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2 NEWS Monday, November 20 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era Publication Corporation (Daniel Tjongarero House) Corner of Dr W Kulz and Kerby Streets Tel: 061 - 208 08 00 P/Bag 13364 Windhoek Registered as a newspaper, Certificate No. 06/08/91 EDITOR Chrispin Inambao EDITORIAL Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 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 Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 Tsumeb Office: Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 Swakopmund Office: Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Keetmanshoop Office: Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Luderitz Office: Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES & PRODUCTION Festus Goseb Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 PROTEST From page 1 the AU and the UN to allow the people of Zimbabwe to solve their own problems. This came in response to what longsuffering Zimbabweans regard as the ineffectiveness of these continental bodies that they accuse of having been “soft” on Mugabe, despite his dictatorial traits, his pathetic human rights record and having reduced a once-thriving economy to a basket case. Honest Wadzivagonda, a Zimbabwean resident in Namibia who read out the petition, emphasised that “The Zimbabwe Defence Force is made up of Zimbabweans and the army takeover, although not ideal, is indeed Zimbabweans fixing their problems ERONGO From page 1 commissioned a state-of-the-art substation at Walvis Bay on Friday. The project was a joint venture between Erongo Red and Nampower. It cost about N0 million, of which Erongo Red paid N0 million through a loan obtained from the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN). Speaking during the commissioning, Erongo Red CEO Fessor Mbango said since its inception the firm has made significant investments aimed at improving the regional network and said the Walvis Bay upgrade was by far the company’s biggest project to date. Currently, Walvis Bay’s electricity consumption is about 60-megawatt and According to one of the concerned residents, Samwele Samwele, who is also the acting land administrator for Mpyu, the illegal harvesting of Mopane logs in that area started back in 2012. He said they have reported the problem to forestry officials and to the traditional khuta, but to no avail. “Our area has been declared a community forest area and anything that has to take place in that area has to be through our consent. We have been reporting it, but to no avail… “The traditional authority knows very much about his activities in the area and his illegal occupation of the area. In fact, he is trespassing, but in return they open cases against us, me and my other brother, so that we do not step there,” Samwele explained. He said the police were also aware of the illegal logging, but nothing was done, as the culprit seems to have connections in the police force. Samwele said the man even employed locals in the area who are cutting down the mopane trees on a large scale, reducing the themselves.” He listed their grievances and called on Mugabe to step down, saying the aging leader had done enough damage to their country and destroyed the dreams of too many people. They gave Mugabe until yesterday to step down, saying failure to do so would be going against the wishes of the people he led for nigh on four decades. The protesters also thanked President Hage Geingob and the Namibian people for allowing them to gather peacefully and for good neighbourliness, hospitality and comradeship. “We appeal to your leadership and together with your SADC colleagues to encourage President Mugabe to listen to the will of the people of Zimbabwe and to step down peacefully,” they said. has put added strain on the network. However, with the upgrading the town’s growing demand will be met by the station’s 120-megawatt transfer capacity at 11 kilovolt. Mbango said the utility’s priority is to ensure the electricity network is robust enough to meet the growing demand, as economic conditions improve. “Our position has always been to reinvest in our network and to ensure that we provide exceptional services to our customers. Our vision is to bring electricity to all by 2020 and upgrading our network is very crucial in our drive to fulfil this vision. “Hence, this upgrade will enable us to address critical problems by improving reliability, enabling critical upgrades to be undertaken, reducing network constraints and minimising unplanned interruptions,” area to a barren wasteland, while it was previously dense with mopane trees. “In August, he reported that I went to threaten his people (workers) with a gun, while I was on official duty in the Hardap Region. I received a call from my sister that the police were in the area looking for me. “ It looks like the police are also aware of his activities and they assisted him to open a case of protection in order for us not to go in the area… so that he can continue harvesting the forest.” Samwele fears that at the rate