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New Era Newspaper Thursday April 5, 2018

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2 NEWS Thursday, April 5 2018 | NEW ERA list of parliamentary nominees, after Jerry Ekandjo vacated his seat on that list to become a voting member in his own right. own merit, having moved into Our contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 the National Assembly after the recent resignation of Alpheus Muheua, who was until recently the deputy minister of labour. A career diplomat, Andjaba served as the government’s chief of protocol after independence. He is the third minister serving in that portfolio this year, after served in the same position prior Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 ago. shortly after his appointment, on the advice of his doctor. In 2010 Andjaba was appointed who was appointed home affairs permanent secretary. Recent rains too late for Kunene farmers – Hepute WINDHOEK ANDJABA From page 1 The recent good rainfall has come too late for crop farmers in the Kunene Region, where farmers have already lost seeds, a crop production expert says. In an interview with Nampa on much water during the late rainy season, such as what the country is experiencing now, negatively affects crop farmers. Most crop farmers in the region have not been planting for the past seven to eight years due to drought, he said, but the recent rain will have given them false hope. These farmers will spend money on planting, which will not “Many of them will put their last seeds in the ground, hoping that FEVER From page 1 Furthermore, the surveillance team in Keetmanshoop are tracing contacts, and a rapid response team has been dispatched to Keetmanshoop district. Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry added. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines it will yield fruit or vegetables. The seeds farmers planted earlier have been suffocated by water, translating into a loss for the farmers,” he explained. A cattle farmer engaged in smallscale crop production in Kunene, Nampa that he lost all seeds he had planted earlier to the recent rains. Treasurer-general of the Namibia National Farmers Union, Amon Hepute in that those farmers who planted earlier lost everything to the rain. Hepute urged weather forecast services in Namibia to signal early warnings to the entire country, including farmers, to avoid losses. “Weather forecasting and predictions must be revealed to local farmers at an early stage to allow them to plan properly,” he suggested. Congo Haemorrphagic Fever constitutes an outbreak. A person with Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever can have sudden onset of high fever, headache, back pain, joint amongst others. Congo Fever is transmitted to people by tick bites or through contact with infected animal blood or tissues during and immediately after slaughter. The majority of cases have occurred in people involved in the livestock industry, such as agricultural workers, slaughterhouse Farmers should also be made aware way in advance of when it will rain, for how long it will rain and how much rain would be received, said Hepute, adding that this will help farmers to plant accordingly and they will know what crops will survive the duration of the rainy season. “Farmers’ unions should also equip farmers with knowledge on what crops to plant during which rainy season,” he said. A season such as the recent one, which Hepute described as a short duration variety, would be good for farmers to plant cowpea that can adapt easily to the weather. “I would not advise farmers to frost and may not survive the rain the country is experiencing at the moment,” he concluded. - Nampa workers and veterinarians. Human-to-human transmission can occur resulting from close contact with the blood, secretions, organs persons. In February, the Ministry of Health and Social Services old man from Gobabis with the disease. The man reportedly had a history of tick bites. Namibia. Last year, some cases of the disease were also reported. Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 SWAPO From page 1 She did, however not reveal the cost of the building, saying that consultation with two shortlisted engineering companies are currently underway. She called on companies and subsidiaries owned by the party to make contributions toward this “noble project”. that the party leadership decided to get a new building because the current one, situated opposite the Katutura State Hospital, is too small as the party has to carry out many duties. Furthermore, Shaningwa said she will carefully look into issues of human resources. “I shall not make empty promises, but I will look at these issues vis-à-vis the ability and capacity of the party,” she said. Shaningwa also warned staff against the abuse of party resources, including funds and cars, saying those found guilty of such offence will be dealt with. “I would like to emphasise that if we use our resources in an “If we are wasteful, we shall never be able to achieve our goals structures at all levels,” she added. She further called on party cadres to appreciate liberation icons among others the Founding Father Dr Sam Nujoma, and the Dr Hage Geingob. LOAN From page 1 industrialisation and improved productive capacity, economic and social sectors and especially in agriculture and skills and technology transfer. In turn, China can utilise Namibia’s strategic geographical location and market access into SACU, SADC, broader Africa and beyond to serve these markets. “On the one hand, Namibia’s developmental need to diversify and grow an export-oriented economy was recognised while, on the other hand, China’s ability as the second largest economy commodities, but also the provision of skills, technology and capital, is obvious,” the minister said. entail grants and concessional loans or blended instruments, public and private investments and cooperation in tax and customs administration. to be agreed upon on a project by project basis.” “For now, no new loan agreement has been entered into. As part China, strategic consultations in bilateral as well as multilateral Government earlier said the just concluded agreement between the Namibian Treasury and the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of China did not give China carte blanche options to pour billions of dollars into the Namibian economy willy-nilly. Schlettwein was among Cabinet ministers who accompanied Geingob on a seven-day state visit to China, which ended earlier in the week. Speculation has been rife in recent days that the Namibian delegation took a “begging bowl” to China to secure new loans. In addition to the agreement with the Exim Bank, Namibia and China also signed agreements and memorandums of understanding on the export of beef, economic and technical cooperation between the two countries, and on the establishment and operation of the China Space Tracking, Telemetry and Command Station in Namibia. They also agreed to exchange notes on social housing projects. It was however the agreement with the Exim Bank that grabbed the public attention, given that Geingob when departing arrangements”, which he said government would consider if they came at good terms. Also, Schlettwein mentioned in this year’s budget speech projects logistics hub infrastructure growth stimulus amounting to between capital projects are to be funded through bilateral concessional loan arrangements, the minister said. Namibia’s public debt stock has gone above the self-imposed or N,5 billion, an increase from 42.6 percent in the 2016/17 in interest payments to service the domestic and foreign interest payments, as well as in borrowing related charges. This is an

