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4 FEATURE Monday, February 5 2018 | NEW ERA Ninja: - Photos: Emmency Nuukala Alvine Kapitako Windhoek For 47-year-old Paulus Shimweefeleni, a former member of the notoriously infamous Rooi Oog (Red Eye) gang, the nickname ‘Ninja’ brings back bad memories. reporter called him ‘Ninja’ during a visit to the maximum security Windhoek Correctional Facility on Friday afternoon. Shimweefeleni earned the name ‘Ninja’ for his marshal art skills which he learnt in exile. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in February 1999. Shimweefeleni was also slapped with a 22-year jail sentence for robbery with aggravating Basic Farm Management WINDHOEK course teaches farmers and future circumstances and illegal possession of a “When you called me by that name it brought back bad memories. That name has a memory that I don’t want in my life. It brought so much trouble that each time I caused trouble my mother ended up in hospital. The past is my enemy. I can never go there and do the things I used to do,” Shimweefeleni said in a two-hour discussion with New Era. Neatly dressed in olive-green prison attire and wearing blue Nike sneakers, Shimweefeleni, with strong emotions, spoke of the events that led to the murder of a taxi driver who himself was out on bail for murder. One evening in June 1997, Shimweefeleni and two other escapees went The training comprises the following topics: Vision, mission, goals and Importance of record-keeping One session devoted to MS Excel to Basic livestock husbandry programme with input and output costs for business plan The impact of proper rangeland management the training, during the training sessions. Labour requirements Date Venue Was Subsidised price* 19-22 February 2018 Windhoek 08:00 – 16:30 N$ 4,450 N$ 3,070 or call Agra ProVision on: 061 - 290 9208 Agra ProVision to town in search of a pickup (bakkie) that would transport them to Angola. “I don’t like to talk about this – it’s just because you are here to interview me,” he says as he clears his throat and his eyes well up in tears. “On that night we hijacked a taxi,” he said, after composing himself. Shimweefeleni and his friends stopped a taxi and asked the driver to take them to Grootfontein. “He said no. That’s when things changed,” explained Shimweefeleni. “I pulled out a gun, pointed it at him [taxi driver] and told him to take us to Goreangab dam,” he said. There, a road was under construction and Shimweefeleni asked the taxi driver to get out of his car. “When he got out of the car he took a stone and hit me on the forehead in an attempt to escape,” said Shimweefeleni. The taxi driver was however not fortunate enough to escape. He was caught. “I was looking for a tree where we could tie him up so that we could drive away, but there were no trees surrounding the road because there was construction,” he said. But when the taxi driver attempted to run away for the second time, Shimweefeleni fell down. “We were just shooting. It’s not that we planned to kill someone. I don’t know how these things happened. I went there to see and I told my friend that this man is dead,” related Shimweefeleni. It was later discovered that the bullet that killed the taxi driver struck him in the back of his neck. “Until today I don’t know whose shot killed him. It could be mine or my co-accused. We left the corpse there,” he added. They picked up a friend in Khomasdal but did not mention what had happened. “He kept on asking where I got the car from and I told him I brought it from Single Quarters. We drove to Okahandja and went on our journey. Knowing what happened in Windhoek, in my mind I just wanted to get away.” Along their journey, the police intercepted them, which led to their running away. They were arrested the next day some 60 kilometres to Opuwo. For most part of the interview, Shimweefeleni, who initially appeared nervous, spoke of how regretful he is of the choices he made. “I never used to sleep. I only recently forgave myself.” He explains that in the beginning his life seemed to be a carefree adventure. “At the time I was young and we were doing things that we saw in movies. We didn’t care. We wanted freedom. But when you’re on the run you realise that you’re not a free man because you cannot have a nice time, every time you’re just hiding from everybody,” he reminisced. Looking back at the occasional arrests and escapes from custody, Shimweefeleni realises that the people with whom he robbed and harassed innocent people were not really his friends. “They were just using me,” he says. It all started in 1992, one year after he came back from Cuba, where he spent most of his childhood during Namibia’s liberation struggle. His parents had separated because of their contrasting political beliefs, the very beliefs that sent Shimweefeleni into exile. “My mother was a Swapo supporter but my father was on the South African side,” he added. Of the eight siblings, including Shimweefeleni, only two went into exile, he says. The two, he adds, initially were the favoured ones because they were seen to be their father’s supporters. “But when I came here in 1991 I did not have a place to stay because for us who went to exile, my father did not treat us well,” he said. This resulted in Shimweefeleni moving in with relatives in 1992. It was during that time that he stole a television from his uncle, landing him a six months’ prison sentence. “I wanted money to buy shoes to go and train,” he said, explaining that he wanted to become a professional boxer. In prison, ‘Ninja’ met friends who admired him for his multilingual skills. “This is where wrong things started to happen,” he recalled. Shimweefeleni started staying with his new friends. He was introduced to the business of stealing cars, which they smuggled into Angola. “I ended up stealing cars for these people and because I speak Portuguese they needed me to go and translate at the Angolan border. Sometimes we would go to Lubango.” Around the same time, he joined the Rooi Oog gang. His earned him the respect of fellow members and things looked promising as the notorious group became untouchable. The gang, Shimweefeleni says, “terrorised” people, mainly by robbing them and if there was no compliance physical violence was the next automatic course of action. His life was a series of armed robberies, arrests, bail and escaping from custody until 1997 when he was arrested for the murder of the taxi driver. The once feared ‘Ninja’ says he is now a changed man and that he hopes to be pardoned on parole for his crimes. “I’m praying to God for the day that I’ll go out,” he says, adding that his aim is to educate the youth that crime does not pay. The father of four says he is ashamed to be called a father because he has not been able to meaningfully contribute to the lives of his children.

