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New Era Newspaper Monday November 6, 2017

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16 AFRICA Monday, November 6 2017 | NEW ERA SA spy agency wants book on Zuma to be banned JOHANNESBURG South Africa’s spy agency threatened on Friday to seek a banning order for a newly released book that makes a series of corruption allegations against President Jacob Zuma. The State Security Agency issued a legal letter, seen by AFP, accusing author Jacques Pauw of disclosing “the identities of the many members and sources of the agency”, “intelligence collection methods” and “intelligence gathered”. The book, titled “The President’s Keepers”, alleges that large amounts of public money were transferred into the bank accounts of bogus spies. It paints a picture of Zuma’s scandal-tainted presidency as corrupt, incompetent and nepotistical. The book also chronicles how the head of state has purged his adversaries in the political and security establishment since coming to power in 2009. The book will come as an unwelcome for political survival after a string of allegations linking him to a controversial business family accused robbing of staterun enterprises. In a letter to the publishers, the spy agency claims the book is “replete with Republic of Namibia Invitation for Bids (IFB) SC/RP/17-1/2017 – Development of Documentary of the Rural Development Programmes 1. Background: The Government of the Republic of Namibia is signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which among other advocate for the eradication of poverty and hunger form the face of the earth. In pursuit creation and the improvement of the quality of life of people of Namibia. 2. Overall Objectives : inaccuracies” and contains details “that are in contravention of the Intelligence Service Act”. They also demanded the retraction of allegedly inaccurate sections, and those that could compromise agent information. The cease and desist order said that intelligence officials would seek a banning order and press for criminal action if the book was not pulled from Jean Pieters, a spokeswoman for Tafelberg Publishing, said the book - which was released on Sunday - would remain on sale while the company consulted its lawyers. “The book has not been pulled off the shelves, and our lawyers are dealing with the matter,” she said. The country’s taxman separately said it was taking legal action against Pauw and the Sunday Times weekly after the paper published an article based on the book. It said that the article made allegations that the country’s revenue chief, Tom Moyane, had helped Zuma to dodge tax. Following a question by an opposition lawmaker, Zuma was forced to deny in parliament on Thursday that he had also been bankrolled by a businessman to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development company/individual for documenting the interviews on the area of Rural Development Centre Projects and rural development projects implemented by the Regional Councils, which will be carried out by a consultant in the 14 regions (a) to produce a documentary showcasing the lessons learnt from the Rural Development Centre’s projects and activities; Requirements : (b) A company registration documents/founding statements 4. A complete set of Bidding Documents in “English” may be purchased by interested bidders on the submission of a written application to the address below upon payment of a non-refundable fee “Two Hundred Namibia Dollar – N$ 200-00” The method of payment will be “Cash”. The Bidding Documents will be collected at the address below. 5. Bids must be delivered on or before 20 November 2017 at 11:00am.“will not” be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend in person at the address below; and on the 20 November 2017 at 12:00am. 6. The address referred to above is: Ministry of Urban and Rural Development 1 st tune of R1 million per month during his The president has weathered several corruption storms during his time in government and is currently facing the prospect that prosecutors could reinstate 783 graft charges relating to a 1990s arms deal. In the book, Pauw exposes, among others, an alleged plot by Zuma to quash his massive R63-million tax bill, his failure to submit his tax returns during at and how Zuma kept receiving a secret monthly pay cheques from a friend. Acting on behalf of the SSA, a law Pauw must cease and desist from making the book public and withdraw it from the publishers and any suppliers. The riddled with inaccuracies of criminal nature, violates the relevant statutes, and compromises the security of the state. The SSA also said Pauw must retract the parts it deemed inaccurate and he has done so. Failure to comply within the High Court to seek appropriate remedy, including instituting criminal charges against Pauw and his publisher. – Nampa/AFP/ANA/Citizen Liberia’s election delay divides already tense nation MONROVIA The extraordinary delay in electing Liberia’s new leader amid claims of electoral fraud is entrenching existing divides between the candidates and outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as voters wait nervously for a resolution. The Supreme Court will decide on Monday the fate of a presidential runoff vote originally scheduled for November 7, either by setting a new date or prolonging it indefinitely until a legal complaint by the opposition Liberty Party is resolved. The runoff, to be contested by former international footballer George Weah for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) against the incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai for the governing Unity Party, is therefore on ice – and no one knows for how long. The Liberty Party’s Charles Brumskine came third in the first round of the presidential vote on October 10, and immediately alleged that fraud and irregularities had tainted the results, claims which were backed soon afterwards by Boakai but downplayed by Weah. “The country is more divided than ever,” Rodney Sieh, editor of investigative newspaper FrontPage Africa, told AFP. “Supporters of Weah feel Brumskine and others are prolonging the process, while others feel the law should take its course,” he added. The National Elections Commission (NEC) has already made clear the original date “does not look possible to meet”, in the words of its chairman, Jerome Korkoya, after ballot paper shipments to the provinces were recalled and training of polling agents halted at the Supreme Court’s request. The vice president was poised to go public with a weeks-long complaint by his supporters: that Sirleaf backs Weah, not the man who served alongside her in government for 12 years. “Individuals close to her and operating under her instructions are in fact giving multiple forms of support to our main opponent in the presidential race, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC),” according to the draft, which was seen by AFP, before more diplomatic wording was added at the last minute. Brumskine and Sirleaf have unresolved grievances of their own. He has called for the electoral commission to be sacked, even as she gave it her full backing, and this week he accused Sirleaf of having a hand in starting the nation’s 1989-2003 civil war, in which a quarter of a million people died. Diplomatic and political party sources told AFP over the last few days that African Union chairman and Guinean President Alpha Conde and Togolese leader Faure Gnassingbe applied intense pressure to stakeholders to come up with a resolution quickly during a visit on Wednesday. Liberian voters, meanwhile, have no choice but to play the waiting game before they get a chance to pick their next leader while keeping an eye on tensions ramping up between the parties. – Nampa/AFP

