2 NEWS Monday, January 29 2018 | NEW ERA Botched abortion lands woman in handcuffs Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay A young woman is currently recuperating under police guard at the Walvis Bay State Hospital after an abortion attempt resulted in the death of her fully developed infant. The woman who will be officially charged with murder this week, allegedly used abortion pills to induce the termination despite being in the last stage of her pregnancy. The pills she allegedly took are readily available on the streets illegally. According to Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, it is suspected that the lady obtained the abortion pills in Windhoek; and before returning to Walvis Bay on Friday afternoon she administered the pills. “According to our information the lady developed heavy abdominal pain upon her arrival and was rushed to the Walvis Bay State Hospital for care. At the hospital, it was noticed that she was in labour,” Iikuyu explained on Sunday during the weekend crime briefing session. He explained that the nurses on duty while examining the lady noticed a tablet, they identified as an abortion pill in the woman’s private parts. “At around 12h00 she was given an emergency operation to try and save the baby. However, it was too late and the baby girl which was fully develop died,” Iikuyu said. According to him, the woman whose condition is stable will appear this week in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder. In another incident, two suspects were arrested for murder in Usakos. The suspects are accused of murdering France Louis, 24, in front of his shack at the town. It is alleged that the two men called the suspect who was in the company of his girlfriend and a friend, to come see them outside. Iikuyu says the two suspects allegedly assaulted and stabbed the deceased with a sharp object in the chest. The victim allegedly collapsed and died at the scene. Both suspects were arrested and are expected to appear in court today. Also a member of the Namibian Defence Force was arrested on Thursday evening for raping his former girlfriend. The suspect allegedly invited the exgirlfriend to Walvis Bay to try and revive their relationship. The woman who is from Windhoek allegedly arrived late Thursday evening at the suspect’s residence whereby she stayed over. According to Iikuyu the two shared a bed and the suspect initiated sex. “The victim refused, however the suspect forced himself on her and had sex with her against her will. She then reported the incident which led to the suspect’s arrest. He will appear today in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court,” Iikuyu said. GENOCIDE From page 1 which Judge Laura Taylor Swain initially rejected on procedural grounds. However, as Judge Swain stated in court on Thursday, she was reinstating Germany’s motion as Harris had sufficiently outlined his efforts to engage plaintiffs. Plaintiffs will now file an amended complaint to respond to Germany’s allegations LIGHTNING From page 1 It is understood that the house caught fire immediately when it was struck by lighting and despite that it was still raining, the house started burning. Villagers could not do anything as they watched helplessly as the housed burned to ashes with the family trapped inside. The five were identified as 45-year-old Angolan national Mateus Diveve, his 37-year-old wife Pelekelo Diveve and their three children, nine month-old baby Kadoli Diveve, Maria Diveve aged four, and Tumone Diveve (5). Diveve and his wife also left behind five more children, who were all at school when the incident happened. Zambezi regional Police Commissioner Karel Theron confirmed the incident to New Era, he also stated that their next of kin had been informed. 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 email@example.com EDITORIAL firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 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 email@example.com Rundu Office: Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 firstname.lastname@example.org that the case has no jurisdiction in New York. Judge Swain has granted plaintiffs a new deadline of February 14 to file an amendment, which will, among other things, address Germany’s jurisdictional issues. Once this is filed, it is expected Judge Swain will again terminate Germany’s motion to dismiss. While it is too early to tell the precise implications of the case, Germany’s acceptance of the complaint and appointment of counsel were seen by plaintiffs as a positive step towards moving forward. Assuming all documents are timely filed, the next court date is set for May 3. This was the fourth pre-trial hearing in the class action suit lodged against Germany for colonial-era genocide in Namibia, which was filed by plaintiffs just over a year ago. Plaintiffs Vekuii Rukoro, Paramount Chief of the Ovaherero, and Veraa Katuuo, founding member of the Association of the Ovaherero Genocide in the USA, were in attendance. GEINGOB From page 1 Presidential press secretary Albertus Aochamub said Geingob’s decision was taken in the interest of “curtailing and controlling travel related expenses”. Last week health deputy minister Juliet Kavetuna was roundly criticised for using her luxurious Mercedes Benz sedan to carry three bags of cement for construction work at her home in Katutura. She denied any wrongdoing. In December 2017, pictures supposedly of an official vehicle of chairperson of the National Council Margaret Mensah-Williams were taken in Cape Town, where she was Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 email@example.com Omuthiya Office: Cell: +264 81 144 0646 firstname.lastname@example.org Swakopmund Office: Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 email@example.com Keetmanshoop Office: Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 firstname.lastname@example.org The third plaintiff, Chief David Frederick, a beloved member