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New Era Newspaper Monday April 9, 2018

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2 NEWS Monday, April 9 2018 | NEW ERA Two arrested for theft of 30 goats Clemans Miyanicwe Kamanjab Two men were arrested last Wednesday for contravening the Stock Theft Act 12 of 1990 after they were implicated in the theft of goats worth N,000 at the informal settlement of Donkerhoek in Khorixas in Kunene Region. The suspects, Simon Awiseb, 47, and his co-accused Elvin Tjiveze, 26, appeared in court and case CR27/03/2018 was opened against them for the alleged theft of 30 goats. A separate case of possession of cannabis was also opened against them after cannabis was found at the scene where goats were recovered. The two suspects appeared in court last Thursday and their case was postponed to May 30. No bail was granted to the duo. According to Khorixas Police Station Commander, Inspector Hiskia Nuuyoma, the pair is believed to be behind a spate of incidents in which the farming community of the northwestern area has been under siege since last December. “Since last year’s festive season they troubled the farmers in the area but we managed to arrest them with the assistance of the community in the early hours of last Wednesday,” Nuuyoma told New Era. A 15-year-old arrested last month for stock theft was said to have worked with the group. Out of the 30 goats only 18 were recovered last week, according to Nuuyoma. “These men were involved in several acts of stock theft. They came to Khorixas to buy liquor and other necessities then they travelled back to the area where they kept the goats,” Nuuyoma said. The Khorixas police chief warned local farmers not to leave their livestock herds attended only by guarding dogs but rather to employ herders otherwise they will be susceptible to stock theft. “We have cautioned farmers to take care of their livestock by having herders.” The police chief said when farmers employ a herder there must be mutual trust between them and herders must be paid on time as there were incidents where herders collaborated with thieves to steal from their employers as they had not been paid for several months. “Failure to pay one’s employee can lead them to steal or collaborate with others to steal your goats so please do pay your herders on time,” advised Nuuyoma. Eddie Tsibeb, the 62-year-old owner of the 30 goats stolen, told New Era he offered a reward of N,000 for any information that could lead to the whereabouts of his missing livestock and both the police as well as the local community were helpful in recovering the goats. “The condition of the goats was terrible as they were tied up for weeks. It was really bad,” he said. PRESIDENT From page 1 His visit to Namibia follows the former president Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama’s twoday visit in February. During the visit, Khama reaffirmed that the plan to jointly set up a multi-billion-dollar water pipeline that will draw water from the Atlantic Ocean and be shared by the two countries, is still on the cards. Masisi, the ex-vice president, took over from Khama on April 1. Khama stepped down after his term limit – 10 years – was reached. Masisi took over automatically and according to the media in that country, Masisi is likely to secure a fiveyear term in the elections scheduled for next year October when the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is expected to hold on to power. Hengari said Masisi would pay a courtesy visit to his counterpart President Hage Geingob at State House today. Last week, Masisi was commended on social media by many Africans for appointing 30-year-old Bogolo Joy Kenewendo as Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, the youngest minister ever. OSHIKOTO From page 1 “I am worried to learn that there is a high prevalence of teenage pregnancies in schools and this needs to be addressed. Is this how you want to appreciate government’s efforts to provide free education? From today, I want all of you learners and teachers to develop an attitude of ‘I can do it.’ I should also remind you that achievers are not born but are nurtured,” he stressed. Enkali added that one’s mindset determines what one will become in future. It therefore lies with learners ECN From page 1 Isaak says already he gave such notification to ECN Chairperson Notemba Tjipueja. When asked whether the ECN has sufficient staff or whether they are adequately funded, Isaak replied that the current staff structure makes provision for 53 permanent posts and is complemented by a staff component of 127 temporary employees placed both at head office and regional level. “The temporary staff at head office provide support services to the institution in different divisions and sections, while the majority temporary staff at regional Our contact details and information Product of New Era Publication Corporation (Daniel Tjongarero House) Corner of Dr W Kulz and Kerby Streets Tel: 061 - 208 0800 P/Bag 13364 Windhoek Registered as a newspaper, Certificate No. 06/08/91 EDITOR Chrispin Inambao EDITORIAL Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 to decide whether they want to fail or excel. “There are temptations along the way, but never give up. Even people with doctorates once failed and had to repeat some modules before they could become who they are. So never give up in whatever you do,” he appealed to learners. In the same vein, he warned learners to avoid engaging in intimate relationships with their teachers. “How do you tell a learner a term like, ‘this one will not make it no matter how hard he/she tries.’ Such kind of derogatory statements discourages the learner and makes them worthless, and level are charged with the provision of voter and civic education,” he explained. He said such situation is not suitable and the electoral body urgently needs more permanent staff. Currently, he said, the ECN is in preparation to request adjustments to be made on the existing organisational structure. On financial matters, Isaak said the government has always funded all elections adequately and the electoral body remains thankful. Isaak says upon his appointment the main challenge was to deliver free, fair and credible elections that would be accepted by all stakeholders at all levels – being local, national, regional EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES Katima Mulilo Office: Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Rundu Office: Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Omuthiya Office: Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Swakopmund Office: Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Keetmanshoop Office: Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 also avoid being in competition with the learners by flaunting your qualifications. That degree signifies that you are in a position to impart the special knowledge to the learners who are in need,” stressed