2 months ago

New Era Newspaper Thursday April 12, 2018

  • Text
  • Namibia
  • April
  • Windhoek
  • Geingob
  • Tender
  • Mining
  • Kuna
  • Inmates
  • Corruption
  • Namibian


6 NEWS Thursday, April 12 2018 | NEW ERA Man arraigned for exgirlfriend’s murder Maria Amakali Windhoek Moses Tomas, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend by slitting her throat, on Tuesday appeared in court on a charge of murder. At the time of the incident Tomas also attempted to commit suicide by drinking some battery acid. Tomas, who was hospitalised appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act for the death of Ndihole-Omwene Joleinge. Tomas was arrested on March 26 after police found him in a critical condition at his home in Katutura. It is alleged that before attempting to commit suicide, he went to Joleinge’s house in In grief… Joleinge’s family in attendance in court. (Inset) Murder accused Moses Tomas. Okuryangava, who is the mother of his two children. He requested a private conversation with her behind her shack at the informal settlement where he allegedly slit her throat. At his appearance the court informed him he will not be released on bail as there are fears he might abscond and interfere with state witnesses, and it would not be in the best interest of the public or the administration of justice. The prosecutor Victoria Thompson said that cases of murder read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act are highly prevalent, especially in Windhoek. Tomas pleaded with the court that he be transferred from Wanaheda Police Station to the Windhoek Correctional Facility where he says it is much safer. “There won’t be a nice place, prison is not a hotel nor is it a lodge. If it were for medical reasons supported by documentation then the court will consider your application,” explained Magistrate Johannes Shuuveni. Joleinge’s family members who were in attendance were in shock to hear such sentiments from Tomas, saying he is in no position to demand anything. Speaking to New Era, Susan Chali – a cousin to Joleinge – expressed the family’s utter shock at the gruesome murder. “My cousin’s death does not sit well with the family. Everyday we wonder why he killed her in such a gruesome manner. We want to know why?” said Chali. The bereaved family is still in shock over the way their relative was killed. Hepatitis E might remain in informal settlements Alvine Kapitako Windhoek There are fears that hepatitis E in Havana and Goreangab informal settlements could become endemic, according to epidemiologist, Dr Lilliane Kahuika, of the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The number of cases recorded since the outbreak in October last year are 113, she said. Last week, 44 cases of hepatitis E were recorded and ten deaths since the outbreak. “That is a slight increase since week 13 which recorded 38 cases,” added Kahuika. “We have observed a plateau in the overall trend of cases over the past few weeks which is an indication of ongoing low level transmission. This is a concern in the sense that hepatitis E could become endemic in the affected areas,” said the epidemiologist. She stressed the need for continued strengthening of multi-sectoral collaboration as well as community engagement in order to win the battle against the endemic that seems to affect poor neighbourhoods. Khomas Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua, who spoke at the commemoration of World Health Day on Saturday, applauded the efforts made so far to contain the disease. “Allow me to congratulate the broad community of stakeholders for the ongoing concerted efforts to contain this unexpected challenging outbreak which has a serious impact on the livelihoods of our communities in the region,” stated the Khomas governor. Speaking to the theme of the event “universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere,” Mcleod- Katjirua noted that in Khomas the majority of marginalised Namibians are unable to obtain essential health services. However, no one should have to hardships. “No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food,” she added. REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, ARTS AND CULTURE INVITATION FOR BIDS FOR THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ONLY 100% NAMIBIAN OWNED COMPANIES ARE INVITED FOR THIS BID BID NUMBER: NCS/S/010-02/2018 Acted together… Jan Gemeng, Tjaava Ebson and Godlieb Repanka Katuuo who all stand accused of gang rape and assault. Three to stand trial for gang rape PROVISION OF CATERING SERVICES TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (NIED) FOR THE PERIOD 01 AUGUST 2018 TO 31 MARCH 2021 A complete set of Bidding documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders room 103 upon payment of a non-refundable fee of N0.00. The method of payment will The Bidding Documents will be collected from Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, st CLOSING DATE: 16 MAY 2018 CLOSING TIME: 11H00 AM, WEDNESDAY ENQUIRIES: MS. V. GOAGOSES 061-2933041 Please take note that no faxed or emailed documents as well as documents Maria Amakali Windhoek Three men accused of gang-raping a woman at or near Otjukurune Reserve are scheduled to stand trial and answer to the incidents that occurred on June 17, 2014. The suspects, Jan Gemeng, Tjaava Ebson and Godlieb Repanka Katuuo made an appearance in the High Court on Wednesday for a status hearing before Judge Naomi Shivute. The trio were informed they would stand trial on June 18-26 for the allegations as stated in the charge sheet. Gemeng and his co-accused face nine charges of rape, one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of common assault. The prosecution alleges Gemeng and his co-accused assaulted and raped a woman in Gobabis District. According to the charge sheet, the victim was walking home from a bar where she had had drinks with her boyfriend and friends. The three men allegedly followed her on her way home alone. It is also alleged the accused beat up the victim. Hearing the victim screaming for help her boyfriend came to her aid and the accused turned on him, assaulting him as well. Fearing for from the scene leaving the victim in the hands of the accused. Gemeng and his co-accused proceeded to assault the victim, removed her clothes and raped her. The accused allegedly had forced sexual intercourse with the victim, taking turns whilst the others held her down. After they were done they the scene. The group were warned to make an appearance in court for the start of their trial. Their bail was extended until the scheduled date. Defence lawyers Mese Tjituri, Mbanga Siyomunji and Hipura Ujaha will represent the accused during their trial with Advocate Felisitas Sikerete prosecuting.

