2 NEWS Friday, February 23 2018| NEW ERA 'SHITHOLE' From page 1 Johnson pledged continued excellent relations between Namibia and the US when she presented her letter of credentials to President Hage Geingob at State House this week. She said Namibia is a great partner for the United States. Johnson maintained that the US engagement in Africa and their relationships are much more than one comment. “We are even increasing our commitment here in Namibia,” she said. “We are not walking away from Africa at all. We really respect our Namibian colleagues we work with at the embassy and the people we go and meet every day. It’s a very rich relationship between the United States and the African people.” “I just came from the Bahamas, and the Afro-Caribbean people are also originally from Africa. So, it’s a much broader relationship than a single comment and our engagements are very positive,” Johnson remarked. She said there is even more funding this year under the current administration to combat HIV/AIDS in Namibia - without In November last year, the United States government represented by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Namibian government, represented by the National Planning Commission and the Ministry of Health and Social Services, signed an amendment to their 2007 bilateral grant agreement to add US million (approximately N5 million) of funding under the US government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). These resources will fund activities under the 2017 PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP17). With the addition of US million, USAID’s contribution to the agreement totals US3 million (N.1 billion) since its inception in 2007. She added that the Namibian and US people are increasing their ties through exchanges and education every day. Johnson said she did not discuss North Korea with Geingob, despite the US’s recent accusations that Namibia was still doing business with the Asian country despite UN sanctions. “We did not discuss that [North Korean issue]. We discussed areas of successful collaboration on health, HIV/AIDS, education, trade and wildlife conservation.” “One of the things you will see me work on here is the area of trade. We already have a ready-made partnership with the government of Namibia. I am looking forward to discussing [matters] with everyone in depth in the coming days. So, I am really happy to be here,” she said. Other diplomats who presented their letters of credentials to Geingob included Turkey Ambassador Berin Makbule Tulun, Britain High Commissioner Kate Airey Obe and South Africa High Commissioner, William Max Philemon. Guyana High Commissioner Dr Cyril Kenrick Hunte and Belarus Ambassador Alexander Sidoruk are both non-resident designates. BILL From page 1 role in the economy, its supervision is lacking to an extent that cash-loan businesses get away with very unscrupulous practices identity documents and ATM PIN numbers, as surety for money borrowed. Also, cash-loan operators are under no obligation to ensure that the borrower is in a position to afford the loan and the payment schedule. When tabling the Bill in parliament yesterday, Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein noted that “in spite of serving this relatively large market segment, market conducts such as the retention of (PINs) as well as the provision of loans without conducting affordability assessments lead to a vicious cycle of over-indebtedness which further fuels vulnerability.” lettwein there are 284,000 clients with micro-lenders, which is 42 percent of Namibia’s total employment population at 677,000 as of 2016. The new Bill gives the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory deal with cash-loan businesses. For instance, the Bill makes it an obligation for micro-lenders to person borrowing the money can afford that loan. “Providing a loan to a borrower without conducting affordability and assessment is prohibited,” just as would be the “retention of [bank] card and PIN as well as original personal Further the Bill “introduces penalties for non-compliance with the regulatory requirements and empowers the regulator to impose and enforce conditions which enhance the highest conditions of business conduct”. Also gone are the days when a cash-loan owner would operate from the comfort of the bedroom, or boot of a car, as the Bill requires that each micro-lender have a prin- owners would be required to regularly submit returns to the regulator and contribute to the payment of levies in line with the practice of all industries in the non-banking Namfisa now also has the power to carry out inspections on micro-lenders to enforce the set regulations and standards. cance of the Bill “lies in providing for a primary legislation for microlending businesses and making provision for responsible lending and borrowing. It provides for appeal mechanisms for complaints.” The Bill also places responsibility on the borrowers from microlenders, and promotes public awareness and understanding of the micro-lending industry. The minister says the micro-lending industry has been “severally consulted during the formulation of the Bil, and the concerns raised regarding the recent review of the levies payable by the industry have been addressed.” Vandalised... 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People in the area only realised that the woman had died when she did not emerge from her hut yesterday morning, and after failing in their attempts to wake her up. It was when they made arrangements to alert the police. The police were called to the crime scene just before lunchtime where they had to pick up the victim’s body and transport it to the Rundu state mortuary. The man was arrested. When New Era arrived at the scene the police had just loaded the body into their van and were rushing to the mortuary, leaving the crime scene investigators to do their work. It is expected that the appearance in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court today [Friday]. About a week ago Kavango East Region reeled in shock after a 32-year-old man took the police to what is termed a secondary crime scene where he allegedly buried his girlfriend after he strangled her at Divundu. He drove with the body for 200km before burying it in Rundu.
