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2 NEWS Friday, March 9 2018| NEW ERA RESIDENT From page 1 The saga unlocked a massive public outcry and the then Urban and Rural Development Minister, Sophia Shaningwa, called it unlawful, as the town council had not obtained the required court order to demolish the structures and houses built illegally. The exercise left a sizeable number of people homeless and destitute with their belongings out in the open. According to the particulars of claim in Matongo’s lawsuit, the council unlawfully and wrongfully demolished his home at Newboy compound in Katima Mulilo on October 5, 2017. He said the dwelling was demolished in violation of the law, without a valid court order, in contravention of Articles 8, 13 and 16 of the Namibian Constitution, which makes provision for the rights to human dignity, privacy and to own property. He claims N4,832.05 for the construction of his house, N2,610.40 for household items lost and destroyed during the demolition exercise and N0,198.60 to replace his Toyota Corolla that was damaged and destroyed, or alternatively the fair and reasonable amount to restore the vehicle to its pre-damaged condition. He further seeks compensation in the amount of N,575 for the alternative accommodation costs for him and his family after his home was destroyed. Matongo further says the conduct of the town council during the demolition constituted an infringement of his fundamental rights as enshrined and entrenched in Chapter 3 of the Namibian Constitution, more particularly his rights to human dignity in that he was left with no home, deprived of a sense of worth in a community in which he lived with his family and sense of belonging, and with no shelter and no basic amenities of life. He further claims that his right to privacy as guaranteed in Article 13 was infringed upon as the town council interfered with his and his family’s privacy of their home in breach of the law, and that his belongings were left in the open. Matongo further says the town council infringed on his right to property when it damaged his right to own immovable and moveable property, in violation of Article 16 of the Constitution. “The aforesaid infringement of the plaintiff’s fundamental rights forms part of widespread and persistent similar infringements of the fundamental rights of other Namibian citizens by defendants, in particular in Katima Mulilo,” the particulars of claim submitted by local lawyer, Henry Shimutwikeni, reads. Matongo asks for damages of N0,000 for the latter infringements. He further asked for interest on the amounts claimed at the rate of 20% per annum from date of judgement to full payment and costs of the suit. The Katima Mulilo Town Council, Liswaniso and the Minister of Urban and Rural Development gave notice they will defend the lawsuit. GENDER From page 1 Statistics presented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Wilhencia Uiras, indicate that since independence Namibia has made great strides in terms of gender equality and women empowerment at all socio-economic levels. Uiras was speaking at the breakfast meeting hosted by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation in commemoration of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated annually on March 8. According to statistics, women representatives in parliament have 1st National Assembly (1990- 1994) to 48 women in the 6th National Assembly (2015-2020), making up 46 percent of the current National Assembly. This achievement resulted in Namibia being ranked among the top African countries that advanced women in politics and decision-making. Namibia also scored well on the 2016 global gender gap index at 0.765, ranking 14th out of 144 countries. “We can be proud of ourselves as a nation that can stand out at any international platform and acknowledge the positive progress the country is making to ensure we are not just counting the numbers/ women, but are making women count,” Uiras observed. But, she said, despite the Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 achievement more efforts need to be made especially at the regional level. According to the 2015 regional council elections, only 16 percent of the 121 regional council members are women. Some regions still do not have any female regional councillor – in this regard Omaheke and Zambezi regional councils stand out while Hardap, //Kharas, Kavango East, Kavango West, Kunene, Ohangwena and Omusati regional councils each has only one woman on the council. Erongo, Oshana and Oshikoto regional councils each has two women on the council; whilst Khomas and Otjozondjupa regions have the most female representatives, with women occupying four of the 10 constituency seats in Khomas Region, and three of the seven seats in Otjozondjupa. The statistic further indicate that at the local level, as of May 2017, there were 57 local authorities, with women holding the position of mayor in 18 of these local authorities (32 percent) and