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New Era Newspaper Monday November 27, 2017

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2 NEWS Monday, November 27 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 2 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay CONGRESS From page 1 tendance only got their lunch break at around 14h30 yesterday, after which voting was to kick off. Initially, voting was slated to start yesterday at twelve noon. New Era reporters on site were informed that voting was delayed because of lengthy discussions of congress resolutions. “Substantive documents were under discussion,” New Era journalist Selma Ikela said from Safari Hotel where the congress took place. As of 16h30, many people had not yet returned to the congress venue. People were seen conversing in small groups, our reporters on site said, in what looked like continuous lobbying of candidates to vote for particular candidates. Pelagic fishery may never recover – scientist Some scientists aboard the Norwegian research vessel Hansen that docked on Saturday in Walvis Bay are of never recover. Responding to questions on Saturday morning on board the world’s most advanced research vessel, researcher and scientist Bjoern Erik Axelsen, who is part of the team carrying out a regional survey on pelagic resources off the Atlantic coast of Africa, said that currently not only Namibia faces a crisis in terms of the resource. tries in the world, not only Namibia,” he ZIMBABWE From page 1 Among the many measures, President Mnangagwa promised a sturdy re-engagement with the international community, saying “isolation has never been splendid or viable”. Locally, he pledged to tackle the cash liquidity challenges head-on, act on corruption, relax export procedures, ensure maximum utilisation of land and protect foreign investments, among other policies. In his acceptance speech after taking the the giant National Sports Stadium in Harare, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was “renewing itself” and should never remain hostage to its past. He appealed to Zimbabweans to let “bygones be bygones” and embrace “Our economic policy will be predicated on our agriculture, which is the mainstay and on creating conditions for an investment-led economic recovery that puts premium on job creation,” President Mnangagwa said. “Key choices will have to be made to attract foreign direct investment to tackle high levels of unemployment, while transforming our economy towards the tertiary. The many skilled Zimbabweans who have left the country for various reasons must now come into the broad economic calculus designed for our recovery and take-off. “The fabulous natural resources that we have as a country must now be exploited for national good, through mutually gainful partnerships with international investors whose presence in our midst must be valued and secured. “The bottom line is an economy which There was talk late yesterday that upon returning from lunch, organisers would allocate time to ‘teaching’ delegates how to vote before the actual voting would kick off. Lawyer Sisa Namandje, who is presiding over the voting process, said during an interview with state broadcaster NBC that voting preparations were all in place and he and his team were only waiting for instructions to kick-start the procedure. Several media statements were rapporteurs of the congress, while both teams of contenders – Team Harambee for which President Hage Geingob is the candidate for the party’s presidency, and Team Swapo which has Nahas Angula and Jerry Ekandjo as presidential candidates – circulated statements discrediting the alleged antics of each other. New Era has it on good authority explained. According to him, years of overcatching did not really give an opportunity to the tive source of income for many, a chance to recover. “As a result, the pelagic industry collapsed and we are still uncertain whether it will fully rejuvenate. It is not only over-catching that we need to worry about but environmental factors such as global warming that we have to take into account as well,” he said. He added that one of the reasons that contributed to the collapse of the industry is the lack of policies to promote responsible harvesting. is back on its feet and in which a variety of players make choices without doubts and in and unpredictability. Only that way can we recover this economy, create jobs for our youths and reduce poverty for all our people who must witness real, positive changes in their lives.” To tackle liquidity challenges, President Mnangagwa said, real solutions were urgently needed. “People must be able to access their earnings and savings as and when they need them. We must shed misbehaviours and acts of indiscipline which have characterised the past. Acts of corruption must stop forthwith. Where these occur, swift justice must be served to show each other and all, that crime and other acts of economic sabotage can only guarantee ruin to perpetrators. Grief awaits those who depart from the path of virtue and clean business,” President Mnangagwa said. To civil servants, President Mnangagwa said: “It cannot be business as usual. You now have to roll up your sleeves in readiness to