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New Era Newspaper Monday November 20, 2017

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4 NEWS Monday, November 20 2017 | NEW ERA SPECIALIST GYNAECOLOGISTS AND OBSTETRICIANS The Erongo Medical Group seeks the services of Specialist Gynaecologists and Obstetricians to be based at Welwitschia Hospital in Walvis Bay. Requirements: Registration with the Health Professions Council of Namibia as a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician. Namibian Citizenship or eligible to work in Namibia. Traceable references essential. Proof of existing Medical malpractice Insurance cover. Please submit detailed CV and supporting documentation: Electronically: By Hand: By Post: EMG Head Office, c/o Welwitschia Hospital Dr Putch Harries Drive, Walvis Bay Erongo Medical group P.O. 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Closing Date: 15 December 2017, Application letter with proof of qualification (certified) and work experience, and CV should be emailed to Harambee endorsements ‘illegal’, Ekandjo claims John Muyamba Rundu Minister of Youth, Sport and National Service Jerry Ekandjo, who is vying for the Swapo presidency under Team Swapo, told a campaign at Rundu on Saturday that the Swapo constitution does not make provision for candidates eyeing the party’s top four positions to get endorsements. He made the remarks in response to several wings of the party and regional structures endorsing President Hage Geingob and his team as preferred candidates for the positions of Swapo party president and vice president, secretary general and deputy secretary general for the congress. Ekandjo said in his view such political endorsements were illegal and unconstitutional, but did not specify which parts of the party constitution or the law prevents such endorsements of preferred candidates. “For those that are endorsed, you are misled because at the end of the day it is a secret ballot. Endorsement is illegal and the issue of sole candidate is also illegal, and the statement that was made in Gobabis that they have won is illegal. “What about if they don’t win? The congress can produce wonders, the outcome will be different, that is why we all have to defend the constitution of Swapo Party, not those that wants to hijack it by coming through the backdoor of endorsement,” Ekandjo charged. The regional political leadership, including the governor and local and regional constituency councillors was conspicuously absent from the campaign rally, but Hambukushu leader Erwin Munika Mbambo and Vambunza leader Hompa Alfons Kaundu were present. “We are not going to allow endorsements; never again in the history of Swapo will we violate the constitution. Election has to take place and during the congress the returning officer will dissolve the whole central committee, including the top four, and call for fresh elections. That’s why Team Swapo is here to defend the constitution of Swapo Party,” he continued. Ekandjo said the two factions, Team Harambee and Team Swapo, were not supposed to campaign separately and Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Leaders of Team Swapo, who hold ministerial positions in government and senior positions in the Swapo Party, yet claim that the government is broke and that Swapo has failed, make a mockery of the positions they hold. “For a minister to say the government is weak and that Swapo is weak, and [yet] you are a member of the central committee and politburo, something is wrong,” President Hage Geingob said at a campaign rally on Thursday. Speaking at the same occasion, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Erastus Uutoni concurred with the president and said individuals in key decision-making structures have only themselves to blame for any alleged bad decisions taken. “Some of us are members of the central committee and the politburo. If things are not going well, it is all of us. If the Urban GREEN CC Still in the race… Team Swapo candidates from left Petrina Haingura, Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, Armas Amukwiyu, Helmut Angula, Pendukeni IIvula- Ithana, Jerry Ekandjo and Nahas Angula before delivering their campaign messages. Photo: John Muyamba suggested his rivals bring their supporters to his campaign rallies. “We are here as Team Swapo and it will also be good if they can also join us here. We have got different supporters, but we brought them together so that their supporters can also be here, so that after the elections we can form unity. “But they want to stay apart and call themselves Harambee. So, I think in the future even if we have 10 candidates for the same position we must serve as one team as we are here, then there will be no differences,” he said. “I have got my supporters, Helmut has got his, but they are missed. Why has Hage taken his [supporters] apart? So has [Nandi] Ndaitwah, as well as Sophia [Shaningwa], so I hope in the future we should just be one team, because at the end of the day we are all Swapo members, not Team Swapo and Harambee members,” he said. Ekandjo further claimed Team Harambee has been going around telling candidates, supporters and traditional authorities - especially in Zambezi Region - that Team Swapo are campaigning to take over the presidency of the country. “The current president of the Republic of Namibia was elected unanimously. We all campaigned, we went to the villages, so that he can get 87 percent