2 NEWS Monday, July 10 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era Publication Corporation (Daniel Tjongarero House) Corner of Dr W Kulz and Kerby Streets Tel: 061 - 273 300 P/Bag 13364 Windhoek Registered as a newspaper, Certificate No. 06/08/91 EDITOR Chrispin Inambao firstname.lastname@example.org EDITORIAL email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - 273 328 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES Katima Mulilo Office: Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Rundu Office: Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 firstname.lastname@example.org Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 email@example.com Tsumeb Office: Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 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 Luderitz Office: Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 email@example.com DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 273 326 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES & PRODUCTION Festus Goseb email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 61 - 273 322 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 75-yearold woman shoots herself Selma Ikela Windhoek Police in Gobabis opened a suicide case after a 75-year-old woman shot herself in the head with a revolver in her house. The incident happened at the deceased’s residence. According to the police spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi the deceased who can’t be named because her next of kin were not yet informed was rushed to hospital but however succumbed to her injuries. Shikwambi said police investigations continue. In another incident, the 38-year-old Simeon Shilunga shot himself in the head with his licensed 9mm pistol on Friday evening. The incident happened at farm Wilsonfontein, Otjimbingwe area. “The incident took place inside the bedroom allegedly shortly after an argument with his girlfriend at their workplace. No suicide note was left behind,” stated Shikwambi. In an unrelated matter, police in Windhoek arrested a 42-year-old man after he allegedly had anal intercourse with a mentally challenged victim who could not consent. The victim is 16 years old. The incident happened on Friday at 19:00 in Kawasaki Street. Police in Windhoek also arrested three males suspected of stabbing a 22-year-old male. Shikwambi said that on Friday around 23:15 at Sigma Street in Damara location, the deceased’s brother found the deceased lying in front of the house. Moments later he realised that he was dead. The deceased is identified as Michael Gamseb. Shikwambi further stated the deceased was stabbed with a knife for unknown reasons. “Three male suspects have been arrested and a bloodstained knife was recovered from the bedroom where they were found sleeping while heavily intoxicated,” she added. A 42-year-old man from Walvis Bay is expected to appear in the town’s magistrate’s court for attempted murder after he intentionally drove the vehicle toward the victim, 25, and struck him with the vehicle against a wall. Shikwambi said the victim sustained injuries on his hand. The incident happened on Saturday at the golf club. “The information has it that the incident emanated from a previous confrontation between the two men,” said Shikwambi. AQUIFER'S From page 1 permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Abraham Nehemia, who was happy with the progress in work done on the aquifer. “We will ensure that Oshikunde, Epembe will get water from this aquifer, depending on available resources,” said Nehemia. Nehemia said although the quality of the aquifer water is good it is unfortunately rich in fluoride that will require the ministry to also put up desalination plants in areas where more boreholes would be drilled – to ensure that such water is fit for human consumption. At present, the water to Eenhana is used concurrently with pipeline water to desalinate the high-fluoride aquifer water. It is pumped through three boreholes that were drilled at a cost of N.6 million each between late last year and May this year. In 2013 it was estimated that the Ohangwena aquifer has 5 billion cubic metres of water. SALARY From page 1 Imalwa, in an interview with New Era, bluntly said that those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law – be they prosecutors or not – would be dealt with accordingly. “My office is taking these matters of prosecutors contravening the laws of the country seriously. If a person has committed an offence, be it a prosecutor, the wrath of the law will deal with you. We do not merely discriminate because you are simply one of us,” explained Imalwa. Imalwa was also emphatic that even when eventually found innocent, prosecutors who had been charged with crime would not automatically be reinstated in their job. “Even if one is acquitted does not necessarily mean that they were not involved in the offence committed. A person can be acquitted on a BLASTS From page 1 He urged service providers and civil servants to offer services with a smile always, since people are paying to get such services. He blasted restaurant employees who he says have a tendency of making customers wait for hours before serving them. Geingob said the nation is amid a difficult period economically, where financial headwinds have forced the government to downscale some of its plans. However, he noted this period also offers an opportunity to develop innovative and prudent mechanisms for dealing with national developmental efforts. Therefore, instead of lamenting the fact that budgets are limited, Geingob urged, everyone should rededicate their commitment towards greater efficiency and effectiveness to tackle the challenges facing the country. In the tourism sector there are several, he said, which include access to finance to ensure investment in tourism infrastructure. He also singled out a lack of a national marketing strategy to penetrate national, regional and international markets aggressively Studies on the aquifer, which commenced in 2013, will be ongoing to determine how the aquifer will react once large volumes of water are extracted. Currently, water extracted from the aquifer is only for human and livestock consumption but not for larger scale usage. Martin Quinger, a representative of the company doing the technical work, Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschften and Rohstoffe (BGR), said the aquifer stretches about 200 kilometres into Angola with most of the recharging also done in Angola. Quinger said 80 percent of water from the aquifer comes from Angola. Nehemia said the Angolan and Namibian