Thursday, April 12 2018 | NEW ERA 7 Namibia lacks maritime educational institutions Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia currently has no institution that provides dedicated education and or postgraduate degree level. This was said by the CEO of Debmarine Namibia, Otto Shikongo, last week when the company donated benthic samples worth N.9 million and N0,000 towards the University of Namibia’s School of Marine Engineering and Maritime Studies and the Centre for Mining and Metallurgical Research Training, as well as the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. These samples can be used to build up a reference collection or used as teaching aids. Debmarine Namibia’s benthic monitoring programme assesses the effect of mining operations on the benthic communities of Atlantic 1 Mining Licence Area and monitors the time of recovery after mining. On an annual basis during the period October to December, benthic samples are collected from designated control, impact and natural variability sites, across the mining licence area. Shikongo said aspiring Namibian youth interested in pursuing maritime careers often go to other countries to “As one of the main players in this industry, we are faced with and competent skills in this area,” he noted. He said Debmarine relies heavily on developing its own talent resource pool, through their trainee and longterm trainee programmes in which Currently, they manage and mining vessels. He said each of these vessels is manned by captains working in two shifts of 28 days on, 28 days off. Despite the challenges, he said Debmarine is proud to have developed seven home-grown Namibian captains that have passed through its training programme. It takes approximately 10 years to develop a marine captain. Debmarine applauded Unam, supported by the Sam Nujoma Foundation, for the noble initiative to establish this much-needed institution, which it believes will grow the Namibian maritime talent pool, saying this will allow Namibia to compete on a global scale with other countries. “We challenge Unam to remain dedicated and focused in delivering on this dream, by developing a curriculum and training facility of international standards and accreditation, which we can be proud of and the private sector can rely on,” Shikongo said. Unam Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Professor Frednard Gideon said the funding has enabled the university to undertake needs analysis and feasibility studies for both projects in order to determine priority academic and research areas which would address the real, and not perceived, human resource development needs for the country. The reports of the needs analysis for both projects will be presented during stakeholder workshops which are scheduled to take place in May this year. Shikongo said the Debmarine mining process entails the removal of diamondiferous gravel from 140 metres, of which 80 percent is returned to the seabed. Debmarine Namibia works closely with the Benguela Current Commission, a multinational cross-sectoral initiative by Angola, Namibia and South Africa. It initiated long-term joint research and monitoring projects with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to address issues of concern adequately. Equally, he says, the mutually beneficial relationship between ministry has highlighted the value and importance of partnerships between industry and academic and research institutions in Southern Africa. “We benefit by ensuring that our environmental impact research is innovative and scientifically by the provision of opportunities for researchers and students to work on projects to enhance the understanding of the marine environment,” he stated. Kamanjab police station falling apart Clemans Miyanicwe Kamanjab Due to what some law enforcement work by the contractor that got the tender to renovate the government building, the police station at the north-western village at Kamanjab is falling apart, endangering law The two washbasins in the police station’s kitchen catering for its inmates have been blocked for two years and 20-litre containers are put under them to drain dirty dishwater. “The police holding cells and the police station were renovated a few years ago and look at it now. It is falling apart as it seems the renovations were done poorly,” fumed a source. One of the showers in the holding cells has also been blocked for months and some of the taps in the kitchen have been leaking for almost two years. “Every morning the poor lady who cooks has to clean up water on taps and leaking