2 NEWS Monday, December 4 2017 | NEW ERA GEINGOB From page 1 Product of New Era Publication Corporation (Daniel Tjongarero House) Corner of Dr W Kulz and Kerby Streets Tel: 061 - 208 08 00 P/Bag 13364 Windhoek Registered as a newspaper, Certificate No. 06/08/91 EDITOR Chrispin Inambao email@example.com EDITORIAL firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES Katima Mulilo Office: Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Rundu Office: Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 email@example.com Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 firstname.lastname@example.org Tsumeb Office: Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 email@example.com Swakopmund Office: Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 firstname.lastname@example.org Keetmanshoop Office: Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 email@example.com Luderitz Office: Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 firstname.lastname@example.org DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES & PRODUCTION Festus Goseb firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Congratulations… Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming paid President Hage Geingob a courtesy call at State House on Friday, where he conveyed best regards from Chinese President Xi Jinping to President Geingob and a congratulatory letter from the Communist Party of China’s central committee on Geingob’s successful election as the president of Swapo party. He further briefed President Geingob on new bilateral cooperation developments and proposed to further enhance cooperation between the two countries. “The last four months, I concentrated on the expansion and deepening of practical cooperation between China and Namibia, because we can not only have a tie to us being friends, it needs real meaning, real practical contact in our relationship,” Yiming said. He mentioned the N0 million grant to build 400 low-cost housing units in Karibib and Gobabis, as well as a scholarship programme to assist 20 primary and secondary schools across the 14 regions, as some of the programmes being funded by the Chinese government. Yiming also said he wants to attract more Chinese tourists to Namibia, as currently only 10,000 Chinese nationals come to Namibia annually out of the 120 million Chinese tourists who travel abroad each year. “I want to bring more Chinese tourists to Namibia, 10,000 Chinese tourists coming to Namibia every year it’s too small [a number]. I want to see more than that and it’s possible,” he said. Photo: Emmency Nuukala SME BANK From page 1 Last week Prinsloo ordered that the Metropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe and the company, Worldeagle Properties, which opposed the Bank of Namibia’s application to have the SME Bank closed down, pay the central bank’s legal costs in the matter. According to Namandje, a notification to appeal has already sent to the judge and the Bank of Namibia to inform them of his intentions to appeal to the highest court in Namibia for them not to proceed with the winding up of the SME Bank until the Supreme Court has pronounced itself on the matter. Namandje said the judge KAVANGO From page 1 The current agreement stipulates that in case of a death of a leaseholder, the farm would revert back to the ministry for re-allocation to new leaseholder. “When the new condition of signing the notarial lease agreement as a condition came to the knowledge of our union, we convened a meeting on 21 November where the Ministry of Land Reform officials were invited to come clarify the content of this agreement, which says that upon death of the lessee the farm will be taken must make her reasons known as soon as possible, as the matter was of national importance. “It is wrong for the judge to make us wait for her reasons, as this is an important matter,” Namandje told New Era telephonically. Judge Prinsloo granted the order for the final winding up of the SME Bank on Wednesday last week, but has not released her reasons as yet, saying on inquiry she still “needs to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.” Judge Prinsloo gave the order on an application by the Bank of Namibia to have the SME Bank wound up. The closure of the bank – which needed recapitalisation of N9 million to remain afloat – is a result of questionable investments of about N0 back by the ministry for reallocation. And the section dealing with compensations and improvements also needed clarification,” said the Kavango East Farmers Union chairperson Adolf Muremi. According to Muremi, the agreemens with new terms and conditions are only being implemented in Kavango East, while in Ohangwena and Kavango West farmers continue to benefit from the old lease agreements that allow for family members to inherit the farm. The two Kavango regions have about 500 communal farms, who must now start paying rental fees on the million in little-known South African entities. When the Bank of Namibia sought closure of SME Bank, the court was told the N0 million was likely lost. Documents submitted to support the BoN’s winding up application show how SME Bank executives invested in highly questionable and illegal business ventures, which are neither allowed by the Namibian Banking Act, as some of the firm the money was deposited with were reportedly not approved investment entities. Further, when the maturity date arrived for the N0 million invested with South African institutions, the money did not yield a single cent. It was also revealed that some N5 million farms they occupy, but some farmers insist that the land was allocated to them by traditional authorities and not by the government, hence the ministry cannot claim rental fees. “That prompted us, as the union, to convene a meeting with our farmers in the region to collectively look into this agreement. There were also certain conditions and clauses within the agreement that didn’t make us happy. “For instance, there is a clause that says that if the lessee dies the government will go and assess what has been done on the farm and after that compensate the was invested in fertilisers with a Lebanese company and channelled to accounts belonging to unknown beneficiaries, who had no investment contracts with SME Bank. Also, most of the factual information regarding the more than N0 million that SME Bank lost only came to the fore after the matter was referred to the Namibian police and the South African prosecuting authorities, who assisted in the investigations through that country’s International Cooperation in Criminal Matters Act. With the matter now seemingly finalised in the High Court, the Supreme Court will hear the matter in possibly four to eight months, family, and the government will then take back