deputy mayor in 24 local authorities (42 percent), which translate that women comprised 37 percent of the total number of persons in both positions. Low women representation was also recorded in chief regional accounted for 7 of the 57 CEOs of local authorities. With regard to women in management positions in the public sector and private sector/parastatals, statistics indicate that Namibia Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 has 29.4 percent of female permanent secretaries and 41 percent of deputy permanent secretaries. Female directors stand at 42 percent and deputy directors at 48 percent. Furthermore, 20 percent of women hold the role of CEO and cant increase in the appointment of females on the boards of directors, which is currently 49.5 percent. Furthermore, the judiciary has also recorded an increase in registrars and judges. Currently Namibia has 75 percent women registrars of the court, 33 percent presidents of the courts, 20.8 percent judges and 49.5 percent magistrates. The number of women entrepreneurs has also increased. Between 2006 and 2013, approximately 33 percent of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Namibia had female participation in ownership, mibia had a female top manager. On international fora, in January this year two Namibian women, Advocate Bience Gawanas and Ambassador Selma Ashipala- Musavyi, were appointed to senior roles in the United Nations system by the United Nations Secretary- General António Guterres. Namibia joined the international community yesterday to commemorate International Women’s Day. This year’s International Women’s Day was observed under the theme: “From Peace in the Home, to Peace in Namibia: Press for Progress.” Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 ZAMBEZI From page 1 The Zambezi Regional Governor, Lawrence Sampofu, incident, said the river is rising very fast, which will force them to close schools if the situation worsens. He said the water level of the river stood at 5.61m compared to 2.90m last year during the corresponding period. On Wednesday the water level stood at 5.54m compared to 2.81m at the same time last year. However, Sampofu pointed out that parents in the affected areas refuse to move to higher grounds, which negatively affects learners as they can’t relocate on their own. “People are there. They don’t want to move. No vehicle can access the areas. Only by boat. We plan to close schools and learners could attend classes during the holidays and schools open early in May,” Sampofu said. Further, he said, the disaster risk management committee in consultation with to access the situation by engaging principals and parents on the possibility of school closures. Sampofu explained that once parents and school management agree as to when they would like to be relocated, they should inform the authorities accordingly for such an exercise to begin. “We can’t force people to move out. If parents say they MURDERS From page 1 According to witnesses who took the stand, Klein had confessed to killing Afrikaner. He stabbed Afrikaner out of revenge as Afrikaner had killed Klein’s uncle, according to witnesses. The killing of Eichab took place on New Year’s Eve at a local bar in 2015. According to witnesses, Klein stabbed Eichab because he refused to share don’t want their children to move, then we will move teachers. Last year, I went there with a helicopter but they said they were not moving. Even teachers had said they were not moving,” he said. According to him, the challenge the regional council faces is a lack of functional speedboats. He added that the few that are available are broken and could not be repaired due to severe budget cuts by the government. In addition, he said, the three hoovers they had are also dysfunctional and could also not be repaired due to lack of funds. This lack of adequate functional speedboats, he says, will negatively impact the evacuation process, should it go ahead as anticipated. Asked on the status of the Kapelwa Kabajani ferry, Sampofu said the ferry was was not bought public transport. It has been broken for some time, he said, but the works and transport ministry has since secured two engines and it will be repaired to start ferrying people from Katima Mulilo to Impalila and Kasika. On the tariffs for the ferry, Sampofu said the Zambezi Regional Council has come up with affordable fares of N per person for residents, adding that these prices have been approved by Cabinet. He said health ministry affected areas to ensure the health centres are stocked with adequate medicines to sustain people who are cut off from essential services. his drinks with him. There was no trouble between Klein and Eichab before the stabbing. “The accused did not show any remorse – all he did after his conviction was to show aggression. It is clear that the accused does not care that he took away the lives of two young people,” said Nandago. Menencia Hinda prosecuted with lawyer Quine Fenyeho appearing for Klein.

