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2 NEWS Monday, February 5 2018 | NEW ERA HAVANA From page 1 It’s a pity that we have this situaion in the city,” said a clearly unmpressed Geingob, who witnessed onditions of the people in Havana. he president’s visit was prompted y the outbreak of hepatitis E in indhoek, with Havana the most ffected area. Last week, the health ministry eported that 553 cases with clinial signs of hepatitis E have so far een attended to at various health acilities. About 284 of the total number f cases were reported in Havana. his is followed by Goreangab nformal settlement with 144 cases nd Hakahana with 21 cases. Other surrounding settlements reported a few sporadic cases. Three deaths linked to the disease, all of women who had just given birth, have been recorded to date. “I’m glad to be here to see the conditions under which you are living in the capital city, which was once known as the cleanest city in Africa but has been overtaken by Kigali (Rwanda). Now I can see why Kigali overtook us,” said Geingob. During the colonial times there said. “People were not allowed to just move as they wanted. We think we are free to move anywhere, even illegally, to put up a shack and say I fought for this country I can live anywhere,” said the president. He spoke against the mentality of people putting up shacks anywhere. Instead, people should develop the areas where they come from, stated the president. Geingob said that some areas have not yet been planned or serviced and this makes those areas. “We’re going to die, so please, we cannot just move as we want. There are no services where you’ve settled. The area was not planned for that. If the city plans and services the area and tell people to live there they will get the services. But to just come on your own and say I’m free and just settle – thereafter you say there are no services. Of course there are no services,” he said. Geingob further remarked: “This is not a disease like cancer which you inherit, it’s just a question of an unhygienic situation. Are we going to allow that? No!” He asked people to dig holes in which to defecate as opposed to just openly relieving themselves without covering the excrement. “Yes, in the villages we dig and then cover up. I don’t have to talk like this in the capital city,” said Geingob. The president also spoke out against vandalism, urging communities to take care of their properties, including public toilets. The City of Windhoek last week cleaned up some parts of Havana contain hepatitis E. Havana resident Tuyenikelao Hamalwa told Geingob that one of the open areas that were cleaned up last week is used as a refuse dump. “We also defecate here and now it has brought us this disease. We don’t know what to do because this is where we have to dump our refuse,” said Hamalwa. After the municipality cleaned up the area, the community continued to make the place dirty, added Hamalwa. “I don’t know what the problem is because as parents we are supposed to tell children not to make the place dirty, but it is mostly adults who are making this place dirty,” said the 37-year-old resident. Meanwhile, community members who spoke to New Era say the clean-up by the municipality is in vain as long as there are no toilets, taps and skips (refuse containers) for the people to dump their refuse in. KHAMA From page 1 The statement says that in 2016, Botswana was Namibia’s third tion of how bilateral cooperation between the two countries has evolved over the years. It further says that Botswana and Namibia have two mechanisms that enable the existing strong bilateral relations to Botswana Joint Commission of Botswana Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security. During the visit, the two presidents are expected to sign the Boundary Treaty between Namibia and Botswana. The two countries share demographic, geographical and historic similarities, with Namibia’s Omaheke Region hosting a large contingent of the Batswana people. Setswana, the language spoken by the Batswana, is also recognised as one of Namibia’s local languages. After serving as commander of the Botswana Defence Force, Khama entered politics and served as vice-president of Botswana from 1998 to 2008. He then succeeded Festus Mogae as president on April 1, 2008. Khama won a full term in the 2009 election and was re-elected in October 2014. – Nampa Matheus Hamutenya Bethanie A the eyes of many, hundreds of people gathered at to the late Chief Dawid Frederick, who was buried at the village on Saturday. Frederick was chief of the !Aman Traditional Authority of Bethanie, and died on January 12, and scores of people came from various corners of the country and beyond Namibia’s borders to pay their last respects to their leader, father and friend. Speaker after speaker lauded the late chief as a great leader and people at heart. Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani said the passing of the chief is a great loss as the party and country have lost a gallant son who was committed to the cause of the country until his death. Speaking at the ceremony at the Bethanie stadium, Venaani said that Chief Frederick was not afraid to stand up for his people, and that he was passionate about Photo: Matheus Hamutenya developmental agendas and the betterment of his people, being for reparations for the 1904-08 genocide. “Chief Frederick was a pioneer, consistently stayed the cause as he never blinked in seeking just and fair compensation for victims of the 1904-08 genocide,” he said. He added that Frederick loved everyone that came into his path, and served humanity well, adding that many have been molded by him into who they are today as they have taken some spark from his the hearts of thousands of people. President Hage Geingob also had high praise for the late Chief Frederick, saying his passing has left a huge void in the Namibian society, and it is a great loss not only for the family and the !Aman people, but to all those who shared the desire for a prosperous and free Namibian house. “I have known Chief Frederick who upheld the principles of unity and nation-building, and doing so with grace and without complaints,” he said in a message delivered on his behalf by education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa. Geingob urged mourners to celebrate the late chief’s life, take lessons from it and continue to stand for what he stood for. “Let us emulate his spirit of peace and unity and let us live together peacefully as we continue to build the Namibian house. Our chief dedicated his life to our national efforts to build a prosperous Namibia where no Namibian should feel left out,” he said. The late Chief Frederick is survived by 17 children and his wife Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 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 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 MASS HOUSES From page 1 Shaningwa revealed that Cabinet earlier made the decision to reduce the house prices to make them affordable for low-income earners, instead of the houses turning into white elephants. She said the houses were constructed “way too expensive” for the targeted group, adding that now the government needs to compromise so that the target group can be offered the houses at an affordable price. “If we did not take the decision, we would miss the aim of the project and would also lost out much more,” Shaningwa said. The minister lashed out at NHE for constructing the costly houses while knowing that they were meant for the ultra-low income group. The minister explained that the D1 category houses were initially sold for about N0,000 to recover the construction cost but this could not be afforded by those earning less than N,000 monthly. The houses are now offered for sale at N,000. “Cabinet decided that despite the government losing, we had to lower the cost price of the houses. The a monthly instalment of N0, to NHE, excluding basic services,” the minister said. Shaningwa urged NHE to avoid making such costly errors while executing the government’s mandate, as the government is at the receiving end for selling the houses for less than their worth. “Government paid a lot of money for these houses yet we have to sell them at the lowest price, because some people did not do their job right,” she said.

Monday, February 5 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Babs Street renamed Marcus Garvey The City of Windhoek has approved a Cabinet decision for the renaming of Babs Street in Klein Windhoek after revolutionary Jamaican Pan Africanist Dr. Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. The decision was made at the Municipal Council of Windhoek meeting held on January 31. The Cabinet decision suggests that Garvey, who died of a stroke in London on June 10, 1940 at the age of 52, contributed greatly to the struggle for a democratic and non-racial society that Windhoek residents are currently enjoy- honoured with a street name in Windhoek. Garvey was born in Jamaica in Civil rights pioneer ….Jamaican black rights revolutionary Marcus Garvey 1887 and became a leader in the Black Nationalist movement by applying the economic ideas of Pan-Africanism to the immense resources available in urban centres. In 1916, he founded the Negro World newspaper, an international shipping company called Black Star Line and the Negro Factories Corporation. During the 1920s, his Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) was the largest secular organisation in African-American history. Indicted for mail fraud by the U.S. Justice Department in 1923, he spent two years in prison before being deported to Jamaica, and later died in London. According to the Cabinet motivation submitted to City of Windhoek last year, the renaming of streets is in line with the ongoing need to pay tribute and championed the struggle to liberate countless of oppressed people across the world. Cabinet further indicates that the countries share a longstanding warm friendship through and beyond the long struggle for Namibia independence. “The renaming of a street in Windhoek in honour of the late Garvey is anticipated to give a tremendous boost in the relations between Namibia and Jamaica and to serve as a permanent reminder to citizens of both countries of where our forefathers have come from and where the next generation need to go so as to merge the two nations as they are vying for their rightful place in the new