2 NEWS Friday, February 9 2018| NEW ERA BAN From page 1 The most recent actions have included him foregoing the use of the December 2017 vacation and to the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The president had instead chosen as they proved to be more costeffective for the routes he travelled. Geingob has imposed a foreign travel ban. A month after he assumed power in 2015, he announced to Cabinet ministers, permanent secretaries and governors that no outbound travel requests would be approved, for them to focus on solving national issues. During that year, the president did not mince words when he said some ministers went on global trips to claim travel allowances which ran into thousands of dollars. At the time, Geingob had said that only the deputy prime minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also the minister of international relations, was allowed to travel outside the country. “As part of our objective to bring government closer to the people, consultation with stakeholders should become the norm, rather than the exception, in order to inform meeting preparations,” Geingob stated. REZONING NOTICE CABINET From page 1 "I am aware that some suggest that the position of vice-president remain vacant. However, the only post that is optional, in the Constitution, is that of the deputy prime minister. The appointment of a vice-president is therefore obligatory, in our current Constitution,” Geingob said. the ministers of energy, works and transport, and the attorney-general – the three government office-bearers the president, have in recent months attracted a raft of corruption allegations. Although he is equally disturbed by corruption allegations at the ministry of at that ministry. Dr Andreas Mwoombola was moved from his position as permanent secretary at the health ministry and transferred to ister. He had a fallout with health minister Dr Bernard of maladministration. Geingob has written to the political heads of some government ministries requesting them to respond to allegations levelled against them or their ministries, within a specified period of time. “This will enable me to fully understand the cause of the considerable unhappiness of the public towards the concerned ministries. This exercise would further provide opportunity for those accused to defend themselves or to rebut, in cases where allegations are unfounded, thus enabling me to take corrective measures, where need be,” he asserted. Local columnist and commentator Dumba Kamwanyah reacted that in which ministers, including non-performers, were rewarded with new responsibilities. “I don’t think it is a deep terms of skills, education, knowledge and experiences. But I also think that the president did not have a lot of options because he can only choose from the parliamentary list. That list does not offer much in terms of capable people to select from. So, it forced him to revert to the people he knew and worked with,” he commented. Geingob’s new appointments and changes include the presidential affairs replaces dismissed home affairs and immigration minister, Pendukeni Iivula- Ithana. Iivula-Ithana together with Jerry Ekandjo, until recently the sport, youth and national service minister, were both rivals to Geingob and his slate during the November 2017 Swapo elective congress where Geingob and his slate won convincingly. Ekandjo and Iivula- Ithana will remain ordinary Swapo backbenchers in the National Assembly. Iivula- Ithana made it to parliament through Geingob’s presidential list in 2015. Yesterday’s changes mean Mbumba will resign from parliament, which would pave the way for Elifas Dingara to join parliament as the next candidate on the ruling party’s parliamentary list. This week New Era revealed that deputy minister of labour Alpheus Muheua has resigned from his ministerial post due to poor health and might leave parliament too. This would make businesswoman Martha Namundjebo- Tilahun the next candidate eligible to join parliament on the Swapo ticket. Immanuel Ngatjizeko who headed industrialisation, trade and SME development takes over the presidential affairs portfolio. Ekandjo has been replaced by former deputy minister of safety and security, Erastus Utoni. Sophia Shanigwa’s position as minister of urban and rural development has been taken over by deputy minister of international relations and cooperation Peya Mushelenga. After winning at the November 2017 Swapo e l e c t i v e c o n g r e s s , Shaningwa will take up the full-time job of Swapo secretary-general at the party’s headquarters in Katutura. Geingob also moved Tom Alweendo to the mines and energy portfolio while his former position has been taken up by Obeth Kandjoze, who is now the minister in charge of the National Planning Commission. Alpheus !Naruseb who was at works and transport will now head the agriculture, water and forestry ministry, swapping with John Mutorwa who has moved to !Naruseb’s position. Geingob also swapped justice minister Albert Kawana with Sacky Shanghala who was the attorneygeneral. Minister Tjekero Tweya has been moved to the industrialisation, trade and SME development ministry where Katjizeko was. Tweya has been replaced by his deputy minister Stanley Simataa at information and communication technology. With the three new appointments done, which are all deputy ministers who have been promoted, Geingob described the move as part of his leadership succession-planning, which he says is testament that government does mold young people through the system. He is yet to announce the deputy ministers to who were promoted to full ministerial positions. Geingob congratulated all the newly-appointed ministers in their new assignments, saying he will expect nothing but a total and effective performance of duties. He threatened to demote any of his Cabinet ministers who fail to perform as expected. “I am counting on every one of us to step up implementation of government programmes. We cannot continue at the same pace and mindset and somehow expect a different outcome. We cannot continue to make promises and not reckon. This is the year of reckoning, during which we will account to the people. We will hold ministers accountable and they in turn are expected account,” he cautioned his Cabinet. 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He however pointed out that some companies are reluctant to collaborate on important issues, and urged such companies to join hands with local leaders to assist in addressing problems facing communities. Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 “Well, some are not eager to come on board, for example some feel that service delivery is the responsibility of the government alone,” he said. Coetzee also expressed his concerns about unemployment, poverty, and alcohol and drug abuse, which he said are the major problems experienced in his constituency, adding that due to a lack of big companies that can offer jobs, many youth resort to crime because of not having work. He said that with drought continuing to pose a serious problem, especially in the Warmbad area, farmers have tried everything to keep their livestock alive, but if the rains do not come soon, they might lose everything. He said even commercial farmers he visited in the area have indicated that they do not have the means to buy fodder for their animals anymore, which is a huge concern. “Now if a commercial farmer is speaking like this, imagine how our communal farmers are,” observed the councillor. But he urged residents of the area not to lose hope and to hope for the better, and pleaded with them to solutions to problems in their community.