Friday, February 23 2018| NEW ERA NEWS 3 MPs grill Ohangwena, Oshakati on spending Nuusita Ashipala Eenhana Members of the National Council Public Accounts Committee this week travelled to the northern regions so that the leadership of the Ohangwena Regional Council and the Oshakati Town Council could explain concerns raised by the Auditor General in the Audit Reports of the respective The Auditor General’s report for the Oshakati Town Council downgraded the the Auditor General raised an alarm that the regional council has been budgeting without and not producing financial statements on time for the last dating back to 2006 are still The Parliamentarians wanted Oshakati Chief Executive why the Auditor General found could not be reconciled between the bank reconciliation and the The report also highlighted a Staff Reporter Swakopmund Namibia is set to attend discussions on the sharing of the Zambezi River with other countries that depend is the management of infrastructure development countries have formed a water commission called The commission promotes and coordinates the cooperative management and development of promote the equitable and reasonable utilisation of between VAT receivable balance flags were also raised after the interest proceeds from the Oshakati Premier Electric were the Auditor General also found that crucial documents needed to qualify the audit were not the council had started compiling hired a consultant to compile the because we did the records ourselves because we are still Regarding the unaccounted interests fro Oshakati Premier errors emanated from wrong These errors resulted in the Auditor General downgrading effect has already been done and document proof would the hearing to present proof to The Ohangwena Regional Council has not 2006 when Daniel Kashikola served as the chief regional Geingob appointed Kashikola as the Deputy Minister of Safety (CRO) has been vacant for three years with a new CRO only set told the National Council Public Accounts Committee that the records promptly in recent years was because of an extended Shilongo also told the parliamentarians that apart from a backlog; the council was also struggling to use the accounting National Council Public Accounts Committee Peter Kazongominja was not amused Kazongominja said it was wrong for the council to continue spending money in the absence “The money you are dealing with is public money and it shows that nobody knows whether the money spent over the previous years was rightly or wrongly The seven members of the Accountability at stake… National Council members take Ohangwena Regional Council to task. Photo: Nuusita Ashipala Namibia to discuss water sharing with neighbours discuss a development plan comprising a general categorisation and prioritisation of projects and sustainable development of the Zambezi “This year’s meeting will focus on the adoption of policies and decisions and provide sustainable development of the water resources The meeting will also discuss some of the major projects being implemented such as the development of the Strategic Plan for the Zambezi investments aimed at addressing the emerging Judgment in Tobie Aupindi case delayed again Staff Reporter Yesterday the court once again postponed the judgment in the corruption case against The decision to postpone the matter was made in chambers on grounds that the legal counsel of the two men has travelled overseas consequently resulting in the expected to deliver judgment yesterday in the fraud case that has been on the This is yet another set back for the pair that has been expecting the court to pronounce Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The Keetmanshoop Municipality is individuals and institutions from land sales The municipality’s town planning residential and industrial erven sold since interest because of those responsible ask the defaulters to make their full “The municipality will inform institutions within the following weeks the period lapses without payment then the municipality will take back the land Andries further explained that the failure by certain individuals and institutions to not only mean the municipality is deprived in relation to the payment for the swimming pool that was installed at his residence Aupindi has been standing trial with Savino of paying for the installation of the the swimming pool in exchange for tenders took the stand for their trial on various charges ranging from corruptly providing to attempting to or defeating the course The court postponed the matter for Keetmanshoop owed other land developmental projects that are hugely depends on land sales as a source and this he said cannot happen if huge “The slow pace of payment for land authority be able to service land on time? Or complete the land delivery projects on municipality would embark on various