as a Swapo presidential candidate and he will continue with his term of office until 20th of March 2020. “President Geingob is acting as party president after former president Pohamba government is wrong, then we should correct it and not be pointing fingers,” Uutoni said. The rally was attended by 181 delegates from 13 regions, including members of the youth league, the women’s council and the elder’s council. Geingob also voiced concern over tribalist overtones and name-calling ahead of the upcoming congress scheduled for this weekend. He called on all delegates to hold hands and forge ahead in unity. “We condemn tribalism. You cannot be a revolutionary and be the biggest tribalist,” he said. Geingob also appealed to the delegates to vote for him and his slate of candidates. He said voting for him for president of the party and rejecting another member on his slate would defeat the purpose of putting a coherent leadership in place. A fired-up Sophia Shaningwa criticised those who ahead of the rally circulated a subversive text message calling on people to boycott the meeting. She called relinquished the presidency duties, because the party presidency is elected through a congress,” Ekandjo said. Meanwhile, Nampa quoted former prime minister Nahas Angula as having said that as a Team Swapo candidate for the Swapo Party presidency he was ready to serve the party, as it was under siege from those given the mandate to lead it. Angula claimed there were deliberate efforts under way to weaken the party and eventually to destroy it. According to Angula, the first thing the current leadership did wrong was to weaken the party’s political values and ideologies, which caused people to lose political direction. This, he said, was the first attack on the party. The second attack, he said, was the alleged attempt to alienate the party from its traditional support base. “I am speaking here about the workers, the youth, peasants, students and women who have been the pillars of the party,” he said. The third attack, Angula claimed, was the unprocedural expulsion of the dissident youth of the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL), whom he said have since been replaced by young ‘yes-men’ and ‘yes-women’. The rally was attended by several former ministers, including Richard Kamwi, Lempy Lucas, Rosalia Nghidinwa, Isak Katali, Moses Amweelo, Peter Ilonga, Ngarikutuke Tjiriange, as well as business personalities like Desmond Amunyela and Vaino Nghipondoka. Team Swapo should not point fingers – Uutoni on delegates supporting Team Swapo to convert to Team Harambee if they had not done so yet and to vote instead for good governance, unity, solidarity and fairness. Shanigwa also urged delegates to the congress to accord Geingob an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors to lead both the party and the government. “Why do you want to change it now? What is your problem? There should be no shortcut,” she said. Former deputy prime minister Marco Hausiku, who is contesting for the post of deputy secretary general of the Swapo Party, said some party members did not seem to comprehend the definition of the all-important slogan: ‘One Namibia, One Nation’. He said the propaganda around the promotion of two centres of power was misleading and amounted to a denial of the reality of the situation and – even worse – to downright discrimination against some party members.

Monday, November 20 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Electricity takeover makes power pricey at Keetmans Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Keetmanshoop residents say the takeover of electricity supply by the municipality has not helped the residents one bit, as they still cannot afford electricity. The Southern Electricity Company (SELCo) was responsible for electricity supply at the town until the end of June. Many residents were at the forefront of calling for SELCo to cease operations at the town over alleged high tariffs, with the municipality subsequently taking over such duties with the assistance of Erongo Red, but residents now feel the move has not helped them in any way. Some are of the view that SELCo’s tariffs were even better. Although the municipality made it clear the takeover would not mean reduced tariffs, an increase in tariffs barely a month after the takeover did not go down well with most residents. Some say they are now paying far more for electricity than they did under SELCo and they are pointing fingers at the municipality for the increased tariffs, which they say is not affordable for many. Residents New Era spoke to are disappointed the takeover of the electricity supply function by the municipality has not benefited the residents, but only the municipality, saying while the council can now derive more income from electricity, many residents still cannot afford electricity. Tseiblaagte resident Annamarie Swartz told New Era she hoped for better after SELCo left, but was sorely disappointed after realising that she now pays even more for electricity than in the past. She questioned why the municipality increased the tariffs in July, barely a month after taking over, saying the municipality was supposed to make things better for the residents and not just focus on profit. “We cried for SELCo to go, but what did we get in return? Electricity [price] has increased, so it seems the takeover was just for the municipality to get money from electricity and the residents