the CRO. In conclusion Enkali said resilience, patience and determination are virtues needed for one to make it in life. The director general of the Anti- Corruption Commission, Paulus Noa, who is a regular sponsor, also attended the event, as well as the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary general, Ephraim Nekongo, who donated 2,200 boxes of white chalk. (SADC), continental and worldwide. He said under his leadership the 2014 Presidential and National Assembly as well as the 2015 Regional Councils and Local Authorities elections were hailed as one of the most successful, free, fair, peaceful and credible elections in the history of the country. He said such successful outcome of the elections were characterised by excitement and the long winding queues of enthusiastic but patient voters and has been compared in many ways to the November 1989 ‘watershed’ United Nations (UN) supervised and controlled elections, ushered in Namibia’s independence. Luderitz Office: Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 DISTRIBUTION AND SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES AND PRODUCTION Festus Goseb Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 ZOO PARK From page 1 According to statistics from the City Police, between February 12 and April 1 a total of 159 car break-ins were reported in what appeared to be well-orchestrated hit-and-runs. “These guys will electronically jam your car door and steal whatever is available and valuable in the car. On days when they are really desperate and the car jamming thing does not work out they simply smash the car windows,” explained *Elias Shaanika (not his real name as he feared possible reprisals). The thieves and robbers allegedly walk in groups of four or five moving swiftly from car to car jamming vehicles parked at Zoo Park and the municipal headquarters’ parking lots, according to Shaanika. The photographers and car guards have noticed that the incidents of car break-ins and daylight robberies are more frequent than ever before and it is now affecting their moneymaking efforts. “Customers don’t want to work with us because they now blame us for the break-ins,” said Shaanika. Shaanika said the issue is getting way out of hand. He explained the car break-ins, daylight robberies and intimidation of members of the public, mostly tourists, also occur over weekends. “Since we are here everyday they know us. When they take things from the cars, they threaten us that they will come and stab us. This is affecting our business, as car owners and those that come to the park think that we are working together with these guys,” said a very concerned Shaanika. “I suggest they put up functional cameras or maybe carry out patrols because it is getting out of control,” noted Shaanika. One of the car guards who also opted to stay anonymous said the robbers mostly target tourists. “They would approach the foreigners pretending to be undercover police officers requesting to see their travelling documents, hoping to get paid,” said the guard, adding that if that does not work they forcefully rob them. Asked why they do not interfere when they see a robbery taking place, the guard said they only guard vehicles on the customer’s request. “These guys have threatened us if we ever report them to the car owners. We are very afraid of being stabbed by these people,” said the guard. He also revealed they have on numerous occasions called the City Police but either they are late or they simply never show up, according to him. Responding to queries sent to the City Police, the public relations officer Edmund Khoaseb said that theft out of motor vehicles has reduced significantly in Windhoek, especially at Zoo Park along Independence Avenue. “Last year we had a real concern of cars broken into and properties stolen at Zoo Park but through some aggressive policing we were able to bring that number down to zero cases reported. “All in all, we were able to reduce theft out of motor vehicles in Windhoek, and during the period of 26 March to 1 April 2018 only 12 cases were reported,” said Khoaseb. City Police is urging the public to take cautionary measures such as locking away all valuables in the boot of the vehicle before driving; when using a remote to lock the car, manually check whether the doors are locked and if they are not, there may be someone trying to block the remote signals; and approach any intersection with caution to look out for people loitering in the vicinity.

Monday, April 9 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Cancer cases on increase in Namibia Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Up in the air… Afrina a local contractor with over 50 workers has been left in limbo after government failed to pay it for several months for the work it has done on some of the 133 mass houses it rebuilt after the previous contractor abandoned the project. Ministry fails to pay housing contractor Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund Afrina Property Developer is in limbo after the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development could not pay N.7 million for 133 mass houses the firm rebuilt at Swakopmund after the previous contractor ditched the housing project midstream. The company has only received one payment of about N.2 million from the ministry since it took over the project from the Delta Group from March 2017 after a cession agreement was signed between the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and Delta. In accordance with the cession agreement, Delta ceded all its rights and interests to Afrina and the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development is contractually obliged make all payments to Afrina. A year ago, at least 90 of the houses built by the Delta Group were found unfit for human habitation by the Ministry of Works and Transport and some building inspectors from Swakopmund. Hence, the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development approached Afrina to take over the construction of the houses last year as there was still a sum of N million left from the initial tender amount that was supposed to be paid to Delta. The houses were then destroyed by Afrina according to the cession agreement. However, Afrina that has already constructed 22 of the 133 houses is struggling to receive any payment for the houses it rebuilt. Afrina has as well been struggling to pay their creditors and keep the construction company afloat due to the non-payment from the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, whose officials have been dragging their feet since December last year. The company faces legal action if it does not receive any payments soon from the ministry because they also have some undertakings that they cannot fulfil because of the outstanding amount. According to Afrina, the payment certificates have been issued by the principal agent (PA) and the certificates have been in the