4 NEWS Friday, July 21 2017 | NEW ERA Arsonist killer sentenced to 38 years Roland Routh Windhoek Plesie Gowaseb, who admitted he set a room on fire that ultimately claimed the life of his former girlfriend and mother of his two living children because he was “blinded by anger”, was on Wednesday sentenced to an effective 38 years behind bars by High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg. Gowaseb was convicted by Liebenberg on a count of murder, read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, and one count of arson after he pleaded guilty to the murder of Petrina Goagoseb in Dordabis during the period October 13 to 14, 2012 causing her to die from her injuries on October 21, 2012. He also admitted he wrongfully, unlawfully and maliciously set the house the deceased lived in on fire. On the count of murder he was sentenced to 34 years, and on the count of arson to eight years. Four years of the sentence on the arson count were, however, ordered to run concurrently with the sentence on the murder count. Judge Liebenberg said the court has in past judgments made it clear that it considers crimes committed in a domestic setting in a serious light and would increasingly impose heavier sentences to bring an end to the spate of murders currently experienced. “The present instance is just another example of the extent of abuse and crimes committed on a daily basis in our society, where the weak and vulnerable often pay with their lives for no reason at all”, Judge Liebenberg stated. According to him, differences between persons in virtually any relationship, moreover when it is romantic in nature, are likely to arise and as human beings we are often confronted with difficult situations that require emotional decision-making. It is simply part of life, he stressed. That, he said, obviously include break-ups in relationships and irrespective how difficult and painful the process may be to the affected parties, they are bound by the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution, including the moral values endorsed and upheld by society. It is, therefore, in the interest of justice that these rights and mutual respect for one another be protected and upheld at all cost, the judge said and emphasised that the courts play an important role in upholding the rule of law through its decisions and the sentences they imposed. In the present instance, the judge said, the deceased had all the right to terminate her relationship with the accused for whatever reason, without her becoming a victim for having done so. “The accused was enraged by the deceased’s decision and driven by nothing else but hatred and jealousy when deciding to end the deceased’s life”, Judge Liebenberg stated. He said there can be no doubt that both crimes committed were Photo: Nampa Off to jail… Plesie Gowaseb after he was handed a 38-year prison sentence. serious, particularly when regard is had to the brutal and merciless attack on a vulnerable person in the safety of her own home – moreover, the mother of his children. “I can hardly imagine something more horrid happening to a person who is set alight – more so, when the innocent victim is a defenceless and helpless person. His actions were unexpected and callous, perpetrated with direct intent to kill”, Judge Liebenberg said This was yet another senseless killing, he said, that could have been avoided, had the accused not served his own interests at the expense of others. Ondonga chief pulls trigger on councillors Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Chief Immanuel Kauluma Elifas has replaced the four suspended senior traditional councillors and dismissed the suspended junior traditional councillors, with the exception of Onathinge headman Josef Akawa, who was recalled to his position. The appointment of new councillors has been effective from last Friday. Former senior traditional councillor John Walenga for Ondangwa District has been replaced by Erastus Mvula, popularly known MvulaMunyango, who will now lead Ondangwa A, while Mayor of Ondangwa Paavo Amwele has resumed leadership of Ondangwa B. The Ondangwa District has now been divided into two. Rainhold Nepolo has replaced Josef Asino at Oniiwe District, while Naeman Fillemon Kambala replaced Vilho Kamanya at Amuteya. Acting OTA secretary Nepando Amupanda was appointed to replace Peter Shimweetheleni at Onguta ya Netanga and is mandated to remain acting secretary of Ondonga Traditional Council until further notice. Chief Elifas has also appointed Naeman Amalwa, a senior traditional councillor of Oniimwandi District, as his official press aide. The chief further appointed three members of the royal family to serve as members of the OTA. The three appointees are Selma Sheyavali, Konisa Kalenga and Ester Gwashamba Nepando. Junior traditional councillors Kashona Malulu, Tonata Ngulu and Fillemon Nambili have officially been dismissed from all OTA duties. Following the suspension of the councillors in April, an investigation was launched, upon completion of which the suspended councillors were summoned to appear before a disciplinary hearing twice, but did not turn up – with the exception of Akawa. New era has learned that summons were issued and served upon all OTA councillors. None, except Josef Akawa, appeared before the hearing proceedings. Owing to “this wilful forfeiture of their right to be heard”, the disciplinary hearing was conducted in their absence. “… And recommendations were thereafter communicated to the appointing authority, who is the king of Ondonga, the chairperson of the traditional council and head of the traditional community in terms of Ondonga customs and the Traditional Authority Act, No. 25 of 2000 to make a final decision,” read a statement by Amalwa. The suspension of the councillors comes in response to the alleged conspiracy to have the Ondonga king removed from office amid allegations that he is unfit, and too frail to run the affairs of OTA. The suspended councillors had launched an urgent application that called for the king to be medically examined by a psychologist to determine whether he was still fit to discharge his traditional responsibilities. A second urgent application was also launched against the chief’s wife, Katrina Elifas, with the councillors demanding unrestricted access to the traditional leader. Both applications were dismissed by the High Court.
Friday, July 21 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 onsultative land workshop hailed John Muyamba Rundu Ndonga Linena Constituency Councillor Petrus Kavhura has hailed as important the recent two- d a y consultative workshop that served as a precursor to the Second National Land Conference. Kavhura, who also serves as a parliamentarian, noted that social activities have changed just as the country’s population has grown from the time of the first land conference. He says laws and policies must go hand in hand with that change and the upcoming land conference should address these changes. He made the comments on the sidelines of the workshop that ended on Tuesday. “The main aim is for us who are in the region to be given the responsibility to go back to our people who are not here and brief them on this so that they can also add their concerns and input to the land conference to be held in September,” he stated. “This activity has opened our eyes and showed us what we have successfully done in regard to land or, and, what was not achieved. The world has changed and people also do change in how they think now compared to the past and their needs and demands also change – so what was working then might not work now because the population was smaller then and now we have a bigger population.” “With the increased rural-urban migration, more people are now living in urban areas, so the way in which land in town was and is administered should change, as well as the pace at which serviced land should be delivered to people because the urban population is growing at a faster pace,” he said. “Most importantly, we can talk about all that but the strategy is very important, how are we going to address the issues hindering land delivery? Right now people are expecting that the outcomes of the Second National Land Conference will result in fair land distribution MTC hereby informs its valued customers that it will be conducting software enhancements on its system. As a result, MTC’s customers will experience service interruptions with Mobile Banking, MTC Money, Bundle Purchases, Data Roaming, Short Codes, Recharges and Balance Enquiries between 00:00 – 07:00 on the 22nd of July 2017. While the company is taking good care to limit the down-time and interruption, it is expected that services for Prepaid customers will be unavailable specifically between 00:00 and 02:00. Emergency calls will however still be accessible. These interventions are kept strictly to the early morning hours, and downtime will be kept to the absolute minimum. This enhancement is part of a necessary routine maintenance schedule, and might impact customers’ network accessibility during these hours. MTC apologises for any inconvenience caused in this regard. Issued by: MTC Management so that the land should be given back to the people.” “The upcoming land conference should come up with positive outcomes and decisions to give back land to locals, but those outcomes should still unite us as a country to move ahead with unity. People are expecting maximum benefits with regard to accessing land,” Kavhura added. Many workshop delegates said they want to see change in the development of communal MTC CONDUCTING SYSTEM ENHANCEMENTS land and urged the government to develop infrastructure on farming units allocated to people to boost production. Kavhura also said he would want to see the issue of humanwildlife conflict addressed.