Monday, February 5 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Namibia to mark Safer Internet Day WINDHOEK Namibia will tomorrow join the world in celebrating Safer Internet Day. The event, which will be hosted by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) with support from United Nations Children Fund (Unicef), will bring together children from various backgrounds to mark the day. A media statement issued by Unicef yesterday stated that the celebration of the event will also include representatives from the Ministries of Education, Arts and Culture and of Information and Communication Technology. Other institutions and agencies that will mark the day include the - Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally on February 6, since 2004 and aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues while also advocating for safer internet usage for children. Children are today amongst the largest user groups of online and mobile technologies, it is therefore necessary to develop a proper strategy to encapsulate their needs, the statement said. The 2018 theme, ‘Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you’, is a call to action for every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better Internet for everyone, and in particular, the youngest online users. “It is an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to ensure a better digital experience,” the statement noted. Namibia’s Safer Internet Day celebration will bring together 150 learners from four schools for a child engagement programme, which will enable them to have their voices heard as they share their views and experiences on child online safety and digital life. MGECW Minister Doreen Sioka, Unicef Country Representative, Rachel Odede are among those expected to address the event. -NAMPA San at Drimiopsis march against maltreatment at school Staff Reporter Ongwediva More than 300 people at Drimiopsis School in the Omaheke region peacefully demonstrated against alleged discrimination of San children. The demonstrators also called for the immediate removal of the school principal, accusing her of allegedly excluding both San learners and parents from the school. The march on Thursday last week was organised by the local San young women's group. A petition was signed by 130 participants. The petition, read by Johannes Abusema on behalf of the group, Seeking fairness… San learners and parents demonstrating against maltreatment. Photo: contributed also called on the school to put an end to corporal punishment, abusive and degrading treatment of the San leaners and their parents. The parents want the school instead to create a respectful and culturally inclusive learning environment for all the children at the institution. “We want corporal punishment to be stopped at our school. Teachers must know that corporal punishment is negatively affecting our children. In the morning the children do not want to go to school because they are mistreated and insulted at school because they are San,” said Maria Garises, leader of the local women’s group. Another group member Josephine Stuurman said they will not step back and will not tolerate any children. “We are standing up for our children,” Stuurman said. The parents echoed that the promoting and ensuring their children’s right to education is uphold and to protect them from violence. In exception of the maltreatment, the parents expressed that they want their children to do well at school citing that many San children at the school cannot read. The parents claim that they have for too long been belittled but the time has come for them to voice their concerns with the ultimate goal of ensuring that their children get a fair chance in education. Moringa nutritional for goats Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Neudamm Experimental Farm of the University of Namibia has, through extensive studies, found that the use of Moringa oleifera is a nutritional and medicinal supplement for goats. Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. research that was undertaken by a Unam doctorate student, Morlu Korsor under the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources over a four-year period from 2014 to 2017. The general objective of his study was to determine how to improve goat production at Neudamm Experimental Farm, and Namibia at large, through the production and use of Moringa leaves as a nutritional and medicinal supplement by livestock farmers. More importantly, the study also revealed that Moringa oleifera-leaf supplement reduced gastrointestinal parasite load of goats especially when fed at 10 percent (150g) and 20 percent (300g) levels of daily dietary intake. indicated that Moringa oleifera has positive indirect effect on development of pre-weaning kids when mothers are fed at 10 percent (150g) and 20 percent (300g) of Moringa oleifera dry-leaf supplement. Korsor level showed that Moringa ovalifolia emerged and established faster than Moringa oleifera, but Moringa oleifera had higher extent of survival. found out that Moringa oleifera grew faster in heights and produced more leaf-dry matter compared to Moringa ovalifolia; but, had almost equal extent of survival. Nutritionally, Korsor discovered that Moringa oleifera and Moringa ovalifolia contained equal nutrient compositions. In an interview, Unam spokesperson Simon Namesho said Korsor will on Wednesday present his dissertation on the use of Moringa as a nutritional and medicinal supplement for goats to the public. ings to the public and how it’s useful as well as how it can be produced at mass production and in what quantity. Our aim is to do research over a certain period of time which we can then use or hand over to an agency that can mass produce or they can involve the university to help produce or publicise about the output of the research,” Namesho noted. Moringa has a direct impact on health, nutrition, agriculture, water, sanitation, biodiversity and environment. Now, there is an interest from entrepreneurs for the Moringa tree, because all its parts are not only used for nutritional and pharmacological properties, but also to purify and clear water. Moringa is a tree native to India and cultivated in all sub-tropical areas. Though Moringa oleifera is most common, there are a dozen other known species within the genus, which means they share the same underlying biochemical structure. REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA MINISTRY OF LAND REFORM Invitation for Bids (IFB) Open National bidding for goods Procurement of a 4X4 Truck and Trailer for the Ministry of Land Reform Procurement number: G/ONB/25-3/2018 1. Bids are invited through Open National Bidding (ONB) procedures for supply and delivery of 4X4 truck and trailer for the Ministry of Land Reform and the invitation is open to all Namibian bidders. 2. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from Ministry of Land Reform; Celeste Esterhuizen, contact number: 061-2965303 or Mr. Elvis Matali, contact number: 061-2965000 and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 08:00am to 17:00pm. provided in the Bidding Documents. on the submission of a written application to the address below. The Bidding Documents Windhoek, Namibia as from Wednesday, 07th February 2018. 5. Bids must be delivered to below address at or before 11:00am on 05 March 2018. Electronic or couriered bidding will not be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders representatives who choose to attend in

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