pipes,” said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity as she is not allowed to talk to the media. The kitchen for inmates has also been without gas since the beginning of the year and inmates’ food is prepared outside. One of the inmates 07h00 every day and puts on hot water for tea for inmates, according to the source. “The female cook does not go it is too hot and this task is left to one of the inmates to prepare the food for other inmates,” added the source. The Kamanjab police holding cells have about 14 prisoners at the moment and some of the holding cell toilets and taps are not functioning. National Youth Service (NYS) Training Offered to the Public Kamanjab station commander Inspector Raymond de Klerk dismissed claims that the building is falling apart and that the taps are leaking despite our source insisting the place is falling apart. the information?” he wanted to know. Last June, police officers at Kamanjab had to use the bushes to relieve themselves and use their mobile phones as torches after water and electricity were cut off over nonpayments of bills. De Klerk had to bring the water for inmates from his house, according to media reports. Government inaugurated the police station, revamped at a cost of N million, in June 2013. The National Yout Service in partnership with Simunye Mining Training Academy (SMAT), a South African based, registered and accredited training academy, is inviting the public to apply for participation in the following training programme: Training of Trainers for Heavy Duty Driving and Heavy Plant and Machine Operators Abusive wives drive men to commit suicide in Zambezi KATIMA MULILO Women abusing their husbands and boyfriends are on the increase in the Zambezi Region and this leads to suicide among men, the regional police crime investigations coordinator has revealed. Deputy Commissioner Evans Simasiku told Nampa recently that over 39 cases of domestic violence against both women and men have been recorded since January. “Most men in the region suffer in silence at the hands of their wives and girlfriends psychologically, and when some cannot handle it anymore, they commit suicide,” he said. Simasiku made reference to a 56-year-old member of the Namibian Defence Force who hanged himself at the Greenwell Military Barracks on Independence Day, and a 21-yearold employee of the Katima Mulilo Town Council who hanged himself in his house at the Chotto informal settlement last Wednesday. Both left suicide notes, stating that they killed themselves because of the ill treatment from their wife and girlfriend, respectively. Simasiku noted that men are not reporting cases of abuse for fear of been laughed at and because of cultural beliefs. He appealed to men to communicate about problems instead of committing suicide, also urging residents to preserve the good name and culture of the region. The deputy commissioner further conveyed that over 14 cases of rape of minor girls between 6 and 12 years have been recorded since January. He observed that some perpetrators are the victims’ grandfathers, fathers and uncles, and that some of the rape cases are linked to ritual purposes. Simasiku also highlighted an increase in theft cases, especially theft of mobile phones over weekends, which he attributed to extensive alcohol abuse by the victims. disclosed that the Impalila Island on the far eastern tip of Namibia recorded zero cases of rape, housebreaking, theft and domestic violence, but many cases of common assault. He said the assault cases opened since January, revolve around men fighting over women, fuelled by alcohol abuse. - Nampa This training programme will be offered in line with the Competence Based Education Training (CBET) methodologies and will cover the following modules: a) Facilitator (Facilitate Learning Methodologies); b) Assessors (Conduct Outcomes Based Assessments); and c) Moderators (Moderation of Outcomes Based Assessments) Successful candidates will be issued with a Training-of-Trainers recognized certificates based on the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). REQUIREMENTS Activity Duration Option A Cost (N$) 1. Facilitaotr Course 7,000 7,000 2. Accessor Course 7,000 7,000 3. Moderator Course 7,000 7000 4. Accommodation and Meals 3,200 0.00 5. Meals ONLY 0.00 1,040 Total Training Fees including training materials and Certification Option B Cost (N$) 24,200.00 22,040.00 NB: PAYMENT MUST BE DONE IN FULL BEFORE TRAINING COMMENCES. APPLICATION FORMS 415517. CLOSING DATE: 25 April 2018

New Era

New Era Newspaper Vol 22 No 167