world order,” the statement reads. a preferred choice for consider- the Jamaican consulate as well as connects to Portia Street, a street Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller. Snake bite victim gets wheelchair Nuusita Ashipala Oshakati After New Era broke the story about her plight last week, 36-year-old Elizabeth Nghiwewelekwa ululated in tears after she received a wheelchair on Saturday from Ombaye Fishing Company. “Thank you very much,” Nghiwewelekwa said repeatedly. New Era reported last week on Nghiwewelekwa’s condition and how she pled with good Samaritans to assist her with a wheelchair after recently losing her arm and part of her leg through amputation, following snakebites. Nghiwewelekwa was first bitten by a snake at work in 2016 and again at home last year causing her left side of her body which was bitten by the snakes, to turn black. Nghiwewelekwa, who has been in and out of hospital since 2016, last week pled with the public to provide her with a wheelchair in order to be mobile. She also asked for better medical assistance to relieve her of the pain. The story however irked some nurses at Ward 6 at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital who took turns to interrogate Nghiwewelekwa’s visitors, saying they were mandated by the head of the hospital to investigate how the story got to the media. Before the donation on Saturday, Nghiwewelekwa could Worthy cause … Nghiwewelekwa in her new wheelchair. Photo: Nuusita Ashipala not go very far as she used a shopping trolley to limp around the ward. She has been admitted in hospital since September last year. Speaking at the brief handover ceremony, executive chair- said the donation is part of its corporate and social responsibility to assist fellow Namibians and to meet government half way. ity towards a better Namibia cannot be left to government alone hence their commitment to assist where possible. Apart from the Saturday donation, Ombaye also handed over a wheelchair to a child in Keetmanshoop. In addition, the company has recently also supplied a school between Otjiwarongo and Outjo with food to last at least three months after hearing reports that the school has run out of food. Oshakati Intermediate Hospital Phillip Nakangombe expressed gratitude on behalf of the hospital. Tuwilika Egumbo who is responsible for customer care at the hospital said the wheelchair has given Nghiwewelekwa a second chance to life. “She can now go home freely and will now also be mobile at the hospital,” said Egumbo. Dingara’s apology to Fumu Mbambo sparks chaos John Muyamba Mukwe A meeting on Saturday at Mukwe to brief the community about the state of affairs in the Hambukushu Traditional Authority - following the withdrawal of the alleged dismissal of its head, Fumu Erwin Munika Mbambo - ended in chaos. The meeting was also intended for the now dissolved committee, chaired by former Swapo MP Elifas Dingara, to publicly apologise to Fumu Mbambo but chaos soon erupted after members of the royal family from different factions started verbally attacking each other. Some members accused Mbambo of a series of alleged transgressions, including lack of consultation on important tribal matters; and were not happy with the committee’s withdrawal. “On 17 January the committee of members of the Hambukushu tribe established to dethrone Hambukushu Chief Erwin Mbambo for an avalanche of alleged transgressions, has withdrawn from its mission to oust the chief,” said the Hambukushu senior headman and Mbambo’s right-hand man Erwin Disho at the community meeting. “They said that the committee has been disbanded and the Fumu should forgive them for everything. That is why we are here so that we can hear publicly, verbally on how they’re going to apologise and ask for forgiveness from our royal highness.” But after Dingara and other members of the disbanded committee were called to the podium to formally apologise and announce the disbandment of their committee, they were repeatedly interrupted. Some attendees asked the committee members if they were being forced to apologise, to which Dingara and his fellow members replied that they regretted their actions and no longer wished to continue with attempts to oust the chief. The meeting was forced to end as it started raining heavily. Dingara later told New Era that he did not see the need for the meeting as the committee had already publicly apologised through a letter to Chief Mbambo, which was widely reported by the media. “I was asked to apologise verbally; they don’t believe in writing so I wanted to do it but the masses seem not to want. I’m not a chairperson anymore, but it looks like the people are still angry that the committee withdrew its pursuance of the matter [to have the chief removed].” “We came here out of respect. This meeting was called by the traditional authority, that all Hambukushu must be present but many are now opposed to us apologising. The apology is in writing, so we can’t withdraw it anymore,” the former unionist told New Era on the sidelines. Your valuable opinions are of outmost importance to us! Queries: Ms Salmi WT Mvula 065 282 2164/ Ms Adelaide Hanse 065 282 2157/

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