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New Era Newspaper Friday September 8,

Vol. 23 No. 276 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, September 8 2017 Inside Today Automated border control system launched The Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, on Wednesday launched the upgrade Electronic Border Control Management System at Hosea Kutako International Airport. It was developed and installed by local IT company Syntex Technologies.. Page 6 Salini cuts production amid money woes Italian company Salini Impregilo has been forced to rein in production at the Neckartal Dam to trim down on costs after government’s latest failure to settle its debts to the company. Salini reduced work shifts from 12 hours to seven-and-a-half hours to circumvent layoffs and paying of overtime to workers and subcontractors. The dam’s workforce of around 2,500 were informed of the company’s decision in a letter on Friday. Page 33 State House not a den for thieves – Lumumba Selma Ikela Windhoek African leaders must be told that State House is a holy place and should not be converted into a den of thieves. RCC placed under rescue plan … Company hints at challenging decision in court Desie Heita Windhoek Confusion reigned supreme yesterday regarding the future of the Roads Contractor Company (RCC), but it has since emerged that a plan has been set in motion to place the loss-making entity under a court-supervised rescue arrangement. This exercise, approved by Cabinet on Tuesday, would wind up the RCC in the form it is known today and possibly result in a new, similar but The Cabinet resolution is now set for urgent tabling as a motion before parliament. Photo: Emmency Nuukala Clarity of thought… Visiting Kenyan academic and lawyer Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba (left) chats with Namibia’s First Lady Monica Geingos before the lecture on Wednesday evening. If parliament endorses the decision, public enterprise minister Leon Jooste would have to approach the High Court for an application to have RCC placed under judicial management. In legal terms judicial management is applied to allow a company in dire is still a viable business, the opportunity for rehabilitation The judicial manager for RCC would be empowered to make far-reaching decisions on the company’s business transactions, to include operations, management. Judicial management’s main effect, lawyer Norman Tjombe explained yesterday, is to place a moratorium on debt payments. Another effect is that a manager is appointed who must oversee the business of the company. The plan is to birth a new RCC that operates as a commercial entity under the Ministry of Public Enterprises, and not the Ministry of Works and Transport as is currently the case. The public enterprises ministry would approve the strategic plan, sale of properties and oversee the business direction of the new RCC. “We have some good mitigating plans,” said Jooste of the rescue plan the ministry has for the company. New Era can however reveal that the RCC board and senior executives were all shellshocked yesterday when Jooste broke the news of the Cabinet resolution to them at midday. The RCC leadership is said to be mulling over the possibility of approaching the courts to challenge the application to put RCC under judicial management, something that is likely to pitch government, as shareholder, against the board, who are the legal custodians of RCC. RCC on page 2 This reminder came from visiting Kenyan academic and lawyer Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, speaker at the New Era Publication Corporation Thought Leaders Series initiative held on Wednesday in Windhoek. Lumumba’s presentation was titled ‘Africa unleashing her potential’. He said Africa can only succeed if its nations unite. He stated that African leaders must be told State House is a temple of justice and a repository of decision-making. “It is designed to liberate all from the chains of poverty and worry. LUMUMBA on page 2 Limbo dismissed as Bukalo CEO Aron Mushaukwa Bukalo The Bukalo Village Council has dismissed Martin Limbo as its CEO, effective from August 22. Speaking to the media yesterday the chairperson of the village council Charles Siyauya said that Limbo was found guilty of misconduct and a resolution was reached on July 6 to have him dismissed. According to Siyauya the hearing, which was chaired by Frans Kwala, found Limbo guilty of “very serious misconduct charges which include unauthorised appointment of staff members, gross insubordination, putting council’s name in dispute, unauthorised transfer of funds, failing to follow council recommendations not to host a gala dinner in 2016, and misrepresentation”. He added that Limbo was given an opportunity to appeal to the chairperson of the Zambezi Regional Council which he has done. BUKALO on page 2 Bukalo Village Council chairperson Charles Siyauya and acting CEO Naomi Karupa Photo: Albertina Nakale New brooms… Some of the SPYL members from all the 14 regions during their Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has reminded the newly-elected Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) members that although being nominated into a position is easy they should understand the challenges that come with leadership. She made the remarks yesterday when she opened the meeting since the new leadership, under the youth wing secretary Ephraim Nekongo, was elected in Katima Mulilo in August. Nandi-Ndaitwah, who herself was once the leader of SPYL in her youth, maintained it’s easy to be nominated, accept nomination, get elected and accept the outcome of an election with jubilation, but what some people don’t understand are the challenges that come with the concomitant tasks. “That sounds very hypothetical, because it is not empirically tested. But that does not need empirical testing to be true as challenges will be obvious,” she told the youth league. She said the SPYL as a transmitting belt of Swapo has a responsibility to be alert, vigilant and focused to ensure that young people in the country are prepared to play a positive role in social and economic development. SPYL on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper appclassifieds/discover

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