Thursday, April 5 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Shaningwa warns staff against leaking Swapo info Riot act… Swapo Party head of administration France Kaudinge and secretary general Sophia Shaningwa during the staff meeting yesterday. Photo: Strauss Lunyangwe Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Swapo Party secretary general Sophia Shaningwa has issued a stern warning to staff members who disclose the the public, saying stern action will be taken against those found guilty. Shaningwa gave the warning in Windhoek when addressing ruling party functionaries at the time since she was elected the secretary general. She said as much as staff must disseminate information to other members there is some informa- - is restricted to particular members. She said some information is supposed to be handled in secrecy, however, it is disturbing to note some staff members distribute such information to unintended recipients, who according to her, distort such information and use it to advance their own agendas, and to cause damage to the party, its leadership and the government. “Last year during the campaigns there was this infamous ‘breaking news’ circulating in WhatsApp groups, and on other social media – what I term fake news and distorted information,” she said. “You just hear ‘sources close to the SG’,” she said, adding that such behaviour is against the principle of the party and shall not be tolerated during her term in She said discipline and loyalty must be the order of the day. “As much as we do have our democracy, you cannot be an enemy within, hence you cannot be causing embarrassment to your own party which you claim to love,” she said. Furthermore, Shaningwa called on staff members to serve the party with a sense of pride and patriotism, whereby they have the responsibility to protect the material resources. “We are all privileged to serve our party in accordance with our skills, knowledge and expertise, to deliver on the responsibility entrusted upon us,” she said. “We must therefore know our worth and relevance to be here, hence we do not need policemen and [police]women to push us to do our job,” she added. She further called on staff to be punctual at all times. “We must avoid carrying our duties in silos, hence teamwork, coordination and communication of the party activities from the headquarters up to the regions cannot be overemphasised,” she said. Shaningwa says division of labour and sharing of responsibilities are very important to any organisation. “We must respect our leaders and those entrusted to head our departments administratively,” she stressed. Sentencing in trainee pastor’s murder set for today Will know his fate… Windhoek resident André Dausab, who murdered his student pastor girlfriend at the United Lutheran Theological Seminary Paulinum Campus in February 2014. Photo: Nampa WINDHOEK The sentencing of a Windhoek resident found guilty of stabbing his student pastor girlfriend to death in 2014 is expected to be handed down today. Andre Fidel Dausab, 37, was on 25 July 2017 found guilty of murder with direct intent to kill, in respect of the death of Motlamme Gotaone. Gotaone was 33 when she died at the United Lutheran Theological Seminary Paulinum Campus in Windhoek on 22 February 2014. High Court Judge Naomi Shivute was scheduled to hand down the sentence on 15 March 2018, but could not do so as she was out of town, On 1 March, Dausab in his evidence in mitigation of sentencing asked Judge Shivute not to send him to prison, because a direct custodial sentence would ruin his life and chances of contributing to uplift the living conditions of Namibians through his skills in electronic and computer technology. “I want this court to impose a lenient sentence in the form of payment of an order that I am guaranteed full access to computers so that I can do business to make money and the family of the deceased, should I be sent to prison,” Dausab, who is a He said he is prepared to pay a fine of N.6 million for causing Gotaone’s death if the court grants him the opportunity to do so. Dausab now represents himself lawyer Brownell Uirab on 30 August 2017, just before the lawyer was about to present evidence in mitigation of sentencing before court. He claimed the lawyer did not represent him honestly and to the best of his ability. Shivute found that Dausab declared his intention to kill Gotaone a day before the incident when he sent her text messages threatening to kill her if she ended their relationship. A post-mortem showed a broken knife was found stuck in the deceased’s back. S h e s u f f e r e d 2 7 s t a b wounds all over her body. previous criminal offences. – Nampa Farmers thrilled with good rainfall at Otjiwarongo OTJIWARONGO Livestock, crop and vegetable farmers at Otjiwarongo are thrilled with the good rainfall received here recently. About 100 millimetres (mm) of rain have been recorded since March and beginning of April this year, said agricultural technician in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Saima Nambuli. The agriculturalist told Nampa on enquiry Wednesday that in January and February, low rainfall of 27 mm and 59 mm in the Otjiwarongo district was recorded, compared to the 93 mm in March alone and 5 mm so far in April. “The sky also continues to promise more rain, and we hope it rains until middle of April,” Nambuli said. A goat and cattle farmer outside Otjiwarongo, Ludwig Tjirare, on Wednesday told this news agency that his livestock had picked up good weight in March alone, as grass grew above the knee in some portions of his grazing land. “It is a good feeling as a farmer. I was worried since December 2017 after it did not rain well and the grass on my farmland was stuck at merely one centimetre.” Tjirare said if the rain continues to fall until mid-April, his livestock would survive and multiply this whole year. A crop and vegetable farmer Morosi, said he is excited about the rainfall received so far in the area, more especially after the drought experienced in 2013, 2014, and 2015. gardens of maize, sweet po- to grow and bear fruit for the past three years,” he said. Morosi is hoping for a bumper harvest at the end of April. Owner of the TW Tulongeni Fruit and Vegetable said the arrival of rainfall restores hope for his maize field, orange trees and a variety of vegetables. “I am really happy for my crops and vegetables. They have started to grow green and bear fruits,” he said. – Nampa Good news… Agricultural technician in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Saima Nambuli, stands next to the rain gauge at Otjiwarongo. Photo: Nampa

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