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4 NEWS Friday, February 16 2018| NEW ERA New political party to launch Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay A new political party originating in the Erongo region, named the Socio-Economic Liberation of the Masses (Selma), will be launched on Namibia’s Independence Day on March 21. Selma, an ambitious new political entity, undertakes to hold the Founder… Theofelus Moongela who is in the process of registering a new political party. government accountable for the post-colonial economic system failures. Speaking to New Era yesterday, founder of the party, Theofelus Moongela, 43, said they have so far registered 3,000 members across bying to get more from at least two more regions as per the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) requirements. Moongela said that party has a door-to-door approach to garner membership to fully meet the requirements of the ECN to have the party registered. According to him, the ideals and the goals are what differentiate Selma from the other parties in the country. He added that they are not out to score political points but to advocate change for the betterment of Namibians from all walks of life. “Our aim is hold the government accountable unlike other political parties that have become toothless dogs. Selma believes Namibia’s political power has been meaningless without economic emancipation, thus we want all Namibians to rise up to hold the government accountable to the needs of the people,” said Moongela. According to him, it is dishonourable that the visionary leadership for a socio-economically independent Namibia, pioneered by the founding father Dr Sam Nujoma, is now characterized by self-enrichment by the elites and the politically connected at the expense of the poor and marginalized Namibians. “The country is at the brink of an economic meltdown, corruption has become the new order, grinding poverty and rising unemployment are rife, the land is still in the hands jobs, diseases are breaking out in the mushrooming informal settlements, and education and health systems are deteriorating. Those we entrusted to lead us to the promised land have failed us. Government has become arrogant and ignorant to the needs of the people and it is against this backdrop that we established the party,” Moongela explained. He wants Namibians to hold the government accountable so that it delivers on its electoral promises. “The time is now that elected representatives account to the people they are supposed to be working for. The government will never heed with urgency to the plight of the poor, unless they are reminded at the polls that the people have the ultimate political power,” he said. Convicted drug dealer warns others Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund A convicted drug dealer is using his experience with drugs to educate others about its devastating consequences. Jason Cecil Nani, 26, was a wellknown cocaine dealer at the coast but spent 18 months in prison for dealing in illicit drugs. He is now using that experience and the hardships he has endured as a young man to encourage others not to choose the path he chose. Nani and several other offenders, some of whom are already released into society, and others still incar- started a project, Coastal Offenders Drug Awareness Campaign (Codac) in 2016 to create awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. Speaking to New Era earlier this week, Nani said he would do everything in his power, along with others, to encourage anyone thinking of being involved with drugs not to do so. He explained that drugs not only get former dealers and users judged - “Drugs are not worth anybody’s time and energy. It destroys families and brings guilt along and that is why I want to use my experiences to help others. Doesn’t matter how long it takes, I will do it,” said Nani. He said that in many cases poverty, unemployment and the absence of parents, especially a father, plays a role in many young people looking for love and acceptance elsewhere, and end up hanging around with the wrong crowd. quick and easy was to escape poverty but it cost me dearly. Nerveless, it’s never too late to make changes and live as you are required by law,” he says. “I was young and naive and caught got up with the wrong people. In the process, I destroyed families and the lives of others. However, I learned a valuable lesson, which is that your circumstance destiny or you as a person. You have to take control of your own life,” he says. He says that he and his sister were born in South Africa and had a normal upbringing and lifestyle. They did not lack anything as their mother had a good job and they could maintain a middle-class lifestyle. “However, my mother died when I was nine and on her deathbed I promised to look after my sister. Shortly after her death, we had to relocate to Walvis Bay to live with our grandmother,” he reminisced. According to Nani they were welcomed by abject poverty when they arrived in Walvis Bay. involved in selling cocaine.” He says he never used cocaine although he sold it. “I was caught through marked money that I was paid with by one of my clients and that was my turning point,” he said. Nani says when he went to prison he met up with former users who also wanted to turn their lives around. He added that while serving their sentences they started encouraging each other and decided to use their experience to help reform addicts and dealers. “I mean what happens in the past is done, I am not proud of it but I also cannot sit and regret what I did in the Rehabilitated… Former convicted drug dealer Jason Nani who is using his experience to create awareness about