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New Era Newspaper Monday March 19, 2018

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2 NEWS Monday, March 19 2018 | NEW ERA VAINO From page 1 The acquisition of 30 percent shareholding in MTN, Africa’s biggest mobile operator, is a “We meet here at executive committee level the leadership of our MD Elia Tsouros [the managing director for MTN Namibia and Bo- Beyond the personal wealth considerations, he says the quest now is to build technical telecommunication is a necessity for many people across the country, whose desire to live are parts of our country where there is no cell- Areas where a person cannot call for transport - the shareholding to satisfy local ownership a process beyond our borders by MTN South Furthermore, he points out that it was not by chance that they emerged as the preferred - subsidiary was on the basis that the business should not stand on tenders – corporate and - When MTN placed advertisements in newspapers for interested companies to apply Throughout the process we were not involved Of course, having a very healthy balance sheet - ShIluNgA From page 1 vices as affordable as possible without compromising on innovation and quality The company plans to launch its ser- is reviewing its agreement with Telecom team for always being ready to assist on the technical and commercial issues that Shilunga says he intends to bring on board “various Namibian private institutional partners for funding purposes and in the near future list the entity on the Namibia be the best mobile telecommunications The company will operate as a mobile MNOs saw it as competition to them as opposed to a partnership that will help drive Demshi promises to place emphasis on develop new products that will appeal to research and development department will we intend to partner up or establish a centre of excellence which will train young Namibians to acquire the necessary tech- As of the current competition in the trying to achieve through the numerous regulations aimed at opening up the sector - in case the so-called monopoly of the state in the telecom sector or any other licensee tries to frustrate the opening up of the sec- FAREWEl From page 1 At the ceremony, Schimming- 17-gun salute by members of the Namibian Defence Force as the At the memorial service on rare breed of leaders whose innate capacity for diplomacy and intellect helped shape the path of emancipation in Africa, we often focus on men as freedom mothers of our society, therefore, pioneering women who forewent personal comforts to ensure independence became a reality, Libertina Amathila and the late Our Contact details and information Product of New Era cinambao@nepc.com.na newsroom@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 during the 1960’s to advocate Narrating the late Schimming- roughly 600 mourners who attended the state memorial service, in diplomacy began at an early stage, when she was recalled by Swanu to Dar Es Salaam to head she had formerly been secretary After independence, Schim- of Namibia as Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs in the Minis- By July 1992 she was appointed as the Ambassador Ex- position she served with distinc- - Cell: +264 81 156 4114 aronmushaukwa@gmail.com Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 jmuyamba@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 hshaanika@nepc.com.na Cell: +264 81 144 0646 osimasiku@nepc.com.na Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 edeklerk@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 mhamutenya@nepc.com.na - a vehement debater and always Founding president Sam Nu- ambassador, said the departed former diplomat will always be remembered for her meritorious Madam Ambassador Schimming- her either in parliament or as a diploma, have described the services she rendered to our country ferring upon her the honour of a state funeral, pointing out that a difference before and after independence and she deserved to cancer on February 13 at Additional reporting by Nampa Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 tabraham@iway.na eapollus@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 fgoseb@nepc.com.na sales@nepc.com.na Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 TElECOM From page 1 coincides with the urgency with which Samba Luxco, which is facing immediate liquidation in Europe and other their insistence that they are not window dressing for foreign companies and that for strategic investments for the last Their arrival has coincided with - trade ministry whose chief concerns and its shares – since Samba is facing shares entangled in the liquidation receiving assurances and support from the trade ministry that 29 percent of The two entrants are however optimistic that the two state-owned mobile telecoms pose no serious threat to their - Technologies, is the chairperson of Werner Shilunga says Demshi will place emphasis on providing tailormade innovative products or innovative rally place emphasis on highly technical new products that will appeal to our With an air of insouciance, Nghi- debate around state monopoly in the has been the government paving the way telecom infrastructure, currently owned - to us, individuals and business people, to compete with these state-owned and partly state-owned entities in the Eyes are now set on how competition operators are set to utilise state-owned of Telecom Namibia, has entered into a relationship with MTN Namibia to ex- Telecom is said to have chosen platform where Demshi and MTN will “Me and team are currently reviewing we foresee the relationship between Demshi and Telecom to be in order to term sheet will be out of the way by Further, the arrangement between TN Mobile and MTN Namibia would contends that the arrangement between MTN and TN Mobile would ensure that TN Mobile grows its mobile subscriptions beyond 50 percent each year for Meanwhile, the trade ministry, tion but which did not include massive

