6 NEWS Friday, July 28 2017 | NEW ERA At court… From left, Yang Fan, Kongo Mokaxwa, Festus Lameck who was at court to give support to his wife Teckla Lameck. Photo: Roland Routh Red Cross steps in to maintain sanitation Nuusita Ashipala Ondingwanyama The Namibian Red Cross has pledged its continued support to national efforts aimed at strengthening water and sanitation issues in Namibia as well as actions contributing towards the country’s development goals. Namibia Red Cross further pledged to support the United Nations Sustainable Goals, which call for countries to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by the year 2030. “I can comfortably say that water and sanitation issues are very close to our hearts. Our commitment to this area can only be compared to the high expertise we have in disaster management, where we have successfully responded to floods and droughts that affected our country over the past nine years and before that,” said the deputy secretary general at Red Cross Namibia, Uahekua Herunga. During the last two years between 2014 and 2016 the humanitarian organisation has protected 32 handdug wells, protected three springs, rehabilitated 44 hand pumps and installed 19 hand pumps and 49 water tanks benefiting more than 5,400 households. In addition to water provision facilities, the humanitarian organisation has further constructed 742 ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines in Kunene, Kavango and Ohangwena regions. Herunga made the remarks at the free from open defecation event at Ondingwanyama this week. The Ondigwanyama village in Ohangwena Region has been declared the first free from open defecation village in the country after constructing toilets at all 68 households in the village. “A village is declared open defecation-free when every household in the village has a toilet with superstructure to provide privacy and a hand-washing facility with water and soap or ash available,” explained Unicef country representative Micaela Maques de Sousa. The pit latrines were constructed using local materials, including used tyres, sticks and plastic bags – with blankets to shield them, but the villagers want to be assisted financially to put up permanent structures, because many are not durable. The 64 villages where people were trained to implement the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme are also to be declared free from open defecation in due course. Herunga said the water and sanitation programme in Kunene kicked off in the early 90’s and has since then protected springs, drilled boreholes and installed taps in rural areas where most of the communities were sharing their water sources with animals and risked contracting waterborne diseases. He said such measures are vital for a country which has in the past experienced severe cholera outbreaks in Kunene, which were attributed to poor sanitation and hygiene. Uahekua Herunga Police need help to find these persons Sergeant Lukas Petrus The Namibian police are asking help from the public in finding a missing police officer. Sergeant Lukas Petrus went missing from his duty post at Nyae-Nyae checkpoint. It is reported that Sergeant Petrus, armed with a shotgun, left the compound with his dog at about 06h00 on June 13 to look for missing cattle. His dog returned home, but he never returned to date and his mobile phone remains unreachable. An intensive search in the Nyae-Nyae, Tsumkwe and Gam areas proved futile. The police are thus requesting anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Sergeant Petrus to contact Chief Inspector Shiningayamwe on 081-2859746 or the nearest police station. The police in Windhoek are also looking for a South African charged with multiple counts of vehicle theft in Namibia and other SADC countries. George James Maluleke was on bail on the charges but failed to appear in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday as scheduled. A warrant for his arrest was issued by the magistrate. Maluleke himself or anyone with information on his whereabouts may contact Deputy Commissioner Agas on 081-1242649 or the nearest police station. Teko Trio trial to start fresh next year Roland Routh Windhoek The corruption trial of former member of the Public Service Commission, Teckla Lameck, and her co-accused Jerobeam Kongo Mokaxwa and Chinese citizen Yang Fan is set to start before Judge Christi Liebenberg next year in the Windhoek High Court. Owing to the fact that Judge Liebenberg will not be available for the whole of the first trimester of the High Court next year, their trial was set down to start on May 14 next year up to May 18 and then again from June 4 to June 22. The new prosecutor in the trial, State Advocate Constance Moyo, and the defence counsel of the trio, Sisa Namandje, confirmed the dates with the judge. The trial is to start afresh after Lameck and her co-accused managed to have the original judge, Maphios Cheda, removed from the trial for perceived bias. Three judges of the Supreme Court found that Lameck and her co-accused had reason to believe Judge Cheda was prejudicial towards them when he made reference to warrants instead of summonses in a judgement delivered on the admissibility of evidence obtained through summonses issued by the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC). The matter was ordered back to the High Court to start afresh before a new judge to be appointed. 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 down. 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. Lameck, Mokaxwa and Yang are accused of committing fraud counting into millions of Namibia Dollars. The State alleges the trio defrauded government and Swapo company Namib Contract Haulage. While Lameck and Mokaxwa alone are accused of defrauding the Swapoowned 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 with an amount of US, 828, 800 meant as ‘commission’ for Teko Trading that facilitated the transaction. The other charges – Lameck faces 18, Mokaxwa 12 and Yang 6 – relate to transgressions of the Immigration Control Act, the Prevention of Organised Crime Act and further contraventions of the Anti-Corruption Act.
