Friday, July 21 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 2 Social grants should be used prudently – Nashandi Staff Reporter Windhoek Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Poverty Eradication I-Ben Nashandi has appealed to pensioners and people living with disabilities to ensure that state grants are used for their welfare and that of their families. Nashandi said this after announcing that pensioners and persons living with disabilities would receive a once-off payment of N,600 for the month of August, which includes four months of back pay. He said the back pay will include N0 for each of the past four months, from April to July, thus totalling N,600. From September onwards, the eligible beneficiaries will receive the monthly pension of N,200. Government earlier this year announced that the social grants paid to registered pensioners and persons living with disabilities would be raised from N,100 per month to N,200, with effect from April 1. “We inform all the beneficiaries of old and disability grants that following the enactment of the Appropriation Act of 2017, the payment of the increased grants will be paid from the month of August this year to all the eligible beneficiaries,” Nashandi said in a recent statement. Photo: Nampa High hopes… A group of pensioners wait in a queue at Orwetoveni municipal office at Otjiwarongo to receive their monthly old age social grants. SOLDIERS From page 1 According to Shongwe, Namibia continues to play a critical role in peacekeeping on the continent and thus it is only fair that more women are included in such peacekeeping missions. “Only five women took part in peacekeeping missions during 2016 and this is one area that Namibia should look to include more women. “We know that the nature of conflict is evolving and new threats to global peace and security continue to emerge, which threaten the peace and stability of states and regions. “This calls for innovative solutions and an emphasis on preventative responses and women can be instrumental in this regard.” Shongwe said the development of the NAP is a milestone for Namibia, as the country boldly tabled the issue of women in peace and security at the UN, which responded by passing Resolution 1325. STABLE From page 1 Chanda said Kaunda “minders had reported that the former president appeared weak, prompting the minister of health [Chitalu Chilufya] to deploy a specialist medical unit to check on him at his residence.” The 93-year-old Kaunda was however stabilised after treatment at the hospital. “But he has been kept in hospital longer than necessary to take advantage of his admission and to make him undergo a routine medical screening, after which he is expected to be discharged later today [Thursday] or tomorrow [Friday],” Chanda said. Zambia’s Acting President Inonge Wina yesterday visited Kaunda in hospital, together with Chilufya, as did members of various diplomatic missions in Lusaka. Kaunda is a widely respected figure in Namibia, having allowed Namibians freedom fighters to use Zambian territory to wage the military and diplomatic struggle against apartheid South Africa. The Namibian government bought him a house in Windhoek several years ago as a token of appreciation for his assistance during the pioneering days of Namibia’s liberation struggle. CABINET From page 1 The policy forms part of the key objectives Ngatjizeko is expected to deliver in terms of his performance agreement, so as to provide the resources needed to fulfill the ministry’s mandate and attain strategic national objectives, including - but not limited to - those set out in Vision 2030, the Swapo Party Manifesto and the Harambee Prosperity Plan. Ngatjizeko’s performance agreement requires that the minister develop an effective framework for consumer protection to ensure consumer welfare, an essential touchstone of national economic growth, poverty eradication and a defining feature of a well-functioning domestic market. “Finally, we now have a policy formulated after comprehensive consultation. There is now what is being referred to as ‘the finer blueprint’, so that legislation in the country not only favours the employers, or suppliers, but also the consumers. “This will focus on protecting the consumers, who are really the people keeping the economy running. So, we should look after their interests, as well. That policy will find its way to the National Assembly soon,” Tweya noted. He also said Cabinet took note of the detailed activities to be undertaken by offices, ministries and agencies to support the implementation of the wealth redistribution and poverty eradication strategy. On that note, he announced that Cabinet has approved the implementation of the plan submitted by Poverty Eradication Minister Zephania Kameeta. He said the plan was an indication of government’s commitment to fight poverty: “We cannot just be talking about poverty and look at one ministry, but to the entire government system.” He said President Hage Geingob has on numerous occasions said poverty cannot be fought with only a single bullet, because it’s multi-faceted. Therefore, the blueprint brings all ministries, offices and agencies together to focus on health, trade, people and the quality of services provided. Tweya said they adopted a multi-sectoral approach, including businesses for the young and banks in the development of the blueprint. He said at an appropriate time the Ministry of Poverty Eradication would unveil the plan and when it is launched the various roleplayers, activities and targets will be revealed. The National Renewable Energy Policy submitted by Mines and Energy Minister Obed Kandjoze was also approved by Cabinet. Kandjoze was directed to table it in the National Assembly. “You will realise that when you have this blueprint, even energy is also linked there, because it’s a multisectoral approach. If energy is not accessible to the poor, then you are not addressing poverty. If telecommunications are expensive, then you are not addressing poverty,” Tweya stressed. Cabinet also approved the National Energy Policy submitted by Energy Minister Kandjoze to ensure the development of Namibia’s natural resources, and the sustainable use thereof for the benefit of the country’s social, economic and environmental wellbeing, and authorised the minister to table it in the House. Tweya said Cabinet further approved the tabling of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in the National Assembly for ratification by Safety and Security Minister Charles Namoloh. The Convention prohibits the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. In addition, it establishes a framework for cooperation and assistance to ensure adequate care and rehabilitation is provided to survivors and their communities, as well as for the clearance of contaminated areas, risk reduction education and destruction of stockpiles.