of the Bethanie Nama community, passed away two weeks ago. Nama Chief Johannes Isaack, who was at court on Thursday, will assume the position of third plaintiff. Plaintiffs contend that German colonial troops were responsible for the deaths of over 100,000 Ovaherero and Nama, as well as the taking and expropriation of Ovaherero and Nama lands and other property without compensation, violating international law. “We have been able to trace to some extent the money and the wealth of the Ovaherero and Nama, from Namibia, where it was taken by the Germans back to Berlin…With the fruits of that genocide and the taking of property they’ve been able to buy significant real estate here in New York. So, we think that Germany’s presence here [in New York] is very significant and directly relates back to the Namibian genocide,” said McCallion at a allegedly on vacation with her family. It has not been confirmed if Mensah-Williams had obtained treasury authorisation as is required by law. Speaking to New Era over the weekend, Aochamub revealed that Geingob took his family on vacation to Cape Town in December using a scheduled commercial flight, although he is entitled to using the presidential Falcon or other modes of government transport on such trips. “This is no fluke or gimmick,” he said on Saturday. “The President has given substance to his statement Luderitz Office: Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 email@example.com DISTRIBUTION AND SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES AND PRODUCTION Festus Goseb email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 press briefing following court on Thursday. Plaintiffs’ legal case against Germany began on January 5, 2017, when they filed a class action lawsuit with the U.S. federal district court in New York under the Alien Tort Statute, a law dating back to 1789 often invoked in human rights cases. Three pretrial conferences were held last year, though each was postponed as Germany had not appointed counsel. Plaintiffs had made several failed attempts to serve the defendant through The Hague Service Convention, though Germany refused acceptance on procedural grounds. The next option available to plaintiffs was to initiate diplomatic service on Germany by asking the U.S. State Department to send the summons and complaint directly to the German Foreign Ministry under diplomatic cover. After their formal review of the matter, the U.S. State Department completed its service at the end of last year. theme for 2018 as the year of reckoning.” Aochamub said Geingob has “expectation” that others follow his example by handling public resources prudently. “This official trip was again undertaken by way of cheaper alternative with a smaller delegation to save limited public resources. It is an expectation that all Namibians follow suit and act most prudently with public resources,” Aochamub told New Era. NGHIDINWA From page 1 “We honour the enduring legacy of a devoted nurse, a staunch community and Swapo activist, and former member of the Swapo party central committee,” said the Vice President who delivered government’s message on behalf of President Hage Geingob. Iyambo noted that Nghidinwa will be remembered as a dedicated member of society who utilised her skills, shared her limited resources and risked her personal safety to provide medicine, food and shelter to PLAN combatants who were operating in the then Kavango region during the trying times of the country’s struggle for independence. “We are gathered here this morning to honour the memory and pay our final tribute to our departed comrade, national and community leader, daughter, wife, sister, mother and friend,” said Iyambo . “Nghidinwa’s legacy towards nation building and the development of Namibia and the social welfare of the Namibian people is something that will never be forgotten. Her passing on is therefore not only a loss to her immediate family and community but also to the Swapo party, the Government and nation at large,” Iyambo said. Nghidinwa was born on October 26, 1952 in Nkurenkuru in what is today known as Kavango West Region. The former nurse went on to become the deputy minister of labour between 2000 and 2005. She also served as Swapo Party Women Council’s assistant secretary for finance. She served as a Cabinet Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration from 2005 to 2012, before taking up the portfolio of Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in December 2012, a position she held until her retirement in 2015. In the beginning Nghidinwa was a nurse by profession and an active member of ELCIN, serving on the church’s governing council from 1991 to 1996. She was a member of Swapo Party since 1974. After leaving parliament in 2015, the late Nghidinwa dedicated her life to women empowerment where she dealt with various women empowerment groups, and she was also the chairperson of Mpungu District Farmers’ Union, as she was involved in farming as well as other community development activities. Nghidinwa is survived by seven children and several grandchildren.