Friday, February 9 2018| NEW ERA NEWS 3 Khama on Zimbabwe political power dynamics Problematic… An illustrative photo of a stray cat. imgur album Albertina Nakale Windhoek Botswana President Ian Khama who visited Namibia this week said he does not know the exact details of what transpired in Zimbabwe which led former President Robert Mugabe to resign, but he wishes that country and its people success under the new leadership. “We are keen as everyone else in the region to see Zimbabwe and the people of Zimbabwe prosper,” said Khama one of the few leaders who spoke out openly about ousted Zimbabwean leader, Mugabe having overstayed in power and for his alleged human rights abuses. Zimbabwe’s former vice president and governing party Zanu PF’s favoured candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as president November last year, after the resignation of Mugabe, bringing an end to 37 years of his rule. During his two-day state visit to Namibia, Khama was met with questions on the Zimbabwe situation which saw Mugabe relinquish power. “I don’t know what happened. All I know -if I can be undiplomatic- it was a breath of fresh air. We saw the president who has brought the country to its knees. We, as you know in Botswana have been quite critical of Mugabe’s rule over the years,” he remarked. He went on to say, “When I say I don’t know what happened in Zimbabwe, is that we saw the military on the streets and everyone thought coup. But actually, it was not a coup because a coup is when the military takes over the government but no military leaders declared themselves as the head of government. No military governing council said they were now the Cabinet.” Khama said the military were just on the streets to stabilise and “possibly to fast-track what the people of Zimbabwe wanted to happen.” When Zanu PF top leadership eventually vowed they would impeach him in parliament, Mugabe submitted his resignation. Khama noted his personal contribution at the time was to write an open letter to Mugabe to step down and since then he said he has invited Mnangagwa for a state visit to Botswana. At the time Khama wrote an open letter to Mugabe appealing to him to be sensitive to the wishes of the people of Zimbabwe and to do the honourable thing by voluntarily relinquishing power as the President of Zimbabwe. Furthermore, Khama stated any country in SADC should be able to develop or embark upon a develop- its citizens but also the region. Therefore, he says if any country is lagging behind because of its poor policies and programmes of government, it affects the whole region. November last year, Reuters quoted Khama saying Mugabe should end his attempts to remain power, as he had no regional diplomatic support to stay in power. “I don’t think anyone should be President for that amount of time. We are Presidents, we are not monarchs. It’s just common sense,” Khama had said. The military intervention was “an opportunity to put Zimbabwe on a path to peace and prosperity,” Khama had also told Reuters. Stray cats a nuisance at Oshakati hospital Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Feral cats at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital have become a nuisance as they are in the habit of stealing patients’ food. Patients complained cats are always roaming the wards in search for food regardless of the time of day or night. “You cannot even leave your food on top of your locker because the cats will eat up your food. We keep our food inside the lockers all the time,” said a state patient Selma. Patients said the cats are attracted to the wards by the smell of food. “These cats are scary because one does not know whether they TALK TO US & are vaccinated or not and sometimes become hostile when we attempt to chase them away,” related another patient. Apart for the struggle for food, patients say the cats’ persistent mewing is unnerving and it has hakati Intermediate Hospital Dr Korbinian Vizcaya Amutenya said currently, there is nothing being done to get rid of these stray cats. Amutenya said that is however not to say that the hospital has been idle in this regard, citing that the hospital has implored possible strategies to get rid of the cats in the past, yet all in vain. “At the moment nothing is being done, we are also just watching them. We have been trying to have them captured but we did not get someone to do that,” said Amutenya. Amutenya said the hospital previously called people who said they had equipment to capture the animals, but no progress was yielded from such presentations. Sources at the hospital said feral cats at the health facility are on the increase arguing that something needs to be done urgently. “If nothing is done now, the cat population will grow and then the hospital will no longer be in a position to do anything,” complained a source. The problem of stray cats is not only unique to Oshakati but is a problem in various hospitals across the country. 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