Friday, July 21 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Zambezi police award staff Hilma Nakanduungile Katima Mulilo Photo: Roland Routh Initial victory… Teckla Lameck, Kongo Mokaxwa and Yang Fan talking to their legal representative during the Supreme Court appeal, Raymond Heathcote SC. Lameck to get new trial dates Roland Routh Windhoek Dates for the new trial of former member of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Teckla Lameck, and her co-accused Jerobeam Kongo Mokaxwa and Chinese citizen Yang Fan will be set by the new judge in their court appearance next week. Judge Christi Liebenberg, who has been assigned the task to start the trial anew, after Judge Maphios Cheda was recused from the trial by three judges of the Appeal Court, indicated to lawyer Khadila Amoomo, who stood in for Sisa Namandje, that the matter was postponed to next week Thursday for setting down of trial dates. The recusal of Judge Cheda came as a result of an application by Lameck for the judge to recuse himself for alleged bias in their fraud trial in the Windhoek High Court. The judge refused their application, but granted Lameck leave to appeal the ruling in the Supreme Court. Judge of Appeal Elton Hoff, with Deputy Chief Justice Petrus Damaseb and Judge of Appeal Dave Smuts concurring, subsequently found that Judge Cheda should have recused himself. Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Residents of Omatando’s informal settlement in Ongwediva want the Ongwediva Town Council to give them the go-ahead for constructing houses on their plots or to develop existing structures. The request was made at a public meeting held recently by the town council and the affected residents. Construction at Omatando has been stopped for some time to allow the council to plan properly to enable them to formalise the area and bring much needed services to residents. “I am of the view in the circumstances of this case that the apprehension of bias by the appellants was that of reasonable individuals and that such apprehension was based on reasonable grounds. The judge in the court a quo (trial court) in my view should have recused himself,” Justice Hoff said in the appeal judgment. The matter was ordered back to the High Court to start fresh before a new judge. This effectively meant that the trial, which started in April 2013, four years after the arrest of the three accused in 2009, was put back on the pre-trial roster for a judge to be allocated and trial dates to be set. The 21 witnesses that already testified will now be called back to court again to give their testimonies again and the defence will probably again dispute summonses issued by the ACC which caused the recusal application against Judge Cheda. In his ruling on the admissibility of the summonses, Judge Cheda referred to warrants issued by a magistrate instead of the summonses. Lameck claimed the judge in essence pre-associated himself with the State when he found that “warrants” issued by a magistrate are admissible, while the defence objected to summonses issued by the ACC Residents want council to give greenlight at Omatando However, the town council has pleaded with the residents to be patient as further construction at Omatando will only be allowed as from next January. Council will however only allow construction by residents who are in possession of a building plan approved by the town council. “The aim is to allow the process of formalisation to take place without hindrances and to prevent unnecessary delays,” said public relations officer Jackson Muma. He said although the formalisation process is lengthy, the council is working tirelessly to ensure the process has been shortened in order to accommodate people in need of land. Muma said the verification and finalization of the layout is expected to be completed by August 2017. The land surveying is scheduled to start in September and completed by October 2017. According to Muma during the planning of the formalisation of Omatando, inputs and comments from the community will be incorporated in the layout, which will form part of the final map. He added that the halting of construction at Omatando was done in consultation with the concerned community. director. The Supreme Court agreed with Lameck that a reasonable apprehension of bias does exist. Lameck, Mokaxwa and Yang are accused of committing fraud of millions of Namibia Dollars. The State alleges that the trio defrauded the government and Swapo company Namib Contract Haulage. While Lameck and Mokaxwa alone are accused of defrauding the Swapo owned company where they worked of at least US4,000 for the purchase of four tipper trucks, they together with Yang are accused of a range of charges under the Anti-Corruption Act. It is alleged that Lameck, Yang and Mokaxwa duped government through the Ministry of Finance to pay an inflated price of US,348 800 for scanners to be used at airports and border posts. In fact, the State alleges, the price was inflated by an amount of US.8 million meant as ‘commission’ for Teko Trading that facilitated the transaction. The other charges – Lameck faces 18, Mokaxwa 12 and Yang six – relate to transgressions of the Immigration Control Act, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act and further contraventions of the Anti- Corruption Act. Twenty-seven members of the Namibian Police Force in the Zambezi Region were awarded medals for their dedication, hard work and discipline during a ceremony held at the Zambezi police headquarters on Wednesday. The regional police awarded one deputy commissioner, one chief inspector, three inspectors, 10 sergeants and 12 warrant officers. Among the medals awarded were a bronze for 10 years of service, a silver for 20 years, and a Cross of Bravery. Speaking at the ceremony, the Zambezi Regional Governor Lawrence Sampofu expressed gratitude to the recipients for their ultimate sacrifice to keep the region safe. “It is through your hard work that today we are gathered here to honour the great work that you have done over the years. We are pleased with what you do on a daily basis. You are receiving these medals today because of your good conduct in the service,” stated Sampofu. According to the Zambezi regional commander, Commissioner Karel Theron, this type of event makes recipients and their families proud. It also helps the community to see the work of police officers. Theron added that discipline is one of the pillars in the police force, therefore if it gets broken, then everything will collapse. “When the community see police officers doing something wrong where we commanders cannot see them, they must reprimand them. There is nothing wrong with reprimanding a police officer when he or she is doing wrong,” stressed Theron. At the same occasion, Sergeant Monica Simeon, who has served in the police force for 20 years, could not hide her joy for receiving two medals. Simeon, who received the 20 years silver and the Cross of Bravery medals, said her hard work paid off. “I am very happy to receive these medals for my hard work and dedication – I am thus advising other police officers who did not receive anything today to work diligently to be awarded next time,” said the joyous Simeon. *Hilma Nakanduungile is an information officer in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, based in Zambezi Region. Before thinking outside the box, first think about the box. Purchase your own Standard Archive boxes today. www.documentwarehouse.com.na email@example.com 061 24 5588