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New Era Newspaper Monday January 8, 2018

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2 NEWS Monday, January 8 2018 | NEW ERA MISSING From page 1 In a worst-case scenario, when a person is presumed missing it might be that the person was killed and the body disposed of, or the person was kidnapped and held hostage, committed suicide and the body was not found, the country, bumped and the police mortuary, or, literally, just walked away, and stays with a friend, boy/girlfriend and ends ties with the family, according to the police. “We are encouraging particularly parents to create platforms where they can freely discuss such matters,” said Shikwambi. Shikwambi noted that an adult person must be reported missing within 48 hours, whereas a child must be reported immediately, within 24 hours. As circumstances surrounding the disappearances vary from case to case, a missing person’s register should be completed. “The register contains a detailed description of the missing person, circumstances surrounding the disappearance, a recent picture and any other necessary information to help identify the missing person,” added Shikwambi. “We always encourage people their own searches, looking at the person’s habitual places, calling family and friends, or visit schools and any other places one can think of before contacting the police,” noted Shikwambi. With a 90 percent success rate of tracing missing persons, Nampol utilizes all platforms and mechanisms in place to ensure that every person reported missing is traced and taken back to his/her family. Genocide case back in US court this month Holding out… Ovaherero Chief Vekuii Rukoro Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek T Ovaherero and Nama people, in which they seek reparations from the German government for the Ovaherero/Nama genocide, is set to be heard for the third time in a US court, later this month. by Ovaherero Chief Vekuii Rukoro and Nama Chief David Frederick, seeks reparations from the present German government for genocide carried out by German colonial troops, in what is now Namibia, more than a century ago. The case, scheduled for January 28, was brought to court in the US because that country allows lawsuits that address claims on behalf of entire communities. The plaintiffs are also demanding that their representatives be included in ongoing talks between Germany and Namibia, which aim for a joint declaration on their common past. Up to 100,000 Herero and Nama are believed to have been killed by German imperial troops in the early 1900s in what was then the German colony of South-West Africa. Successive German governments have refused to accept the atrocities as genocide. The dialogue between Germany and Namibia includes apology for the genocide. However, Germany’s ambassador to Namibia, Christian Schlaga, has publicly ruled out paying reparations directly to present members of the Ovaherero and Nama ethnic groups. Schlaga last year hinted, though, that Germany would be willing to pay Namibia compensation from which its entire recently quoted by the German envoy Ruprecht Polenz as having said that it was right that the German government ruled out direct compensation even before negotiations were concluded. “The expectations of the negotiations were fraught with such perspectives from the start,” he told DW. “The fact is that after World War II, Germany only paid personal reparations to individuals who personally suffered in the concentration camps or were forced to do slave labour,” he said. DW also quoted the German opposition parliamentarian Niema Movassat of Die have said the lawsuit was the “consequence” of the German government’s refusal to enter into direct negotiations with the Herero and Nama. “It is absurd to exclude a certain community from negotiations about a genocide that affected them. It is understandable that the people do not feel taken seriously,” he told DW. SHANINGWA From page 1 They really pulled [up] their socks and we have worked as a team,” Shaningwa told New Era on Friday. Shaningwa who’s the new Swapo Party secretary general said the staff at the ministry contributed immensely to the decision that was taken by the ministry and that saw positive implementation. Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Shaningwa also thanked staff at town councils who adhered to the directive of the minister, singling out the Oshakati and Walvis Bay town councils. She said both town councils had done a lot in terms of adhering to the ceiling she had set. “With my team – the two deputy ministers – we said no house should be built for more than N0,000 and both Oshakati and Walvis Bay adhered 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 to this ceiling,” she said. Shaningwa said she is currently putting everything in order so that whoever takes over from her as minister can have a clear understating of what she has been doing. She would be leaving her post as minister to take up full-time duties as the new Swapo Party secretary general, having been so elected at the Swapo elective congress in November last year. 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 PASSPORTS From page 1 The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s director for immigration and border control, Nehemia Nghishekwa, said that biometric passports are highly secure travel documents with a chip, which enhances security and makes it very hard to forge. “There have been attempts in the past to forge our passports but the current technology makes electronic passports secure,” said Nghishekwa who is also the acting permanent secretary in the ministry. The biometric passport is embedded with an electronic microprocessor chip that contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the passport holder. The electronic passports come with 48 pages as opposed to 32 pages contained in the machine-readable passports. “[This] is to accommodate frequent travellers … renewing their passport all the time,” said Nghishekwa. The enhanced security features on the e-passport include a visible chip on the cover page, coat of arms, the heroes acre and Namibia’s famous dunes on the Other security features are contained on the inside of the cover page, which include Namibia’s bly building, the Namibian map and Welwitschia mirabilis plant as opposed to the African map that was there previously. The director of visas, passports and permits Allison Hishekwa has assured the public that although he cannot divulge the name of the manufacturer of the new passports and cost of such project due to non-disclosure agreements, they are very reliable, advanced and reputable. “These companies have come up with advanced technologies for passports. Every nation is at the stage where there is a need to enhance security features on travelling documents,” noted Hishekwa. He added that with the e- passport travellers would have no issues when travelling to countries with strict immigration control. The current machine-readable passports (ordinary, diplo- will run concurrently until they outlive their life span of for passports will remain the same and the cost will remain at N0 until the new prices are gazetted.