the trees are being cut it could mean ecological devastation and the area might be left without trees entirely. He said there was also some illegal charcoal making in the area and called on the relevant authorities to intervene. “I want to appeal to the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa to come and visit the area to see the damage which has been done and put a moratorium, so that no one should be found selling Mopane trees,” he said. Progress Sipapela, a member of the Mafwe Traditional Land Board, said he was unaware of the illegal occupation of land and cutting down of trees. In a solidarity message read by Dr Lovemore Matipira he said they were gathered for a historic event in solidarity with the gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe, who were gathered like their compatriots in Washington, London, Perth, Harare, and around the world to demand an end to the Mugabe regime. “We recognise the different political dispensations that exist in Zimbabwe and seek to peel off the divide, such that we leave much more space for constructive dialogue amongst us towards the revitalisation of the economy and the reconstruction of Zimbabwe,” Matipira said. Ambassador Chikava acknowledged receipt of the petition and assured her compatriots that she would forward their message to Harare via the right channels. he said. Mbango added that construction of the new intake substation was started in 2013 by ABB Namibia. Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Energy Simeon Negumbo said electricity is a vehicle for economic emancipation and welcomed the fact that Erongo Red and stakeholders were partnering to develop critical infrastructure for the benefit Walvis Bay, but also the whole country. He said: “As you are aware, Walvis Bay is of strategic importance to the whole country, thus it is very important that we have the infrastructure to cater for all the current and envisaged projects. We cannot afford to experience unnecessary load shedding and outages in the future, just because we failed to invest in the infrastructure today.” Cut down… South African-bound logs of illegally harvested trees at Mpyu, an area that many locals fear is being reduced to a barren wasteland. Photo: Aron Mushaukwa LOGGING From page 1 He said he knows the suspected culprit and that he is also a member of the traditional land board, but he was unaware of any illegal activities. Efforts to obtain comment from the forestry department in Zambezi Region proved futile as a certain Lisao, a senior forester, declined to comment. She told this reporter to rather visit her office today for the details. However, a source who did not want to be named, as they were not authorised to share information with the media, let it slip that their office was aware of the situation at Mpyu. They hinted that there was a dispute among residents in that area and that this prevented the office from solving the problem. “We are experiencing the problem of harvesting Mopane trees in the whole Zambezi Region and the market is in Katima, where people use the Mopane to build houses,” they said. The official also said that at times it has been reported that a person is cutting down trees illegally, but when they go to inspect, the person has a permit for clearing land for ploughing purposes. He said in that regard their office cannot do anything, as that person has a permit that allows him to clear land. MUGABE From page 1 because Mugabe’s wife and her close associates have taken advantage of his frail condition and abused the resources of the country,” he told members. “I warmly welcome you all to this historic meeting, which will mark a new era, not only for our country, but for the party.” Members cheered as the resolution to recall Mugabe was read out. Earlier on Sunday, the ZANU-PF Youth League, which Grace Mugabe leads, called for her expulsion from the party “forever” and demanded that the president resign as leader of the country and party, “so that he can rest, as the elderly statesman he is”. The group also condemned the “unprocedural expulsion” of Mnangagwa, who Mugabe sacked on November 6. Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, told reporters in Harare: “The army must finish with him today. He’d better give in to them now.” SUCCESSION BID Mugabe has been under military quarantine at his residence since Wednesday, when the army placed him under house arrest and took over state TV and key government sites. His decision to sack Mnangagwa, who was touted as Mugabe’s most likely successor, spurred an internal power struggle. Grace Mugabe was tipped to take over as second secretary and vice president instead, prompting the military takeover, with the army saying it wanted to “target criminals” around Mugabe who were leading the party and state astray. In a rare sign of solidarity between the people and the army, which has often been a pillar of support for Mugabe’s near 40-year rule, Zimbabweans on Saturday expressed support and praise for the military’s operation as huge crowds swelled on the streets. Civilians could be seen giving hugs and fist bumps to soldiers, and taking selfies with army personnel camped outside parliament, the presidential offices and other strategic sites. Zimbabweans have never before gathered in such numbers to protest against Mugabe. There was a convivial mood in the capital as people played loud music and danced after marching to State House to demand Mugabe’s resignation, in scenes described as “historic” and representing a “day of freedom”. – Al Jazeera