Friday, March 9 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Omusati governor advocates for birth incentives Nuusita Ashipala Outapi Governor of Omusati Region, Erginus Endjala, wants the government to introduce birth incentives in order to boost the country’s economy. According to Endjala, the birth incentives would encourage women to bear children and subsequently increase the country’s population and thereby attract investors to the country. He said many investors are reluctant to come to the country given its small population claiming there is no market. “Investors always ask what they will come to do in a country with a small population like ours and that is why we need the birth incentives so that our market could Endjala made the remarks recently at the opening of the maternity shelter at Outapi. Currently, the government only gives grants to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), pensioners and people with disabilities. The governor said birth incentives in the country would encourage more mothers to bear children and as a result attract more investors to the country. He said in the end, there would be a subsequent growth in employment, thereby, reducing the unemployment and poverty levels in the country. The unemployment rate in the country currently stands at 34 percent while the poverty level is at 18 percent. He said the move should be seen through the economic lens, the country. He said Namibia needs to be in a position to attract factories. “For argument’s sake, if a company like Nike is to come here, do we really have a market? Investors need assurance that there are customers for their products because they will still be forced to sell their goods outside the Endjala. Omusati Governor Erginus Endjala NSFAF washes its hands over N.8bn Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) yesterday washed its hands over an unaccounted N.8 billion the Ministry of Education disbursed to NSFAF between 2007 and 2013, saying NSFAF only came into existence in 2013. NSFAF CEO Hilya Nghiwete said at the time of the transfer, apart from physical files, no breakdown was submitted. “Normal procedure would have been to compile the bal- but this would have taken a very long time considering the 73,353 “At the time, this amount was also not known, as the N,792,303,100 was later deducted using the CEO section in the annual report contained in Taking stock… National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts members Salmon Fleermuys, Chairperson Mike Kavekotora, Nico Smith and Dudu Murorua during the public hearing yesterday. She said due to the absence of the list, which could be audited, no loans balance could be includ- the year ended March 31, 2014, opinion, which highlighted that The committee also wanted to know why these recoveries were not spilt between principal and interest; why capital was treated as revenue and how come NSFAF recognised it as revenue. Nghiwete responded by saying that since initial balances were in- as from April 1, 2013, subsequent recoveries do not have a capital balance from which they can be netted off. But, she said, they needed to be accounted for; hence, they have been recorded as revenue She said the issues relating to the genetic approach taken by information and issues including, among others, no indication whether the amount received/ paid out was a grant or a loan of a list, which could be audited. Nghiwete was responding to questions the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts posed to NAS- FAF here during a public hearing. The hearing lasted almost four hours. The standing committee wanted to know how the N.8 billion in student disbursements from the government was accounted for as at April 1, 2013. The committee chaired by ‘No Nonsense’ Mike Kavekotora also grilled Nghiwete and her team, which included the newly appointed board chairperson Jerome Mutumba, vice-chairperson Dr Christina Swart- Opperman and the NSFAF chief - The Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited is a State Owned entity that was established under the NIP Act 15 ies of made 1999. on It started loans its were operations treated on as 1 December and some 2000 with beneficiaries the objective of were providing medical laboratory revenue, services a service to both never state recognised countrywide in the books which provide of accounts. a comprehensive contracts. pathology service of high quality to public and private minor health facilities. at the time The NIP of signing currently the has 40 laboratories and private clients. Disgruntled PDM members want to revive DTA Uerikoha Tjijombo Windhoek Some members of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) are not happy with the rebranding of the party, and are trying to register the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) as a political party. Uakarenda Mbinge told Nampa yesterday that they have approached the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) on the matter and were given all the necessary information on the registration process. He said their intention was to revive the old DTA, including its colours and logo. Mbinge said they intend to have a meeting in mid-April during which they would elect the party’s leadership. Preparations for the next elections would then start. He also said those supporting the idea were not part of the congress that took the decision to rebrand the party. The exact number of people who want to break away from the PDM could not be established, as they are in various parts of the country. The party was rebranded and renamed PDM in November last year. Contacted for comment, PDM President, McHenry Venaani, said the decision to rebrand the party was a congress decision and nothing can be done about it. further stated that