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New Era Newspaper Monday October 16, 2017

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2 NEWS Monday, October 16 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era GENOCIDE From page 1 Nama Chief Johannes Isaack appeared on behalf of the third plaintiff, Chief David Frederick, who was unable to attend. The plaintiffs were joined by a large delegation of Ovaherero and Nama who travelled from Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, and various areas throughout the United States. Plaintiffs contend that Germany was responsible for the genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama during the colonial period, as well as the taking and expropriation of Ovaherero and Nama lands and other property without compensation, violating international law. Plaintiffs also contend that representatives of Ovaherero and Nama communities have been left out of current negotiations between the German and Namibian governments on this issue. At a press conference following Thursday’s court hearing, Chief Rukoro said the Namibian government’s interest in the matter was to help boost treasury’s coffers. “It’s due to their need to plug holes in their own budget … they have run out of money and can’t pay their bills,” he said in New York. The plaintiffs’ case against Germany began on January 5, 2017 when Germany with a U.S. federal court in New York under the Alien Tort Statute, a law dating back to 1789, often invoked in human rights cases. A pre-trial conference was held in New York in March, but was rescheduled for July as Germany had not yet appointed counsel in the matter. The July conference was also postponed, as Germany had still failed to appoint counsel. Plaintiffs had attempted to serve the defendant through legal and litigation support company, Crowe Foreign Service, through The Hague Service Convention. Once Germany refused acceptance, Crowe Foreign Service took the next steps available to the plaintiffs and initiated diplomatic service on Germany by asking the U.S. State Department to send the Summons and Complaint directly to the German Foreign Ministry under diplomatic cover. Plaintiffs’ lawyer, Ken McCallion, advised the court on Thursday that the U.S. State Department had not completed its review of the matter and that it had not yet served the Summons and Complaint to the German Foreign Ministry. He also mentioned that, despite Germany’s refusal to accept the summons thus far, the genocide has had a “ripple effect” in New York. He noted that Namibian human remains from the genocide were found recently at the American Museum of Natural History, and that relevant documents were also found in New York’s Public Library. McCallion requested an adjournment of the October conference to allow time for the U.S. State Department to complete its review and serve the German Foreign Ministry. Judge Laura Taylor Swain granted the request to postpone the case and rescheduled the conference to January 25, 2018. Following Thursday’s court appearance, the Ovaherero and Nama at the New York Bar Association. Later that evening, they were invited to a panel discussion on the genocide at New York’s Columbia University Law School. Tel: +264 61 - 273 328 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 - 273 326 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 273 322 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Twenty anthrax hippo carcasses disposed of so far: MET RUNDU Twenty hippopotamus carcasses of the 109 that died of anthrax have been disposed of since Friday, said spokesperson of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Romeo Muyunda. In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, Muyunda said 20 of the 109 carcasses were destroyed between Friday and Saturday. He said the ongoing operation will istry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF)’s veterinary department helping each other to clean the river where the hippopotami died. “There is progress. The carcasses are being burnt and the remains are buried,’’ said Muyunda. Communities living near the river were warned by Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, last week not to drink the GEINGOB From page 1 ern businessman and political activist Sigo Amunyela, who on Thursday held a press conference in Oshakati where he publicly declared he was under Geingob’s instructions to hold a conference to announce that he for ‘Team Hage’. “He called a press conference and said he is ‘Team Hage’ and is also my campaign manager. I called him and condemned that he shouldn’t do that. So, let’s play the [game] and not the man,” Geingob said. Amunyela said those against Geingob’s nomination list of the top four positions in Swapo were jealous for not making the list. “If they don’t believe in him they must resign and leave the government under Comrade HGG [Hage Gottfried Geingob] now,” Amunyela said. “This thing of someone saying I was threatening people holds no basis. My house has always been an open house, even in exile. I have never said At risk… Hippos in one of the channels of the Chobe River in Bamunu Conservancy in the Zambezi Region. Photo: Nampa water as it may be contaminated. Muyunda further said the ministry has not received any cases of people being affected by the anthrax bacteria. Farmers in Mukwe Constituency were advised last week by MAWF to vaccinate their livestock against anthrax as the area might be affected. Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax affects both wild and domestic herbivores like cattle, sheep, goats, comrade Nahas [Angula] is selfish. That person must come out and say that I said it,” Geingob challenged. Geingob, after availing himself and revealing those he preferred to work with him at the helm of the party, was last week nominated to become party president. Regarding people insulting people on social media in his name, Geingob said: “I am not part of that. I have never done that and I am not instructing anybody to attack the character of others. I condemn those doing it.” Geingob said this year Swapo’s internal democracy would be tested. He cited chapter II of the Swapo constitution, which states that a member of Swapo Party has the right to elect and be elected to positions of authority. Therefore, he said, those who qualify to contest elections have the right to do so as per the constitution. “Today we will be launching be a campaign based on issues and not personalities. It should be a robust campaign characterised by presentation of concrete proposals to take the country forward,” he noted. In all democratic elections, Geingob said, there is nothing wrong with having factions during contestation. “Contestation will be there to deliver a winner. Let’s kick the ball and not the man. When you play the ball and the game is over, then you kick the ball away and you go on and build your nation. But if you kick a man, there will be a wound and it’s going to disturb. I appeal that we do things the Swapo way. Debate, end hold hands,” he encouraged. He said he would lead by example, adding that during the 2012 Swapo congress he emerged a victor but still made his congress opponents, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and Jerry Ekandjo, his ministers. “When elections were over, straightforward way, the ball was kicked away. Both didn’t make it to parliament but I picked them up and brought them to parliament. I appointed ministers,” he said. pigs, elephants and antelope. Due to the rapid course of the disease, most animals which get anthrax die quickly and may ooze They also bloat and decompose Nampa MUHARUKUA From page 1 The dispute also prompted the postponement of her memorial service that was scheduled for October 11 at Okjatjetje village, some 10 kilometres from Opuwo. Passing the president’s message on to the family at a gathering on Friday, chairman of the Kunene Regional Council, Julius Kaujova, said President Geingob values culture and the elders of the late Muharukua’s family, hence his advice that she be laid to rest at Okozongondjoza village next to her late grandfather as she wished. Kaujova noted that after all the family members had agreed on the president’s advice a memorial service would now take place at Parliament Gardens in Windhoek on Wednesday, while on Okatjetje village in Kunene Region for traditional services. Kaujova added that the casket would then be taken to Newman Katuta Stadium service before her burial on Saturday. Muharukua died of a suspected heart attack on October 1 at her residence in Hochland Park in Windhoek, two years after her husband Uaundjisa Festus Muharukua passed away in 2015. The husband was killed when his vehicle was Nampa