Monday, November 20 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Trade barriers limit continental market integration Albertina Nakale Windhoek Any member state that introduces measures that may negatively affect trade will frustrate the plans and dreams of African heads of state and government to foster continental market integration. These were the words of Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Immanuel Ngatjizeko, when he responded the National Assembly last week to UDF MP Apius Auchab, who wanted to know how trade restrictions of one country can divert the collective plans of African governments to create an integrated market on the continent. The minister said any existing barriers to trade will continue to limit the growth of trade throughout all African regional groupings. “This cannot be condoned and there are structures through which such actions could be addressed and resolved amicably,” he said. He said by imposing unnecessary costs on exporters such barriers raise prices for consumers, undermine the predictability of the trade regime and reduce investment in the region. He further said African member states that impose non-tariff and regulatory barriers raise transaction costs and limit the movement of goods, services, people and capital across borders throughout Africa. “Effective continental market integration is more than removing tariffs; it is about addressing on the ground constraints that paralyse the daily operations of ordinary producers and traders,’ he noted. In addition, he said to deliver integrated markets that attract investment in agro-processing, manufacturing and new services activities, countries must work together to move beyond tariff reduction toward a more holistic of deeper regional integration. Auchab also wanted know what measures the ministry has taken to ensure that what happened in Zambia does happen again, because it will harm intra-Africa trade and make genuine regional, continental economic integration difficult. The minister said the truckimpounding saga was rooted especially in the fact that Zambia is home to numerous exotic tree species, including the Mukula tree. He clarified that the Mukulu timber, which caused the impounding of Namibian trucks recently, was prohibited from being harvested in Zambia, but not in the DRC. The Namibia-registered trucks were carrying timber from the DRC with valid documentation. He said their cargo was inspected and sealed by Zambian customs officials at Kasumbalesa border post between DRC and Zambia and found to be valid and authentic. Therefore, the minister maintained it was important to take note that Namibia is a member of SADC and had acceded to the SADC Trade Protocol. He said his ministry is the custodian of that protocol, which ensures the provisions of the SADC Protocol of Trade are adhered to. One of the critical provisions of the protocol – Article 14 – involves trade facilitation and is Antibiotic resistance on the increase Staff Reporter Windhoek Antibiotics are in danger of losing their effectiveness due to over-prescription and dispensing by healthcare professionals, as well as misuse by patients, such as not following the advice of healthcare professionals; overuse in farming and animal husbandry; poor infection control, and a lack of new antibiotics, says the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO regional director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti said in a statement last week that antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria (not humans or animals) become resistant to the active ingredients in these medicines. “Antibiotic resistant bacteria may infect humans and animals, making the infections they cause harder to treat, contributing to prolonged, more expensive treatments, longer hospital stays, lost productivity and increased mortality,” said Moeti. Last week, WHO observed World Antibiotics Awareness Week. The theme for this year was ‘Seek Advice From A Qualified Health Professional Before Taking Antibiotics’. According to the WHO, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health and development. It is rising at alarming rates around the world, Moeti added. Infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhea are at times impossible to treat as antibiotics become less effective. For instance, the bacteria that cause gonorrhea are evolving rapidly to evade new classes of antibiotics to treat the infection. This puts women particularly at greater risk of developing complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility, as well as an increased risk of HIV,” said Moeti. Further, Africa