the dangers of drugs. past. Hence, we decided to use that experience and share it especially with our young ones. We are visiting schools and simply tell our story and the consequences of drugs,” said the seemingly reformed Nani. Codac can be contacted on 064- 283 900 for more information about their awareness campaign. Namibian road accidents show decrease Roads Authority On duty… ers inspect a road accident scene. Photo: Nampa Our Star of the Week is the Roads Authority, led by its CEO, Conrad Lutombi, through Namibia recently being awarded as having the best roads in Africa by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The results were released via the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2017/18, which tracks the performance of approximately 140 countries on 12 pillars of competitiveness, including the Quality of Road Infrastructure Development. The development of road as one of the main catalysts for economic development. Namibia tops the list of African countries in the category of road infrastructure development with an impressive score of 5.2 out Conrad Lutombi of 7, above Ecuador, Bahrain, Qatar and Great Britain which all scored 5.1. “This accolade efforts made by the RA to continue to develop our road infrastructure and to ensure that it is on par with global standards. I would, therefore, like to express our sincere gratitude to our government for the visionary leadership and for continuously availing funds for road infrastructure development,” Lutombi, RA CEO, noted. Maria Amakali Windhoek Namibian motorists are seemingly becoming more aware of the importance of arriving alive as road accidents have decreased, which has resulted the number of deaths on local roads. The latest statistics from the Festive Season Crime Prevention and Road Safety Operations campaign indicate that 127 people lost their lives the past festive season compared to 134 people who died during the same period during 2016/2017. The statistics revealed 528 road crashes and 965 injuries for the past festive season, which indicate a reduction from the 645 crashes and 1,292 injuries recorded during the 2016/2017 festive season. “The reduction in road crashes is evidence that the compliance rate by motorists is really changing to a more positive mode,” stated Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, who is the head of the Namibian Police Force (Nampol). In a press statement, Ndeitunga indicated that all regions experienced a decrease not only in road accidents but also the number of criminal offences registered with Nampol compared to previous years. “The road crashes decreased by 18%, Injuries decreased by 25% and fatalities decreased by 5% and this was our biggest achievement, although it is below my expectation given the effort we put in,” said Ndeitunga. He noted that the reduction may be attributed to the high and highway patrols on the main roads, especially on the B1 and B2.. “We have increased our visibility in all areas, be it on national roads, in residential areas, shopping malls, and we are working tirelessly to ensure a peaceful and safe environment for all people in Namibia,” noted Ndeitunga.

Friday, February 16 2018| NEW ERA NEWS 5 First Lady launches anti-violence initiative Albertina Nakale Windhoek The First Lady, Madam Monica Geingos, is disturbed by comments made particularly by young Namibians on social media when news items regarding “passion killings” are posted online. Dozens of women, and in some cases men, have been killed at the hands of their lovers across the country. Of late, Rundu was left reeling in shock on Monday after a 32-year-old man took the police to a ‘secondary crime scene’ where he allegedly buried his girlfriend. The suspect allegedly strangled his girlfriend at Divundu and drove with the body for 200 kilometres before burying it in Rundu. Geingos, who was the guest speaker at the University of Namibia (Unam) on Wednesday, spoke against violence, which is committed at an alarming rate in Namibia. She said she is disturbed by public Anti-violence pledge… First Lady Madam Monica Geingos thanking Unam outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor Lazarus Hangula after he signed his pledge. conduct, especially the youth who tend to comment on social media alleging that “if a girlfriend is killed by her boyfriend it is because she was cheating”. She slammed such misguided notions, cautioning the youth to desist from such tendencies, as this could fuel violence. Furthermore, she expressed concern that most of those involved in such brutal killings are young people themselves. “If a man can stab his friend over a bottle of Castelo, why do you think he would [not] be able to stab his girlfriend? If you don’t take drastic measures now, what happens in 15 years’ time? That’s why we need to take action now,” she said. She said those who grew up in violent homes, and who would only know how to communicate through violent means are the ones who are likely to commit violence. “Violence is the worst form of communication. When you are bullying someone on social media, that’s violence,” she maintained. Madam Geingos officially launched the #BreakFree, #BeFree anti-violence initiative, which will run until December 2018, with the aim to help reduce violence in Namibia. Driven by the evidence-based approach, the First Lady and her team embarked on a research within the Windhoek Correctional Facility. research have prompted a deeper analysis into the high levels of violence in general in Namibia and this is why the #BreakFree Campaign has been launched. She said she aims to collect 100 000 signatures by November towards the #BreakFree,#Befree anti-violence initiative. Most Unam students