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New Era Newspaper Friday July 28,

Vol. 22 No. 246 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, July 28 2017 Inside Today New fishing levy not affecting subsistence anglers The increase in the fishing levy for fishing permits does not affect subsistence anglers registered with the fisheries ministry and the Hangeneni Artisanal Fishing Association, as these people will still obtain the fishing permits for free. Page 3 Corridor development crucial for economic growth Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb says government knows and understands the role played by roads and corridor development in achieving economic development. Page 25 Swartbooi at peace after leaving Swapo Photos: Albertina Nakale Calling it quits… Bernadus Swartbooi (centre) announces his resignation from Swapo, flanked by trade unionist Olsen Kahiriri (left) and Henny Seibeb who also used the occasion to announce his resignation from Swapo yesterday. Albertina Nakale Windhoek Former Swapo parliamentarian Bernadus Clinton Swartbooi announced his resignation from the party yesterday, saying his recall from parliament is a huge weight lifted off his shoulders. “If I could take out my heart and show you the extent of freedom I feel, and if you could be shown the pictures of how peacefully I sleep after I had been recalled, you will be surprised about my deep sense of happiness,” he said to a packed Commando Hall in Katutura. Photo: Rouland Routh Facing the long arm of the law… Ivonne Pihonge Nande and Walter Haseb making their first appearance in court. “If I could take out my heart and show you the extent of freedom I feel, and if you could be shown the pictures of how peacefully I sleep after I had been recalled, you will be surprised about my deep sense of happiness.” Maria Amakali Windhoek Former Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) employees Walter Haseb and Ivonne Pihonge Nande made their first appearance in court yesterday for allegedly misappropriating N.9 million from NSC coffers for self-gratification. Haseb, who was employed as the commission’s acting chief administrator, and former development officer Nande are facing a charge of corruptly using their positions or office for gratification. The two were arrested on Tuesday following an investigation by the Amid ululations and whistling, Swartbooi made this colourful announcement: “I hereby publicly announce without any fear or contradictions, that I proudly, loudly and publicly, leave the Owambo People’s Organisation [OPO] … when you meet me next time, I am neither an honourable nor a comrade. I am, I was, I will be, till death do me part, Bernadus Swartbooi.” “I am free now from OPO – our leaving OPO does not mean when the time comes to represent Namibia, our Owambo people should be left out, they are part of us. SWAPO on page 2 Ex-Sports Commission employees in court for fraud Anti-Corruption Commission into funds that could not be accounted for during their time at the NSC offices in General Murtalla Mohammed Avenue. According to the substantial evidence in the charge sheet, it is alleged that during the period of 2016, Haseb and his co-accused, while they were employed by the NSC, misappropriated N,965,542.75 from the Commission and the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture. The prosecution alleges the pair directly or indirectly and corruptly used their position for gratification. FRAUD on page 2 Namdeb Holdings’ half-year production up 17% Edgar Brandt Windhoek While Namdeb’s onshore diamond production continues to dwindle, the offshore operations are doing extremely well, with Debmarine Namibia’s newest vessel, the US7- million SS Nujoma, which was inaugurated in June this year and is now fully operational, playing a major role in ensuring the profitability and sustainability of the company’s marine mining activities. According to the chief executive officer of the De Beers Group, Bruce Cleaver, the SS Nujoma’s sampling tool is twice as efficient as its predecessors, making it a significant factor in marine diamond mining activities. The group’s preliminary financial results indicate that at Namdeb Holdings production increased by 17 percent to 0.9 million carats, compared to 0.7 million carats during the same time last year. Bruce Cleaver NAMDEB on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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