lacks adequate data to clearly grasp the scope and scale of the problem, Moeti noted. “However, we know that antibiotic resistance is rising because common bacteria which cause urinary tract infections, diarrhea, wound infections which can lead to sepsis, and pneumonia among other things, are becoming resistant to frequently available and prescribed antibiotics,” he added. The WHO in the African region has made the fight against antibiotic resistance a top health priority and is working with countries to implement the Regional Emergency and Security Strategy, Moeti said. “With WHO support, more countries are developing and implementing national action plans to combat antibiotic resistance and improve surveillance to provide reliable data for action, ” he added. He also said that WHO will assist countries to build stronger health systems through regulation and policy actions to promote the appropriate use of quality antibiotics. “Misuse of antibiotics puts us all at risk. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily speeds up antibiotic resistance, making infections more difficult and expensive to treat. Therefore, I advise everyone to think twice, seek advice and always consult a qualified health professional before taking antibiotics,” Moeti advised. aimed at facilitating the movement of goods in the region through simplification and harmonisation of documentation and procedures, as well as regulations relating to technical conditions applicable to means of transport other than porters and pack animals, which may be accepted for transport of goods within the community under the customs seal. Article 15 of the same protocol on the provision for goods from SADC member states says such goods shall enjoy freedom of transit within the SADC community and shall only be subject to the payment of the normal rates for services rendered. ‘The impounding of Namibian trucks therefore defeats the objective of Article 15,” he said. he said the Trade Ministry mandated the Walvis Bay Corridor Group to accelerate development along what had traditionally been transport corridors into economic development corridors through the Spatial Development Initiatives programme, as well as to promote trade within the SADC region and beyond. Additionally, he said the parties to the agreement – the DRC, Namibia and Zambia – require that any measures to be implemented that will negatively affect the operation of the corridor of all parties be notified, and prior consultations shall have to be undertaken, which he understands that Zambia did not do. He promised that as custodian of international trade arrangements, the Trade Ministry would continue to engage regional member states through negotiation forums to facilitate intra-Africa trade and regional and continental integration. Applications are now invited for the 2018 Academic Year Closing date for applications 08 December 2017 For more information on these and all other offerings, please visit our website or contract us on: Tel: +264 61 413 500, Email: PG not ready in N million fraud case Maria Amakali Windhoek A Windhoek magistrate on Friday postponed the N million fraud case of a former marketing manager for MultiChoice Namibia to give more time to the prosecutor general (PG) to pronounce herself on the matter. Making an appearance before Magistrate Venatius Alweendo, Manga-Nawa Mukena was informed her case will be heard next in January 2018, as the PG has not yet made a decision on whether to prosecute or not. “I was approached by Advocate Malodze in the presence of Mr Sibeya that the prosecutor general’s decision was not ready and he is currently working on it,” said State Prosecutor Tatelo Lusepani. The matter was on the court roll for the PG to pronounce herself on what charges woul be preferred against Mukena and where she will be tried. Having been granted bail of N,000 following her arrest on July 3, Mukena faces charges of fraud, forgery, and uttering in connection with the alleged unlawful falsification of 80 invoices between April 1, 2013 to March 17, 2017. The prosecution alleges Mukena forged the invoices for her own benefit. The prosecution further holds that Mukena presented the invoices for advertising services to her employer for payment and provided her own bank account COURSE on Offer DIPLOMA IN POLICE MANAGEMENT (NQA Level 5) This programme includes modules such as: Legal Framework of Policing in Namibia; Intelligence-Led Policing; Strategic Management; Disaster Management number as that of Kundana (PTY) Ltd. Mukena, who has denied guilt to all the charges, is alleged to have pocketed an amount of N,088,071 at the expense of Multi-Choice Namibia and Roger Gertze over a period of three years. The prosecution says Mukena knew very well that the 80 invoices were falsified and no advertising services were ever rendered to her employer in return. She is expected to make her next appearance in court on January 23, 2018. Her bail was extended until then. Defense lawyer Orben Sibeya represented Mukena in court. Manga Nawa Mukena

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