Monday, October 16 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 3 Kampungu re-appointed as Public Service Commission chair Farmworkers’ minimum wage up by 25% Albertina Nakale Windhoek Markus Kampungu has been re-appointed as member and chairperson of the Public Service Commission for the period of December 1 this year to November 30, 2022. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, who last week motivated Kampungu’s reappointment in the National Assembly, said President Hage Geingob has nominated Kampungu for reappointment as member and chairperson of the Public Service Commis- She noted that in terms of Article 112 (3) of the Constitution and section 2 (2) of the Public Service Commission Act of 1990, the Commission shall consist of a chairperson and not more than six, and no less than three other persons nominated by the president and appointed by the National Assembly for resolution. Currently, the Public Service Commission consists of six members who are Kampungu, Steve Motinga, Magdalena Wilhelmina Deetlefs, Dr Nashilongo Shivute, Berseba Katjiongua and Florence Munyungano. The other members will also years, as Kampungu. Kampungu’s term of of- on December 1 this year. “Mr Kampungu was appointed for a short period as chairperson from 14 February 2016 to 30 November 2017 to run concurrently with his remaining period as a commissioner. Mr pointed as a commissioner on 1 December 2002 and has continued serving as a commissioner for consecutive terms,” she stated. Furthermore, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said Kampungu’s vast experience in the work of the Public Service Commission would provide continuity in the work of the Commission to advise President Geingob and government as required by Article 113 of the Constitution. The Public Service Commission Act of 1990 stipulates that every member appointed shall hold years and upon expiry of be eligible for re-appointment. More money in hand… Namibian farmworkers have reason to smile as they are to receive an increase of 25 percent in the minimum wage. Photo: Nampa Staff Reporter Windhoek Successful wage negotiations between the Agricultural Employers Association (AEA), Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU), Namibia Emerging Commercial Farmers Union (NECFU) and Namibia Farm Workers Union (NAFWU) last week resulted in the previous farmworkers’ minimum wage of 2014 being increased by Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva “We are going to walk this journey together,” were the remarks of the doctor who gave Fransina /Nanus, a survivor of breast cancer, a hug shortly after diagnosing her in June 2015. she met at the Windhoek Central Hospital’s oncology centre. “I was asking a lot of questions including whether I was going to cancer, undressed herself and said to me, ‘Here I am, I have had cancer for four years’,” said /Nanus. /Nanus was speaking at the 6th breast, cervical and prostate at Ongwediva Medipark over the weekend. She said seeing the breast-less nurse empowered her to talk and make jokes about her condition. “I felt more empowered when she further told me that all these 25 percent. According to the agreement, the minimum cash wage increased from N.70 to N.62 per hour, or N0 per month for a worker who works 45 hours per week. For those farmers who do not supply free rations, the ration allowance increases from N0 to N0 per month. The total minimum basic wage for a farmworker’s value is thus now N,400 per month. To calculate the value of free rations, an average price of N per kg meat and N per litre of milk is taken. Other free products are calculated at cost price. The part of the supply of housing, sanitation and water facilities as well as electricity (if available) has not changed. The AEA is of the opinion that unskilled workers on farms are better off than in other industries as farm workers usually get free housing, people you see here are cancer patients – and that is when I dropped this nonsense of crying,” said /Nanus further. cer head-on and says she consoles herself by comparing the chemotherapy she undergoes to morning sickness experienced by a pregnant workers in other industries have to pay a lot for this. The aim of the farmworkers minimum wage is a reasonable starting wage for young people entering the market without any experience. The real average basic salary of farmworkers on commercial farms was – according to the 2016 AEA wage report – N,975 per month, inclusive of ration value. This is 41% more than the minimum wage, which will come into force on November 1. 'Cancer is not deadly, society is' Cancer survivor Fransina /Nanus Photo: Nuusita Ashipala pregnancy. Some of the lessons she has learnt from the Windhoek oncology centre is that no matter what toll the chemotherapy takes on her she is not alone – and most often forgets she has cancer. The same experience cannot be related to the Oshakati oncology centre where only the doctors seemed to care. “In Windhoek you forget you have cancer – the kukus (in reference to the older nurses) are very supportive. In Oshakati you just cry on your own, there is no support apart from what you receive from the doctors,” said /Nanus. Two years later, /Nanus said, she is no longer afraid of the cancer, but afraid of the surroundings those with She related that society is nonsupportive and most often those in her shoes need support and someone to talk to. “I am not afraid of cancer. It is not cancer which is killing us – the surroundings are killing us,” she said.

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