governments have established the Cuvelai Water Commission to ensure that the agreement of extracting water from the aquifer is in compliance with SADC protocol on shared watercourses. While there is a dire need in eastern Ohangwena, several boreholes were drilled during the drought last year, but have not had installation work done. But Nehemia assured that the process technicality but it does not mean you are innocent,” stressed Imalwa. She however said they would remain public servants. “Prosecutors as officers of the law and people’s defenders should maintain integrity and professionalism and not tamper with their work as it will surely cost them their careers.” Imalwa’s comments follow a number of newspaper reports of court cases involving prosecutors, magistrates and court clerks, who are before court for defrauding the state and thievery. The lower court is currently dealing with three cases of fraud against former Windhoek prosecutors Ivan Tjizu and Anton Wilson, and Otjiwarongo prosecutor Johannes Nunuheb. Tjizu is facing criminal charges following his alleged involvement in a witness fees scam worth N10,000. Nunuheb is accused of pocketing N,400 for and strategically. Further, he highlighted land tenure concerns and lack of a competitive service culture. Barriers to business development such as high transaction cost in doing business in Namibia, lack of serviced land and conflicting and nonsynergised and harmonised sectoral policy and legislation are some of the other challenging areas he mentioned. “If one carefully analyses these challenges, one realises that the solution does not always lie in increased funding, but it lies in an improved attitude, work ethic and coordination between stakeholders,” Geingob said. He added that tourism is recognised as the most competitive industry globally and has demonstrated its ability to contribute to the higher development goals of governments through its multiplier effect. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the year 2016 represented the seventh consecutive year in which the sector recorded growth since the 2009 global financial crisis. This means that in 2016, 300 million more international tourists travelled the world. Geingob noted this consistent global growth has paid off for Namibia as of installation has already commenced in the Zambezi and Kunene regions and will be done in other regions. However, he appealed to the regions with uninstalled boreholes to identify critically-hit areas as the budget may not allow for all the boreholes to be installed. During the remaining implementation years of the Harambee Prosperity Plan the water ministry is mandated to provide water to citizens. “It will be that the whole work will not be completed in the next five years, but we must start and have some work done in supplying the community with water,” said Nehemia. Through a cabinet committee established last year, the ministry was mandated to ensure that Windhoek does not run dry. “But should there have been no interventions Windhoek would have run dry before the rainy season,” said Nehemia. Other critical areas identified to be rescued and to ensure water security were the coastal regions followed by the north-central areas, which include Ohangwena Region. his involvement in criminal activities while he was a prosecutor. Wilson is facing charges of fraud and corruptly using false documents for personal gain and allegedly having stolen a charge sheet. Salaries of prosecutors are determined by the Public Service Commission, which deals with salaries of all civil servants including prosecutors. “One cannot compare the remuneration of the private sector to that of the government. Since the government also has to cater for other departments,” said Imalwa. Imalwa pleaded with the public not to lose faith in the prosecution just because of a few rotten apples, advising the public to rather report all illegal activities. “My office has an open door policy and everyone is welcome for the public to report all criminal activities,” she said. well, with the Hospitality Association of Namibia announcing that 2016 was one of the most successful and positive tourism years in the country’s history, resulting in a 60 percent occupancy rate for accommodation establishments throughout the year. In fact, he said, the Namibian tourism sector was the only sector that grew in the last financial year, while other sectors experienced contraction. He explained that financial headwinds have stifled the government’s plans to expand the sector, resulting in a limited budget allocation and leading to a delay in eliminating existing barriers within the sector. Over the past five years, he said, the government has re-evaluated its approach towards tourism by embarking on an exercise to identify the challenges, barriers and other growth-inhibiting factors that are hindering the tourism sector from expanding. He said awareness of these challenges alone will not enable the government to mitigate them – instead he suggests what is needed is the implementation of processes, systems and the capacitation of institutions that will enable the government to effectively address any growthinhibiting factors.
Monday, July 10 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 3 The 16- year wait for a house Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The Wimmerth family has until very recently been patiently waiting for 16 years to get a house, having registered for a house through the Build Together Programme housing list nearly a decade and a half ago. The Wimmerth family received their twobedroom house last month, together with 74 other families at Keetmanshoop who were allocated houses, built under the mass housing programme, in the last week of June. “After 16 years of praying for a house and looking for a house to call our own, it is a great feeling to finally have one, and we can afford it,” says Michael Wimmerth. He says the family had been paying rent of N,500 for a home and are now pleased to be paying a mortgage of only N0 per month for a two-bedroom house. Wimmerth, who is an entrepreneur, narrated how for more than a decade he and his wife had to pay high rental fees to ensure that they had decent shelter that could accommodate the two of them and their four children, and thus he is grateful that his family finally got a house. Another family had been squatting at the man’s workplace. Alloysia Garoes who is a cashier at a supermarket at the town is also a new owner of a two-bedroom house, and she could not hide her joy at having a place of her own. “I am very happy that we can now call this place