Monday, January 8 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Eleven people drown in 11 days Maria Amakali Windhoek Eleven people died as a result of drowning within a span of 11 days, including two children. Namibian police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kaunapawa Shikwambi said: “With the rainy season upon us, the public are encouraged to be careful and to not underestimate the level of water when crossing. It is very sure, that it is safe to cross.” A particularly tragic case of drowning happened at Von Bach dam where three people lost their lives on December 23, 2017. It is alleged that a group of people were having a party at the dam. Two women took a canoe to row in the water but unfortunately the canoe capsized. According to the police report, a man jumped into the water to rescue them but he too ended up drowning. Valentino Griffeths, 21, Amalia Ndeshipanda Shilongo, age unknown, and Letichia Michaels, 27. In another incident, an epileptic man drowned in the river near farm Driebos, Keetmanshoop on December 24. It is suspected that Ernst Isak Willems, 20, drowned while swimming. The Namibian Defence Force- Navy lost an employee, Erens Uriseb, 29, to drowning on January 1. It is alleged that Uriseb and his friends were having a braai at the Lüderitz lagoon. “The deceased got out of the car, undressed himself and went into the sea for a swim. Strong wind and waves moved the deceased deeper into the sea, which caused deceased to drown,” explained Shikwambi. Nampol is urging the public to be cautious at all times when approaching or crossing water. Parents are also urged to deter their children from environments full of water especially, if there is no supervision. “In as much as we know that water is life, water can equally take lives, hence the need to be cautious at all times,” noted Shikwambi. Calueque dam repair going well - NamWater On track… Work to repair the two pumping lines that convey water from Calueque dam is on course. Staff Reporter Windhoek The work to repair the two pumping lines that convey water from Calueque dam into the canal that supplies water to northern Namibia is progressing well, NamWater spokesperson Johannes Shigwedha said in a statement. Shigwedha said the two pump supply lines at Calueque dam, which were installed 35 years ago, started leaking in December 2017 just before Staff Reporter Windhoek Namibia appreciates having been elected as the chair of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) Council of member states for 2018, said deputy minister of international relations and cooperation, Maureen Hinda. International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Hinda said Namibia as a chair adopted “Inclusive Democracy for Sustainable the festive holidays, causing a lot of wastage, compromising the integrity of the entire pumping scheme and risking the security of supply to the entire north-central unit. According to Shigwedha, the two pumps have been leaking heavily for some time started on 16 December 2017 and were initially expected to last for two weeks. He said that major work on the pumping line was done already and it is expected to be completed in two weeks’ time. Development” as the theme for its chairmanship. She said the theme resonates with Namibia´s quest for deepening and widening inclusivity as evidenced by continued efforts to enhance gender equality in electives and appointments to public the youth, the marginalized and minority groups in the national development process. According to her, the theme is also in line with International IDEA´s vision of democracy, which states that the principle of inclusive participation is a basic right and an important He further said that the water utility is also looking into other options that will ensure quickest restoration of normal water supply in the northern regions. “The current availability of raw water supply is not being compromised to the plants and once the repair work on pumping lines is completed, NamWater will resume normal abstraction of utilising two pumps from Calueque dam to north-central Namibia,” he added. dimension of democracy. As such, she said, she hopes nance with other International IDEA members as they unpack it for application to their especially regarding the management of unity in diversity in a manner that is effective. Hinda said Namibia as chair in collaboration with International IDEA intends to promote and raise awareness about the theme, through public debates to further enrich democratic governance. “Together, we will initiate programmes and activities during “Work is carried out such that only one pumping line is being repaired at a time before proceeding to the next line,” he said in the statement. He said currently the work on the first pumping line is in its 3rd week of repair, with major work on it having been completed already and it is envisaged that in two weeks’ time, this line will be completed. Work on the second line is scheduled to commence immediately after the completion Namibia chairs International IDEA Council our chairmanship, designed to inspire broader engagement in the promotion of ‘inclusive democracy’ throughout the world,” she said. She said a number of joint side events in collaboration with International IDEA would be hosted during SADC, AU and United Nations meetings. She said as chair Namibia would host the Annual Democracy Forum (ADF), under the theme “Inclusive Democracy for Sustainable Development” in Windhoek in November, and looks forward to welcoming all member states. Castigation… The Namibian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on Friday issued a statement condemning the treatment of animals impounded and held at Ondangwa. The SPCA alleges that the live- leads to animals dying of hunger”. The town council impounds livestock and other animals that stray into the town until they are collected, upon payment of a fee, by the owners. REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) 1. LEASING OF WARM QUELLA AND KHOWARIB GREEN SCHEME IRRIGATION PROJECTS (RFP-WQK/2017/11/001) 2. LEASING OF 13 MEDIUM PLOTS AT ETUNDA, MASHARE, NDONGA LINENA GREEN SCHEME IRRIGATION PROJECTS (RFP MSF/2017/11/002 Site Visits Monday, 11 December 2017 at 09:00 - Ndonga Linena Green Scheme Irrigation Project. Monday, 11 Dec 2017 at 15h00 - Mashare Green Scheme Irrigation Project. Wednesday, 13 December at 10h00 - Etunda Green Scheme Irrigation Project Friday, 15 December at 09h00 - Warm Quella & Khowarib- Sesfontein Terms of Reference: Copies of the detailed Terms of Reference (ToR) documents, can be downloaded from AGRIBUSDEV website: or collected at reception desk at 3507 Van der Bijl Street, Northern Industry, Windhoek. Contact: Mr. Paulus Mungoba 061 - 424806 or Ms. Nadine Pickering 061 - 424825 for enquiries.

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