still pay more, so what is the use? We still cannot afford electricity,” she said. Another resident told New Era she now gets 130.4 units of electricity at a cost of N0, compared to the 137 units she got for the same amount in the past. Keetmanshoop municipal spokesperson Dawn Kruger said the municipality has maintained throughout and informed the residents beforehand that following the takeover no reduction in tariffs should be expected. Further explaining that the tariff increase in July was normal, as the municipality had to adjust to the tariff increases imposed by the national power supplier, NamPower, adding that the increase would have been effected even if SELCo was still in charge of electricity supply at the town. “The tariff increase is approved by ECB and it comes after NamPower increased its tariffs, so this is not the municipality increasing the tariffs; the tariff would have been increased even if SELCo was still here,” she said. She explained that the municipality would sell electricity at a loss if they did not increase their tariffs in line with increase from the supplier and thus electricity tariff increases are not in the municipality’s hands. She said although electricity is expensive, the takeover was important, as for the first time in many years the electricity network is being upgraded and properly maintained, which will benefit residents in the long run. Keetmanshoop hiked its electricity tariffs by 9 percent as of July 1. National Council to launch five-year strategic plan WINDHOEK The National Council (NC) will launch its five-year strategic plan for the period 2017/18 to 2021/22 before the end of this year. This was announced by vice-chairperson of the National Council Bernard Sibalatani at a stakeholders’ consultative meeting held in Windhoek last Wednesday. The half-day meeting was aimed at soliciting input to assist the Council to finalise its plan and to ensure that the expectations of the stakeholders are met. Sibalatani explained that the drafting of the plan is part of government’s overall strategy to encourage and facilitate a higher degree of coherence among public sector institutions. He added that the strategic plan is also aimed at improving upon the systems of resource planning and performance management. The idea, he noted, was endorsed by the NC as a deliberate strategy to better envisage the role and engagement of a democratic Parliament in a highly challenging economy, streamlining service delivery and widening public involvement. Stakeholders present at the meeting included officials from the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Anti-Corruption Commission, Office of the Prime Minister, Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management, and the Law Society of Namibia. – Nampa REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA OMUSATI REGIONAL COUNCIL REGIONAL PROCUREMENT COMMITTEE Tel: 065-251019 Private Bag 523 Fax: 065-251078 Outapi E-mail: Namibia Enquiries: Erwin Kamati INVITATION FOR THE BID: OMUSATI REGIONAL COUNCIL PROCUREMENT COMMITTEE IS HEREBY INVITING ALL BIDDERS TO APPLY FOR THE FOLLOWING BID AVAILABLE IN THE REGION. Bid Number: NCS/IQ/ORC-335/17/18 Description: Construction of Access Gravel Road and Culvert for One Region One Initiative Project in Epalela, Onesi Constituency, Omusati Region Closing Date: 20 December 2017 Closing Time: 11H00 Compulsory Site Visit Date, Time and Place: 05 December 2017, 09H00, Onesi Turn-Off from Ruacana Outapi Highway Levy: N0 per bid (Non-refundable) Payment Method: Cash payment or deposit to Omusati Regional Council – Capital Account: 3000283933, Bank Windhoek, Outapi Branch – 484173 (NB: Proof of payment must be presented when collecting a bid). NB: No Cheques are allowed! Enquiry: Administrative Technical Mr Erwin Kamati Mr S Hove Tel: 065-251019 Tel: 065-250800 Delivery Address: Directly into the Bid Box available at the Finance Division, Omusati Regional Council Head Quarters, Namaungu Street, Outapi. or Post it to: The Secretariat Regional Procurement Committee Omusati Regional Council Private Bag 523, OUTAPI Monday, 20 November 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 MMI Holdings 09:30-15:00 Retirement Fund Solutions 09:30-15:30 I-S Freight Services (caravan) 09:3015:00 Swakopmund Town (Ferdinand Stich Str 4) 13:00-18:00 ___________________________ Tuesday, 21 November 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Coco Cola Namibian Bottling Company 09:00-14:30 Advantage (caravan) 09:00-14:30 Min of Health and Social Service 09:00-14:30 Walvis Bay NAMBTS (Behind Welwitschia Medi-park) 13:00-18:00 ___________________________ Wednesday, 22 November 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Outjo Town (Mathys Greeff Old Age Home) 15:00-18:00 City of Windhoek 09:00-14:30 Cymot Warehouse (caravan) 09:00-15:00 Woermann Brock (Walvis Bay) 10:00-15:00 ____________________________ Thursday, 23 November 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-18:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Otjiwarongo Town (Ng Church Hall) 11:00-18:00 Standard Bank Reger Park 08:30-13:00 Safari Hotel (caravan) 11:00-16:00 Gendev Fishing (Walvis Bay) 10:00-16:00 ____________________________ Friday, 24 November 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Municipality (Otjiwarongo) 09:00-12:00 Woermann Brock (Swakopmund) 10:00-15:00 _____________________ Sponsored by:

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