and staff, including outgoing vice-chancellor Lazarus Hangula, yesterday signed their anti-violence pledge to help reduce violence in Namibia. According to her, their research has revealed that most women who are in prison are convicted of shoplifting, murdering their partners or assaulting their husband’s partners. However, she was quick to say, the research found that most of the female inmates killed their partners simply because they got tired of being violently abused. NANSO visits Kavango East governor John Muyamba Rundu The Kavango East regional executive, accompanied by the national executives of the Namibia National Students Organisation (NANSO), yesterday paid a courtesy visit on Kavango East Regional Governor, Dr Samuel Mbambo, to exchange views on issues concerning the region. “The purpose of the visit was to introduce the regional executives of the two Kavango regions to the to form a working relationship NANSO President Ester Simon. NANSO has a mandate to promote education development and commitment to the principle of democratic governance, and promote unity among all students across the country as well as guaranteeing to protect the rights of students across the country. “The Kavango East regional executives for NANSO are determined to have outreach programmes around schools in the region, as well as SRC, TRC and LRC forums. At the same time, they will liaise with the government to contribute to community development, such as health techniques for hygiene, gender-based violence, water crisis in town looking at how it impacts learning and outreach to various communities to discuss poverty-eradication strategies,” said NANSO vice president, Bernhard Kavau. Kavango East Governor Dr Samuel Mbambo Mbambo welcomed the delegation and congratulated the NEC for the job well done. He urged NANSO to come up with programmes that can contribute towards community development as well as on ways on how the youth can combat poverty. “NANSO must position itself to fight that war of hunger. Through agriculture, we can end poverty,” said the Kavango East governor. Mbambo further told NANSO that corruption and poverty creeps in when people are hungry and thus the only way to end it is through indulging i n e x i s t i n g programmes to work with our hands apart from education. “Take note that wealth is between the ears. The brain is important, as what we do with our brain will determine whether we become poor or rich. The door is always open for NANSO to engage my office,” the governor assured. //Kharas governor counsels Unam students Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The journey begins here, take the opportunity to discover who you are and what your passion is, was the message conveyed by the //Kharas Regional Governor Lucia Basson when she met university students at Keetmanshoop on Wednesday. Addressing University of Namibia (Unam) Southern Campus students, Basson spoke like a mother sending her own children to university, as she encouraged them to enjoy and explore their new journey, but cautioned them to be vigilant of negatives that come with tertiary education. In a message directed at the new students, Basson said their journey as students will be exciting and should be a time of self-discovery, learning and dedication to their passion. your passion and pursue it with dedication and commitment, this is a time of transition, adjustment and change,” she said. She added that while the journey is exciting, the students are expected to take charge of their future, and be responsible for their actions. She, therefore, called on them to make The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia herewith gives notice that it has published the following notices in Government Gazette No. 6528; General Notice No. 61 dated the 15 th February 2017: 1. NEW TARIFF SUBMISSION them in future. “You will now be expected to be more self-reliant, you are responsible for what you do, and there will be no one to check on you; you are accountable to yourself,” she said. She added that while they are expected to be responsible, this does not mean doing things entirely on their own. So, she urged them to seek help when faced with challenges, and not run away from She also strongly warned the students of social evils that they might face during their new journey, and she cautioned them to take proper care. She noted that as young adults with great independence and freedom, they must now rely on their own wisdom and inner strength and this should help them avoid contracting diseases such as HIV and AIDS. She also warned the students to be vigilant of crime. “Please, ensure that you are well informed about HIV and AIDS and that your behaviours protect you from the risk of contracting HIV. Crime is a sad reality and thus we urge you to be vigilant wherever you are,” she said. Also speaking at the ceremony, Southern Campus Assistant Pro- Vice Chancellor, Dr Erold Naomab, highlighted the university’s growth since inception in 2014. According to Naomab, the enrolment from 50 students at inception to 414 students this year. Naomab further said the campus has so far registered 908 students, 691 of them full-time and that he believes they could breach the 1 000 mark as registration is still on. //Kharas Regional governor Lucia Basson 1.1 Notice that Telecom Namibia Limited submitted new RSA Fixed and Mobile Tariffs to the Authority for approval. The Public may submit comments in writing in respect of the above to the Authority within a period of fourteen (14) days from 15 February 2018. This Notice is available on our website be directed to the Legal Advice Department at Tel: +264 61 222 666 or email

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