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New Era Newspaper Monday November 6, 2017

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2 NEWS Monday, November 6 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 TEAM From page 1 They also accused their rivals in ‘Team Hage’ of giving job opportunities to foreigners at the expense of Namibians. The contenders made the accusations during a rally at Oshakati Independence Stadium on Saturday, where the so-called Team Swapo’s candidates claimed that the current leadership has destroyed the party and looted the country. Unveiling their campaign theme as ‘Revise, Restore and Revitalise’, Petrina Haingura, a contender for the party’s deputy secretarygeneral’s position, said Swapo is now in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). “As we are now Swapo is in ICU, we need to work hard to remove it from this ICU,” said Haingura, a former deputy minister of health. Haingura’s rivals for the deputy secretarygeneral’s position are business tycoon Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, also a member of ‘Team Swapo’, and former deputy prime minister Marco Hausiku, who is President Hage Geingob’s preferred candidate for the position. The event was attended by several congress delegates from the four northern regions: Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto. Youth and Sports Minister Jerry Ekandjo, who is running for the position of party president against Geingob and former prime minister Nahas Angula, said Swapo is weak and needs cadre like himself to rescue government from its economic slumber. “We will go nowhere if Swapo is weak. I am ready to water the roots of the dry tree, so that the only Swapo can be strong again,” said Ekandjo, who compared the ruling party to a neglected tree that has not been watered. Angula had no kind words for the current Swapo leadership either. He said the party had been dragged into a mess, saying under the current leadership youth leaders were expelled without due process, while workers were prevented from being represented at the upcoming party congress. The former prime minister said that the country was drowning in debt and as such requires a leadership that will stop borrowing endlessly and capitalise on its forces of production. “We cannot allow the party to be misused by greedy elites. We must revitalise and rejuvenate Swapo in order to revive the economy,” he said. Angula also took a jibe at current Swapo secretary-general Nangolo Mbumba for the “aafyoona nye (you peasants)” remarks he made two years ago, saying they were indicative of the current leadership’s elitist outlook. Angula further said he was not in a bid to topple anyone from the Swapo presidency, as the position is currently vacant. Swapo vice-presidential candidate Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana rejected claims that Team Swapo, as her camp calls itself, was a tribal project aiming to make Swapo an Owambo party. She accused those making such allegations of being tribalist themselves, saying all candidates were duly nominated by the central committee, where all members could nominate people of their choice. “The person who is a tribalist is actually him (Geingob). Why was he thinking of tribes as he was putting his slate together for him to have the argument that others are tribalists?” the home affairs minister asked. She said her team was not composed of rebels, but party members participating in a democratic process to be elected at congress. Swapo regional coordinator for Oshikoto Armas Amukwiyu, a candidate for the secretary-general claimed that position was members, in an apparent shot aimed at Mbumba. violate the Swapo Party constitution and it will unemployment, homelessness, ignorance and landlessness,” Amukwiyu said. Namundjebo-Tilahun pleaded with her camp’s sympathisers to reject bribes offered to them. She also bemoaned the fact that several or late payment by the government. SWAPO From page 1 “If somebody is offering you something to vote for them, you are selling your party and this party is not on sale. “That [bribe] is a once-off thing you get and by the time you get you would have sold your party and it is going to haunt you for the rest of your life,” she warned. Nandi-Ndaitwah is contesting for the position of Swapo vicepresident at the congress slated for later this month. She was speaking at a special regional executive committee meeting at Eenhana yesterday, attended by delegates from Ohangwena Region, who duly endorsed President Hage Geingob as their preferred candidate for the position of Swapo president. Nandi-Ndaitwah, who also serves as the country’s minister of international relations and cooperation, pleaded with delegates from Ohangwena to FREDERICKS From page 1 is being investigated by French authorities over a US9,300 (about N.2 million at yesterday’s exchange rate) payment that he received from Papa Massata Diack, the son of ex-International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack on October 2, 2009 – the day Rio won the bid. Fredericks, a four-time Olympic silver-medallist, appeared before a Paris judge on Thursday. French investigators are looking into the possibility that bribes were paid over the awarding of both the 2016 Olympics to Rio and the 2020 Tokyo Games. The IOC, which is cooperating with the Paris investigation, said Holdings and one business plot to Ashy Trading Enterprise by way of private transaction. Epitome Holdings will pay N per square metre for the 289 plots - which roughly translates to N.6 million to council, while Ashy Trading will pay N0 per square metre for the 7,000 square metre plot, that will cost them N0,000. Concerned residents told New Era that buying the serviced plots