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New Era Newspaper Monday February 26,

Vol. 23 No. 120 Windhoek Namibia Monday, February 26 2018 Inside Today Kunene’s droughtstricken villagers move into Opuwo town The drought that has ravaged the Kunene Region for at least seven consecutive years now, continues to affect communities in the region who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and have since started moving into the regional capital, Opuwo. Page 3 World’s largest diamond mining vessel to be used off Namibian coast The De Beers Group has confirmed that a Scandanavian shipbuilder has commenced what will eventually be the world’s largest diamond mining vessel for Debmarine Namibia, a joint venture held in equal shares between the government of Namibia and De Beers. Page 9 Aussie’s quick hands too much for Naidjala It is back to the drawing board for Namibia’s dethroned continental Bantamweight champion Immanuel “Prince” Naidjala. The somewhat overly ambitious boxer was stopped right in his tracks by a combination of heavy blows – obliging the referee to signal the end of the contest in round three. Page 24 New mandate… Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Frans Kapofi (left) with his deputy Maureen Hinda Scramble to become Namibian high – Kapofi Albertina Nakale Windhoek Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Frans Kapofi, is astonished by the number of foreigners desperately wanting to acquire Namibian national documents pertaining to work, study and permanent residence permits. Kapofi, who invited the media on Friday to officially meet him and his deputy Maureen Hinda at the ministry since their recent deployment by President Hage Geingob, said the list of agencies seeking Namibian national documents on behalf of their clients from around the world is overwhelming. He, however, could not provide any figure, apart from stating that the list is long. Kapofi said the clients are paying ‘good money’ to agencies to facilitate their national document applications at the ministry. Geingob likens inequality to hypertension Photo: Emmency Nuukala You’re greeted… Finnish Ambassador to Namibia Pirkko-Liisa Kyöstilä greets President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos. “The processes that are here now are such that those loopholes that might have been existing are being closed, seriously. But as I said, there are people who are prepared to bypass that system. – Frans Kapofi Albertina Nakale Windhoek President Hage Geingob has said unchecked inequality – which he said is to a country what hypertension is to the human body – weakens the functioning of government processes, systems and its institutions. “We cannot turn a blind eye on the blatant but sad reality of inequality within our society. Inequality is to a country what hypertension is to the human body. It is a ticking time bomb, which one can either decide to tackle upfront or ignore at one’s own peril,” Geingob said. Therefore, he called on Namibians to hold hands and show utmost sincerity and urgency in dealing with the thorny issue of inequality. Geingob, who was addressing the members of the diplomatic corps on Friday, said Namibia is committed to join its international friends and partners to tackle problems of inequality in a determined, sincere and forthright manner. //Kharas governor ordered to vacate rented house Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop - //Kharas Regional Governor, Lucia Basson, has been told to vacate her rented house in Keetmanshoop’s Kronlein suburb by the end of March. Basson now seeks to move into the regional State House, situated in the Noordhoek area, until she figures out a way forward. The house that Basson is renting belongs to a private owner, who worked outside Keetmanshoop but now intends to return to the town permanently. In a letter to the // Kharas Regional Council chairperson, Jan Scholtz, Basson said she has been told to vacate the house she has been renting at the town for the last seven years and thus would like to be accommodated at the State House for a while until she can find a new place to stay. “I am thus seeking permission from the regional council to be granted authorisation to occupy the regional State House while I sort out my accommodation dilemma,” she said in the letter dated 20 February. //Kharas governor Lucia Basson

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