Monday, January 29 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 High Court bars Ondangwa from impounding stray animals Photo: Nuusita Ashipala Housing the nation… Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development Derek Klazen, the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa, Mayor of Oshakati Angelus Iiyambo, Governor of Oshana Region Clemens Kashuupulwa, NHE Board Chairperson Sam Shivute and the CEO Gisbertus Mukulu at the ground-breaking ceremony. No customers for mass housing units Nuusita Ashipala Oshakati Mass housing units are standing empty because there are no customers to take them up, while some of the units are constructed in areas where commercial banks do not extend mortgages. Sophia Shaningwa, who is the Minister of Urban and Rural Development and Secretary General of Swapo, made these revelations at a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of 200 houses in Oshakati last week Thursday. “Today, as I am speaking, I am still stuck with houses that I cannot get customers for. I want those houses gone as in yesterday already, but if there are no customers there is nothing that I can do,” said Shaningwa. The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) will construct the 200 houses with private contractors through a private-public partnership. The minister asked contractors to construct affordable houses that would cost at least N0,000 per unit. She said that with the current economic downturn, contractors should be mindful that people do not have money and urged them to construct houses that are affordable to the market the houses are aimed at. “That is where our market is. And we are not going to fool ourselves that our market is of people with [the ability to spend] over N0,000 to millions [on a house]. The people simply don’t have money,” said Shaningwa. The minister cautioned the NHE to do comprehensive market research and ensure that there are customers for the houses constructed. The minister also urged the banks to ensure the money injected into them works to the benefit of low-income earners as well. She said banks should ensure that low-income earners also qualify for mortgages. Speaking at the same function, the Governor of Oshana Region Clemens Kashuupulwa said the move to construct houses in the region comes at the right time as Oshakati is in a dire need of houses. Kashuupulwa appealed to the Oshakati Town Council to avail more serviced land to the NHE for the construction of more houses to ensure everyone has access to decent housing. Nigeria High Commission, Windhoek VACANCY The High Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Windhoek wishes to invite applications for the post of an Account Assistant and a Driver Essential Requirements (Account Assistant): • Candidates must possess a minimum of Diploma in Accounting or Business Administration • Must be adept in the use of Microsoft Office Application, especially Excel • Must have at least 5 years working experience in relevant field • Must be fluent in English language (written and spoken) and possess the required skill set to work in a diplomatic environment • Must be of good character with no past criminal record (Police Clearance required) • At least two references from previous employer(s) required Essential Requirements (Driver): • Candidates must possess a minimum of Grade 12 certificate • Must have a valid driver’s license • Must have at least 7 years relevant experience, preferably someone that have worked in a diplomatic environment prior • Should be able to communicate in good English • Must be of good character with no past criminal record (Police Clearance required) • At least two references from previous employer(s) required. Condition of Service Obrein Simasiku Windhoek On Friday the High Court ordered the release of all stray animals impounded by the Ondangwa Town Council, and also barred the town council from further impounding stray animals until the council has drafted and implemented policy regulations on impounding strays. This is to ensure that the town council complies with the Animal Protection Act, Act 71 of 1962 and the impound regulation No. 191 of 1994. The court further ordered that the town council submit biweekly reports with photos on the condition of animals in the holding pens. Impounding will only be allowed to commence once policy regulations have been implemented. As do many other town councils in the northern regions, Ondangwa impounds all animals that stray into the town for grazing, and requires owners to pay a fine upon the collection of the animals from the pound. W. Horn Attorneys applied for the court interdict on behalf of Wilmarie Horn, a committee member of Oshana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Horn earlier this month raised the red flag when they pounced on • One-year contract, renewable • Emolument: attractive the impounding pen upon a tip-off that animals were dying of starvation. Meanwhile, the Oshana SPCA now has in its sights set on the Okahao Town Council where impounded stray animals are living in deplorable conditions. “A criminal case of animal cruelty will be opened against the Okahao Town Council,” the statement said. This follows an investigation carried out on Thursday, when the SPCA found two dead donkeys and one in the process of dying, which prompted the SPCA to end the donkey’s life with a single gunshot. In a statement, the SPCA justified the killing, saying they invoked section 5 (5) of the Animal Protection Act when they put down the animal, because the state veterinarian did not have the drug to euthanise it. “The donkeys have been impounded for about four to five months as auction advertisement is crippled by ministerial red tape. Although shading, water and food are provided, it is not sufficient, and the food is [made] mouldy by the rain,” read the statement. Furthermore it indicated that the impounding pen is dirty, full of plastics and dangerous metal pieces. The SPCA says it had met with the town council to “assist them to comply with animal welfare legislation and pound regulations”. Lighting up… On Friday evening at the Safari Conference Centre, the Indian community celebrated their 69th Republic Day. Seen here at the official opening of the celebrations, the High Commissioner of India Kumar Tuhin and Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Chief Samuel Ankama light candles as a symbol of enlightenment, hope and prosperity. Photo: Emmency Nuukala Applications should be submitted to Nigeria High Commission, No 4. General Murtala Mohammed Avenue, Eros, Windhoek or emailed to Nigeria.Windhoek@foreignaffairs.gov.ng or fax: (061)221639 on or before 8th February, 2018. Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted for interview. Signed. Nigeria High Commission, Windhoek.