Vol. 23 No. 138 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, March 23 2018 Killer of NUST student still at large Selma Ikela Windhoek inside today VP wants an end to farm Vice President Nangolo Mbumba has called for an end to leadership being experienced at various resettlement farms and he has advised the contending parties to always follow the right channels in resolving the issues amicably. Page 3 NAMDIA never sold a single stone undervalued or in Dubai - Hamutenya Namib Desert Diamonds (NAMDIA), Kennedy Hamutenya, has rubbished allegations that the newly established company sold Namibian diamonds below market value. Page 23 NFA calls Mbidi to order over Rukoro saga The on and off frosty romance between the Namibia Football Association (NFA) long-serving secretary general Barry Rukoro and the association’s president Frans Mbidi just refuses to settle down. Page 36 The suspect who shot a student of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and injured two other passengers during an alleged road rage incident on Wednesday remains at large, police say. Three of six occupants who are relatives and friends, who were travelling at during the incident, which claimed the life of NUST student Naeman Ibe Amakali. Amakali’s surviving brother, Gideon, was shot below the eye and in the upper shoulder. A third passenger was shot in the stomach. The group was shot at by an unknown suspect. Nampol Khomas Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Ministry of Land Reform has spent N.1 billion during 155 farms measuring 836,000 hectares for the resettlement of previously disadvantaged Namibians. Addressing staff last week, the Minister of Land Reform, Utoni Nujoma, said the pro- resettlement of previously disadvantaged Namibians is faced with many challenges and obstacles. He said the ministry had regional commander, Commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa, called on passengers who were in the suspect’s vehicle to come forward with information leading to his arrest. “We suspect there were more than one person in the vehicle and we are calling on them to come forth,” pleaded Nghishidimbwa. Killer on page 2 N.1 billion spent on resettlement farms MET plans crocodile census Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has revealed plans to conduct a wetland game count to determine the estimated population of crocodiles and other wildlife living in rivers in the Zambezi Region. The ministry’s spokesperson Romeo Muyunda revealed this to New Era yesterday when he was asked what the ministry plans to do about the reported increase in the number of crocodiles 3.1 million hectares of land during the previous strategic plan. During the strategic plan, Nujoma said, the ministry was expected to resettle 579 previously disadvantaged landless Namibians, but only 365 were resettled on 104 farms. He said this was due to the in Zambezi Region. As the floodwaters rise from the Zambezi River it has been reported that the deadly Answers needed… Naeman Amakali died on Independence Day. Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma fact that most suitable farms (360 farms with a total size of 996,202 hectares), which were offered to the state, were tive Action Loan Scheme candidates, thus impacting on the National Resettlement Programme for the period under review. FArMS on page 2 crocodile population is also increasing, leaving residents in the Kabbe flood-prone areas exposed to attacks by Villagers walk over 40 km to clinic, says NSA Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Some Namibians seeking basic medical care walk up to 40 km to reach the nearest public health facility, a Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) report revealed. The report, released in Windhoek last week, of about 13.3 percent of households in the country walk a distance between 11 to 40 kilometres to the nearest health facility, while 4.6 percent of households are located more than 40 kilometres from the nearest health services. Such households are in rural areas, the report said. There are people with no access to medical facilities at all, it further states. While access to healthcare services is critical to good health, sites to attain the targets set by the United Nations through the Sustainable Development Goals, the NSA’s Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey (NHIES) 2015/2016 report paints as access is concerned. Recently there were reports in the local media about villagers in a remote part of Kunene Region usually taking VillAgerS on page 2 these territorial reptiles. In 2015 there were an estimated 2,015 crocodiles in the Zambezi/Chobe River system, while in the Kwando River system there were 680 crocodiles. “We are aware that crocodiles in search of food,” he said. crocodile on page 2 Wild beast… A crocodile in its natural habitat.