Monday, March 19 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 ‘Reckless’ Otjiwarongo doctor appears in court Selma Ikela/ Maria Amakali Windhoek An Otjiwarongo medical doctor, ing recklessly on the B1 road recently, was denied bail in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court, where he appeared on Friday on a charge of culpable homicide dating back to 2015. Yeukai Chiradza, aged 40, had a pending warrant of arrest issued for failure to appear in court for a case emanating from a road accident he was allegedly involved in that left three people dead. On Friday, he had to appear in a Windhoek court to ensure that he appeared within 48 hours, as prescribed by law. He was to be transported to Karibib over the weekend where he is expected to appear in the local court today. Chiradza’s arrest came after he, accompanied by his lawyer, reported himself to the police. Coupled with that are charges of reckless and negligent driving and inconsiderate driving opened with the police at Otjiwarongo, after the Zimbabwean-born doctor was seen in a widely-circulated video driving recklessly and dangerously early this month. Magistrate Mwilima Mwilima of the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court ordered that all complete records of proceedings be forwarded to the clerks of the court to the prosecutor stationed at Karibib Magistrate’s Court. After the video of his driving surfaced, Chiradza, whose employer accused him of substance abuse, was placed on forced leave by the ministry of health’s acting permanent secretary Petronella Masabane until further notice. Chiradza was also requested not to enter any health facility of the ministry or attend to patientrelated duties. Geingob urges lawmakers to expedite Africa visa process Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek President Hage Geingob has urged lawmakers to honour a Cabinet resolution and African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 by speeding up the process of abolishing travel restrictions for passport holders. AU Agenda 2063, championed by the then AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, calls for the scrapping of visa requirements for all African citizens travelling on the continent by 2018. The continental body has also pledged to introduce a single continental passport allowing Africans to move freely across borders by 2020. The Namibia Cabinet endorsed the resolution on May 24, 2016, and tasked the ministry of home affairs to spearhead the process but this has been happening at a snail’s pace. Geingob made the remarks during a tête-à-tête with the Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Robert Dussey, who visited State House on Friday. Dussey advised that the two countries introduce a visa waiver port holders to allow the smooth Namibia and Togo. Welcome… Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Robert Dussey (left), paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State House on Friday. Looking on is international relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah. Photo: Emmency Nuukala “I already instructed the custodian ministers to implement that Cabinet decision to scrap visa requirements for all African diplomats and I just don’t know what is delaying the process. We cannot talk about an integrated Africa and at the same [time] we have put travel restrictions,” President Geingob told his guest. He further said it is high time Africa removed the colonial-era boundaries that hinder travel and trade across the continent. Geingob said the visa waiver would facilitate easy movement without hindrance. The Togolese minister was in Namibia at the invitation of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi- Ndaitwah, for bilateral talks in the areas of diplomatic relations, trade, Nandi-Ndaitwah confirmed that there is already an agreement of cooperation between the two governments on socio-economic, commercial areas. She said the visit’s aim was to actively engage in exploring the available opportunities in both countries in the areas of trade and investment. Draft agreements that exist between the two countries are in the areas of air services, livestock another agreement covering the “It is heart-warming to know that, coordination is continuing between sectoral ministries in both countries geared towards the implementation of those that have been signed,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said. With the government moving towards making Namibia the preferred logistics hub in the southern African sub-continent, Nandi-Ndaitwah used the platform to invite the Togolese government and private sector role players to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Namibia’s transport infrastructure and transport corridors, for purposes of trade to and from the Southern African Development Community region. John Muyamba Rundu Residents of Sitopogo and nearby villages along the Nkurenkuru/ Rundu B10 road were on Friday afternoon left in shock after wit- in a vehicle they were travelling in. Villagers watched helplessly as and bullets exploded due to the heat to duck for safety. “The accident happened at Sitopogo village at about 13h30 on the B10 road between Nkurenkuru and Rundu where a police vehicle, registration Pol 6531 (ISUZU double cab bakkie), collided with a Toyota Tazz, registration N 1269 NK,” said Kavango West Police Deputy Commissioner, Rudolf Mutonga. “Both cars were driving in the same direction from east to west. The Tazz was in front and was turning right and the police vehicle, which was behind it, rammed into the Tazz after failing to successfully overtake it.” New Era was informed that the way to the Ohangwena Region from the Bwabwata National Park in Kavango East after their term of operation in the anti-poaching unit in the park came to an end. The driver of the Tazz was taken to Rundu State Hospital on Friday afternoon and was later transferred to Windhoek on Saturday. “He was transferred to Windhoek on Saturday but he is in a stable condition; he just has a broken right leg,” said the hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Joseph Mukerenge, yesterday. recognition, but Namibian Police Force spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, told Nampa on Friday that the deceased were Shikongo and Warrant Officer Loise Hamunyela. The police vehi- beyond recognition on Friday

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