deliver. We have an economy to recover, a people to serve. Each and every one of us must now earn their hour, day, week and month at work. “Gone are the days of absenteeism and desultory application, days of unduly delaying and forestalling decisions and services in the hope of extorting dirty rewards. The culture in government just has to change, unseating those little ‘gods’ idly sitting in service that Zimbabwe surely deserves.” President Mnangagwa said the establishment of special economic zones would be accelerated to attract investment and increase that caucus meetings were held with various delegates at different venues in the city, as the battle for the soul of the former liberation movement raged on. Evidently, a lot is at stake. Some results could necessitate a especially if Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa wins the full-time secretary general’s position, which would require her to leave her ministerial job. This means Geingob, who remains the country’s president irrespective of congress outcome, would appoint a new minister to replace Shaningwa if – in this unpredictable contest – she pulls off victory against Oshikoto regional coordinator for Swapo, Armas Amukwiyu. Over the weekend, both former presi- Pohamba expressed concern at the way the two camps have been campaigning were never in place. Apart from that, we are species due to global warming and deep-sea moving closer to the bottom of the ocean. All these play a very crucial role – hence Namibia’s pelagic industry is among the hardest hit despite the implementation of various policies and the allocation of low total allowable catches. Earlier this year, the pelagic industry indicated that about 3,000 people had to be retrenched due to low or no catches at all. At least two pilchard canning factories also had to be closed. Etosha Fishing, which operates in the pelagic industry, currently imports pilchards from Morocco. exports. He said the culture by bankers of levying depositors should end as “it contradicts the reasons at the heart of banking as a business”. President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe harboured no ill and belligerent intentions against any nation and was prepared to work with all countries, including those that have been hostile to it. “I stand here today to say that our country is ready for a sturdy re-engagement programme with all nations of the world. As we bear no malice towards any nations, we ask those who have punished us in the past to reconsider their economic and political sanctions against us. Whatever misunderstandings may have subsisted in the past, let these make way to a new beginning which sees us relating to one another in multi-layered, mutually dependent partners. “In this global world, no nation is, can, or needs to be an island, one unto itself. Solidarity and partnerships are and will always be the way.” President Mnangagwa said the land reform programme could not be reversed, as it would be a great betrayal to those who fought in the of the programme to optimally utilise the land, adding that the Land Commission would be capacitated to deal with all outstanding issues related to land reform. “My government is committed to compensating those farmers from whom land was taken, in terms of the laws for the land,” he said. On domestic politics, President Mnangagwa said the 2018 harmonised elections would proceed as scheduled and peacefully. – especially where impolite language and accusations were exchanged. As elections were to be held yesterday. The party – in a statement issued on Saturday evening – said that congress approved the report of the central committee and the party’s “Other matters discussed arising out of the report of the central committee include land reform, teenage pregnancy, food production, mining and energy, housing, education and health, among others,” the statement reads in part. “The congress further noted that the implementation rate of congress resolutions stood at 84 percent. The congress also adopted the report of the Second National Policy Conference, which took place in October/ November 2016. The Second National Policy Conference proposed various policy initiatives.” RAPE From page 1 committed the act to spite the mother because she was involved in sexual relations with truck drivers while away with work in a town in the deep south of the country. The girl’s mother is employed as a grape farm worker at Noordoewer and left her three children in the care of her partner in Windhoek. Two of the younger children are fathered by the suspect. The man was arrested by female po- Operation Basadi early Friday morning at 02h00 in the location. Fonsech said medical test took place. The girl has since been removed from the house. Fonsech said the operation focuses on gender-based violence, crime in respective regions, stolen property and community members, amongst others Concurrently, the operation was also carried out by fe- safety and security fraternity in different regions – in the police, defence force, customs and immigration, women from neighbourhood watches and the women and men network against crime. The operation was headed by Namibian Police Deputy Inspector General for Operations, Des Shilunga.