hands of the works ministry. According to the PS of Works and Transport, the ministry has been waiting for a response from the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development regarding the so-called determination of the project. But both Delta and Afrina have never been informed of any such determination. “We are struggling to get our money. Some site materials were also stolen. But some delaying tactics are being used. As a result, we cannot also service our loans and creditors which is very frustrating,” said Afrina. “Even worse, over 50 employees of Afrina are suffering. The workers have also been expecting their unpaid salaries,” said its managing director, Yang Ganfu According to information New Era has, an email was sent on January 18, 2018 once again by officials from the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development to the Ministry of Works and Transport to proceed with the long outstanding payment. But the PS of Works and Transport had waited for the position of the PS of Urban and Rural Development about the determination which, according to the PS of Works and Transport, reached the ministry in October 2017. Afrina has questioned the rationale behind the PS of Works and Transport sticking to the determination while the ministry received the latest instruction of 2018 from the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development before it could proceed with the payment. It also wonders why Delta was not subjected to the same condition saying such unfair practices unnecessarily bring government projects to a standstill while damaging the goodwill of the government. Questions regarding the delayed payments have not yet been responded to by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development. Namibia is experiencing an increase in the number of confirmed cancer cases with an average 10 Namibians being diagnosed with cancer daily, according to statistics from the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN). Speaking at the World Health Day commemoration in Havana on Saturday, Ingrid Muhenye, a nurse at CAN, said skin cancer remains the most prevalent with 830 Namibians diagnosed with this cancer in 2015 alone. Breast cancer and cervical cancers amongst Namibian women are recorded at an alarming 840 diagnoses per year on average. “This, while HIV and immune-deficient forms of cancers such as Kaposi sarcoma, lymphoma and retinoblastomas are on the rise in our country,” added Muhenye who is a registered nurse at CAN. She remarked that universal healthcare and access to quality health services remain a target that the country should aim for aggressively. “With more than 3,700 Namibians newly diagnosed with cancer annually it is crucial that we take hands and break the stigmas attached to health, and build bridges to connect healthcare and support services,” said Muhenye. She said CAN has embarked on a national cancer outreach programme to screen Namibians for cancer. During the first two months of outreaches in the Hardap Region, the association has been in contact with 1,543 Namibians. Out of this, 20 women were referred for colposcopy screenings for cervical irregularities that may lead to or be cervical cancer. Five women were referred for further mammogram and breast sonography due to suspicious findings in their breasts. “Two patients were diagnosed with breast cancer and are now on early treatment,” added Muhenye. She also spoke about the conditions of Namibian children deprived of their childhood because they’re battling cancer. “Out there is a young boy who will never learn to ride a bicycle because the cancer has gnawed away at his muscles. Our children are our future, now is the time to act and make sure we all have a future by focusing our efforts on their health,” said Muhenye. She said the cumulative efforts within a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach allows for better healthcare to be provided for a nation. Muhenye reaffirmed CAN’s commitment to create awareness, education, earlier interventions and provide support to whose diagnosed with cancer. “We reaffirm that we too shall play our role as responsible civil citizens to support the World Health Organisation (WHO) mortality target of 25 percent reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 2025 that includes cancer as well,” emphasised Muhenye. arare resident Mnangagwa is a visionary leader whose efforts in turning around Zimbabwe’s economic fortunes should be supported, says Namibian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Balbina Pienaar who added her country had confidence in Zimbabwe’s new administration. She made the remarks after paying a courtesy call on Acting President Dr Constantino Chiwenga at his Munhumutapa offices yesterday. “The issue I came to reinforce is that Namibia is having so much confidence in the government of the day under the leadership of Namibia supports Mnangagwa His Excellency Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa,” she said. He is a very visionary leader, transformational, Pienaar added. “As a sister nation, we are quite impressed in the way the political transition was handled. This is really the best practice in SADC and the entire world. “It is quite important to emphasise that as a close ally of Zimbabwe, Namibia stands steadfast in supporting all the current efforts of the government and people of Zimbabwe.” Pienaar said existing relations between the two countries should be strengthened. “The relations have been there for many years and it is a continuation of efforts, activities, programmes and projects on the table,” she said. “In terms of new investments, during the official visit of President Hage Geingob here last year, he had a one-on-one with the business community, where we exchanged notes on business opportunities. Namibia is also open for business, we welcome our brothers and sisters from this side to enter into joint ventures,” she said. On political relations, Pienaar said: “We are ready to strengthen our bilateral relations. We are having a well-functioning Joint Permanent Commission. We have signed legal instruments in various fields like education, mining, agriculture. “President Geingob’s visit was a sign of the very close bond between the two countries.” Dr Chiwenga earlier met South African Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Mphakama Mbete, who said Zimbabweans living in South Africa were safe, as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration was putting measures that ensure no harm happened to foreigners. “Zimbabweans are very safe in South Africa,” he said. “We are closer than what people think. We have a lot of Zimbabweans in South Africa who are part and parcel of our personal lives and our general economic life. Every year we are working out measures and means to ensure that there is minimal harm done to any Zimbabwean.” – The Herald

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