Friday, July 28 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 #391 Bank Windhoek brand evolves Depleted Lake Lyambezi leaves fishermen despondent Aron Mushaukwa Katima Mulilo The dwindling of fish stocks in Lake Lyambezi and the inward rivers in the entire Zambezi Region has left fishermen despondent – particularly at the region’s lake that was once considered the region’s main source of fish. Since the beginning of the year the region’s common Zambezi bream has been scarce, despite the fact that fishing was off limits between November and March, but it appears ever since the fishing season re-opened there have been no fish at all. When New Era visited Lake Lyambezi at Muyako area on Wednesday there were no fishing activities taking place. The only fishermen at the lake were there “to just relax”, as they have already given up on fishing. “We have already lost hope, you can take your net and go cast it and you come back the next day hoping that maybe you will find something for relish, but you end up getting nothing at all. We have done that several times and we have already given up,” said one of the fishermen, Passy Mbumba. He added that their only hope is that by the end of August they might start catching catfish, as for now they have no hope that they will be able to catch bream this year. “In 2015/2016 we had an abundance of fish here at the lake, when you go in the water when you come back you have a good catch, and customers will be waiting by the shore, we could sell and put bread on the table, but now we are just surviving on vegetables,” added another fisherman, Mbeha Sitwala. The scarcity of fish has also had a negative impact on the fish traders, whose livelihood depends on buying fish from the fishermen and selling it at the Katima Mulilo open market. Chuma Simasiku, one of the fishmongers, told New Era that “it is currently tough to put bread on the table”. “However, we are trying by all means to survive by selling the smaller fishes we get from Lisikili and Nan’ombe. There is hope, as recently we have been getting fish from flood-prone areas of Ihaha and Mbalasinte, so hopefully this is a good sign that flood-prone areas may become our suppliers,” said Simasiku. Some fishmongers have resorted to buying fish from Zambia, reportedly from a farmer who has a fish pond. But Simasiku says that fish is simply too expensive and not favoured by customers. “The fish from Zambia is too expensive. Previously the farmer used to sell them at a reasonable prize, for N00 you could get up to 42 fish, but now for a thousand dollars you can only acquire twenty-four fish, if it is a lot maybe thirty. Customers also don’t like those fish, they say they are tasteless and are full of fat, as they are just fed in the fish pond and they don’t eat waterlilies, like the river fish,” Simasiku explained. According to the Ministry of Fisheries, the lack of fish in the region is due to overfishing in previous years. Ministry spokesperson De Wet Siluka said the use of monofilament nets which are three times more effective as multifilament in catching fish and the illegal use of destructive methods, such as (shade nets with cloth lining (locally referred to as sefa-sefa), contributed to the scarcity of fish in the region. “Fisheries in the Zambezi used to be on a substance basis, Photo: Aron Mushaukwa Scarcity… Fishermen stand empty handed beside their canoes on the banks of Lake Lyambezi, which currently has very low fish stocks. Photo: File Good old days… A file photo taken in 2015, when fish was in abundance in Lake Lyambezi. but nowadays commercial greed took over, with non-local businessmen hiring fishermen from neighbouring countries,” Siluka elaborated. Thus, the ministry introduced a closed season to allow the fish to reproduce undisturbed between December and March, as most riverine fish breed during this period. He, however, pointed out that this intervention has been fruitless as fish stocks in the region continued to decline at an alarming rate, because it has been “economically overfished”. He further revealed that there are about 88 fish species in the Zambezi Region, with the most common ones being the bream, tigerfish, catfish and the smaller fish. He stressed that in order for these species to be preserved communities need to “take control of their natural resources”. “The communities should understand that the catch rates in the Zambezi are decreasing, fish communities are changing and the larger valuable species have been replaced by smaller much less valuable species due to increased effort, reduced mesh sizes and ultimately the use of environmentally destructive fishing gear”, Siluka noted. Today, Bank Windhoek launched its refreshed logo and brand proposition as part of the evolution of its brand. Bank Windhoek is a success story and demonstration of a great Namibian dream. Established in 1982 by a group of Namibian entrepreneurs, the aim was to create an independent bank for Namibians. The Bank Windhoek brand is a wellknown and respected brand and we have always Win N00 in our Opinion Poll Does Bank Windhoek believe in building long lasting relations with our customers and stakeholders? SMS the number “1” followed by “yes” or “no” to 987 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or vote online at www.bankwindhoek.com.na *SMSs charged at normal rate Baronice Hans Managing Director positioned relationships at the core of our business. Ensuring that our customers are at the centre of our business with a strong belief that together we do better, will always be what motivates us. We aspire to be the most trusted and inspiring connector of positive change. Our identity and success are closely linked to the well-being of our country. We connect our customers, communities and all other stakeholders to positive change and progress. Our customer-centric strategy and culture is underpinned by our unrelenting drive to provide customer experiences that are meaningful. Our rich history and legacy gives us the legitimacy and credibility to navigate a better future for ourselves and all our stakeholders. Our Brand refresh is a celebration of the exciting journey we have walked with our customers and are entering into in terms of the future. We have effected change to our brand icon which has been aligned to reflect a progressive, innovative look. It’s the passion to make a difference in the lives of people that comes through our updated logo which features smoother edges and cleaner lines. We have removed the standard blocked icon to free up the logo aligning it to the overall Capricorn Group brand strategy. We believe that the new look of our brand gives us a great platform to showcase the amazing possibilities of what the future with Bank Windhoek holds. Customers will enjoy new world class experience with our electronic platforms through Mobile app, IBank and in addition we look forward to our new website that will be launched in August. 0% No Does Bank Windhoek’s BizzKids Competition encourage youth entrepreneurship in Namibia? 100% Yes Rosemary Swartz is the lucky winner in the Money Matters Issue 390 poll draw.