Monday, November 6 2017 | NEW ERA AFRICA 17 Catalan separatists would lose votes in December election: polls BARCELONA Catalonia’s separatist ERC party, whose leader is in custody, would win December regional elections but the independence coalition as a whole could lose its absolute majority in parliament, according to opinion polls published Sunday. PDeCAT, the party of deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is currently in Belgium and refused to appear before a judge in Madrid last week, would only come fourth, the two surveys suggest. According to one poll published in Catalan daily La Vanguardia, independence parties ERC, PDeCAT and the far-left CUP would only win 46 percent of votes, 1.8 percent down on the last election in September 2015. The poll - carried out from October 30 to November 3 - also suggested pro-unity parties would win more votes than in 2015. It said the conservative Popular Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the centrist Ciudadanos and Catalonia’s Socialist party would together Most of the remaining 10 percent, it said, would go to Catalunya en Comu, a party that is anti-independence but supports holding a legal referendum. Catalonia is currently under direct rule from Madrid after its majority separatist parliament last month declared independence, and Rajoy called a December 21 election in a bid to “restore normality” to the region. On Thursday, a Spanish court detained ERC leader Oriol Junqueras and other deposed regional ministers over their role in Catalonia’s independence drive. The poll in La Vanguardia found that the three independence parties would get 66 to 69 lawmakers in the 135-seat regional parliament, where an absolute majority is 68. The clear winner would be ERC (Republican Left of Catalonia), followed by Ciudadanos, which was founded in Catalonia as an antiindependence party, and the Socialist party. Puigdemont’s conservative PDeCAT would come fourth, with 14 to 15 seats. In another poll published by the conservative La Razon daily, the three separatist parties would only secure 65 lawmakers, seven less than in the 2015 election. It also said the number of pro-independence voters would drop from 1.9 million in 2015 to 1.7 million people. – Nampa/AFP Extension of closing date and amendment of BID security Project Name: Business Process Management (BPM) & Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Reference No: G/OIB/AGRI –01/2017 IFB Title: Provision, Implementation and After Sales Support of Business Process Management (BPM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software 1. Bids are invited through Open International Bidding (OIB) procedures for Provision, Implementation and After Sales Support of Business Process Management (BPM) including Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software. The invitation is also open to all Namibian bidders. 2. Interested eligible bidders may inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below. 3. Qualifications requirements include: Technical, financial, legal and other requirements. A margin of preference for certain goods manufactured domestically shall not be applied. Additional details are provided in the Bidding Documents. 3.1 LEGAL Requirements Inter alia: I. Copy of Company Registration documents with the Ministry of Trade & Industry (Namibia) or equivalent documents if from foreign company. II. Original Good Standing Certificate of good standing with Inland Revenue (Namibia) or equivalent documents if from foreign company. III. Original Good Standing Certificate for Social Security Commission (Namibia) or equivalent documents if from foreign company for this bidding purpose. IV. A Valid Affirmative Action Compliance Certificate or equivalent documents if from foreign company for this bidding purpose. V. Authorization/ Certification by Manufacturer to provide this service. 3.2 Technical Requirements Inter alia: 3.2.1 BPM Software Features I. Process Design; Mapping, Process Repository, Business Process Hierarchy (Architecture), business rules simulation. II. Process Management: Process Analysis, Process KPI setting and tracking, Real- Time Process Monitoring/Business Activity Monitoring. III. Case Management IV. Customization (Build/Configuration): No-Code/Low-Code App Development V. Document Management System VI. Document Generation (Training Material/ System Documentation) VII. System Integration 3.2.2 CRM Software Features: Sales, Customer Services and Marketing 3.3 Financial Requirements Inter alia: A. Bid Security (Bank Guarantee) B. Performance Security (Bank Guarantee) 4. A complete set of Bidding Documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders, upon payment of a non-refundable fee of N$ 1,000.00 including VAT. The method of payment will be Cash or EFT. 5. Bids must be delivered to Agribank Head Office, Reception, Ground Floor on or before 11:00 AM (Namibian time), 13th November 2017. Electronic bidding will be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend in person at Agribank Head Office, First Floor at 11:00 AM (Namibian time), 13th November 2017. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security of 1% of the total bided prize. 6. The address(es) referred to above is(are): Agricultural Bank of Namibia, Website: Enquiries: Administration: Okeri Mbingeneeko, Tel: +264 61 207 4327, Technical: Mr. Jephta Kazondovi, Tel: +264 61 207 4302,

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