when they got to Oranjemund that they were forcefully thrown into the sea, and they were found near the road asking for help,” he said. Mubebo said the two men were lucky to be alive, given the harsh weather conditions on top of the hours they had spent swimming. It was also alleged that while locked up in the room, the two men were not allowed to get out and had to use the same room as a toilet, as they were not allowed to use a proper President Hage Geingob remonstrating at State House on Wednesday Stranded… The two West African men who claim to have been dumped at sea by the captain of a Chinese ship. Photo: Contributed township.” He said prior to the sale that the land was initially bought for private business and he publicly declared such intentions. Albertina Nakale Windhoek Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta has applauded the Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) for making great progress owards becoming profitable. Over the years, Shifeta has demanded that owned enterprise and stop being a consistent drain on state coffers. Shifeta has been quoted saying the shareholders must get returns on their investment in the institution, infrastructure and was arguably the largest player in the local tourism sector. Shifeta, who launched the 2016 Tourist Statistics Report yesterday, said NWR can now at least serve their liabilities and overhead costs: “They are now doing well. They can sustain themselves. It’s not like when they use to come that their workers are not paid. Their camps the issues of deplorable facilities.” Shifeta said it was high time from government facilities around national parks help to upgrade those facilities, such as ablution blocks. He said government cannot be expected to upgrade such facilities while it is already maintaining the national parks. “We hope things will be done properly. I am not happy with what I see. The facilities are in a deplorable situation. We need to make a priority and address it,” he maintained and also expressed disappointment over the country’s airports, especially Hosea Kutako International Airport, which he described as “very disappointing”. He said Namibia gets a lot of tourist arrivals, but people including the elderly have to stand in long queues and sometimes also endure the scorching heat due to inadequate immigration checkpoints. He said Namibia has brought big airlines on board but the facilities for are too small. ‘We need to address these things. We are informed about budget constraints. It can’t go on like this. Our tourists are getting frustrated, especially if it’s rainy season, or the heat. Imagine, the crash of the system from someone we find we retrieve we deliver coming from North Pole,” he stressed. He also questioned the quality of training offered by hospitality training centres, saying customer service in Namibia is rather poor. Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta 061 24 5588

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