home, it was very difficult living with my husband where he works, even if we pay this much (N,000) per month it is at least for our own house,” she said. Garoes said before they got the house they used to live at her husband’s workplace where he is a brickmaker, a place she said was small for the family of four. Almost half of the total 320 mass houses at Keetmanshoop have now been handed to their owners. The new homeowners say they are not only happy to have a place to call their own, but are elated that the houses are affordable. The houses handed over recently included one and two-bedroom houses, priced between N,000 and N5,000, with monthly instalments ranging from N0 to about N,000. For many who talked to New Era the monthly instalments are affordable. Chosen… Some of the central committee members of the Swapo Party Elders Council who were elected at the 6th congress at Outapi on Sunday. Photos: Loide Jason Swapo elders endorse Geingob as Swapo presidential candidate Loide Jason Outapi The Swapo Party Elders Council congress has resolved to endorse President Hage Geingob as their sole candidate for the presidential position at the Swapo Party congress in November this year. The elders council congress ended yesterday at Outapi, with Mukwaita Shanyengana being re-elected as the secretary and Mary Masule as the deputy secretary. They returned to their positions unopposed. President Geingob, in his closing remarks, noted that the elders council congress “outlined an unwavering determination and strong will to spearhead Swapo’s drive in achieving our developmental objectives”. The congress elected 46 members of the elders council central committee including 14 regional secretaries as well as four nominees by the secretary. Among the new leadership of the elders council are Eunice Iipinge who topped the female list with 226 votes followed by Helena Shiimbi who scored 217 votes. On the male list were Professor Rehabeam Auala who scored 218 votes followed by Kaujeua Kuanakao who emerged with 172 votes. Geingob expressed his “utmost confidence in the ability of our newly elected members to continue to act as a vanguard for Swapo Party principles and ideals”. He further pointed out that the party has committed to safeguarding peace and stability, and contributing to regional, continental and global security in order to enhance Namibia’s reputation in the region and throughout the world. “Our newly elected members should put the objectives that I have just mentioned at the forefront of their agenda in the upcoming period of their tenure. Personal interests should be discarded in favour of national interests, which should be the only priority,” said Geingob. There were 346 voters, electing 13 men and 13 women, meaning overall there were 9072 votes cast and which had to be tallied. According to Attorney General Sacky Shanghala, who chaired the election, the election was free, fair, credible and transparent. The election was conducted with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) used in the national elections, with 13 booths for the election of both the female and male elections, in which there were three voting machines per booth. Shanghala said the election commenced at around 19:00 and the last voter was admitted into the polling station at 03:00 whilst the last voter to cast his vote was discharged from the polling station at 04:00. “Regions seconded election observers to watch over the process of the election, commencing with unpacking of the EVMs from their cases, their connection, calibration, operations and eventual closing off of the polls including the tabulation of the results,” he announced. Namibia records growth in tourism arrivals Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia has managed to grow her tourism arrivals to 1.4 million people despite the challenges of Ebola, foreign currency fluctuations and the world economic crisis. This week the country is expected to witness an additional airline servicing the route between Europe and Windhoek. The airline, Eurowings, would add to three other major international airlines that have added Namibia’s Hosea Kutako International Airport to their international destinations list. According to the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, these are all indications that the tourism sector has grown from a mere 220,000 tourist arrivals at the country’s independence in 1990, to more than 1.4 million arrivals as of 2015. “We as the country should not miss this opportunity to use tourism, a labourintensive export sector, which has the ability to create jobs and earnings, to contribute to the economic transformation of our rural economies through its multiplier effect,” Shifeta stressed. He nevertheless said the resources that the state can devote to supporting tourism would continue to be constrained into the future, as the government is determined to maintain strong budgetary discipline. “We will focus on making sure that the funding, the people and the structures we have are efficient and effective and generate the best possible returns,” he noted. He stated the government has established the Namibian Tourism Board (NTB) to do generic marketing and at the same time carry out regulatory functions over the tourism industry. However, he said the government has faced challenges in carrying out these mandates and the time has come to be focused. “Have we been truly effective in our marketing strategy? How have we faired with domestic tourism? Have we been efficient in collecting the levies? Do we have the people with the appropriate and relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to transform marketing in Namibia? Is our structure as it is currently responding to our functions? Is the budget adequate? All in all, are we competitive? Is the name of our national marketing agency still appropriate and relevant?” Shifeta questioned. One challenge, he mentioned, is to reflect on ensuring that future growth is sustainable and that Namibia captures its share of the global and regional market. Therefore, he said, the government must also identify opportunities and target its resources at those areas that have the greatest potential. To achieve this, he says, calls for government to relook the overall architecture of tourism hence the reason for having developed the National Tourism Growth and Development Strategy. He added this includes the functions carried out by the NTB as well as the overall focus across government on the distribution of resources and possible efficiencies. Shifeta said NTB must review its structures, functions, mandates and operations