Monday, November 27 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Robbery, domestic violence top crime wave Nuusita Ashipala Oshakati Statistics from the Namibian Police have revealed that robbery topped the crime bulletins issued between January 2016 and November 2017 with about 7,452 cases recorded. About 1,867 robbery suspects were arrested. The police said that armed robbery in particular is on the increase. During the same period, 6,647 domestic violence cases were recorded. These cases include rape, murder, common assault, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm and crimen injuria. The police also noted with concern the increase in drug-dealing, which led to the arrest of 124 foreigners and 1,458 Namibians. The revelations were made at the Police Day celebrations at Oshakati, by the inspector-general of the Namibian Police Force, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, yesterday. The speech was read on his behalf by the Oshana regional commander, Commissioner Rauha Amwele. Ndeitunga said that unlike in the past when Namibia was seen as a transit for drugs, Namibians have since become consumers and drug lords themselves, having found a from drug lords skyrocketed to over On the march… dence Stadium yesterday. Photo: Nuusita Ashipala N million. “Many Namibians, including children, have become drug addicts; the statistics show that our society faces a serious problem of being drug consumers, therefore we need to redouble our efforts to save the future generations, including children,” said Ndeitunga. He said the Police Day is cel- important role played by the police over the years and also to remind the police of the enormous responsibility on their shoulders. “This is really an occasion for the force to renew its steadfast ensuring that the safety and security of our nation is maintained.” With the festive season approaching, the police will commence with its road campaign today. The campaign aims to safeguard road safety and preserve human life on the national roads. The campaign ends on January 31 next year. Commissioner Amwele said crime cases reported in the region have slowed compared to last year. According to Amwele, most of the cases recorded in the region are assault, housebreaking and theft. Also speaking at the event, the mayor of Oshakati, Angelus Iyambo, called on the police to accumulation, corruption, and ensure that the country is a crime-free environment,” said Iyambo. The event was preceded by a parade, a display of police equipment and handing over of medals. ‘Namibia has good gender stories to tell’ Staff Reporter Windhoek To mark the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, the United Nations resident coordinator, who is also the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) representative, Anita Kiki Gbeho, on Friday said Namibia has good stories to tell when it comes to gender. “Namibia is the third most gender-equal country in Africa. Namibian parliamentarians have committed to mainstream gender into laws and support sexual and reproductive health and rights as part of the UN’s He for She campaign,” said Gbeho. “About seven percent of girls in Namibia are married before the age of 18. One third of Namibian rape victims are under the age of 18 and 33 percent of women aged 15-49 years have experienced some form of violence,” said Gbeho. She added that solid data is required to manage strategies to indicate where GBV challenges us most. “To understand which laws and policies to adjust and to know with whom to engage if attitudes and practices are to be changed.” Furthermore, she said that Namibians should be asked to actively support campaigns such as First Lady Monica Geingos’ #Break Free 2 #Be Free from violence movement. “As your partner of choice, the UN stands in solidarity with Namibians who have been beaten, raped and killed. We stand ready to act to ensure there are no more Martha Afrikaners. Martha, aged 22, was hacked to death by her boyfriend. Nor Magdalena Stoffels – Magdalena was raped and murdered in a riverbed on her way to school,” said Gbeho. Meanwhile, the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka, said the government has established 17 gender-based violence protection units in the country’s 14 regions. The aim is to provide effective services to GBV victims and their families, added Sioka. Good stories to tell… United Nations resident coordinator, who is also the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) representative, Anita Kiki Gbeho. Photo: Emmency Nuukala The Weekend DISCOUNTER To advertise into the Weekend Discounter, talk to me and I will offer you the lowest competitive price. New Era will OFFER the client with the exact discount the client offers to their customers. For products such as, “you buy 1 and get 1 free”, New Era will OFFER you 50% discount on advertising rates Bernadette Nyambe Sales & Marketing Executive Contact me: Tel: +264 61 208 0318 Email:

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