the farm from the family,” he said. “A wife, husband, children and family [of the lessee] cannot inherit the farm and continue the lease on the farm should the lessee die. Also, if the lessee is critically ill, the agreement can be cancelled or if you have a mental problem whilst leasing the farm, it can also be cancelled. It is not a good agreement [for] our people,” he said. Muremi further told New Era that despite the explanations from the Land Reform Ministry, the farmers are still unhappy with the terms and conditions. them to live healthy and fulfilling lives,” he said. Geingob acknowledged First Lady Monica Geingos, the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) special advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls, as well as all officials, individuals, organisations and companies which are at the frontline of Namibia’s battle against HIV/Aids. “Your efforts and contributions are highly appreciated,” the president said. According to the UNAIDS data for the year 2016, globally, there are 36.7 million people living with HIV/Aids, of which 20.9 million are on antiretroviral therapy, while 1.8 million people were newly infected. President Geingob also encouraged Namibians currently struggling with HIV/Aids to never give up and not to be discouraged. “Let us come together and hold hands in order to overcome the HIV/ Aids epidemic,” he said. World AIDS Day 2017 was commemorated globally on 01 December under the theme ‘Right to Health’. In Namibia, the event was commemorated under the sub-theme ‘Strengthening HIV and TB Prevention and Treatment Across Borders’. – Nampa which means SME Bank’s immediate future remains in limbo. The judge had ordered that SME Bank be placed under a final winding-up order in the hands of the Master of the High Court of Namibia. She further ordered that the Metropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe and World Eagle Properties, who opposed the application, pay the costs of the plaintiff on the scale of one instructing and two instructed counsels. The Bank of Namibia was represented by Advocate Andrew Corbett, assisted by Advocate Deon Obbes on instructions of Charles Visser, and the respondents by Advocate Anthony Bishop on instructions of Sisa Namandje. The farmers insist that boreholes be drilled for the 32 beneficiaries without signing new lease agreements, as the farmers already have their old agreements that allow them to farm on those farms for 99 years – and the lease can be inherited by family. They also resolved that no farmer should sign without the union’s input and it was also agreed that the minister and his advisors would be invited to meet with the farmers. “We don’t want the ministry’s consultants or any staff, we want the minister to sit with the farmers and explain what is really happening and why,” he said.
Monday, December 4 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Swapo elects new politburo Albertina Nakale Windhoek President Hage Geingob has urged the newly elected members of Swapo’s politburo, who will serve for the next five years, to carefully study and familiarise themselves with the oath they took when they were sworn into their new roles over the weekend. Eighteen members of the Swapo politburo – the first nine from the male list and another nine from the female list as elected – were sworn in on Saturday. “Comrades, you have been charged. You took your oath. Go and re-read that oath and what it means. Very soon we will start with our job as people have assigned us to do,” Geingob advised the elected members. The politburo consists of 24 members: 18 are elected and two are nominees of the party president. The top four: party president Geingob, vice president Netumbo Nandi- Ndaitwah, secretary general Sophia Shaningwa and deputy secretary general Marco Hausiku, are automatically included. President Hage Geingob is yet to nominate his two candidates to the new politburo. Voting and counting in the election of the new politburo members started on Saturday morning and the result was announced after lunchtime. Commissioner of Oath Sisa Namandje, who announced the new members at a swearing-in ceremony that took place at Parliament building on Saturday afternoon, said a total of 711 votes were cast during the election process. Founding President Sam Nujoma also graced the election and swearing-in of the new members of the politburo. At the same event, Geingob appointed his six members to the party’s central committee. They are Calle Schlettwein, Erkki Nghimtina, Penda Ya Ndokolo, Christina Hoebes, Jennely Matundu, chief liaison officer for Opuwo Town Council, and Collien Van Wyk, a retired teacher from Rehoboth. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila topped the female list with 66 votes, while Nangolo Mbumba received 62 votes to top the male list. “These lists I have signed off. Every time there is a vacancy you look who is going out. If it’s a representative of NUNW Newly elected… Swapo politburo members with President Hage Geingob. [National Union of Namibian Workers], you don’t have to look at my list. You have to ask them to provide you with a list. “If it comes from the 57 central committee members and there is a vacancy then should you replace through the 57 voted at congress. If it’s politburo and the vacancy is among the 18 voted today, then you come back to my list. If it’s among the two presidential nominees, then the president will nominate,” he said. Female list with number of votes obtained: Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadilha 66 Laura McLeod-Katjirua 63 Doreen Sioka 59 Katrina Hanse-Himarwa 55 Magareth Mensah-Williams 52 Hilma Nicanor 52 Lucia Ipumbu 44 Sirka Ausiku 42 Lucia Witbooi 39 Kornelia Shilunga 36 Christina Hoebes 35 Eunice Iipinge 35 Maria Jagger 31 Eveline Nawases-Taeyele 27 Loide Kasingo 25 Anna Shiweda 19 Lempy Lucas 15 Ida Hoffman 8 Coleen van Wyk 8 Male List with number of votes obtained: Nangolo Mbumba 62 Albert Kawana 51 John Mutorwa 47 Pohamba Shifeta 47 Peter Katjavivi 35 Alpheus !Naruseb 34 Calle Schlettwein 33 Tobie Aupindi 31 Bernard Esau 30 Veikko Nekundi 29 Utoni Nujoma 29 Penda ya Ndakolo 29 Erkki Nghimtina 26 Peya Mushelenga 23 Erastus Uutoni 21 Sacky Shangala 19 Charles Namoloh 18 Tjekero Tweya 18 Uahekua Herunga 17 Asser Kapere 17 Clemens Kashuupulwa 15 Elia Kaiyamo 13 Leon Jooste 12 Festus Ueitele 12 Erginus Endjala 10 Mukwaita Shanyengana 9 Tommy Nambahu 8 Petrus Nevonga 7 Usko Nghaamwa 7 Modestus Amutse 6 Royal /Ui/o/oo 5 and the award goes to... you WEATHERMEN & CO Thank you for helping FNB Namibia win the ‘Banker of the Year’ award in Namibia for the 9th consecutive year in a row. Our journey towards being the most innovative consumer-driven bank in Namibia comes down to a decade of your support and loyalty.