from the developers will be a challenge for them as the plots will be too pricy. “This is what the government is warning us about, but yet they are allowing private developers to exploit us at the end of the day,” one concerned resident said on Monday. Florida Husselmann, the chief Council, however, says they are not in any way going against the objectives of the Ministry Urban and Rural Development in terms of providing housing and serviced ensure that they give acting party president Geingob an opportunity to lead the party and the country, as was the practise with his predecessors. She said all talk that the party can be led by a different candidate than the country’s president, was utterly misleading, as the party’s president automatically becomes the presidential candidate for the next national presidential election. Namibia will hold parliamentary and presidential elections in 2019. She further dismissed talk of an alleged generational gap in the party leadership. She said such sentiments were misleading and an insult to the intelligence She pointed out that parliament includes young people and that only three members have been in the National Assembly since day one. talking that there is no generational transition. How misleading. This is an insult to our people’s intelligence, because we know it its ethics compliance officer would look into the court ruling. “And she will report to the Ethics Commission, which is meeting on Monday,” said the statement, adding: “Like with any procedure the right to be heard has to be respected.” The investigation centres to a large extent around the activities of Papa Massata Diack, who along with Lamine Diack also faces charges in France over millions of dollars paid to cover up doping failures by Russian athletes. Fredericks insists that the payments - first revealed by France’s Le Monde newspaper in March - were received for promotional services provided between 2007 and 2011 under a contract signed on March 11, 2007, and had nothing to do with the Olympics. land for residents. In fact, she says, council is promoting the vision of the line ministry, which is to ensure housing delivery. “Accessing funds for the servicing of land has become a critical issue for most local authorities and as per the Local Authorities Act…, the Council is mandated to promote smart partnerships to ensure that land is delivered and serviced,” she said. According to Husselmann, the installation of municipal services is very costly and without substantial subsidies, council opted to offer land to developers that have the funding to service the land. Husselmann further said council was indeed sensitive to the issue of speculation by developers and has built in sound performance clauses in the contracts to ensure the houses are delivered in an affordable range and with minimum risk to the town council and residents. “In addition to this, council is at all times trying to balance the awarding of land between is not true, things are changing,” she said. N a n d i - N d a i t w a h , w h o alongside Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa and former deputy prime minister Marco Hausiku are on President Geingob’s congress slate, said delegates should vote for the president’s preferred candidates, as they have experience in leadership, which she said amounts to more than 100 years collectively. The meeting was attended by Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta, Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Deputy Minister of Gender Equality Lucia Witbooi, as well as a number of congress delegates and the Ohangwena Regional Council leadership, including Governor Usko Nghaamwa and Omuntele Constituency Councillor Sacky Nangula from Oshikoto Region. Swapo Party Youth League secretary Ephraim Nekongo was also present. Following the corruption allegations, the 50-year-old Namibian stepped down as head of the IOC committee evaluating bids to host the 2024 Olympics. The IAAF provisionally suspended Fredericks from its ruling council on July 17, as it launched a probe into the graft allegations against him. In March, Fredericks had also stepped down from an IAAF task force working on getting doping-tainted Russia back into global sport. Fredericks released a statement at the time, saying: “I categorically deny any direct or indirect involvement in any that I have never breached any law, regulation or rule of ethics in respect of any IOC election process.” – Nampa/AFP “Accessing funds for the servicing of land has become a critical issue for most local authorities, and as per the Local Authorities Act the Council is mandated to promote smart partnerships to ensure that land is delivered and serviced.” – Florida Husselmann ARANDIS From page 1 developers and its residents – and such allocations to the locals have been made. As far as commercial land is concerned, council needs to ensure that basic services are available and as such it approved the sale of land to Ashy Trading, who intends to construct a muchneeded building material facility,” she explained. Husselmann noted that residents currently have to travel to Swakopmund to get building materials at additional cost, hence council is promoting investments that will have a positive impact on the town and its residents. She added that the council is currently negotiating additional social responsibility contributions from the developers. Furthermore, the town council had included a pricing threshold in the sales agreement to ensure development targets are met and residents are not exploited. The serviced land is to be reserved for Arandis residents and persons residing in Namibia that want to acquire land in Arandis, she said.

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