they reserved the right over the party’s old name, which would make it dif- bers to register such a party. Tjimbuezumo Tjiramba, a senior member of the DTA, proudly stands in front of the party’s logo before it was renamed PDM . ECN Corporate Communica- told this news agency upon enquiry that the Electoral Act states that the chief electoral tration of a political party if the abbreviated name or distinctive symbol of the applicant is identical to that of another political party, or if, in the opinion of the commission, closely resembles the name, abbreviated name or distinctive symbol of another political party that might confuse or mislead voters. ECN Manager of Operations, Theo Mujoro, said PDM may have a strong case should it happen that such a party has been registered, as stated by the prospective applicants. – Nampa To be the medical laboratory service provider of choice in Africa NIP Acredit 3 Labs To medical provide diagnoses. accessible, Quality affordable of laboratory and excellent service medical is the major laboratory factor services. which directly affects the quality of health care. The medical laboratory as a whole therefore has to provide the best patient care. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility drive, the Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited recently medical donated laboratory computers services to and the printers physician/clinician to three different is therefore Schools. critical The in any total health value care of the delivery items is estimated system. Accreditation, to be which is the process of independently evaluating competency, is the strategy for most medical laboratories to achieve this. The recipients of the computers and printers were: Namibia entitled 1. Eden ‘‘Medical Primary Institute laboratories School of in –Requirements Pathology Okahandja (Otjozondjupa for Limited quality and Region), competence’’, Gammams is widely Primary accepted School in in (A public the Windhoek medical enterprise laboratory (Khomas tasked with community. Region) the responsibility and Many the of Ngone laboratories providing Combined medical are working laboratory School on situated services. its implementation, 25km It operates from more Rundu and in request than 40 medical the accreditation laboratories Kavango Region. of their and The service patient service Primary to be School judged centres with according across the country). over 1000 to this learners, standard. of which 147 learners are Orphans and Vulnerable Children only had two outdated computers in its school computer One of the strategic objectives related to quality in the Corporate Strategy of the Namibia Institute of Pathology laboratory (NIP), is and to become received the 10 pivotal computers VACANCY hub for and quality 2 printers. improvement in the company by achieving accreditation 2. Gammams for all Primary major laboratories School with across over 1300 the country. learners Therefore,NIP received 15 embarked computers upon and the three printers. Before the donation, the School only had two (2) outdated computers. International 3. The Ngone Standard Combined with the School aim to accredit with 544 its learners laboratories, out of thus which providing 11 learners objective have evidence disabilities, that 93 following the laboratories learners vacant are competent are vulnerable position: to provide medical diagnostic services to its customers, including and 80 learners are orphans received 15 computers and 3 printers. healthcare staff and patients. Below is the value of the full donation. (A State owned company tasked with the responsibility of providing medical laboratory services to the public and private secto operates more 1 TheSwamed, x Histo-Technologist Katutura and Rundu : private Windhoek laboratories than 40 medical laboratories and patient service Central were subjected centres all over the country.) Reference to external Laboratory assessments responsible 1. Eden Primary to provide School internationally recognised 10 accreditation 2 services,granted N$ 46,611.00 international NIP is Interested? accreditation recruiting 2. Gammams status Primary for to these School all following three laboratories. 15 position: 3 N$ 69,917.10 3. Ngone Combined School 15 3 N$ 69,917.10 Visit 1 x Result The accreditation the website of these of laboratories Namibia represents Institute a great of Pathology value to our clients. Limited Enquiries Clerk: Windhoek Central Reference Laboratory Achieving under this milestone means our laboratories are internationally recognised. This also indicates that we Opportunities to apply online: maintaining high standards of services for our clients; essentially providing an effective mechanism During her handover remarks, Ms. Jennifer Kauapirura, the Chief Strategy and Business Interested? Development No hand-delivered, Officer of the faxed Namibia or Institute emailed of Pathology applications Limited encouraged will be sustainability of public health programs. learners to work Visit the hard considered. NIP and website become what under they Opportunities aspire to be, especially to apply now that online: they have computers at their disposal. This achievement came as a result of notable through hard, joint efforts and unifying team spirit No hand-delivered, computers prevailing at NIP. faxed or emailed applications will be put to good will use be and considered. will play a major role in shaping Closing This milestone Date inspires us to continue : 9 March improving 2018 the quality systems within our network of Closing the laboratories. date: 16 March 2016 need for other SOE to emulate the gesture of NIP by strengthening public-private partnerships and creating more symbiotic relationships.

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